All Our Favourite Baking Recipes for spring

If you're looking to spruce up your pastry game, or just infuse a little more spring into your baking routine, look no further. The fresh produce of spring brings great ingredients for all kinds of baking adventures. Strawberries are one of our favourite springtime fruits, and they're great to bake too. Just throw them in a strawberry shortcake or any cheesecake to make a spring-ready, perfectly fruity dessert. Rhubarb is a great vegetable for making any baked good feel more like spring. It pairs great with strawberries in a strawberry rhubarb hand pie, or it can stand alone in some tart rhubarb muffins with almond streusel. If you're really desperate for some spring baking, go floral with a Persian herb-stuffed frittata with walnuts and rose petals. Sweet or savoury, just make sure it has all the spring it can handle.

Here are our best spring baking recipes.

Almond Cheesecake with Macerated Strawberries and Mint

Ground almonds add body and flavour to this creamy Swedish cheesecake, topped with clouds of whipped cream and ripe strawberries macerated with fresh mint.

Perfect Blue Cheese Quiche with Whole Grain Crust

An extra-velvety quiche loaded with blue cheese for creaminess in a nutty spelt and whole wheat crust.

Strawberry Shortcake

Making one generous biscuit instead of individual shortcakes lends this classic dessert a grand presentation.

Niçoise Salad Quiche

A nod to the composed salad of southern France, this elegant quiche combines green beans, olives, potatoes, tuna, and buttery, just-wilted lettuce.

Strawberry Rhubarb Cheesecake

Pastry chef Anna Posey of Chicago's Publican blackens rhubarb in a wood-fired oven for the cheesecake's compote topping. A standard oven will also do the trick.

Persian Kuku Sabzi

A classic Persian herb-loaded egg dish with the fragrant lift of rose petals.

Lemon Custard Tart

Use leftover dough from the butter crust of this creamy lemon custard pastry to make decorative cookies to adorn the outside.

Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies

For these portable fruit pies, Georgia-based chef-restaurateur Hugh Acheson uses rice wine vinegar to make the flavours pop.

Wine-Poached Rhubarb and Poppy Seed Crisp

Rhubarb takes the spotlight in this bright, rose-coloured crisp, sweetened with strawberries and topped with a crunchy poppy seed crumble topping.

Rhubarb Muffins

Sour cream and lemon zest support tart rhubarb in these muffins while vanilla seeds and brown sugar mellow its edge. A crunchy almond streusel plays off the crisp stalks and adds a nutty contrast.

Swiss Onion Tart

This tart uses a salty, smoky ham known as speck, a traditional ingredient in this tart; bacon is a good substitute.

Peppered Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

This gooey, peppery pound cake topped with caramelized pineapple has a hint of the tropics.

Rhubarb Pie

A specialty in Iowa, this sweet-tart pie is best topped with a dollop of ice cream.

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