Brigades @ Home

26/03/2021 - Week 54

Baking with Dave: Swiss Roll


Another Hairy Dieters favourite - swiss roll. Swiss roll isn't difficult to make, plus you could change the jam filling and decorate the top as you wish.

Swiss Roll Recipe
Swiss Roll Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [605.3 KB]

19/03/2021 - Week 53

Baking with Dave: Carrot Cake


This favourite from Dave and Si's Hairy Dieters book is a great quick bake, tasty, and light. Nom!


Carrot Cake Recipe
Carrot Cake Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [664.1 KB]

12/03/2021 - Week 52

Baking with Dave: Rock Cakes


Quick and easy to put together, then enjoy with a cup of tea and your feet up.

Rock Cake Recipe
Rock Cake Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [627.1 KB]

05/03/2021 - Week 51

Baking with Dave: Peanut Crunch


A lovely, crunchy snack that is really quick to make. Oh, so delicious

Peanut Crunch Recipe
Peanut Crunch Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [617.4 KB]

26/02/2021 - Week 50

Baking with Dave: Pavlova


Another simple dessert with happy memories from my childhood.


Top with whatever you want - chocolate, fresh fruit, nuts, whatever you like!

Pavlova Recipe
Pavlova Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [573.6 KB]

12/02/2021 - Week 48

Baking with Dave: Pancakes


With it being Shrove Tuesday and the start of Lent this coming week, pancakes seemed like the obvious choice...


Pancakes are a quick and easy dessert with only 3 ingredients. Plus you can go wild on your choice of fillings (my favourite is Nutella and banana!)

Pancake Recipe
Pancake Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [479.7 KB]

05/02/2021 - Week 47

Baking with Dave: Custard Tarts


I've always loved a good custard tart and like most things they taste better when you've made them yourself. Smooth and with a nutmeg tang. Mmmm!

Custard Tart Recipe
Custard Tart Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [697.6 KB]

29/01/2021 - Week 46

Baking with Dave: Cranachan


This wonderfully filling, creamy dessert is especially apt this week having been Burn's Night on Monday.


Good all year round, but best after haggis, neaps and tatties :-)

Cranachan Recipe
Cranachan Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [562.2 KB]

22/01/2021 - Week 45

Baking with Dave: Viennese Whirls


Light and creamy biscuit... vanilla buttercream... jam... This is not just any old biscuit. This is the classic Viennese Whirl!!

Viennese Whirls Recipe
Viennese Whirls Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [724.7 KB]

15/01/2021 - Week 44

Baking with Dave: Battenberg


Who doesn't like multicoloured cake? A little fiddly to make, this one, but well worth the effort. Mmmmmm!

Battenberg Recipe
Battenberg Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [630.1 KB]

18/12/2020 - Week 40

Baking with Dave: Mince Pies


Another compulsory christmas treat, mince pies are terribly eatable. Once you pop....


These use the sweet shortcrust recipe we used for the jam tarts all the way back in May. What's not to like?

Mince Pie Recipe
Mince Pie Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [685.0 KB]

27/11/2020 - Week 37

Baking with Dave: Christmas Cake


It's getting towards that time of year, and Christmas cakes may be made in advance and fed up until needed, or can be frozen for a year!


This moist, tasty cake is one of my very favourites and the smell when it's cooking? Well... it screams Christmas!

Christmas Cake Recipe
Christmas Cake Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.4 MB]

20/11/2020 - Week 36

1. Anti-bullying week video:


This is an excellent song!

2. Baking with Dave: Bread and Butter Pudding


What can I say about bread and butter pudding? It was an obvious choice. Mmmmmmm!

Bread and Butter Pudding Recipe
Bread and Butter Pudding Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [658.5 KB]

13/11/2020 - Week 35

Baking with Dave: Bara Brith (Welsh Tea Loaf)


This one is a fond memory of summer holidays in North Wales. For best results, slice and serve buttered. Oh so gooey!

Bara Brith Recipe
Bara Brith Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [573.2 KB]

25/09/2020 - Week 28

Baking with Dave: Pineapple Upside Down Cake


Another firm favourite. An oldie, but a goodie!

Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Pineappple Upside Down Cake.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [684.7 KB]

18/09/2020 - Week 27

Baking with Dave: Rice Pudding


Now we are nearing autumn this becomes a go-to dessert for me. If I'm eating it warm I'll add some raisins or sultanas, and maybe some ground cinnamon.


However, it's much better cold!

Rice Pudding Recipe
Rice Pudding Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [400.2 KB]

11/09/2020 - Week 26

Baking with Dave: Honeycomb


Have you got that Friday feeling? Why not emulate "that chocolate bar"?


Very sweet, but oh, so good!

Honeycomb Recipe
Honeycomb Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [717.5 KB]

04/09/2020 - Week 25

Baking with Dave: Apple Crumble


Another personal favourite. I much prefer mine cold with cream!


How do you like yours?

Apple Crumble Recipe
Apple Crumble Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [703.4 KB]

28/08/2020 - Week 24

Baking with Dave: Cinnamon Swirls


These bite-size swirls go well with a mug of hot chocolate or a chai latte.


Watch out otherwise you'll end up scoffing the lot in double quick time!

Cinnamon Swirls Recipe
Cinnamon Swirls Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [562.2 KB]

21/08/2020 - Week 23

After a 2 week hiatus for Virtual Camp 2020, we are back to normal!


Baking with Dave: Peanut Butter Banana Muffins


Scrummy and oh so easy to make. Go on, you know you want to!

Peanut Butter Banana Muffins
Peanut Butter Banana Muffins Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [688.6 KB]

31/07/2020 - Week 20

Baking with Dave: Cappuccino Squares


This soft coffee cake is very easy to make, but tastes like it shouldn't be. Decorate this one as you wish - chocolate covered coffee beans, cocoa powder,... go wild!

Cappuccino Squares Recipe
Cappuccino Squares Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [723.6 KB]

24/07/2020 - Week 19

Baking with Dave: Meringues


Meringues are versatile, and so easy to make. Stick two together with some whipped cream, crumble some with whipped cream and fruit for an Eton Mess, the possibilities are endless...

Meringues Recipe
Meringue Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [467.2 KB]

17/07/2020 - Week 18

Baking with Dave: Rocky Road


A perennial favourite, you can get creative with this rocky road recipe. Add up to 100g of your favourite dried fruit, nuts, honeycomb, whatever you like.


The 2 hour wait for it to chill in the fridge is the hardest part!

Rocky Road Recipe
Rocky Road Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [795.1 KB]

10/07/2020 - Week 17

Baking with Dave: Walnut Cake


Light and tasty with a creamy filling, this is a perfect slice for with a cuppa.


There is also an American frosting in the original recipe if that's your kind of thing... Just visit the link in my recipe document below!

Walnut Cake Recipe
Walnut Cake Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [661.3 KB]

03/07/2020 - Week 16

Baking with Dave: James' Mum's Ovaltine Loaf


A quick and easy malty-style loaf that may be eaten with or without butter on. Yum!

Ovaltine Loaf Recipe
Ovaltine Loaf Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [609.8 KB]

26/06/2020 - Week 15

Baking with Dave: Oat and Raisin Cookies


A popular request and a firm favourite. Lovely squidgy cookies. Do the raisins count as one of your five a day?

Oat and Raisin Cookie Recipe
Oat and Raisin Cookie Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [724.2 KB]

19/06/2020 - Week 14

Baking with Dave: Parkin


Always a tasty snack. Soft, sitcky, and oh so good!

Parkin Recipe
Parkin Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [790.5 KB]

12/06/2020 - Week 13

Baking with Dave: Chocolate Chip Cookies


Make these as big or as small as you like, but be warned they are moorish!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [684.3 KB]

05/06/2020 - Week 12

Baking with Dave: Triple Chocolate Brownies


Another favourite this week - brownies! Gooey and chocolatey, I don't think these will last long!

Triple Chocolate Brownie Recipe
Triple Chocolate Brownie Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [768.1 KB]

29/05/2020 - Week 11

Baking with Dave: Chocolate Cheesecake


This week we have a very moorish treat - chocolate cheesecake. I prefer dark chocolate, but you can use whichever chocolate is your favourite. You could also divide up the mixture between different chocolates and layer them up!


Don't forget to show us how inventive you get...

Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe
Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [762.4 KB]

22/05/2020 - Week 10

Baking with Dave: Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffins


One of my favourite flavour combinations - raspberries and white chocolate. Muffins are always a winner.


Send us your snaps

Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffins
Raspberry Muffin Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [693.3 KB]

15/05/2020 - Week 9

Baking with Dave: Cornflake Tart


A school favourite for some, this week it's Cornflake Tart. Some like it as it is, some with custard.


How do you like yours?

Cornflake Tart Recipe
Cornflake Tart Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [726.3 KB]

08/05/2020 - Week 8

Baking with Dave: Madeira Cake


Another sponge cake this week, but this time it's more of a loaf for having a slice with a cuppa. It's Madeira Cake!

Madeira Cake Recipe
Madeira Cake Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [646.0 KB]

The Methodist Church Get Creative:


Do you enjoy writing, drawing, painting, or taking photos? The Methodist Church are issuing a creative challenge to young people 4-18 years old across 4 age groups. For full details click the button below:

01/05/2020 - Week 7

This week's challenges:


1. Chain Reaction Machine


Arrange items to create a large domino rally-style machine. You can find plenty of examples on YouTube.


Prepare it, run it, record it. Please send us your videos!


2. Slideshow of Pictures


Help us spread some happiness. Send us pictures of you doing things that make you happy this week. We will create a slideshow using them all, aiming to bring some happiness to people.

3. Baking with Dave: Jam Tarts


Who can resist a good jam tart?


Have fun making these, and enjoy the light, sweet pastry

Jam Tart Recipe
Jam Tart Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [739.5 KB]

We also had a submission from a budding stop-motion animator!

24/04/2020 - Week 6

Baking with Dave: Scones


Another old favourite this week.


I like mine with clotted cream and my Mum's raspberry jam. How do you like yours? Show us...

Scones Recipe
Scones Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [590.8 KB]

17/04/2020 - Week 5

Baking with Dave: Victoria Sponge


A little more adventurous this week with a classic - Victoria Sponge!


Looking forward to seeing your pictures!

Victoria Sponge Recipe
Victora Sponge Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [547.8 KB]

10/04/2020 - Week 4

Baking with Dave: Chocolate Nests


In keeping with the season, this week's bake is chocolate nests complete with mini eggs.


As always, send us your pictures...

Chocolate Nests Recipe
Chocolate Nests Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [486.1 KB]

Some more activities:

Easter poster to colour. Display the first one now, and add the second one below it on Easter day! Downloads are below:

Easter Poster part 1
Easter poster to colour and display now
Easter Poster 1.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [15.9 MB]
Easter Poster part 2
The second part to colour and display below part 1 on Easter Sunday
Easter Poster 2.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [9.2 MB]

03/04/2020 - Week 3

Another two activities for you to have fun with:


1. Kick-up Challenge


Have a watch of the #BBatHOME kick-up challenge and then film yourself doing it and send it to us


2. Baking with Dave: Shortbread Biscuits


This week is shortbread biscuits. Careful, they're very morish!


Send us your pictures...

Shortbread Biscuits Recipe
Shortbread Biscuits Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [589.9 KB]

27/03/2020 - Week 2

Two activities for your to get involved with this week:


1. Press-up challenge


Video yourself doing 5 press-ups as part of your daily exercise and email it to us


2. Baking with Dave: Chewy Flapjack


Try your hand at baking some flapjack this week. Click below to download the recipe!


Send us your pictures...

Flapjack Recipe
Chewy Flapjacks Recipe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [542.6 KB]

20/03/2020 - Week 1

We had our first Zoom chat, caught up with everyone who attended, and outlined the first activity: create a rainbow to put in your window to show solidarity. Send us your pictures! Tweet us @BatsHgte, put them on the Brigades @ Starbeck Facebook page, or email them to