Seven delicious treats to delight your family this weekend

Whether you’re looking to cook a beautiful brunch for the whole family or bake up a storm in the kitchen with the kids, here are seven delicious ways to delight your family this weekend.

  1. Breezy brunch

    Make weekend breakfast a breeze with a special treat that can be prepared ahead or rustled up in minutes. If you've got time in the week, bake up a batch of classic blueberry muffins, or these vegan banana muffins, ready to warm through on the day for that fresh-from-the-oven feel. Otherwise, try these fun berry and banana tacos for a speedy alternative to pancakes or French toast. 

  2. DIY desserts

    Get everyone involved in building their own desserts with these easy ice cream ideas. A sundae is a classic for a reason - who can resist layers of ice cream, cake and swirls of sauce? These mini sticky toffee sundaes are the perfect place to start as the whole family can fill their glasses as they like. For something a bit more fancy, try a pretty ice cream sandwich. Everyone will love squidging together ice cream rounds and crumbly biscuits into a handheld pud. 

  3. Long lunch

    Sunday lunch is the perfect meal to relax over as a family. Give your standard roast a bit of a twist with this Mexican roast chicken recipe that's covered in a zingy spice mix and served with a simple salsa side, or take roast pork to the next level by following our step-by-step recipe to making porchetta – a herb-stuffed roll ofsucculent pork belly. 

  4. Tempting treats

    Serve up a homemade treat this weekend with some easy bakes to fit your mood. These carrot cake squares have all the sweet spices and moist texture of the classic bake, but with added fruit and no refined sugar, make a healthy choice for the whole family. If indulgence is what you're after, these gorgeous little ricotta doughnuts are sure to be a hit and they can be whipped up in just 15 minutes.  

  5. Flavour-packed fakeaway

    Forget the takeaway this weekend and have a go at a homemade version instead. Cook an Indian-style family feast of creamy chicken korma for a real crowd-pleaser, or take your taste buds to South-East Asia and learn how to make a Thai green curry paste from scratch. 

  6. Snappy snacks

    Busy weekends packed with fun activities can be hard work, so some speedy snacks will help keep everyone going. These smoky, charred sugarsnap pea snacks make a great veggie option to dunk into a chunky peantut butter dip, while these pizza breadsticks are great for on the go and only take 20 minutes to prove before baking. 

  7. Brillant baking

    A free weekend afternoon is the perfect time to grab an apron and have a go at honing your baking skills. If you're cooking with kids, try starting out with these simple banana cupcakes for a sweet treat they can help mix, dollop and decorate. For a more advanced bake, try mastering a swirled green veggie bread or dainty mini chiffon cakes with our easy-to-follow step-by-step recipes.