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Move over banana bread, carrot cake tops NI lockdown bake list

Visits to the National Trust’s baking page have increased by almost 900% compared with the same time last year.

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Carrot cake has emerged as one of the most popular lockdown bakes in Northern Ireland (PA)

Carrot cake has emerged as one of the most popular lockdown bakes in Northern Ireland (PA)

Carrot cake has emerged as one of the most popular lockdown bakes in Northern Ireland (PA)

Carrot cake appears to have overtaken banana bread as Northern Ireland’s favourite lockdown treat.

After four weeks of most of the public staying at home, the National Trust said visits to the home baking pages on its website have increased by almost 900% compared with the same time last year.

Page hits from Northern Ireland have indicated that carrot cake is the recipe that most in the region want to bake.

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Cheese scones have emerged as the most popular recipe downloaded from the National Trust website during lockdown. (National Trust/PA)

Cheese scones have emerged as the most popular recipe downloaded from the National Trust website during lockdown. (National Trust/PA)

Cheese scones have emerged as the most popular recipe downloaded from the National Trust website during lockdown. (National Trust/PA)

The next most popular recipes include pork and apple sausage rolls, chocolate nests, peanut butter brownies, and butternut squash, red pepper and chilli soup.

Across the UK, cheese scones were the most popular recipe, followed by apple and rhubarb crumble, and fruit scones.

Matt Drew, the National Trust’s head of food and beverage, said there was a preference for nostalgic recipes.

“The lockdown seems to be rekindling our love of baking as more comforting, nostalgic recipes come out on top, with crumbles and sponges taking the place of what some may see as lighter or more contemporary bakes like lemon drizzle and chocolate orange bread twists,” he said.

“Even though the Trust has closed its places to help stop the spread of coronavirus, we’ve been encouraging our supporters to enjoy the huge amounts of inspiring content we have on our websites, including our recipes – and it seems to be paying off.

“While we know some ingredients are tricky to get hold of at the moment, like flour and eggs, it’s great to see so many people enjoying their time at home with some traditional baking, and what better thing can there be than the smell of freshly baked cake or scones wafting through your house.”

To sample a taste of the National Trust at home during lockdown visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/recipes

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