Isolation Diaries: Lockdown Baking!

Hey beauties!

Just me again, bringing you yet another lockdown blog post, and this week I will be sharing some of the lockdown bakes that have graced the table of the McNally-Dickson household over the past 13 weeks!
No, they aren’t the healthiest, and no, I do not care. I love baking and why not treat ourselves whilst we are locked in the house?! Delicious treats help us feel happier, facts 😉
So, here are some of the delicious bakes I have re-created at home, I will be linking the original recipes for you too!

– Banana Bread with Runny Icing and Fudge Pieces –

Banana bread has by far been the biggest bake I have noticed on social media throughout lockdown, probs because people always have bananas that go grim too quick, especially because of the warmer weather! However, I decided to add icing and fudge pieces to the top of mine to mix it up and make it more cake-y!
I used this recipe from BBC GoodFood, added some water icing to the top and scattered fudge pieces over the wet icing. It genuinely made it taste way nicer, weirdly, and I reckon next time I might add some fudge into the cake mix as well to see how that turns out!

Banana Bread Recipe – BBC GoodFood


– Chocolate Banana Muffins –

Now, everyone and their Mum has been making banana bread in lock-down as it is one of the easiest and most delicious bakes. However, by the time I was close to making my third banana bread I thought that there must be other recipes that use manky overripe bananas that would make them feel more unique and tasty? That is when good old Nigella Lawson came into my life again!
These chocolate banana muffins were absolutely deeeeelicious and were so easy to make! I also added around 125g of dark chocolate chips to the muffins and this helped make them even more yummy, if I do say so myself!

Super easy, super quick bake and oh so yummy! 10/10 would recommend!

Chocolate Banana Muffins – Nigella Lawson


– Soda Bread –

At the start of lockdown, as we all know, people lost their mind over anything to do with baking, yeast, and pasta. So, sadly, I was unable to try a yeasted bread (as much as I wanted to) as the ASDA near us looked like the apocalypse had hit! So, I opted for a cheeky soda bread recipe from BBC GoodFood and it was deeeelicious!

The only downside was that I couldn’t get my hands on any buttermilk, however, never fear! You can make your own! I used the amount of milk I needed for the bread recipe and added in the juice of half a lemon and left it to sit in a jug until bubbles formed on the top. Ta-da, homemade buttermilk! So much easier than buying a tub of it when you only need a small amount for one recipe!
I also couldn’t get hold of any wholemeal flour and the recipe called for wholemeal and bread flour… I just used plain for this bake, and it worked fine!

This bread is suuuuper sticky though, so make sure you really flour your hands before you handle it… I didn’t and ended up like a goopy mess! I also found it hard to shape in any way which is why it looks like an absolute mess… so yeah… enjoy the shape of the bread! Overall really easy, simple and quick, just what you want from a soda bread!

Soda Bread Recipe – BBC GoodFood


– Fluffy Cinnamon Rolls –

Now then, these are my pride and joy I reckon! I am so proud with how they turned out, they tasted deeeelicious and I was able to finally try making yeasted bread! Wahoo!
This recipe was created by the wonderful CupcakeJemma on YouTube and they were so easy, simple and oh so yummy! I will link the video I followed down below for you!

The only slight downside was I kinda messed up the recipe and didn’t add the egg… as I struggle following a video and listening to the ingredients! So, I would highly recommend you write the ingredients and method down so you have it clearly set out, rather than following the video, as it is easy to skip something in error! Thankfully, it didn’t impact the taste or result all that much (in my opinion) so if you end up doing that too, don’t worry! They’ll still be delish!

Fluffy Cinnamon Rolls – CupcakeJemma on YouTube


– Triple Chocolate Cookies –

These cookies are without a doubt the best cookies you will ever make! Like honestly, everyone who has ever tried these cookies say that they are the best cookies they have ever had. Fact. So deffo make them!

The recipe is from Tanya Burr’s baking book called Tanya Bakes and they are the triple chocolate cookies! The recipe does call for Diam bars, but I just used Dairy Milk and Milky Bar chocolate as the chocolate chunks and they are heaven! I may be biased, but seriously they are delicious! They are such a perfect comfort food, they honestly make me so happy and they are so easy to make too!

I failed at taking a photo of these beauties, I was too distracted eating them, so I will include the recipe down below for you instead as an extra treat!

– Ingredients –

200g Unsalted Butter
300g Caster Sugar
1 large egg
275g self raising flour
75g cocoa powder
200g Milky Bar (chopped into smaller chunks)
200g Dairy Milk (chopped into smaller chunks)

– Method –

1. Cream the butter and sugar together until smooth, fluffy and much paler in colour.
2. Crack the egg into the creamed butter and sugar and mix well, add a bit of the flour to help reduce the risk of it separating
3. Sieve in the flour and cocoa powder and mix well until it comes together as a dough. Add a dash of milk if it looks super dry!
4. Add your chopped chocolate chunks, get your hands in there and mix well!
5. Grab handfuls of the dough and shape into a rough ball and place on baking trays lined with grease proof paper. It should make around 12-15 cookies depending on how big you want them!
6. Bake in an oven preheated to 200 degrees Celsius and bake for 11 minutes.
7. Leave them to cool for 20-30 mins on the baking trays, then eat and enjoy some whilst they’re still warm and gooey!
8. Enjoy!

So there you have it, lovelies,  here are some of my lockdown bakes! Did you do any baking during lockdown? What did you attempt for the first time? Was it a success?

I absolutely adore baking, I find it so satisfying and lovely when you bake something for someone and they’re chuffed and also love it! It’s one of the nicest hobbies, such a perfect thing to do when you have all the time in the world!

Hope you are all keeping okay, not too much longer until we can go and see our loved ones again! Hang in there! And treat yourself to some of these bakes to cheer you up, you won’t regret it! 😉

Lots of love, and talk soon,

Laura xo

2 thoughts on “Isolation Diaries: Lockdown Baking!

  1. mylilsliceoflife says:

    Everything you made looks soooo delish!! So far I’ve only made banana bread muffins which came out so moist!! The next thing I want to try is I think it’s called coconut cream brownies? I think… I got all the ingredients and realized I needed to buy a box of brownie mix…oops!

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    • lauraanne2016 says:

      Ooooh they sound delicious though! And those brownies sound like heaven! 🥰
      Haha think we’ve all made similar purchasing errors when wanting to bake, I once forgot to buy flour when I wanted to bake a cake! 😂❤️ xx

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