5 fruity bakes (that aren’t banana bread)

The soft thud of a flour bag on a marble counter. The hum of a pre-heating oven. The kitchen being declared “entirely out of bounds”. Oh yes, she’s baking again.

Our aprons and cake tins haven’t had this much attention since the last series of The Great British Bake-Off – and that sourdough was just the starter. As the weeks roll on, we’re looking to get a little more experimental with our baking efforts.

Whether it’s the sun beating through the windows or the fruit bowl full of plums starting to sour, something has got us feeling fruity this week. So put that well-thumbed recipe for banana bread aside, because we’ve got five tasty bakes that will really sweeten up your spring mornings.

Fruit & Quinoa Breakfast Bake

At the moment, we love recipes that are simple, versatile and easy to adapt when we might not have the right ingredients (+ bonus points if it can be served in a few different ways.) If you’re looking for a different way to start your day, try this summery quinoa breakfast bake. It makes great use of your leftover peaches and berries, but you can use any fruits you like (including those very ripe bananas). Serve it hot or cold, with a generous dollop of greek yoghurt, honey and a few more berries on top.

Follow the recipe from Live Eat Learn

Dorset Apple Cake

Craving something a little more homely? This classic recipe (a favourite of hush editor Kat) truly brings the Great British countryside in, reminding us of fresh air in the fields, flowering forests and the crunch of fallen leaves under wellington boots. Made with thick chunks of juicy apple and a crunchy demerara sugar topping, this rustic Dorset apple cake will have you dreaming of your next walking holiday. Why not make it for Sunday lunch this weekend?

Follow the recipe from BBC Good Food

Peanut Butter & Banana Muffins

Not only are these incredibly moreish peanut butter and banana muffins a simple and easy bake, they’re also completely apt for any time of day. Enjoy one (or two) for breakfast with your morning coffee, take a 4pm snack to keep you going until dinner, or have “a little something sweet” after your evening meal. We know the crunchy vs. smooth debate is a touchy subject, but we heartily recommend using generous spoonfuls of the former for a little extra texture.

Follow the recipe from Broma Bakery

Plum & Almond Crumble Slices

Found yourself in an abundance of plums? Not feeling autumnal enough for a crumble? Switch up your usual crumble recipe with this easy-to-make traybake. While this recipe also works well with apples, berries or rhubarb, we think plums have just the right sharpness to balance with the sweetness of the almonds. Just be sure to practice your patience and bake in stages as the steps suggest, or you’ll end up with some seriously soggy slices.

Follow the recipe from BBC Good Food

Toffee, Pear and Chocolate Loaf Cake

Beautiful, isn’t it? We’re not saying we’ve saved the best until last, but if you’re going to bake another loaf, please make it this. With the recent Easter holidays and lockdown having us reaching for our rolling pins, we were in serious danger of getting bored of chocolate and bread. Well, it’s time to banish such thoughts to the bread bin, because the mouth-watering pairing of choc and pears here is a real revelation.

Follow the recipe from Good Housekeeping