As we enter the month of May, we’re getting well in to the spring season. What better time to make use of the most seasonal fresh produce, and transform them into some delicious bakes? From apricot and strawberries to rhubarb and carrots, spring brings about the flourishing of a whole host of delicious fruits. There’s truly nothing better than a comforting, homemade bake created from seasonal ingredients, which can be enjoyed with friends and family. Keep reading for some truly tasty foodie inspiration that’s sure to delight your palate!
Strawberry and rhubarb crumble
Crumble is, without a doubt, a firm British favourite; but with apple plum crumbles being largely enjoyed in the autumn and winter months, it’s easily forgotten that an equally delicious crumble can be enjoyed in spring, made with seasonal produce. Throughout the spring months (March to June), the seasonality of rhubarb is at its peak – so it’s then that you really want to make the most of this tangy fruit. Paired with sweet strawberries, this makes for a delicious spring-inspired crumble recipe that can be enjoyed by all the family.
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Homemade hot cross buns
Who said that hot cross buns can only be enjoyed during the Easter holidays? Combining delicious fruits and aromatic spices to make one of Britain’s tastiest sweet breads, this hot cross bun recipe is one for those that love to bake – and have a little bit of extra time to spare.
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Upside-down sticky apricot cake
The widely-loved dessert, pineapple upside-down cake, undergoes a spring makeover with this ingenious twist on a true classic. A tasty spring delicacy, apricots continue to flourish as we edge further into the spring months. Known for their gentle flavour; when baked into a delicious sweet dessert, they never fail to impress, with their freshness providing the perfect relief for a warm spring day. Finish by drizzling the cake with an indulgent sticky sauce for the ideal post-dinner sweet treat.
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Date, banana and rum loaf
At their best all year round, bananas are extremely versatile, with their texture allowing them to be used in a variety of baking recipes. There’s something immensely comforting about a classic, freshly baked banana loaf that you don’t get with other desserts – but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get a little experimental. Why not add a little cheeky kick by pouring in some rum?
Dates act as a lovely natural sweetener in many dessert recipes – and will really act to enhance those banana flavours in the loaf. Combined with dried fruits and pecan nuts, this recipe is a must-try.
Carrot cake shortbread
Perhaps one of the most simple yet irresistible baking recipes is a classic shortbread. Equally as great as the flavour is the versatility of this recipe, since it can be adapted in so many different ways. This paves the way for multitudinous flavour possibilities – so why not take the opportunity to combine two delicious, popular desserts? As the spring months progress, carrots begin to enter their most seasonal time of year – which provides the perfect excuse to use some in your baking. Combined with a sweet, nutty icing, these carrot cake inspired shortbread biscuits are the perfect accompaniment to your cup of tea this spring.
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