These are the top foods Brits have been cooking in lockdown

top foods brits cooking during lockdown
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Cookies, pizza bases – and banana bread – are among the top treats Brits have been making during the lockdown.

A study of 2,000 adults discovered exactly what culinary delights have been created over the last few months, with sausage rolls, sourdough bread and lemon drizzle cake also proving popular.

Pancakes topped the poll, with cookies, chocolate cake and cupcakes close behind.

VE day celebrations seem to have had an influence as well with the quintessentially British scones and Victoria sponge making the top 10.

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It also emerged the time spent baking has increased, with 67 minutes a week now spent kneading, sieving and rolling – compared to just 41 minutes previously.

And for more than one in four, the additional time they now have has allowed them to be more creative in the kitchen

The research, commissioned by KitchenAid, also revealed a fifth of those polled have even baked for the first time ever, while 23 per cent of avid bakers have increased their repertoire.

top foods brits cooking during lockdown

Brits have spent more time sieving, kneading and rolling than usual (Credit: Getty)

But a rise in community spirit has seen almost a third deliver their creations to others, including 36 per cent to relatives outside of their home and 23 per cent to neighbours.

And a quarter have received baked goods from others.

Simon Langley, spokesperson for KitchenAid UK & Ireland said, “It seems there has been a real increase in the time spent baking, as well as then sharing that food with others during this unpredictable time.

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“It’s encouraging to hear people are taking on new recipes and learning skills with their new ‘spare time’.

“As well as giving you something to do when your usual hobbies and activities may not be available, baking can be very therapeutic which makes it an ideal creative hobby to have – now more than ever.

“But it’s also helping to keep people connected as many are sharing their creations with others, whether it’s leaving it on the doorsteps of loved ones or helping a neighbour who might not be able to get out or bake themselves.”

top foods brits cooking during lockdown

More home cooks have teamed up with their kids to get delicious dishes on the table (Credit: Getty)

The research also found an eighth of those polled feel more confident and creative in the kitchen if they are cooking with someone else, with three in 10 baking with their partner since the lockdown began.

A further 23 per cent have teamed up with their children, and a tenth have made the most of being at home by cooking with their parents.

37 per cent have done more baking as they look to take their mind off other things, with 22 per cent of adults believing the hobby has helped them deal with stress.

top foods brits cooking during lockdown

Pancakes have topped the list of most cooked foods during lockdown (Credit: Getty)

Likewise, 30 per cent of those polled, via OnePoll, get a sense of relaxation from baking and 29 per cent feel creative.

And as for where people are getting their inspiration from, it has been found on social media (17 per cent), from family members (20 per cent) and on TV shows (12 per cent).

What have you been baking during lockdown? These are the top 50 foods…

Top 50 foods people have made at home during lockdown:

  1. Pancakes
  2. Cookies
  3. Chocolate cake
  4. Cupcakes
  5. Scones
  6. Biscuits
  7. Banana bread
  8. Brownies
  9. Victoria sponge
  10. A crumble e.g. rhubarb crumble
  11. Pizza base
  12. White bread
  13. Flapjack
  14. Sausage rolls
  15. A pie e.g. apple pie
  16. Cheesecake
  17. Lemon drizzle cake
  18. Wholemeal bread
  19. Shortbread
  20. Carrot cake
  21. Fruit loaf
  22. Bread and butter pudding
  23. Coffee cake
  24. Doughnuts
  25. Crumpets
  26. Millionaire’s shortbread
  27. Cinnamon buns
  28. Hot cross buns
  29. Sourdough bread
  30. Meringue
  31. Croissants
  32. Sticky toffee pudding
  33. Fudge
  34. Bakewell tart
  35. Lemon meringue pie
  36. Rainbow cake
  37. Iced buns
  38. Red velvet cake
  39. Banoffee pie
  40. Custard tart
  41. Breadsticks
  42. Marble cake
  43. Macaroons
  44. Drip cake
  45. Blondies
  46. Eclairs
  47. Profiteroles
  48. Souffle
  49. Bundt cake
  50. Pretzels
Aleesha Badkar
Lifestyle Writer

Aleesha Badkar is a lifestyle writer who specialises in health, beauty - and the royals. After completing her MA in Magazine Journalism at the City, the University of London in 2017, she interned at Women’s Health, Stylist, and Harper’s Bazaar, creating features and news pieces on health, beauty, and fitness, wellbeing, and food. She loves to practice what she preaches in her everyday life with copious amounts of herbal tea, Pilates, and hyaluronic acid.