Be a star baker this Bank Holiday weekend

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26 August 2016 | Lifestyle

The return of the Great British Bake-Off to our screens has re-ignited the baking buzz across the country.

Whether you fancy yourself as the next Mary Berry, or just want to impress your friends and family, here are some of the easiest recipes to try at home.

Jam scones and cream

Whether your jam tops your cream, or your cream tops your jam, there's no arguing that a scone is a true British classic.

For a traditional strawberry jam and cream scone, follow James Martin's recipe.


Another simple recipe, and with so many options, muffins can be baked to please any type of sweet craving.

Start with BBC Good Food's simple recipe and add the accompaniment of your choice - chocolate chips are always a winner.

Celebrity chef Delia Smith has put her spin on muffins with this recipe, topping icing sugar with cranberries.

Fondant fancies

The fondant fancy is a sweet treat for fans of marzipan, and is an easy bake to put together.

The Queen of baking herself, Mary Berry, says you can have a lot of fun mixing the different colours on your fancies with her recipe.

If you feel confident enough, why not try using a different flavour of buttercream, or adding lemon zest or vanilla extract to your miniature cakes.

Victoria sponge

The simple-to-make Victoria sponge cake is sure to earn you the tag of star baker.

With a start to finish preparation and cooking time of just 40 minutes, this classic combines two even layers of cream and jam sandwiched by sponge.

Follow Paul Hollywood's recipe to achieve the perfect whipped cream filling - best served oozing out at the sides.