Churros, mini burgers, gluten-free treats and a comeback for old-fashioned cakes? Check out our top 10 food predictions for 2012...
Churros, mini burgers, gluten-free treats and a comeback for old-fashioned cakes? Goodtoknow Recipes has been gazing into its crystal ball. Read on for our top 10 food predictions for 2012…by goodtoknow Recipes editor, Katy Salter
We love cupcakes and cake pops, but sometimes only an old-fashioned bun hits the spot. Traditional Brit favourites like Chelsea buns and Battenberg cake are popping up in recipe books again and in cafés around the country. How about an eccles cake technical challenge on The Great British Bake Off this year?
Meatballs, a London restaurant dedicated to, er, meatballs opened in autumn 2011 and we predict these delicious little balls will be big news in 2012. Meatballs tick all the boxes: cheap, tasty and easy with lots of variations to try. ‘Just about every country has its own version of meatballs,’ says Meatballs owner, Hugh Fowler. Chicken meatballs are currently the no.1 most-clicked recipe on goodtoknow.co.uk.
Sliders aka mini burgers can be found on all the coolest menus at the moment, so why not try making them at home, or for a BBQ when it gets warmer? The trend started in America, and we reckon the appeal lies in their size: there’s far less guilt to be had tucking into a little slider than a giant burger.
With food prices rising and Brits concerned about eating too much red meat, it’s no wonder Google searches for vegetarian recipes are on the rise. ‘I’ve cut down a lot on meat since the recession,’ says goodtoknow user Su, while goodtoknow user Glenda says: ‘health and cost’ are her reasons for cutting down on meat. We’ll be bringing you delicious new meat-free recipes throughout the year.
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We’re big fans of Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood, and we know you lot are too, judging from comments on our Facebook page! 2012 is set to be The Hollywood’s year: Series 3 of The Great British Bake Off and a celeb spin off are in the pipeline, plus a new book: How to Bake. Look out for our exclusive baking tips video with Paul Hollywood on the site soon.
More and more Brits are Googling gluten-free recipes and we think they’ll be even more popular in 2012. If you’ve been diagnosed with coeliac disease or a gluten-intolerance then don’t panic, we have lots of gluten-free recipes to try. And if you just fancy cutting down on the gluten in your diet, why not give them a whirl too.
If the queues at trendy London restaurant Meatliquor are anything to go by, we Brits love a bit of food from the American South. Fried chicken, grits, spare ribs and red velvet cake are just some of the soul food favourites we predict will be big this year.
Pretty macaroons (also known by their French name, macarons) will be the sweet treat of 2012. Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood sparked a craze when they showed the nation how to make these little meringue sandwiches on the Great British Bake Off, and Parisian macaron King Pierre Herme publishes his cookbook in the spring.
Our muffin and cookie mixes in jars were a huge hit over Christmas, with 1000s of you making these easy-food gifts for friends and family. Expect to see lots more home-made pressies in jars in 2012, including cupcakes with the icing on top!