Archive for the ‘Baking’ Category
Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
If you’re looking to wow your friends at Christmas, then why not try your hand at making your own stunning Christmas cakes or chocolate creations?
To help take some of the creative pressure off, Lakeland are well stocked with exclusive moulds that make the process a bit easier.
Choose from a 3D Christmas tree, fairy tale village, single fairy tale cottage or santa’s sleigh mould.
The 3D Christmas tree mould is only £4.99. You can have fun decorating the tree with icing or sweets when the chocolate has set.
Create your own winter wonderland scene by making a fairy tale village. These moulds are ideal for making cakes and can be used for a seasonal gingerbread house or mini chocolate homes. A set of two moulds is £11.99.
Or opt for this fairy tale cottage mould which, again, can be used to create a gingerbread, cake or chocolate house. When you’re not using it for Christmas, the mould can double up as a useful tool for creating fairy birthday or Halloween cakes. This one is priced at £12.99.
Or why not have a go at creating a chocolate santa sleigh? It’s £11.99 and the end result looks really impressive. The perfect centrepiece for your table at a Christmas party.
Friday, September 27th, 2013
This is one of those kitchen baking accessories that you never knew you needed until you saw it.
Lekue have come up with a clever idea to make it easy to bake individual portions of cake in one mould. Divided into eight portions, you could use the mould to make different types of cake in the same tin or ensure that the cake you do make doesn’t have to be painstakingly cut into accurate portions.
The mould is non-stick and flexible, so the cakes should be easy to remove once baked and cooled.
The individual portion cake mould is currently exclusive to Selfridges and costs £18.50.
Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
Bargain recipe stand
Trying to prop up a recipe book on the right page without it flipping shut whilst you measure out ingredients and cook, trying not to spill anything on your book in the process, can often be a recipe for disaster.
But having a stand on which you can pop your recipe book, and ensure it’s well balanced and stays on the right page where you need it, is a better idea.
This chrome recipe holder will do all the work for you, securely keeping the page you want open whilst you get down to the important business of baking, making and cooking.
The recipe stand was £19.95, but is now reduced to just £13.97 in the Graham and Green outlet.
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
Nautical style cake stand
We love a good cake stand and, for serving afternoon tea in style with plates stacked high with delicious goodies, you can’t beat a three tier stand.
The square plate design of this ceramic cake stand makes a change from the round versions and the blue and white stripes provide a jaunty, nautical appeal.
The Southsea stripe cake stand is reduced to £25.20 at Laura Ashley.
Thursday, January 27th, 2011
There’s still time to catch a bargain buy at Habitat, where the sale ends on Sunday.
Amongst the bargains we spotted is this Aven ceramic flan dish, measuring 27cm in diameter.
The fluted edge dish is decorated inside with an apple and pear and around the outside of the dish is a jaunty blue ribbon-like pattern.
The Aven white ceramic flan dish was £15, but is now only £8.40 in the sale at Habitat.
Other good buys include a lidded wok with 7 piece accessory set for £16.80, a 12 cup rumbaba silicone cupcake tray for £1.92 and the Cleo black wood CD storage unit for £83.20.
Wednesday, August 18th, 2010
Make whoopie pies
One of the latest baking crazes to hit the UK is that of the whoopie pie. Not nearly so elegant as the cupcake, the whoopie pie is a mini American-style sponge cake that is sandwiched together with a buttercream filling and often iced or decorated with frosting on top too.
If you’re keen to unleash your baking abilities and have a go at making your own whoopie pies, then here’s a tin that will make your job much easier. The whoopie pie cake tin is the perfect size to make a whoopie pie – it conducts heat evenly, so your cakes will remain light and moist and won’t dry out – and it has room to make 12 whoopie pies in one bake off.
The whoopie pie cake tin is £7.99 from De Cuisine and they provide a recipe too, to help you get straight into cooking. For more whoopie pie cooking ideas and inspiration, you may like to check out the Whoopie Pies book.
Monday, July 12th, 2010
Set of 0 to 9 bicusit cutters
If you enjoy baking and like the idea of making shaped numerical biscuits or celebratory cakes with numbers, then this set of cookie cutters will get you set up with all the numbers you’ll ever need.
The set of 10 cutters comes complete with a full set of numbers from 0 to 9. Although described as cookie cutters, they work just as well with icing, which makes them ideal for use with decorating birthday or anniversary cakes with appropriate numbers.
The set of number cookie cutters is available from Cox and Cox. It was £20, but is now reduced down to the very affordable price of £8 for the set.
Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
If you can’t get enough of cupcakes, or you’d love to learn to bake and decorate your own cakes, then this fantastic cupcake kit could provide hours of baking fun.
It contains cupcake recipes, lots of very pretty cupcake cases and decorating tools – all you need to provide are the ingredients and the kitchen to bake in, and voila, pretty cupcakes could soon be on your table.
The cupcake kit is available from Oliver Bonas, where it’s currently reduced in the sale. If you’re not buying it for yourself, it would make a lovely gift for a friend.
For a bit more baking inspiration, then why not also take a look at this cupcake book, which is packed with even more delicious recipes.
Monday, March 1st, 2010
- Mini fluted pie dish
It’s British Pie Week (1st – 7th March 2010) and what better way to help you celebrate it in style, than some fabulous pie dishes!
The blue mini fluted pie dish is perfect for all those mini pies you want to make and is very affordable at only £6.50 from John Lewis.
Emile Henry pie dish
This cheery red Emile Henry pie dish measures 26cm and would brighten up any table. It’s available from Amazon for £20.99.
James Martin pie dish
If white is more your style, then this oval pie dish, by Denby and James Martin, would fit in perfectly well with any of your other bakeware. It’s made of porcelain and is dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe. It’s available from Debenhams for £25.
Traditional enamel pie dish
Finally, if you love hunting for bargains, then why not have a look on Ebay? There are lots of new and old pie dishes listed, including this new Falcon enamel pie dish, which is perfect for cooking up traditional pie treats, such as steak pies.
The 26cm Falcon oval enamel pie dish is blue and white and is a bargain at only £3.90.
For lots of tasty pie ideas, and hints and tips for making perfect pastry, check out the British Pie Week website.