January 16, 2021

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Fluffy pancakes and banana bread are BBC Food’s most popular recipes as Britons take up baking

Fluffy American pancakes and banana bread are BBC Food’s most popular recipes of the year as Britons take up home baking in Covid lockdowns

  • An average of 3.4million UK browsers visited the BBC Food each week in 2020  
  • With 3.5 million UK browsers, pancakes took top spot for nine months of the year
  • Figures were up 74% on 2019 with banana bread hitting top spot during April 

BBC Food’s most popular recipes of the year include fluffy American pancakes and banana bread as Briton’s take up home baking during lockdowns.

The website had a record-breaking year in 2020 after millions of people were stuck at home, with an average of 3.4million UK browsers visiting BBC Food each week. 

Figures were up 74% on 2019 with millions turning to the website for ‘advice, inspiration and tips’ according to the BBC.  

With 3.5 million total UK unique browsers, the fluffy American pancakes recipe took the top spot for nine months of the year (file image) 

The only other recipes to hit the top spot were lockdown favourite - banana bread - in April after there were an average of 3.4million UK browsers visiting BBC Food each week (file image)

The only other recipes to hit the top spot were lockdown favourite – banana bread – in April after there were an average of 3.4million UK browsers visiting BBC Food each week (file image)

Recipes for fluffy American pancakes, banana bread and Mary Berry’s scones topped the list as the most popular last year. 

With 3.5 million total UK unique browsers, the fluffy American pancakes recipe took the top spot for nine months of the year.       

The only other recipes to hit the top spot were lockdown favourite – banana bread – in April, Mary Berry’s scones for VE Day in May and gingerbread men in December.

Recipes for Mary Berry's scones for VE Day topped the records in May after figures were up 74% on 2019 (file image)

Recipes for Mary Berry’s scones for VE Day topped the records in May after figures were up 74% on 2019 (file image) 

With millions stuck at home during lockdown, baking proved a popular pass time, with different cakes, cookies and breads topping the list last year.

Easter was the website’s busiest week, with 6.4million UK browsers searching for tips and recipes.  

Christmas Eve saw the largest number of people browsing for recipes, at 1.5million, as people headed to site for help with Christmas dinner. 

The Hairy Bikers’ honey-glazed gammon recipe topped charts as the most viewed across Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

With millions stuck at home during lockdown, baking proved a popular pass time, with shortbread coming in at the fourth most popular recipe (file image)

With millions stuck at home during lockdown, baking proved a popular pass time, with shortbread coming in at the fourth most popular recipe (file image) 

Another recipe hitting the top spot was pizza dough. Emily Angle, the editor at BBC Food said the site had been 'helping people learn to cook and bake for two decades' (file image)

Another recipe hitting the top spot was pizza dough. Emily Angle, the editor at BBC Food said the site had been ‘helping people learn to cook and bake for two decades’ (file image) 

Emily Angle, editor at BBC Food says: ‘BBC Food has been helping people learn to cook and bake for two decades and while 2020 was really tough for everyone, it was great to see more people than ever enjoying the amazing recipes and the useful advice we have to offer.’

This comes as almost a billion loaves of bread were made in kitchens in the six months after coronavirus restrictions were first introduced, researchers have found. 

It was revealed that 960 million loaves were baked at home between March and September.

Mary Berry's easy Victoria sandwich was the sixth most popular recipe. Easter was the website's busiest week after 6.4million UK browsers searching for tips (file image)

Mary Berry’s easy Victoria sandwich was the sixth most popular recipe. Easter was the website’s busiest week after 6.4million UK browsers searching for tips (file image) 

The astonishing figure represents an average of more than one loaf a week for each of Britain’s 27.6 million households.

Just over a third of adults said they had started baking their own bread this year, with almost half of them aged 25 to 34. 

On average, each amateur baker made two loaves a week, but 15 per cent said they churned out four or more. 

Top 10 most popular recipes in 2020 

  1. Fluffy American pancakes
  2. Banana bread
  3. Mary Berry’s scones
  4. Shortbread
  5. Pizza dough
  6. Mary Berry’s easy Victoria sandwich
  7. Yorkshire pudding
  8. Basic buttercream icing
  9. Easy chocolate chip cookies
  10. Easiest ever banana cake

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