17 rewarding recipes to add to your weekend baking list

17 rewarding recipes to add to your weekend baking list

The Cook Up with Adam Liaw S2 airs weekdays on SBS Food at 7:00 PM and 10:30 PM, or stream it for free on SBS On Demand. Catch Adam Liaw and guests in the ‘weekend bakes’ episode on June 10 on SBS Food and then streaming on SBS On Demand —

For those who love baking, the weekend means more time. More time to slow down and enjoy the process as well as the result. More time to try something new, something ambitious, or something that needs just that: time. A fruitcake that makes the dried fruits plump and delicious (and probably drunk!) after a long week. A yeast bread. A savory carrot cake where perfection is achieved via a low, slow bake.

Here are some of the ways we like to make the most of the weekend.


Two of our favorite baking projects are miles apart, yet connected by their “curve”. We’re talking donuts (yes, they’re often fried, but some are fried) and the glory of babka.

Cherry and chocolate babka

Many countries have created their own version of babka. This one, from the party magazine archives, with fruit, chocolate and rum in the dough, and a rum syrup drizzled after baking, is a delightful combination of all styles. The cherries for this need to soak for at least four hours (or overnight), and the yeast dough needs to rise, so this one will fit in with other weekend projects.

Cherry and chocolate babka

donuts, donuts, donuts

From classic cinnamon-dusted rings to custard-filled balls, donut ice cream sandwiches, and Mexican chocolate donuts (a type of puffy pancake on the stovetop), donuts come in many shapes. And while some are baked, some are baked, like these cinnamon-coconut donuts with berry whip). Dive into the collection of donut recipes to discover your donut adventure for the next weekend.


A rich traditional fruitcake is a delight. Some require soaking and they often require several hours in the oven – a perfect weekend project.


This recipe, from popular SBS Food host, Irishman Donal Skehan, makes a really nice moist loaf of bread, bursting with flavor from the mixed herbs and dried fruit, which has been soaked overnight in cold tea and whiskey to soak up all the goodness. to take. “Barmbrack is a traditional Irish fruitcake, which I got in my school lunchbox every year around Halloween. Traditionally a ring is baked in the cake and every year there would be great excitement about who would get the slice with the sing in it ‘, he says.

Fruitcake with cherries and macadamia nuts

Full of brandy-soaked fruit and spices, and with hazelnut or almond flour in the batter, this cake is great for a modern Christmas cake, but it’s delicious at other times too. The fruit includes dried cherries, raisins, sultanas, currants, and plums, and there are macadamias in the cake and on top to decorate. Plan ahead – this one needs to soak overnight (or up to 2 weeks so you can easily do this for the weekend); 3½-4 hours baking time; and night cooling.

Cherry and macadamia cake

Find more in the SBS Food recipe collection for fruitcakes.


Just like fruit pies, the delicious density of a carrot cake often requires a little more oven time. We’re big carrot cake fans here at SBS Food and know that every minute of extra time is an investment in ultimate deliciousness, best enjoyed under a layer of cream cheese frosting.

Southern Style American Carrot Cake

“It’s heavenly with a capital ‘H’,” says Poh Ling Yeow of this delicious version, based on a recipe Priyant Pratap shared with her. There’s an extra element of deliciousness here: Each of the three cake layers is topped with a buttermilk frosting before being topped with a layer of cream cheese frosting.

Masala chai carrot cake

A fantastic twist on the classic here, from Nik Sharma. “Carrot pie is one of my favorite ‘vegetable’ pies to make at home; it’s simple to prepare and rather rustic but absolutely delicious. I infused this carrot pie with chai (the Hindi word for tea is chai) and used some of my favorite spices that I use when I’m craving masala chai (the Hindi word for spice is en masse),” he says. This one needs several hours of chilling and then chilling time, so it’s a great cake project for the weekend.

Find more carrot cakes (including a gluten-free version) in the carrot cake recipes collection.


The rich, smooth deliciousness of a baked cheesecake often benefits from chilling time — like these beauties.

Single malt cheesecake

“Cheesecake might be one of my favorite things in the world. And this is a stolen cheesecake recipe. Stolen from my wife, who pretty much always makes it when a special occasion cake needs to be made,” says Adam Liaw of this beauty, which he shares in the episode ‘weekend bakes’ of The Cook Up† A sip of whiskey adds a deliciously drunken, caramel-like edge to this take on baked cheesecake. Plan ahead: It’s not difficult to make, but to achieve its perfect cheesecake perfection, it needs to rest for about 8 hours after baking and then in the fridge for at least 4 hours (overnight is better).

Japanese souffle cheesecake

This airy baked cheesecake is extremely popular in Japan for its light, smooth texture. Keeping the cheesecake in the fridge overnight will improve the texture and creaminess.

Japanese souffle cheesecake

Find more creamy baked cheesecakes in the cheesecake recipe collection.


Weekends don’t just give us more time to enjoy baking – it’s also a time to catch up with family and friends. And there is something so beautiful about making and sharing food baked with love.

Bundt cake with coffee and chocolate

The weekends are a great time to try something new, like a turban. This stylish coffee and chocolate turban is another one from the weekend baking episode of The Cook Upshared by pastry chef Lauren Eldridge.

Bundt cake with coffee and chocolate
Source: Adam Liaw

Iced VoVo mousse cake

This Grace Angel recipe is described as “a baking marathon, not a sprint” — it takes several days — but just look at the result: an epic layered dessert. Some elements can be made ahead of time and frozen.

For more cakes with the wow factor, check out the Cakes for crowds recipe collection.


The weekend is the perfect time to bake with yeast, whether it’s a sticky bun, a festive sweet bread, or your everyday loaf.

Raspberry jam and chocolate bread

“Swedes just can’t get enough of sandwiches, and neither can I,” says Rachel Khoo of these glorious chocolate breads, which are made with a rich, honey-sweetened, buttery spelled pastry, and come from her book The little Sewish kitchen† The main proof takes four hours, but you can leave the dough overnight in the fridge after this stage, making it easy to fit into a weekend. Then shape, let rise for another hour and then bake for a deliciously sticky delight. She says it’s best to eat these a little warm on the day of baking (but you can also freeze your baked rolls).

Rachel Khoo's Raspberry Jam and Chocolate Buns

Rachel Khoo’s Raspberry Jam and Chocolate Buns
Source: My Little Swedish Kitchen / Michael Joseph Books

Mastering sourdough

Bakery columnist Anneka Manning has collected everything you need to make five-star sourdough, from a detailed, step-by-step guide to starting and caring for a sourdough starter to recipes for basic sourdough bread and whole-wheat seedless sourdough.

Find more delicious yeast breads and pastries in the Homemade Bread Collection and Yeast Recipe Collection.


There’s a world of pastries waiting for you to explore, from Middle Eastern spinach and pine nut rolls and Singaporean chicken curry puffs to English eccles cakes.

Bosnian baklava (ružice)

This dessert is every syrup lover’s dream. “If you like syrupy baklava, this is the dessert platter for you! quarrel gets its name from the fact that once you cut and turn the layered dough pieces on a baking sheet, they resemble the rosebud. Traditionally these are made with walnut and tirit fillings, but if you’re short on time you can skip the tirit and just use walnuts as a filler, this works just as well,” explains Farah Celjo of SBS Food. This recipe uses purchased filo dough; if you’re looking for a recipe you can make yourself, try these spanakopita or these individual cheese and silver beet pies (kloropita).

All-butter puff pastry

Dive in deep and make your own puff pastry? Anneka Manning takes you through the process step-by-step (her recipe also includes freezing instructions so you can use it for another weekend). Then use it for her Portuguese chai spiced custard tarts.

Whether you want to make your own pastries, or make something delicious with purchased pastries (mmmm, vanilla slice), you’ll find plenty of ideas in the pastry recipe collection.


From a picnic to something hearty for a winter family meal, there’s a cake for every occasion.

Spanish chorizo ​​and egg tart

This is the kind of recipe that you can make while doing other things around the house as there are four ‘fold and chill’ stages in making the dough. This beauty can be served warm or at room temperature.

Custard apple and apple pie

The classic apple pie gets a tropical twist with creamy custard apple. This is very easy to make; the dough needs 2 hours of cooling time, so this is a good choice to do on the weekend.

Find more in the cake collection and the hand cake collection.


coconut cake

One last suggestion: a wedding cake from baking expert Anna Olson. A moist and tender coconut cake is topped with a white chocolate cream cheese frosting. This one serves about 40 as a plated dessert, more if you’re serving small flavors. (She also has a very different, casual wedding idea: a stacked s’mores pie.)