Tanya Bakes by Tanya Burr

Penguin Random House Canada sent me a copy of Tanya Bakes in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and from the heart.

It’s a grey and drizzly day here in Ottawa, much like I imagine it to be in UK lifestyle blogger and YouTube star Tanya Burr’s corner of the world, only hers probably smells like fresh-baked cinnamon buns or lemon drizzle loaf or any of the other homey puddings, pastries, cookies and cakes in her lovely book, Tanya Bakes. It’s her first cookbook and her second book (Love, Tanya was released in 2015) and she’s got a third coming this September called Tanya’s Christmas: Make, Bake and Celebrate (which I’ve already got, thanks to my magical unicorn friend Maria). Inside this one are page after page of comfort foods — mostly desserts, but also some breakfast dishes and a pizza — accompanied by a brief bit about where or when they were first enjoyed or a tip on how to serve them. Many are family favourites, some a tribute to friends, and a few borrowed from the kitchens of beloved Brits Nigella Lawson, Mary Berry and Jamie Oliver. 

My 10-year-old picked the recipes we’d try, starting with the Sticky Toffee Pudding. Tanya says it took her several attempts to get the recipe right and it’s clear she finally got it, because this recipe is delicious. “It’s warm, sticky and oozy and like a hug in a bowl,” she says.

Tanya Bakes sticky toffee pudding to post

We made ours in buttered ramekins but a muffin tin would also do the trick. My only complaint is that the book uses British cooking measurements, so it took some googling and a bit of math to figure out the correct conversions.

Amazing Chocolate Brownies from Tanya Bakes by Tanya Burr

Tanya’s Amazing Chocolate Brownies (decorated here with Sweetapolita‘s coral reef sprinkles) are aptly named — we went through these so fast I made two batches in a week! They’re free of dairy and wheat (even better!) and made extra moist with mashed avocado stirred into the batter. I can’t be trusted around them.

Tanya Bakes nutella buns 2

And it was a toss up between trying the Cinnamon Buns or the Nutella version but the chocolately buns won out. I loved watching them rise and double in size (so satisfying!) and they tasted divine. Tanya knows what she’s doing!!

Tanya Bakes is a beautiful book to look at and a fun and light read. I’m so happy with how well the recipes we tried turned out and can’t wait to make some more!

What should we make next: Australian Toasted Banana Bread, Raspberry Cupcakes or Rocky Road? Help us decide and I’ll show you how they turned out on Instagram.

Cover photo copyright © Dan Kennedy and shared here with permission from the publisher. 

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  1. Michelle newberry

    I’m trying to make tanyas cinnamon bun recipe but can’t find out how much milk to add as she hasn’t mentioned milk in ingredients,

    1. try small things

      Hi Michelle! I’ve got the book right here and it says 300g of milk. Please let me know if you need anything else! I hope you love them! ❤️

  2. lilacshimmer

    Love this book. Me and my sister bake things out of it all the time. My favourite has probably got to be the brownies though. I mean who can go wrong with Brownies?

    1. try small things

      I’m with you! ❤️

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  4. Barbara Ann

    My vote is also for Australia toasted Banana Bread! Mostly because my family lives outside of Melbourne and I like to embrace their culture!!! And food!!!

  5. Jennifer M

    Toasted banana bread sounds interesting! I’ve never had sticky toffee pudding ….but I must soon. It looks divine!!

    1. try small things

      I am telling you Jennifer, the sauce on that pudding is DEADLY!!

  6. Suzie B

    Oooh that sticky pudding looks SOOO good 😀

    1. try small things

      Thanks Suzie! Oh em gee it’s TO DIE FOR!

  7. jemrah1

    Rocky Road !!

    1. try small things

      I’m loving your enthusiasm!! That one’s a no-bake with mini marshmallows (nom nom). Here’s hoping!!

  8. kathy downey

    Looks so delicious

    1. try small things

      Thanks Kathy! What do you think we should make next: Australian Toasted Banana Bread, Raspberry Cupcakes or Rocky Road?

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