Leeds home bakers’ favourite dessert revealed

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A traditional dessert has been revealed as the most popular dish for home bakers in Leeds to attempt.

In a survey of 2,000 bakers, apple pie came out on top, with 44 per cent saying they love to make one.

Two other classic puddings, cheescake and rhubarb crumble, were also in the top three, despite the recent surge in popularity of ‘healthy’ desserts such as gluten-free cakes.

Pensions specialist Portafina quizzed bakers as part of a study into how changing age and family circumstances affect time spent in the kitchen.

Also in the top 10 were Victoria sponge, cupcakes, bread, cookies, lemon drizzle cake, savoury pies and rainbow sponge cake.

The survey also revealed a huge increase in baking among the 18-24 age group, with under-25s being most likely to name themselves as their household’s ‘head baker’.

In Leeds, 45 per cent of those quizzed said they bake to relax, and 12 per cent said their motivation was to have fun baking with their grandchildren.

Portafina managing director Jamie Smith-Thompson said:-

“What was once seen as a hobby of older generations has gone mainstream through the introduction of shows like Bake Off and creative baking shared on social channels like Instagram.

“It is really positive to see that new generations are still enjoying it.”