There's never been a better time to get in the kitchen and get baking than this autumn. Cooking up some homemade treats as the weather starts to turn colder can be a real comfort, and with National Baking Week fast approaching (October 13th - 19th), we've got some great ideas for how you can make the most out of your kitchen this season.
Firstly, having a clear space to work in your kitchen can make your baking run a little smoother. Having a clean and tidy work station means you've got more room to get creative and an even bigger area to make a mess of if you want to! Plus, this way you've got plenty of space to add multiple tiers to a Victoria sponge, dust currant buns with icing sugar, or make mountains of meringue to your heart's content. We love these neat storage ideas
- great for even the cosiest of kitchens.
Once you've cleared your space, having the right equipment can also help you along when coming up with some delicious treats. However, if a state-of-the-art mixer or top-notch spice rack isn't something you can get your hands on right away, you could always get creative and make the most of what you already have. For example, we love these make shift placemats
and this build your own shopping list
idea. Even the smallest homemade touches can add plenty of character to your kitchen, creating your very own unique style.
If you're thinking of rearranging your kitchen a little to make more room for creative baking, or perhaps just want to make a few changes, choosing some brightly-coloured tiles can really liven up your space. Our range
features some beautiful patterns and colours, so you can create your culinary masterpieces surrounded by your favourite styles.
Once you've made the most of your space, to get into the spirit of autumn, how about beginning with cooking up some cinnamon-spiced flavour goodies, or trying something new by creating some pumpkin-inspired bakes? Gingerbreads and all things warm make excellent autumnal treats; we've come across some excellent ideas here
If you've got a full day of baking planned, sometimes thinking about making your evening meal can seem like a difficult task, especially when you're feeling all cooked-out. If you have one, get your slow cooker out this autumn - it's ideal for preparing a hearty meal with minimum effort required. Plus, it'll make your home smell great - this Pinterest page
has plenty of recipe ideas if you need some inspiration.
As part of National Baking Week, we're also running an exclusive competition for baking bloggers to create some tasty autumnal desserts, so stand by to see some of the amazing results!