Simple but delectable is our idea of the perfect bank holiday menu. That includes extravagant bakes, impressive-looking summer spreads and creative tipples you can throw together without too much fuss.

If you're lucky enough to have a heatwave on your bank holiday, check out our BBQ recipes and picnic food ideas.

Best bank holiday recipes

Indulgent brunches

Lazy mornings and long, decadent breakfast spreads are our idea of heaven. Dive into our best brunch recipes for mile-high pancake stacks, spicy shakshuka with runny yolks, and posh croissant bakes. Try your hand at making your own tantalising baked goods, like our sticky and sweet cinnamon buns, or grab ready-made pastries and turn them into something truly mouth-watering, such as our full English croissants. Don't miss out on our most indulgent pancake recipes for serious stacks loaded with all your favourite toppings. Can't choose between sweet or savoury? Get the best of both worlds with our mix-and-match brunch waffles, ideal for a DIY treat.

Top off your eye-catching table of goodies with our easy brunch cocktail recipes.

Ham and Cheese Croissant Bake Recipe

Stunning bakes and desserts

Spend your bank holiday afternoons creating something spectacular from storecupboard baking ingredients. Indulging in a slice of your favourite homemade dessert is one of life's simple pleasures. Our easy baking recipes ready in under an hour are a tantalising mix of comforting classics and unique modern twists. Don't fancy a trip to the shops? Try our easy storecupboard baking ideas, from gooey flapjacks to fruity bara brith. Or, go all out and bake our best layer cake recipes to make fluffy sponges sandwiched with buttercream.

Flex your skills and read our beginner's guide to cake decorating like a professional and turn a humble sponge cake into a sweet stunner.

Best Chocolate Layer Cake

BBQ ideas

Summertime calls for sharing dishes bursting with punchy seasonal flavours. Our best BBQ recipes are here to help you celebrate the sun. Dive into platters of saucy barbecue pulled pork, plates heaving with spicy chicken wings and side salads with plenty of colour and texture. Pair up your meaty mains with our easy summer salad recipes and best BBQ side dishes for summer.

Want something you can throw together in minutes for last-minute entertaining? Try our summer deli board with a whole melty brie for decadent dipping. Don't forget the easy summer desserts – bring some stunning puds to the table with our peachy pavlovas and ice cream floats. Quench everyone's thirst with our refreshing easy summer cocktail recipes for those long, lazy afternoons in the garden.

Chilli Chicken Wings Recipe with Yogurt

Jug cocktails and pitchers

Get everyone in the spirit with a pitcher of spicy margaritas, fruity raspberry frosé or a smoky mezcal and kombucha cooler. The advantage of our 8 easy jug cocktails is you won't need to keep refilling glasses. Mix up a boozy batch of the cocktail of your choice, chill and let your friends serve themselves.

If you're not partaking and want all the flavour but none of the hangover, give our easy mocktail recipes a go.

Jug Cocktails Recipes

Simple picnic spreads

If you're desperate to dine al fresco, check out our favourite easy picnic food ideas for summer-friendly finger food. From grown-up sandwich ideas to portable dips, classic pork pies and fresh salads, we have it all. Catering for a crowd with different dietary requirements? Don't sweat it – take inspiration from our easy vegetarian picnic recipes and our vegan picnic ideas.

Say cheers to long summer days with our best picnic drinks ideas. Mix up a summery mocktail or seasonal sharing cocktails that can be bottled up to bring on your adventures. Stock up with our picnic accessories guide and make sure you've got all the essential kit for eating outdoors.

Italian Picnic Loaf Recipe

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