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47 Recipes

Skip the supermarket and try making your own storecupboard essentials. Our top-rated, easy recipes include homemade sauces, chutneys and seasonings.

Homemade custard

4.243905

(41 ratings)

Once you've cracked your own technique for silky smooth vanilla custard, you'll never go back to tinned...
  • 25 mins
  • Easy

Easy pancakes

4.25907

(193 ratings)

Learn a skill for life with our foolproof crêpe recipe that ensures perfect pancakes every time - elaborate flip optional
  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Basic shortcrust pastry

4.474575

(59 ratings)

Learn how to make perfect shortcrust pastry every time with our easy recipe. For best results, make sure the butter is cold
  • 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Easy white bread

4.761135

(247 ratings)

A great recipe for an electric breadmaker – or do it the traditional way...
  • 2 hours and 50 mins
  • Easy

Soured cream

0

(0 ratings)

Make your own soured cream to spoon onto chilli, nachos and more. It's quick to make but needs to be left overnight to develop that creamy texture...
  • 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Ultimate vanilla ice cream

4.55319

(47 ratings)

Is Angela Nilsen's vanilla ice cream the smoothest, creamiest homemade ice cream in history?
  • 2 hours
  • Easy

Almond milk

4.5

(2 ratings)

Make your own almond milk to use as a substitute for dairy milk. It's simple to make and tastes great in porridge, smoothies and hot drinks...
  • 25 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Pesto sauce

4.62295

(61 ratings)

Make your own delicious pesto sauce in just 15 minutes
  • 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Hummus

4.125

(8 ratings)

This creamy, rich hummus is made using just 5 ingredients and is ready in 10 minutes. Serve with crunchy seasonal veg or warm pitta breads
  • 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Green curry paste

5

(6 ratings)

John Torode shares his secret to making a fragrant Thai curry - use this strong and aromatic homemade paste as a base
  • 20 mins
  • More effort

Homemade ketchup

4.2

(10 ratings)

Homemade ketchup is a great way to use up excess tomatoes from the garden
  • 1 hour and 20 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

No yeast pizza dough

3.918365

(49 ratings)

Try this easy no yeast recipe for pizza dough using just flour, baking powder, salt and oil. Recipe by Helen Hurrell, mum of BBC Good Food member Eleanor
  • 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Strawberry jam

4.066665

(15 ratings)

Make a jam with British strawberries for the ultimate flavour
  • 1 hour and 20 mins
  • More effort

Ultimate tomato salsa

4.70968

(31 ratings)

Make this tasty salsa in just 5 minutes with tomatoes, onion, garlic, lime, coriander and white wine vinegar. Recipe by BBC Good Food member Oli Wilson-Nunn
  • 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Homemade brown sauce

0

(0 ratings)

Go the extra mile for your fry up or bacon sandwich and make the nation's favourite condiment, brown sauce!...
  • 1 hour
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Mango chutney

3.8

(5 ratings)

Make a classic mango chutney to serve alongside curries, with cheese or in sandwiches. It makes a great gift for family and friends, and you can freeze it too
  • 2 hours and 15 mins
  • Easy

Best ever chunky guacamole

4.78226

(124 ratings)

This is the best version of this classic dip. The ingredients are kept to a minimum, so it's as fresh-tasting as possible...
  • 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Homemade fish fingers

4.875

(16 ratings)

Kids will love this homemade version of fish fingers, and they can even help make them too
  • 30 mins
  • Easy

Basic mayonnaise

4

(1 rating)

Forget shop-bought and make your own homemade mayonnaise. It takes a little effort but it's well worth it to accompany your favourite dishes...
  • More effort

Oven-roasted chips

4.555555

(27 ratings)

Try these oven-roasted chips, far less fatty than their fried cousins
  • 1 hour
  • Easy

Fresh pasta

4.25

(4 ratings)

Go the extra mile for a classic Italian meal and make your own fresh pasta dough. Our simple recipe can be used to make any style or shape
  • 33 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Vintage chocolate chip cookies

4.78233

(464 ratings)

An easy chocolate chip cookie recipe for soft biscuits with a squidgy middle that will impress family and friends. Make plenty as they're sure to be a hit...
  • 25 mins
  • Easy

Sponge cake

4.6

(35 ratings)

Choose your favourite filling for this easy sponge cake – we've opted for lemon curd and whipped cream, but you could have jam. Perfect for afternoon tea...
  • 45 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Cheesy garlic bread

4.608695

(23 ratings)

A real crowd pleaser that will have everyone feeling full. Worth every calorie.
  • 20 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

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