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Baking in your holiday cottage

Posted on 31st October 2015

With the latest Great British Bake Off finishing earlier this month many of us have been inspired to have a go a baking a few things ourselves.

Whilst many of us may not be as skilled as Nadiyah Hussain, who wowed judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood to win this year’s Great British Bake Off, anything cake related makes our mouths water.

Baking on holiday often gets overlooked, but as many of us are too busy to bake during the week due to work commitments or at weekends because the kids need looking after, it is actually the perfect time to test out your baking skills as you have more time on your hands.

So if you are planning on going on cottage holidays in the Forest of Dean this autumn or winter then check out some of the things you could make.

Salted caramel brownies

The BBC Good Food Guide shares the method of making these gorgeous fudgy chocolate brownies that have a slither of salted caramel in the centre of each one.

The guide says that it takes approximately 20 minutes to prepare this light-bite and another 30 minutes to cook as well as several minutes for the brownies to cool.

The recipe from the BBC Good Food Guide says that the ingredients you buy will make roughly 16 large brownies or 32 bite-sized brownies.


  • 200g unsalted butter, plus a little extra for greasing
  • 100g chocolate, 70% cocoa solids
  • 100g chocolate, 50% cocoa solids
  • 397g can Carnation caramel
  • 1 tsp flaky sea salt, plus a little extra for the top
  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 4 medium eggs, at room temperature
  • 130g plain flour
  • 50g cocoa powder

Salted Caramel Brownie

Image Credit: allisonmseward12 (Flickr.com)

Party fairy cakes

Another fairly simple treat to make on holiday are fairy cakes, which are ideal for all occasions but especially should your holiday happen to fall on a family member’s birthday.

The Great British Chefs website has a recipe that provides three different frosting flavours; blackcurrant, vanilla cream cheese or maple syrup.


–           Sponge mix

  • 225g of butter, softened
  • 225g of caster sugar
  • 225g of self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs

–           Frosting base

  • 190g of butter, softened
  • 500g of icing sugar

–           Blackcurrant frosting

  • 40ml of blackcurrant cordial

–           Vanilla and cream cheese frosting

  • 100g of low fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence

–           Maple frosting

  • 50ml of maple syrup

–           Decorations

  • 200g of marzipan, at room temperature
  • red food colouring
  • blue food colouring
  • green food colouring
  • yellow food colouring

Almond Cupcake

Image Credit: F_A (flickr.com)

Chocolate chip cookies

Who doesn’t love a chocolate chip cookie? They are surprisingly quick to make and if you want to bake some treats to take with you on a walk then a chocolate chip cookie is a really great option.

All Recipes shares a typical classic American-style chocolate chip cookie recipe, which according to them are “the best chocolate chip cookies”.


  • 225g (8 oz) butter, softened
  • 200g (7 oz) caster sugar
  • 225g (8 oz) dark brown soft sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 dessertspoon vanilla essence
  • 375g (13 oz) plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 dessertspoon hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 350g (12 oz) dark chocolate chips
  • 125g (4¼ oz) chopped walnuts

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Image Credit: Dave See (flickr.com)

Nutella chocolate cake

If you love Nutella then you will love a Nutella chocolate cake. Good to Know say the cake is a “delicious, gooey chocolate cake” as well as saying that vanilla ice cream is great to go alongside the cake.

The recipe on the Good to Know website says their recipe will serve up to eight people and takes just 20 minutes to prepare and 25 minutes to cook.


  • 100g butter
  • 100g Nutella
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • ½tsp baking powder
  • Nutella

chocolate cake with nutella frosting

Image Credit: Gail (flickr.com)