Rachel Allen: Bake!

From cupcakes to casseroles, both sweet and savoury baking treats will be given the Rachel Allen treatment in this new series, which proves that baking is back!

In each programme Rachel will introduce a number of distinctive recipes, demonstrated in easy fashion by this passionate cook who believes strongly in utilising organic and natural ingredients. Baking takes on its widest possible meaning in this new series, from breads to quiches to savoury pies and cakes; all are made easy to follow by Rachel as she demonstrates in her kitchen, and also in front of six lucky students at Ballymaloe cookery school in Cork.

Also in a new incarnation for her, Rachel gets out of the kitchen in search of the best advocates of baking in all of its forms. Set in the UK and Ireland, Rachel journeys in search of chocolatiers, master bread-makers, pie makers and cake specialists, to learn from their craft.

 

Baked cheesecake with blueberries

Baked cheesecake with blueberries

This wonderfully rich cheesecake is equally delicious made with other fruit. Use whatever is in season, or whatever you happen to have in the freezer.

Pissaladiere

Pissaladiere

Rachel Allen's French dish is like an oniony pizza. The base can also be made with puff pastry, which does not need pre-baking. French Niçoise olives are best on top, but Greek and Italian will do just as well. Pissaladière is perfect for a summer lunch,

Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake

Rachel's delicious cake has layers of vampy red cake contrasting with snowy white frosting.

Lemon Cupcakes

Lemon Cupcakes

Rachel suggests that these zesty little treats are ideal with an afternoon cup of tea.

Calzone Puttanesca

Calzone Puttanesca

Calzone are delicious crescent-shaped parcels with a variety of different fillings and make a delicious family meal.