Last year’s lockdown sparked a national obsession with sourdough entrees, whipped coffee and banana bread.
The introduction of the Delta variant in 2021 changed everything, including the comfort foods Kiwis sought in their kitchens.
This year, we were still making bread (but we upped it up a notch) and collectively chose not to use “tedious grammar plates for the simple treats we know and love”.
Case in point: The hottest recipes in New Zealand, according to Google Year in Search, were guacamole and apple crumble.
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Google statistics measure trending topics, or the increase in search terms from year to year.
Pizza dough, naan breads, cinnamon buns, carrot cake … and the surprise participant, play dough were also in the top 20 recipes this year, separated into sweet and savory categories.
Plasticine searches actually peaked in five years in August, when parents scrambled to entertain their kids at home once again.
A few of these recipes were popular returnees from our 2020 favorites list, like bread and banana bread.
“Last year we saw a lot of bread recipes. Things like ‘how to make self-rising flour’ and naan bread (which was also on the 2021 list), ”said Carrie Jones, head of communications for Google.
“But we’ve also seen people take more interest in sugary treats like apple crumble and cinnamon rolls.”
The searches “bread machine” (+ 700%), “bakeries open level 4” (+ 3750%) and “are bakeries open at level 4” (+ 750%) were all trending upwards at the end of August and early September. .
Interest in apple crumble peaked in May and August, and searches for the crumble came mainly from three regions. Not to name names, but: Gisborne, Tasman and Nelson.
Guacamole research also garnered the most interest in late August, which is not surprising given that we returned shortly after the Level 4 lockdown and green gold prices hit. record levels.
The Kiwis had to look to max out all three for $ 4, two for $ 3 and a box of 60 for $ 102.60, thanks to an overabundance of avocados nationwide. That, and we couldn’t walk into a restaurant or cafe to shell out $ 20 for a few slices stacked on top of a nice piece of toast.
Top 10 sweet recipes for 2021
- Apple crumble
- Carrot cake
- Cinnamon rolls
- Banana cake
- Banana bread
- Chocolate brownie
Top 10 savory recipes for 2021
- Pumpkin soup
- Pizza dough
- Naan bread
- Modeling clay
- Cottage pie
- hash browns