The Best Online Baking

There are so many brilliant insta-tutorials going on right now for all things creative. We’re particularly tempted by the baking and are looking to these top chefs who are very kindly sharing their secret recipes:

Violet’s Claire Ptak on cakes and donuts

East London’s top cake baker Claire Ptak is posting some killer recipes on Violet’s instagram, including Scraps Cake (left) with a freeze-dried raspberry icing and these irresistible Chocolate Ganache Glazed Donuts, and the promise of more to come. Follow her Instagram @violetcakeslondon to find the recipes in full beneath her posts as you’d find in a recipe book. There are quite a few ingredients required so it’s for the more experienced baker with decent supplies.

Honey & Co cook-alongs

There are good vibes floating out of the Stockwell kitchen that’s home to Honey & Co owners, Sarit Packer & Itamar Srulovich. Each day the couple post a new recipe on their Instagram page and these include both the Middle Eastern-style savoury dishes you’d expect to find at their restaurants and sweet treats like this chocolate loaf cake. There’s dancing and chatter as they talk you through each step of the process, which is filmed as a cook-along and posted in Stories (and saved to the top of their profile). You’ll likely have all the ingredients for this in your cupboard but if you don’t they’re quite relaxed about you swapping out the spices, plus you can always DM them for tips.

Bread Ahead’s Baking E-Book

Bread Ahead have been running Instagram Lives every day at 2pm showing you how to cook everything from honeycomb to hot cross buns. An instant hit, they’ve now compiled them all into an E Book that you can download for £5 and includes all 18 recipes featured on their Instagram Live (Doughnuts, Honeycomb, Focaccia, Cinnamon buns, Pain de campagne, Mother’s Day ginger cake, Grissini breadsticks, Chocolate brownies, Carrot cake, Ciabatta, Amaretti, Easter brioche, Bagels, Pretzels, Hot cross buns, Bread pudding, Scones and Shortbread). 

Merlin Labron-Johnson’s Salted Chocolate, banana and brown butter loaf 

In another life just before lockdown, we were lucky enough to eat at Osip, Merlin Labron-Johnson’s Bruton restaurant. The food was sublime with British ingredients sourced and foraged from the immediate area and cooking as innovative as it was comforting – we’d never had rice pudding for breakfast and we won’t forget it. He is now posting recipes on his Instagram account each day and this one particularly caught our eye. The internet seems to have gone mad for banana bread, but the additions of brandy, salted chocolate and brown butter make this one extra special.

Ottolenghi’s pecan and chocolate chip cookies

Cookie dough is fun to make with children as Ottolenghi demonstrates with his two small sons aged 4 and 7. See his Quarantine Stories (saved to highlights on his Instagram) to see them making this recipe.  These can be rolled into balls and baked, or frozen and kept for another day if you have the restraint, and the pecans can be swapped out for whatever you have in the cupboard.

Kudu’s Hot Cross Buns

Proper step-by-step instructions are given by Patrick Williams, Head Chef at Peckham’s Kudu as he talks you through his recipes. These can all be found saved on Kudu’s Instagram Stories (check out the Highlights – Isolation tab). We’ve got a craving for hot cross buns and these are super fluffy inside. You will need sourdough starter or instant dry yeast if you want to have a go.

— Daisy Allsup
2nd April 2020