1. Beurre noisette Already a culinary superstar within the savoury world, beurre noisette baking has slowly nudged its way into our sweet universe too. Keep an eye fixed out for an influx warm, nutty flavours taking up your baking in 2021. We’re already dreaming of beurre noisette cinnamon scones, slathered in beurre noisette cheese.
2. Savoury Satisfaction We’re all conversant in a sprinkle of sea salt on our cookies around here, but 2021 goes to require the mixture of sweet and savoury flavours in baking to an entirely new level. From a kick of pink peppercorns in your pastry to an unexpected touch of ras el hanout in your frozen dessert, next year are going to be all about savoury, spice and everyone things nice. be careful with vanilla: our favourite spice will certainly be a key player during this trend, with hints of salted and smoked vanilla shooting up in both sweet and savoury recipes.
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3. Natural Colours While we love baking with bold, vibrant colours, 2021 will see bakers dialling it back to more natural roots using fruits, vegetables and other plant extracts. If you discover the thought of baking with vegies a touch intimidating otherwise you simply don’t know where to start out, try adding a touch natural oomph to your next batch of icing with Queen Natural Colour Extracts.
4. Ruby chocolate Ruby chocolate burst onto the culinary scene mid-2018. While people are quick to undertake this mysterious new threat, we haven’t seen much baking experimentation happening – yet! Once it *finally* hits the bitter chocolate aisle, we expect to ascertain a flood of brightly coloured Panna cotta, brownies, cheesecakes and more. 2021 is that the year to explore its baking potential.
5. “Good enough” baking Do away thereupon “insta-perfect” mindset, 2021 is that the year of excellent enough baking! ditch straight cakes, evenly baked cakes and too-pretty-to-eat cakes – cause the wonky cakes, broken cakes and melty icing cakes. Baking for friends, family (and yourself, of course) is meant to be enjoyable, not about winning awards. We love these examples from our Queen Baker community, who have done a wonderful job of bravely showing off their baking with the Instagram tag,
6. Reinvented classics In 2018 we saw a resurgence of nostalgic baking, with childhood favourites shooting up everywhere social media. Comforting tea cakes and scones, a bit like mum wont to make! Our crystal baking ball predicts this trend will continue, taking that hint of nostalgia, but adding a twist to form it a touch more modern, a touch fresher, a touch more
7. Asian flavours While we will hardly call matcha “new” (it’s over 800 years old!) it’s been impossible to ignore the matcha lattes flooding our Instagram feeds. A trend in its title, this bright green ingredient has also been the doorway to an entirely new world of flavours traditionally utilized in Japanese and Chinese culture. Exotic flavours like yuzu, matcha, miso and black sesame are building momentum in 2018 and can finally hit peak trend status
8. Sour tooth No, put away the Warheads, we’re not that crazy (yet)! 2021 will see a revival of these sharp, sometimes bitter notes in your baking. Think all things tart and tantalising, like sour cherry, tart citrus (including yuzu, as above) and soured cream. It’s all about adding a touch tang to desserts to amp up the complexity of your dish.
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9. Holy Sheet Cake Ahh, the standard sheet cake. Often referred to as the “spare cake outback” for an efficient wedding hack, in 2021 sheet cakes are going to be stepping out of the shadows and into the limelight. Uncomplicated, easy to prep and straightforward to serve, this unassuming baking superstar will really take the cake next year.
10. Quality over quantity 2021 will see a shift towards “back to basics” style baking, where prioritising top-quality ingredients is more important than fussy, multi-step recipes. It’s about letting simple cakes, loaves and muffins represent themselves as bakers develop a greater appreciation of the flavour and texture that accompanies choosing top-quality ingredients. Chocolate and vanilla are prime examples: you’ll taste the difference!