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Article  •  12 May 2023


10 sweet and savoury recipes to celebrate World Baking Day

Learn about World Baking Day 2023 and check out delicious recipes to inspire

World Baking Day is a day dedicated to – you guessed it – baking!

Created to celebrate the joy of baking, World Baking Day is celebrated on either 17 May or the third Sunday in May depending on who you ask.

For those would prefer to celebrate World Baking Day on the third Sunday this year, that means that 21 May 2023 is the date to mark in your calendar.

While different folks choose to celebrate the day on different dates, nobody can deny the magic of baking. After all, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as whipping up your own delicious breads, cakes and cookies to enjoy with your friends and family (or on your own – we won’t tell!)

To help inspire your celebratory baking this year, we’ve rounded up ten amazing sweet and savoury recipes to help channel your love of baking.

Happy World Baking Day!

10 amazing sweet and savoury baking recipes

Beetroot, caraway and goat’s cheese bread sitting on a cooling rack.

1. Beetroot, caraway and goat’s cheese bread

From Ottolenghi SIMPLE by Yotam Ottolenghi

‘Making a bread which requires no yeast and no kneading has got to be the definition of simple! The texture is more ‘cakey’ as a result, best eaten with some salted butter (rather than used to make sandwiches). If you are warming it through, do so in the oven rather than in the toaster, as it’s quite crumbly. Once baked, it will keep in an airtight container for a week or in the freezer for up to a month – thaw before slicing and grilling.’

Overhead shot of a few awamat in a glass bowl on a blue table.

2. Awamat (Lebanese doughnut balls)

From Lebanese Cuisine by Samira Kazan

‘Bring the Middle East to you with these crisp and crunchy Lebanese doughnut balls. They’re a sweet end to lunch or a treat with a cup of unsweetened tea.’

A hand holding a chocolate chip cookie, the photo is tiled 3 times across the banner.

3. The ultimate chocolate chip cookie

From Joshua Weissman: An Unapologetic Cookbook by Joshua Weissman

‘Ah, the humble chocolate chip cookie. Not only is it the greatest type of cookie in the cookie world, but also one of my favourite sweets of all time. This one is my ideal version.’

Photo of a meringue roulade on a baking tray, drizzled with burnt honey and a bowl of whipped cream next to it.

4. Brown sugar meringue roulade with burnt honey apples

From Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Extra Good Things by Yotam Ottolenghi and Noor Murad

‘If the flavours of autumn could be rolled into one, this meringue roulade would be the result: warming cinnamon, burnt honey, sweet apples and tangy orange come together to make a dessert fit for the festive season. Make sure all your individual components have completely cooled before assembling – you don’t want to create any excess moisture in the roulade. Get ahead by preparing the apples and cream the day before, keeping them refrigerated until needed.’

Freshly baked white bread loaf in a Dutch oven.

5. The Saturday white bread

From Flour Water Salt Yeast by Ken Forkish

‘This recipe is designed for someone who wants to make good, crusty loaves of white bread from start to finish in one day.’

Chickpea brownies stacked on top of each other.

6. Famous chickpea brownies

HealthyGirl Kitchen: 100+ Plant-Based Recipes to Live Your Healthiest Life by Danielle Brown

‘If there was one recipe I had to include in this cookbook, it was going to be my famous chickpea brownies. These have the richness and indulgence of a traditional brownie, but healthier-for-you ingredients. Guess what? You can’t taste the chickpeas at all.’

Overhead view of a peach tart.

7. Mary Berry’s glazed French peach tart

Cook and Share by Mary Berry

‘This dessert is as impressive as it is delicious! The recipe works just as well with nectarines or apricots. It takes a little time to do but is so worth it, and is a dish you will be proud of.’

Banana puff on a wire cooling rack, a hand is reaching for one of the puffs.

8. Banana puffs

From Fast Family Food by Rebecca Wilson

Naturally sweet banana discs wrapped in a vanilla and cinnamon flaky pastry swirl, these sweet little mouthfuls are super easy to make with minimal ingredients.

Pão de queijo on black plate with a tray of coffee in the background.

9. Pão de queijo

From Guga: Breaking the Barbecue Rules by Gustavo Totsa

‘From my hometown in Brazil, Uberaba, Minas Gerais, I bring you the world-famous Pão de Queijo, also known as Brazilian cheese bread. This bread is made in just about every Brazilian churrascaria (a Brazilian style steak restaurant). It’s easy to make and is really an amazing recipe.’

Overhead view of raspberry lemon cheesecake.

10. Baked lemon cheesecake

From One by Jamie Oliver

Buttery Biscoff base, cream cheese and raspberries . . . what more could you want?  

Featured Titles

Ottolenghi SIMPLE
130 brilliantly simple, brand-new recipes from the bestselling author of Plenty, Plenty More, Jerusalem and Ottolenghi: The Cookbook.
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Lebanese Cuisine
The first proper Lebanese cookbook on the market! Fresh, flavourful, and healthy ingredients, prepared the right way!
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Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Extra Good Things
Bring an Ottolenghi twist to every mealtime with the new book in the bestselling Ottolenghi Test Kitchen series.
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Flour Water Salt Yeast
From Portland's most acclaimed and well-loved baker comes this must-have baking guide, featuring scores of recipes for world-class breads and pizzas and a variety of schedules suited for the home baker.
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Cook and Share
Over 100 new recipes to make your kitchen the heart of your home.
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Fast Family Food
100+ fast, easy-to-prepare recipes for weaning your baby with meals you and your family love to eat too!
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