Happy National Toast Day everyone! This may be a humble dish, but it's certainly well-loved, bringing nostalgia and comfort to the homes of many on a daily basis! To celebrate our love of this British diet staple, we thought it would be a good idea to try something a little different on our blog today. Naturally, nothing beats a freshly browned slice with butter, but there are lots of ways that you can shake up this simple meal, in order to try new and interesting flavour combinations! 

Instead of just featuring one recipe today, we've decided to round up some of our favourite toast-related offerings, in order to help you create the ultimate breakfast or teatime treat! From loaves to jam, here are some amazing recipes you should definitely try, to elevate your toast game to new heights! 



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Homemade Bagels

It's been a while since we've featured a bread recipe here at British Bakeware, which is why we turned to Michelle over at Utterly Scrummy  for a feature, after discovering her delicious homemade bagel recipe! We love a soft and tasty Deli bagel here at British Bakeware, and would probably eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner if we could, however, it can be hard to replicate that authentic flavour with shop-bought bagels!

Luckily, you can easily make your very own bagels at home, at a fraction of the cost of buying them from the supermarket, with only a handful of easy-to-find ingredients! Not only with this save you lots of money in the long run, you will also be able to experience the superior quality and freshness of home-baked bagels, which are also free from any nasty additives. 

The best part about Michelle's recipe, is that it also gives you the option to add your own flavours, whether you are looking to create a sweet or savoury option, providing you with lots of scope to experiment after producing your first batch!

To see Michelle's full recipe, and find out how to make these simple and tasty bagels for yourself, click here

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Red Velvet Cupcakes

Valentine's Day is just under a week away! So if you've forgotten to purchase a gift, you haven't got long to sort something out. We're continuing our theme of love and romance with our latest featured recipe, which gives you something to try out ahead of the big day, to make it extra sweet.

Thanks to their striking red colour, these Red Velvet Cupcakes from Jamie's Cookery are the ideal way to treat your loved ones this year, especially those who are looking to impress without breaking the bank! Jamie is a master at producing sweet and delicious creations, and is a baker that we've featured a few times in the past, so we know this recipe is sure to be just as delicious as the other tasty offerings he as produced over on his blog!

To view the full recipe click here. Or to view some of Jamie's other recipes click here.


  • 60g of Softened Butter
  • 150g Golden Caster Sugar
  • 1 Beaten Egg
  • 10g Cocoa Powder
  • 1tsp of Red Food Colouring
  • 1tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 120ml of Buttermilk
  • 150g of Sifted Plain Flour
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1/2 tsp of Bicarbonate of Soda 
  • 1.5 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar

For the Cream Cheese Frosting 

  • 300g of Icing Sugar
  • 50g of Softened Unsalted Butter
  • 125g of Cream Cheese, at room temperature 

To Finish 

  • Some Red Sprinkles 


Step 1 - Preheat the oven to 160°C and prepare a 12-hole cupcake tray some cupcake cases.

Step 2 - In a bowl, mix the butter and golden caster sugar using a hand mixer. Mix on a medium speed until the mixture becomes pale and well mixed.

Step 3 - Add the beaten egg and increase the speed to the highest setting. Continue to mix for roughly 5 minutes, until the mixture looks fluffy.

Step 4 - Add the buttermilk, vanilla extract and flour, and reduce the speed back to medium for roughly a minute.

Step 5 - In a separate bowl or cup, mix the red food colouring, salt, bicarbonate of soda and cider vinegar together to make a paste, and then immediately add it to the cake mixture, and mix on high for one minute until you have a deep red batter.

Step 6 - Divide the mixture evenly between the cupcake cases and bake for 20-25 minutes. To check if they're baked, insert a skewer into one of the cupcakes. If fully baked, it should come out clean and the cupcakes should feel springy when gently poked. 

Step 7 - When baked, leave them to cool in the tray for 5 minutes before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the Cream Cheese Frosting

Step 1 - Beat the butter until it changes colour and looks pale. 

Step 2 - Add the icing sugar in three parts, mixing well after each addition. 

Step 3 - Add the cream cheese and mix for around five minutes until silky smooth.

To Decorate

Step 1 - Fill a piping bag - fitted with a nozzle of your choice - with your cream cheese frosting.

Step 2 - Top each cupcake with a generous swirl of cream cheese frosting and finish with some red sprinkle.

Step 3 - Get stuck in!

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Valentines Chocolate Bark

Today is the first of February, which means that Valentines Day is just around the corner! The annual celebration of love and romance is less than two weeks away, which means that it's time for us to roll out some suitably themed recipe ideas for you to try at home! 

Traditionally, Valentines goes hand in hand with DIY, and although this may have resulted in some dodgy glitter encrusted creations during your childhood, there are easier (and far more delicious) ways to show your appreciation for your loved ones! That's why we decided to share this eye-catching chocolate bark recipe from Jane's Patisserie, which allows you to easily present your desired recipient with a picture-perfect, edible gift, with very little skill required!

The simple ingredient list and no-bake method make this tasty treat ideal for those with little to no baking experience, as well as those who have had their Valentines baking attempts go wrong in the past. Thanks to the very little cooking involved, it's also a great one to make with the kids, if you're looking for a fun and lighthearted way to celebrate.

To find out how to make Jane's sweet-filled, chocolate bark recipe click here

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Chia and Hemp Protein Flapjacks

January is almost over, and although I'm sure that many of us will be glad to see the back of it, there is one thing that we'll miss about this month: Veganuary! This movement provided us with a fantastic excuse to experiment with more recipes that are free from dairy and animal products, leading to many, delicious new food discoveries! 

We thought it was only fitting that we should sneak in another vegan recipe before the end of the month, which is why we turned to Ruth over at Nutritiously Naughty. Ruth is an expert at creating delicious recipes for people with special dietary requirements, which is why we turned to her blog for inspiration this week. We decided to feature her tasty chia and hemp protein flapjacks, which are perfect as a healthy, post-workout snack or grab-and-go breakfast!

Click here to see the original post on Ruth's blog!

You can also find our feature on Ruth's gluten-free Spiced Pumpkin Brownies here


  • 100g coconut oil (melted)
  • 95g maple syrup 
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • 25g chia seeds
  • 30g hemp protein powder 
  • 225g gluten free porridge oats 
  • 2 tbsp shelled hemp seeds (optional)

Step 1 - Preheat the oven to 160°C, then line an 8x8 inch square baking tin.

Step 2 - In a bowl, mix the melted coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and almond milk together.

Step 3 - Begin by stirring in the hemp powder, then add the chia seeds and oats to the bowl.

Step 4 - Mix everything together until the oats are completely coated and beginning to stick together.

Step 5 - Press the oat mixture into the tin, and sprinkle of the hemp seeds if you're using them.

Step 6 - Bake in the oven for 15 mins, and leave to cool completely before cutting into squares. 

Step 7 - Store in an airtight container.

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