2016 has been a big old whirlwind of a year.
My life is hugely different when compared to how it was last year; I’ve learned a lot, I’ve overcome a few fears, I’ve fallen in love (gross), and the world around us is changing all the time, for better or for worse.
Without wanting to get into anything heavy, I want to thank anyone who may be reading this for keeping me motivated, this little blog is growing every day and I’m forever grateful to anyone who is a part of that. Now, enough soppy stuff, here are Maverick Baking’s top 10 best recipes of 2016!
Sweetly spiced creamy cheesecake atop a crunchy ginger biscuit base? I’ll have three slices please. This no bake cheesecake was conjured up for Christmas time this year. It’s quick to make, highly rewarding to eat, and you won’t even have to turn on your oven!
I can’t tell you how many of these muffins I’ve baked this month! I tried these out in early December and after several little tweaks, a perfect muffin recipe was born. Fluffy, deeply spiced and full of festive orange zest, these sticky muffins are a real favourite, and are likely to be baked all year round in my kitchen!
Buttery shortbread with a spiced crunchy salted caramel pecan topping. These bars are to die for, they even managed to convert a few nut-loathers. This twist on a classic American pecan pie is perfectly Autumnal, but nothing is stopping you from baking them any time you like!
These were a real Halloween hit! Deeply chocolatey soft-baked cookies that were so fun to turn into little creepy treats. They’re naturally gluten free too, so those with a wheat intolerance can enjoy them!
This comforting, creamy, delicately cheesy soup has become a real favourite in our house. I made it around once a fortnight and we happily lap it up with some nice white bread and a little extra cheese if we’re feeling it. This healthy concoction may sound like an odd combination of ingredients, but trust me, it works so well! (Note to self, learn to take better photos of soup)
An experiment turned out very successfully in these cupcakes. The use of classic strawberry Nesquik milkshake powder made these cupcakes beautifully sweet and nostalgic, with all the fluff and squidge that every good cupcake should have!
Discard every other “energy ball” or “energy bite” recipe you have. These surprisingly healthy cookie dough bites tasted EXACTLY like classic chocolate chip cookie dough! Picture Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Dough ice cream; these little bites are reminiscent of the dense little chunks of delicious dough from that flavour! Because they contain no raw eggs, they are perfectly safe to eat raw, and they contain no gluten or dairy products either, making them pretty accessible for all dietary requirements.
Without a doubt, these are one of our favourite cookies. Ever. My mum and I ate these like there was no tomorrow when I managed to perfect the recipe! I’ve had friends at work request them again too. The perfect balance of salt and sweet, crisp edges, chewy centres, full to the brim with peanut butter and chocolate chips. Holy mama, these were good!
It may not look like much, but this cake was a belter. Incredibly light and fluffy banana sponge cake, slathered with whipped vanilla custard icing. It’s just as good as it sounds, even my custard-hating boyfriend was in love with it!
I don’t say this lightly. I’ve had countless attempts at red velvet cakes in past, some very good, some very meh, but in July 2016 I perfected this old school favourite. Wonderfully fluffy red velvet cake with just the right mix of chocolate and vanilla flavouring, sandwiched and spread with whipped vanilla cream cheese icing. This time, it’s foolproof!
I hope you’ve all had a great year (Brexit and The Donald aside), and that next year treats you well too. Thanks for reading, see you in 2017!