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Bonfire Night Baking - Burghley Retirement Living

Is it time to rustle up your showstopper?  Rise to the technical challenge? The Great British Bake Off is in full swing, and we can’t resist taking inspiration and sharing some nostalgic bonfire night bakes and home comforts with you. Especially useful if you have the grandkids coming over to celebrate any of winter’s upcoming calendar highlights. Plus, there’s nothing like a warming stew in the slow cooker to fill your apartment with enticing autumnal aromas. Or the scent of sweet toffee, apples, and spice wafting around your kitchen to get you into the seasonal spirit.

Bonfire night brings an opportunity to share sweet treats with your family and your neighbours and friends at your retirement living development. If you’re attending a fireworks party nearby and need a place for your family meet, then your luxury retirement apartment is the ideal space for a pre-bonfire gathering.  Too many children and grandkids for one apartment? You can make use of our spacious communal lounges which are fully equipped for laying on a delicious celebration.

At Burghley Retirement Living our owners love a social get-together, in fact, we encourage it. So, we even have an overnight guest suite for those who’ve travelled some distance to celebrate with you.

Ready to create some precious memories? Here are our five top Bonfire Night Bakes.

Ready, Set, Bake…

Bonfire Night Bakes parkin -Burghley Retirement living

Traditional Parkin

Nothing says Bonfire Night like a traditional, spongy Parkin. This mahogany, sticky, spongy cake is rich in look, taste and feel, with warming flavours of ginger, cinnamon and treacle that are perfect for this time of year. This recipe by Delicious Magazine adds in a spiced custard for an extra indulgent twist.

Bonfire Night Cookies

These bright and sparky cookies combine a similar flavour profile to parkin but with the cutest firework inspired design that children will just love to decorate.  Let your inner artist run wild with stars, flashes and bright firework inspired colours.

Toffee Apple Bread & Butter Pudding

All the joyful flavours of toffee apple but without the teeth shattering gumminess, top heavy messiness, or green, crunchy healthiness (that always ends up in the bin). A bread-and-butter pudding upgraded with this classic bonfire night flavour combination couldn’t be better as a warming winter treat.

Bonfire Night Cake

This sparkling showstopper makes the perfect table centrepiece. It brings in the classic combination of chocolate and orange and though the construction may appear difficult, it can be easily recreated at home with a little creativity.

Bonfire Night Baking Brownies - Burghley Retirement Living

Bonfire Brownies

Brownies and blondies are a delicious treat that can be whipped up quickly if time is an issue. This recipe is extra decadent – packed full of pecans, chocolate chips and gooey marshmallows.

Treacle Toffee Tart

If you love the taste of treacle toffee but also value your dentures, then try this treacle toffee pudding version by Tesco.

This indulgent treacle tart recipe uses gorgeous golden syrup and black treacle for a rich and sticky pudding lightened with orange imbued pastry.

And finally…..

Bonfire Night Facts

The record of the largest bonfire in the world was achieved by Vreugdevuur Scheveningen (Netherlands), in Scheveningen, Netherlands, on 31 December 2015. It is 8,695 cubic metres (307,061.03 cubic feet). A fact to impress the grandkids!

apple martini - Burghley Retirement Living

Toffee Apple Cocktail

A deliciously sweet apple martini, the toffee apple is a fantastic cocktail for Bonfire Night drinks. It blends a citrus vodka with apple juice and a homemade toffee syrup. This is easy to make at home and is ideal as the showstopper for a cocktail party in your retirement apartment. Best enjoyed with friends.


Burghley Retirement Living is a leading provider of luxury retirement apartments for the over 55s. With properties in Brighouse, Derby, Thornton-Cleveleys and Shipley, and more properties under development, including in Wakefield, the company aims to help its retirement apartment owners to live an active and fulfilling retirement in modern, comfortable surroundings.

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