There is nothing like the smell of a newly baked loaf but the dough-making can be a bit tiresome. However, help is at hand in the way of from doughs all ready to bake.

Simply defrost, shape, bake and enjoy filling your home with an amazing aroma of newly baked bread.

The Northern Dough Company Sourdough Bread Dough is another choice or Buttery Brioche Dough available from Ocado at other supermarkets.

Just Rol Croissant ready-to-bake dough is also available at Ocado and other supermarkets.

Pret At Home Plain Butter or Vegan Croissants to bake from frozen at home with or without a chocolate filling. 6 frozen vegan croissants using shea butter, ready to bake. Available at Tesco and other supermarkets.

Hobbs House Bakery do a range of bake-at-home pizzas or patisseries. Your order is handcrafted and then frozen straight away to lock in the freshness. On your chosen delivery date, they will send your selection to you in environmentally friendly packaging.



The National Trust have a great list of fruit and vegetables for August. Heat-loving crops like tomatoes, cucumbers and chilies are in their prime now. Even aubergines and peppers, which are imported to the UK all year round, can be found growing in British greenhouses and veg gardens this month.

Vegetables to harvest or buy include:

  • Aubergines
  • Beetroot
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Courgettes and summer squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Fennel
  • French beans
  • Lettuce and other salad leaves
  • Potatoes
  • Peas and mangetout
  • Peppers and chilies
  • Runner beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Spring onions
  • Sweetcorn

Fruit to harvest or buy include:

  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Plums
  • Early apple varieties such as ‘Discovery’

Source: National Trust