With the new series of the Great British Bake Off well underway, this post shares some tips for Baking on a Budget.
I love the Great British Bake Off and now the new season is well underway I spend my evenings drooling over the contestant latest baking creations and wishing I was a better baker. I’m an excellent cook but baking is definitely not my forte!
Baking can also be quite an expensive hobby – ingredients alone can cost a fortune and that’s without the set up costs, such as equipment,mixers, baking paper etc. While some people are prepared to stop at nothing to get the perfect bake for others baking on a budget is the only option!
In this post I am going to explore ways you can get baking on budget and still make super awesome tasty treats (and not a soggy bottom in site!)
1. Basic range ingredients often have much in common with their more expensive counterparts – don’t be afraid to try budget versions you might be surprised at how well they work. I made this Hazelnut Cheeseake using almost entirely budget ingredients and it works out at just 37p a portion!
2. Foraging for free ingredients is a great way to keep the cost of baking down, especially during the autumn when apples, pears and blackberries should be plentiful. Crumble anyone?
3. Fresh fruit can often be one of the most expensive parts of baking, whether it’s for decoration or to make jam for the filling it’s never going to be cheap. Try shopping late at night to pick up fruit after it’s been reduced and then preserve by making jams, curds and coulis.
4. Failing either of the above frozen and tinned fruit are also an option too.
5. Cake and biscuit mixes and can save a lot of time and save money spend on ingredients, if you don’t bake often and don’t want to buy full bit of water. See my 62p peach cake recipe here.
6. Know the difference between ‘use by’ and ‘best before’. This should help prevent ingredients being unnecessarily wasted.
7. Keep your ingredients fresh – adding a marshmallow to brown sugar will stop it going hard!
8. While Kenwood and Kitchen Aid are the market leaders when it comes to kitchen mixers they cost upwards of £300 each. There are budget options available from as little as £63.99 including this one from Amazon. (affiliate)
9. For baking on a budget I love Poundland’s Jane Asher range which includes whisks, tongs, cake slices and flour shakers. Pastel colours make it a perfect addition to any kitchen and it includes other baking essentials such as pipping bags and even some cookery books.
10. Wilko’s also offer a Fantastic baking range – I usually try and pick things up in their regular end of season sales and they also have a great range of basic cookware.
11. Amazon also have a huge making range from the budget to the crazy expensive – I think these silicone molds are great value at £2.99 (affiliate)
12. Poundland has a fantasic range of cake decorations, from edible silver balls to writing icing and sugar paper daisy’s. The majority of these are 2 for £1 making them far cheaper than buying from the supermarket.
13. Some finishing touches can be the most expensive – such as cream for fillings and butter for buttercream icing. Try looking for cheaper alternatives such as using water icing. You could also look out for cream in the reduced section if you plan to eat bakes soon after making
14. Cake stands don’t have to be crazy expensive – check out the local charity shops for these as well as other baking equipment such as large ceramic bowls and crystal glasses.
If you like baking but want less of the hassle try these cheats recipes
- Cheats Chocolate and Bailey’s Mousse
- Cheats Domino’s Cookies and Pizza Hut Cookie dough (£2.50 for Both!)