Best Recipes of 2021 (2024)

December 28, 2021 by Zoë François | collections, Desserts

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I love to look back each year and see what you’ve enjoyed baking most. Here are the top 12 recipes on in 2021. One thing is for sure: you love pavlova just as much as I do!

On Instagram my most liked recipe this year was my Blueberry Bars!

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A pavlova is a study in perfect imperfection. It bakes into a delicate, smooth shell that collapses in the middle, begging for any manner of filling.

Watch me make this on Instagram!

Want to try mini pavlovas? You can watch me make those too.

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Homemade Vanilla Extract

Once you make your own homemade vanilla extract you will be ruined to the store-bought stuff! It's so easy to make, but you do need to have patience. The longer it sits, the better it gets. You'll need to wait at least 5 weeks to crack into the bottle. I use 18 vanilla beans for a 750ml bottle of vodka.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

These chocolate chip cookies are the result of what I learned making countless batches for decades. I also explain what the ingredients do to a cookie and how baking can change them. You can tweak your cookies to be just how you like them using my cookie guide towards the bottom of the post.

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Irish Scones

There are as many Irish Scone recipes as there are households, so this is one of them that I witnessed while traveling. Simple and delicious! Pro Tip: USE GREAT BUTTER!

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Mini Pavlovas

I think a pavlova is the perfect holiday dessert. It is beautiful enough to be a centerpiece on your table, so light that it can follow a big holiday meal and its flavors can change with your every whim.

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Blueberry Muffins

Perfect blueberry muffins are studded with fruit, with blueberries in every bite. It should have a crunchy streusel top and be tender inside. These blueberry muffins deliver on all of these.

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Swirled Apple Tarte Tatin

This tarte tatin was inspired by William Lanagnère, a pastry chef in Paris who took the rustic French classic and turned it into something beyond elegant. I marveled at the perfect spiral of apples and figured he had been paying much closer attention in knife skills class than I did in culinary school! Then I realized there is a kitchen tool that creates delicate ribbons of apple. I bought one so I could create a version of this caramelized apple dessert at home.

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Best-Ever Homemade Carrot Cake

This carrot cake is perfectly spiced, moist and unbelievably good! Using candied carrot peels as decoration (optional), cream cheese frosting and sweetened shredded coconut, this cake is simply the best — I make it all the time!

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Strawberry Passion Fruit Sheet Cake

Based on recipes from Zoë Bakes Cakes.

Classic, white cake, with a big messy pile of perfect strawberries resting on passion fruit buttercream. It is super easy to put together, but looks like sunshine and happiness, so no one will care that you didn't have to work that hard.

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Best-Ever Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake

This chocolate zucchini bundt cake recipe is from my book Zoë Bakes Cakes! It's moist and sweet, but not overly so, and intensely chocolate.

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Apple Almond Galette with Cranberry Ice Cream and Candied Cranberries

This Apple Almond Galette is just an apple pie without the plate or a top crust. So, it’s even easier to make than pie and, I think, just as beautiful in a fruit forward, rustic way. The pie crust recipe makes two galettes, but you can always freeze one disk for later. I have also made this tart in a tart pan using my tart dough or even sugar cookie dough (great way to use up scraps).

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Butterscotch Pot de Crème

Pot de crème, which is essentially as decadent as creme brûlée, without the crack of caramel resting on top. The texture is like silk and the taste is lightly sweet, with just a slight bitter edge from the burnt sugar in the butterscotch. Check the recipe notes for a pumpkin version!

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The Top Recipe on Instagram in 2021

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Blueberry Bars

These bars are a perfect back to school treat, or for anytime really. You can use fresh or frozen blueberries, which means you can eat them year-round!

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  1. I saw you making biscuits on TV. I’d love the recipe.
    Thank you
    Rebecca King


      1. I watched Zoe bake easy breads and carefully wrote down ALL the tips she gave, but I can’t seem to find what temperature you bake the boule or baguettes? I’d love to get that!


        1. Hi Sharon! Here is the epi recipe and here is the boule. Zoë also has a newer crusty boule recipe you can check out, if interested! Here is that recipe. Happy baking!


  2. Every show is wonderful!, I have learned so much from Zoe. My new favorite show!


  3. I am 80 years young. I “LOVE YOUR SHOW”!!!!! I want to bake the bread that was on your show today 03/13/2022.
    I have Temporal Arteritis and am staying in mostly, so how better to spend my time than with you! The bread you made today that you keep in the frig and take out as you need it looked so wonderful. I too am a bread person!! Would you share the recipe? Every thing that you make looks so beautiful and you make it look so easy. I am sure it is not all that simple at first but I am wanting to try. You are so refreshing to watch and you make it look like so much fun. You give us tips as you go and “THANK YOU” for that!


  4. I would like to request your recipe for choice pastry to be used in profiteroles and eclairs.

    Thank you.


    1. Hi Judith, here is a link to Zoë’s chocolate eclairs and here is a link to her berry eclairs recipe. Happy baking!


  5. Hi Zoe I love your show. I can relate to how great it feels when baking and then sharing it with loved ones. I saw your show on “Chocolate Macarons which I can’t wait to make. Do you have a Macaron recipe for Lemon Macarons with a lemon grams he ? I would really appreciate it. When making Macarrons is there a staple recipe I can use and then flavor in many ways? I look forward to hearing from you. I enjoy your show so much and look forward to your show every week.


    1. Hi MaryEllen! So glad to hear you’re enjoying Zoë’s show. Here is a recipe for Zoë’s macarons where you can add different flavor extracts and color if you’d like. And just in case you need it, here is her chocolate macarons recipe. Enjoy!


  6. I haven’t watched the show yet but I have seen the ad for the show and the rugalah look amazing. Where can I find the recipe?


    1. Hi Susan, here is a link to Zoë’s rugelach recipe. Enjoy!


  7. I make good pies but have tried every pie crust recipe known to man and it never is flaky or rolls off the rolling pin like it shows. Please give me a fail proof crust recipe to make.


    1. Hi Jan, here is Zoë’s guide to pie crust. I hope it’s helpful!


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