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If you follow us on social media you’ll know that we’re always sharing recipes, and it’s probably no secret that we’ve got a slight addiction to baking blogs! I mean lets face it, who doesn’t like cakes? So, we’ve decided to delve a bit deeper into a few of our favourites so you can get to know them a bit better. We’ve reached out to everyone on the list and they’ve kindly told us a bit more about themselves.
Host The Toast
First on the list is hostthetoast.com. It’s an all round food and drinks blog run by Morgan, Brian, and Frankie. Morgan is the main writer, the best job in my opinion as she’s fortunate enough to prepare, photograph and (most importantly) eat lots of delicious food. Here’s what she told us about the blog:“What makes Host the Toast unique is that there is no niche. It’s not all about healthy cooking, or “man-approved” meals, or organic dishes, or culinary artistry. It’s a combination of whatever feels right and tastes good, and there is something for everyone on there. It’s about exploring new things when you have time, and keeping it simple when you don’t. We all eat, and my goal is to make everyone proud of what comes out of their kitchen.”
Although baking isn’t the main focus for Host the toast, they’ve got plenty of recipes for you to drool over, so they’re definitely worth checking out. A couple we’d like to recommend are the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Can Cake (pictured above) and their Samoa Brownies, yum!
Half Baked Harvest
Second up is HalfBakedHarvest.com, a site that’s jam-packed with hundreds of mouth-watering recipes, they range from healthy meals to not-so-healthy snacks! Tieghan is the mastermind behind all this culinary goodness and has built up an impressive library by posting regularly over the past few years. It’s therefore no surprise that she’s now a regular contributor to Buzzfeed and The Huffington Post. We asked her to give us a bit of an insight into the blog, here’s what she said:“If you are unfamiliar with me, I write the food blog Half Baked Harvest. I post new recipes almost daily that I cook and photograph myself. I feel so grateful that not only do I get to share my favorite recipes with my readers, but I also get to do what I love on a daily basis. I focus mostly on healthy, easy family meals, indulgent baked goods and pretty much everything in between. You’ll find something for everyone on my site, whether you’re a vegan, gluten free, a cheese fanatic or a meat lover. I try to do a little bit of everything because thats just the way I cook!”
With so many recipes to choose from it’s pretty easy to find something you’ll like. A couple that stand out for us are the Toasted Coconut Caramel Peanut Butter Snickers Bars and the Death By Butterbeer Cupcakes.
Live Well Bake Often
As the name suggests, Livewellbakeoften.com is a blog dedicated to sharing healthy recipes and the odd delectable treat. Danielle prepares the food and her husband Josh chips in with the photography and tasting. As you can see from the photo above, the images are always fantastic; they never fail to get the mouth watering! If you head over there be sure to check out the comments, there’s aways lots of interesting conversation flowing.“At Live Well, Bake Often you’ll find a mix of healthy recipes and sweet treats. I love to eat healthy and to bake, so I do my best to feature a variety of recipes. I believe that life is all about balance and try to show that through the recipes I share.”
Butcher Baker Baby
Butcher Baker Baby aka butcherbakerblog.com is run by Jules, a new mum living in the East Midlands with a love for cooking and gardening. These two interests coincide nicely on the blog as Jules regularly mixes homegrown fruit, veg and even flowers into her recipes. We asked her what makes the blog unique; here’s what she said:“I started writing the blog in 2007 which makes it quite unique! It was simply a way of cataloging recipes. Blogs were quite basic back then. Although the blog has evolved over the years to include gardening and lifestyle the main theme is still baking.”
If you’re a fan of cake then look no further, her recipe index seems to cover every single style and flavour we can think of. Oh and if you like the look of the Guinness brownies in the photo above, you can find the recipe here.
Last but by no means least is bakingbar.co.uk, a blog run by David Purdon and Sean Gregory, a pair of foodies with a lifelong passion for writing and sharing recipes. Since 2010 they’ve produced approximately 300 articles and built up a following of around 27,000 and 9,000 people on twitter and Facebook respectively. Here’s a few words from David:“BakingBar was set up in October 2010 to provide simple, easy to follow recipes but soon grew to include reviews, competitions and cookery classes at Belfast Cookery School. One of our main goals is to encourage parents to bake with their children from an early age, to develop what we consider to be a life skill.”
If you live near Belfast and fancy joining in with their cookery classes you can find more information here.
So there you have it, 5 of our favourite baking blogs. Hopefully you’ll enjoy them just as much as we do.
If we’ve missed any of your favourites please share them in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you.
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Author – Tom Robinson