Why save the joy of baking for the weekend when you can whip up something amazing in less than 30 minutes? These super-fast bakes all strip baking back to its bare essentials: beautiful ingredients (only 5 in each recipe!), a simple method and tons of flavour. So what are you waiting for?

ORANGE POLENTA CAKE

Midweek baking recipes - orange polenta cake

This failsafe bake is such a crowd-pleaser – beautiful sponge, sweet honey, orange syrup and minimal fuss, what’s not to love? In just 10 minutes you can have your cake ready to go, then let your oven do the rest while you crack on with dinner. Less than an hour later, serve up something that’s pure comfort on a plate.

APPLE CRUMBLE COOKIES

Midweek baking recipes - apple crumble cookies

Sunday favourite meets midweek hero! This apple crumble cookie really is a thing of joy, and the 5-ingredient recipe couldn’t be simpler. Put the kettle on and tuck into one straight from the oven.

CHOCOLATE RYE COOKIES

Midweek baking recipes - chocolate rye cookies

These tasty cookies are simple baking at its best. With only 5 ingredients the flavour of the chocolate really comes through in the final cookie, so try to use the best quality chocolate you can afford (at least 70% cocoa solids, too). The finishing sprinkle of sea salt is a must!

ALMOND PASTRY PUFF

Midweek baking recipes - almond pastry puff

This is a great recipe to have up your sleeve for midweek entertaining. Homemade frangipane in flaky puff pastry dusted with icing sugar and served with luxurious double cream… and all in under 30 minutes!

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