The Most Popular Recipes of 2022 is an eclectic mix of sweet and savoury, one going back all the way to 2014, a trendy lockdown recipe (remember those?) that seems to have outlasted the pandemic (fingers crossed) and a recipe from a favourite restaurant I have never been to. Interestingly no chocolate appears on the list and some have been made more often than others but they are all delicious and recommended. The prawns, chicken and yoghurt cake making a regular appearance here at home.

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Lemon Ricotta Cake with Toasted Pistachio Frosting

The most popular recipe is this Lemon Ricotta Cake with Toasted Pistachio Frosting. A variation on 6th most popular recipe of 2022, the Lemon Ricotta Cake but glammed up with an insanely rich and delicious pistachio frosting. But stick to just one layer of the cake, two is a over the top but do make for a beautiful image.

The 2nd recipe is best eaten with your hands and one of the most delicious ways to enjoy chicken. Baked in the oven and I am sure it will be even better on the barbecue, make sure you have loads of serviettes on hand for this Sri Lankan Baked Chicken. And don’t forget the flatbreads to scoop up the delicious sauce.

A light, airy type of cheesecake without the faff of a cheesecake, Claudia Roden’s Turkish Yoghurt Cake is the the 3rd most popular recipe of 2022 and requires only 6 ingredients so do give it a try. Dress it up with macerated berries or keep it as is and enjoy each slice.

Passion Fruit Cordial

The festive season might be over but this Passion Fruit Champagne is a keeper for all seasons. The cordial is easy to make and keeps in fridge, ready to be mixed with sparkling wine for the most delicious summery drink.

Muesli Buttermilk Rusks

I first published this recipe for Muesli Buttermilk Rusks from the immensely popular book by Sally Andrew titled Recipes for Love and Murder. Then 2020 happened and lockdown baking became a big thing. Seems it was not only sourdough but rusks too and these rusks have been popular since then. The 5th most popular recipe for 2022 is a bit more work than a lot of the recipes on heinstirred but I have no doubt these rusks will become a staple in your home too.

lemon ricotta cake

Lemin Ricotta Cake

I posted this recipe for Lemon Ricotta Cake back in 2014, not ever imagining that is will consistently be one of the most popular recipes on the blog every year. It’s gluten free with a fresh, zesty blast of lemon (yes, the amount of lemon zest in the recipe is correct) and just delicious.

Dalgona Coffee Cheesecake

Remember Dalogna Coffees? Here is a quick dessert version. This Dalgona Coffee Cheesecake was born early during the first 2020 lockdown in South Africa and 2 years later it still get attention. A quick and easy no bake “cheesecake” in a glass, topped with the famous frothy coffee foam, you can’t go wrong.

Peppermint Crisp Cheesecake

Another cheesecake! The 8th most popular recipe is this Peppermint Crisp Cheesecake but made in a pressure cooker. The silkiest texture with all those familiar flavours that South Africans can not get enough of.

Yoghurt Marinated Lamb Curry

You need a bit of preplanning for this Yoghurt Marinated Lamb Curry but is absolutely worth it and the 9th most popular recipe for 2022. Marinating the lamb in yoghurt makes for a meltingly tender curry. Serve the lamb curry with piping hot naan, ice cold beer and enjoy your feast.

Most Popular Recipes of 2022

This Dishoom’s Masala Prawns is from my favourite restaurant I have never been to. I have cooked from their recipe book many times but still need to get to London to eat there. The marinate is a bit of a faff but adds load of flavour. Cook these on the barbecue or even an air fryer. Delicious.

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