European baking

European baking recipes

29 Recipes

From bundt cakes to brioche - we've united our favourite European bakes and cakes...

Apricot brioche


(6 ratings)

When toasted and buttered this delicately flavoured bread is a breakfast in itself
  • 16 hours
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Polish apple cake (Szarlotka)


(10 ratings)

This traditional spiced cake is served with a cinnamon whipped cream and a dusting of icing sugar
  • 1 hour and 35 mins
  • Easy

Piernik (Polish gingerbread)


(5 ratings)

A classic Polish honey gingerbread cake is adapted by Edd Kimber. It's layered with plum jam and coated in chocolate with sprinkles of edible gold
  • 2 hours and 5 mins
  • Easy

Little Black Forest cakes


(5 ratings)

These cute cakes make a perfect finish for a special dinner and you can bake the sponge up to two days ahead
  • 42 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Brioche buns


(19 ratings)

We show you how to master this soft bread enriched with eggs and milk. Serve split and filled with barbecued meat, burgers or pulled pork
  • 35 mins
  • Easy

Pistachio & orange madeleines


(4 ratings)

These beautiful shell-shaped light sponge cakes are ideal with a cup of tea, or serve with creamy desserts
  • 35 mins
  • Easy



(14 ratings)

For an alternative wedding cake, try croquembouche
  • 2 hours and 15 mins
  • A challenge

Peach Melba roulade


(3 ratings)

Follow our step-by-step guide to rolling the perfect peach, cream and raspberry sponge roulade or Swiss roll
  • 50 mins
  • More effort

Ultimate crème brûlée


(80 ratings)

Our professional tips will help you to create this crunchy-and-custardy delight
  • 55 mins
  • More effort

Shallot tarte tatin


(4 ratings)

Vegetarians will love you for giving them something that is not pasta, rice or an omelette, and this can be relished by everyone
  • 1 hour and 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Moreish mocha profiteroles


(1 rating)

A classic profiterole recipe with an added kick for coffee lovers - pile up a batch as modern wedding cake!
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • More effort

Stollen mince pies


(13 ratings)

Two festive giants collide in these shortcrust pastry bakes with marzipan, madeira cake and mincemeat
  • 45 mins
  • Easy

Savoury Danish pastries


(2 ratings)

Give morning pastries a bakeover by swapping the sweet for a savoury butternut squash, blue cheese, bacon, onion and beetroot filling
  • 1 hour and 20 mins
  • Easy

Sticky date buns


(7 ratings)

The longer the dough for this sweet fruit bread stays in the fridge the better the flavour - perfect with a cup of tea
  • 1 hour and 25 mins
  • More effort



(17 ratings)

Edd Kimber, champion of BBC's Great British Bake Off, shares his expert knowledge for baking picture-perfect macarons...
  • 49 mins
  • More effort

Ultimate meringue


(118 ratings)

Perfect your whisking skills for these light baked meringues - a blank canvas for tasty flavour combinations
  • 2 hours and 15 mins
  • More effort

Apricot & marzipan twist


(10 ratings)

Paul Hollywood's almond and apricot 'couronne' is crammed with fruit and nuts and is a great alternative to stollen
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • More effort

Stollen spirals


(9 ratings)

Bake a batch of these sweet German buns over Christmas and enjoy at breakfast or teatime... or both
  • 2 hours and 45 mins
  • More effort



(50 ratings)

A German biscuit similar to gingerbread, lebkuchen is easy to make and a great Christmas treat
  • 30 mins
  • Easy

Pear, chocolate & marzipan strudel


(5 ratings)

Prepare ahead and freeze this rich filo pastry pud, then cook from frozen for the perfect fuss-free seasonal dessert
  • 1 hour and 10 mins
  • Easy


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