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10 bakes you’ll love in Mary Berry’s Baking Bible

by Francesca Sleet

published on 9 March 2023

When it comes to baking, there is no one we trust more than the Queen of Baking herself, Mary Berry. First published in 2009, Mary Berry’s Baking Bible has long been the essential guide for bakers of all skill levels. In this completely modernised reissue, you will find 250 recipes (including 20 new additions) all newly tested and photographed. From perfecting the basics of a classic Victorian sponge cake to testing your baking skills with one of the more elaborate creations in the Special Cakes chapter, this cookbook is here to guide you through a wide range of different bakes and exemplifies what we have all come to love about Mary; reliable and easy-to-follow recipes that deliver perfect results every time. 

With chapters covering cakes, cookies, traybakes, puddings, breads, celebration cakes, tarts, cheesecakes and more, Mary Berry’s Baking Bible is perfect for passionate bakers and beginners alike. Here are just 10 of the recipes that we are most looking forward to trying first. You can find all of these recipes and more when you get your copy of Mary Berry’s Baking Bible. 

Iced Chocolate Traybake

One of the many tempting traybakes you will find in Mary Berry’s Baking Bible this decadent traybake is a chocoholic’s dream bake with a rich chocolate sponge, chocolate icing and shards of chocolate to finish. 

From the book

Crunchy Top Lemon Cake

This classic lemon cake is dressed up with a crunchy, zesty topping. An easy recipe with simple flavours, this is one to revisit over and over again. 

Iced Fairy Cakes

A super simple and adaptable recipe that is ideal for birthday parties, these iced fairy cakes will always be a cute addition to the table. You can also find a whole chapter in Mary Berry’s Baking Bible that delivers more bakes perfect for kids (or kids at heart!). 

Seeded Nut Loaf

This texture-packed loaf can be found in the chapter on bread, and is a lovely recipe to pull out as an accompaniment for dinner party cheese boards or for topping with cream cheese and smoked salmon at a weekend brunch. 

French Apple Tart

Delicious served warm or cold, this French Apple Tart is one of the many delicate tarts that can be found in the Tarts and Pastries chapter of the book. 

English Muffins

Whether you want to go all out for a homemade eggs Benedict or simply enjoy these fluffy English muffins warm from the oven with plenty of butter, this is a must-try recipe for any baker. 

Lemon Griestorte

Made with semolina and ground almonds instead of flour, this recipe results in a light cake that can be filled with plenty of whipped cream, lemon curd, and seasonal fruits for a sophisticated dessert. 

Orange and Chocolate Fork Shortbread Biscuits

A combination of two Mary classics, shortbread and fork biscuits, these buttery biscuits are flavoured with chocolate and orange. Perfect for a sweet afternoon snack, paired with a cup of tea. 

Walnut and Cranberry Teabread

Packed with juicy dried cranberries and crunchy walnuts, this teabread loaf is just the thing for tea time, particularly when spread with plenty of good butter. 

Rock Cakes

Traditional and simple, the humble rock cake is inexpensive and easy to make, but will never disappoint. One of many classic bun recipes that can be found in Mary Berry’s Baking Bible, this is a reliable recipe to revisit whenever the craving strikes. 


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