Happy New Year!
It's time for the Annual What Kate Baked Baking Trends Forecast. It's a little like the New Year weather forecast: murky, rough and not a terribly precise science.
2013 had Cronuts, burgers, all thing Peruvian, the Duffin debate, horse meat, the biggest ever Bake Off viewing figures and, erm, more burgers. Prepare to whet the appetite and sharpen the sweet tooth, this is what 2014 has in store:
- Desserts will be all about layering. Think dressing for the ski slope but as a pud.
- Following 2013's horse meat scandal, traceability and locally sourced foods continue to be the buzz words of 2014. Think simplicity and seasonality.
- Europain (the baker's version of Eurovision but without as much warbling) predicts lighter desserts with fruit and spices being used instead of sugar and sweetness. In which case, Lorraine Pascale's latest book should expect bumper sales figures.
- 2014 also looks to be the year of pastry. According to John Whaite, 2012's Bake Off champion, flavoured puff pastry will be flying off the shelves. Edd Kimber, first ever winner of The Great British Bake Off agrees, having spotted 'intricate and elegant' choux buns making their mark in the patisseries of Paris.
- Despite traditional sales falling, tea will be found in desserts, cakes and cocktails in 2014. Move away from the teacup and embrace the jasmine martini. Top tea tips include adding tea to melted butter to enhance the flavour of the bake.
- Cake decorating will see a return to simplicity with easy, straightforward piping and rough iced buttercream creations. Hurrah! My rustic icing, primitive icing style will be in fashion!
- Super seeds: After being christened the new superfood, expect to see chia seeds topping pretty much every baked item in 2014.
- Savoury Chocolate. Salted caramel chocolate was so 2012. This next year will see herbs, cheese and olive oil used in chocolatey creations reckons chocolatier Paul A Young
- As we all tucked into fancy, gourmet varieties in 2013, popcorn became more than just the traditional sticky cinema snack. The popcorn trend doesn't look to be disappearing into the history books just yet with 2014 seeing healthy whole grains as the key ingredients, including quinoa, bulgerwheat and sorghum. Yes, I too mistakenly thought 'sorghum' was the latest, darkest, best selling Scandinavian crime thriller box set.
- Forget the individual cupcake and macaroon, 2014 is the year of sharing: Simon Rimmer, Sunday Brunch presenter envisages that 'big family sized cakes' will be the tea time treat of choice this year. Great. Plenty of seconds!
- Finally, keep an eye out for the following ingredients making their mark in 2014: egg yolks, lemons, candied vegetables, beets and buckwheat.