It’s always a momentous occasion when your favorite television show returns for a new season, but to us bakers, nothing is quite as exciting as a brand new season of The Great British Bake Off! As everyone’s favorite British baking show returns to Netflix for its tenth season on August 30, we’re celebrating with a menu of British-inspired recipes. From gooey Lady Grey Chelsea Buns to our best ever English muffins, these are the ultimate British recipes to bake up as you watch this year’s contestants compete in the tent.
We added golden raisins and Lady Grey Tea Jelly to the standard currant bun, a sticky, sweet treat often enjoyed at teatime. Proof the dough in the refrigerator overnight for an impressive and quick breakfast.
This British pie import has been thoroughly absorbed into American tradition. With the winning combination of ripe bananas, sticky toffee, and whipped cream, it’s not hard to see why.
Edd Kimber, the blogger behind The Boy Who Bakes, believes there aren’t many things better than a scone topped with clotted cream and jam. Scones are known the world over for a good reason! His recipe is fairly traditional but incorporates a slightly unusual kneading and resting technique he learned at Le Manoir, a two-star Michelin restaurant he spent a little time in after winning the first season of The Great British Bake Off. If you don’t have time for the resting, don’t worry—bake the scones as soon as they have been formed. They will still taste excellent; they just won’t look quite the same.
This dessert is perfect for anyone who can’t decide on their favorite flavor. A traditional English dessert, the Battenberg is constructed of two different cakes and arranged in an iconic check pattern. For our tea take, matcha and almond sponge cakes form the signature checkered pattern, with a layer of apricot jam sandwiched between the cakes and a cover of homemade marzipan to seal it all together.
Though often seen as the perfect base for eggs Benedict, this stalwart classic works as a wholesome breakfast all on its own. Try one toasted with butter and honey or with a slather of tart marmalade. With our straightforward and tasty recipe at your disposal, your days of buying English muffins will be numbered. Look to this visual guide when dividing, rolling, and shaping your dough.
This Marmalade Pudding by Edd Kimber is about as traditional as it gets when it comes to old-school British puddings. Served warm with a little (or maybe a lot of) vanilla-infused custard, this is the sort of pudding you want to curl up with on a cold British night. Traditionally, this would be steamed, but Edd prefers it baked as it is quicker and, frankly, less fiddly to make. The real twist in this pudding is the addition of Earl Grey tea, which makes this dessert reminiscent of breakfast—toast with lashings of butter and marmalade served alongside a mug of Earl Grey tea.