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Mindful kitchen therapy projects

Cheese soufflé

Make brilliant use of a long, lazy weekend by perfecting the art of these light-as-air savoury soufflés.

Three soufflés in white dishes

Pain au chocolat

Follow our tips and tricks to make a classic pain au chocolat – a buttery, rich, crisp French pastry that’s best served with a mug of tea or coffee.

A plate of pain au chocolats with a mug of tea behind

Homemade crumpets

Spend a little more time making a batch of these fluffy golden crumpets – freshly toasted and slathered with butter, they’re well worth the effort.

A wire cooling rack filled with golden crumpets, with one crumpet on a plate with a knife and butter

Triple chocolate chip cookies

Spend some time this weekend baking these triple choc cookies – they’re simple to make with maximum reward.

Triple chocolate chip cookies

Confit potatoes

This method creates the crispest, fluffiest thousand-layer potatoes. Try it this weekend for an alternative to roast potatoes.

A basket of confit potatoes, next to a dip and pot of salt

Classic creme brûlée

Learn how to make the ultimate crème brûlée for a fun weekend project – the results are worth it!

Four ramekins filled with crème brûlée on a white plate with a blue background and three spoons


Spend some downtime in the kitchen by baking these light, beautifully crusted baguettes – just wait until your home is filled with the irresistible aromas of freshly baked bread.

Three baguettes on a surface with a knife

Homemade chilli crisp

Elevate your stir fries and barbecued meats by making your own chilli crisp infused with star anise, cardamom, sesame seeds, Sichuan peppercorns and ginger.

Three jars of homemade chilli crisp.

Chicken kiev

Take some time this weekend to master the art of making homemade chicken kiev, perfect for a Saturday night dinner that serves up to four.

Chicken kiev with chips and greens


Deliciously sour, spicy and umami, a jar of home-made Kimchi, a Korean staple of fermented vegetables, makes for a perfectly soothing weekend project.

Jars of bright red homemade kimchi

Chicken and chorizo pie

Time and patience will only make this puff pastry pie better, filled with tender chicken, spicy chorizo and a rich crème fraîche sauce.

A black baking dish filled with a meat pie, topped with golden pastry

Laminated milk bread

With two days needed for overnight chilling and proving, this recipe is best for a weekend project. You will be amply rewarded with deliciously golden, puffy and buttery milk rolls.

Freshly baked bread in a white and blue bowl

New York cheesecake

Take some time to level up your baking skills this weekend with this creamy New York Cheesecake, a dessert that’s perfect for entertaining.

A white plate topped with a creamy cheesecake set against a pink background

Steamed sponge pudding with custard

Let the steamer slowly simmer this classic sponge pudding, made with golden syrup and hints of lemon then submerged with creamy custard.

Two bowls filled with servings of golden sponge pudding in a pool of creamy custard

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