Baking, whether it be in an electric or gas oven, a wood fired oven or a sun oven, is one of the most delicious (and rather healthy) way to prepare food. Check out our top 8 baking trends for 2016 and try them out in your kitchen!
1. Bake in a Cast Iron Skillet
Although cast iron cookware has been around for eons, the recently erupted sustainable food craze has turned cast iron skillets into coveted items by foodies. Moving on from creating delicious sauces and sautés in them, the next big thing is baking in them. Use your favorite scone or banana bread recipe for a cast iron skillet bake, and you'll be amazed how well it cooks!
2. Use Your Leftovers!
Who would've thought that you could use leftovers for baking? Well it's as easy as using last night's veggies in a quiche, blending you sweet potato mash into a quick bread recipe, or using up all that leftover pasta for a hearty and satisfying pasta bake.
3. House Milled Flours
You'll see bakeries all over the country (especially the artisanal ones) advertising their house milled flours this year. This essentially means that they'll be grinding the grains they use in-house, and often from local farmers crops. This is definitely a back-to-basics trend we support!
Shortbread, the Scottish favorite, is predicted to be a huge hit in coffee shops this season. Expect to see it with different varieties of ingredients, with sustainable ones like organic local honey and sea salt. Yum!
5. Baked Avocados
From the Organic Authority Files
Avocados have been on the radar for a while now, but these delicious and nutritious fruits will be making their way on the baking stage this year. Try this nutrient dense and healthy recipe for Baked Avocado Stuffed with Goat Cheese, Zucchini and Balsamic Reduction to see why!
6. Baked Turnip Fries
Sweet Potato fries are old news, as the likes of turnip fries take the lead for a healthy, low calorie alternative to your regular old fries. Make sure to source organic turnips, preferably from your local farmer.
7. Stacked Cookie Cakes
Cookies will be a baked good that will never go out of style, but the new cookie craze (especially in the wedding industry) has arrived in cake form. Try these Stacked Cookie Cakes as a fun dessert for your next dinner party or special event.
Eclairs are already gaining popularity in elite pastry shops of major cities, and there's no explanation needed. The crisp and satisfying pastry dough is the perfect setting for unusual and sustainably sourced fillings like salted caramel, sweet goat cheese and mango yogurt.
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