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Fab Friday baking bargains

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Love home baking? Check out our selection of Fab Friday Bargains, all with a baking theme to them.

Make and bake your own bread

Fancy waking up in the morning and tucking into freshly made bread? A bread maker can make bread making an easy task for even the most un-seasoned bakers. This Panasonic bread maker is super slim in size, so perfect if you’ve not got space in your kitchen to accommodate a large machine. There are three loaf sizes available, plus a rapid bake options, and you can even time it so that you can wake up to a fresh loaf.

How to make cookies

Aren’t these biscuits rather nifty? They’re designed to sit on the side of a cup or mug. Have a go at making them, with the Bit On The Side baking kit. You get five powder coated cookie cutters, a recipe booklet and storage jar. It’s now £6.99 for the set, a saving of £10 off the original price.

How to make the perfect chocolate brownies

If you’re like me and never quite end up managing to cut chocolate brownies or other traybakes into identically sized pieces, then use this tin instead. The Masterclass non-stick pan has 12 square holes, so all your brownies or other cakes will be the right size and shape. Save 20% off the usual price.

Home backing offers

Never run out of cooling rack space for your freshly baked home treats – check out this for buy one, get on free on a Linea rectangular cooling rack. Other kitchenware items are also included in the offer.

Pancake ideas for children

With Shrove Tuesday approaching in a few weeks time (Tuesday 4 March), why not make some Pudsey bear shaped pancakes for your children instead this year? The silicone mould is shaped to make up to four bear head pancakes, or you could use it to make bear shaped fried eggs. The mould is now only £1.99.

Stunning Christmas cake and chocolate moulds from Lakeland

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Make your own Christmas chocolate cakes

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.

How to make a 3d chocolate Christmas tree

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.

Christmas baking ideas

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.

Gingerbread house mould

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.

Homemade Christmas chocolates

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.

Lekue clever individual portion cake mould

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Silicone baking moulds

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.

Fresh Design Kitchen: Useful chrome recipe holder stand

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
Contemporary home kitchen baking accessories

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.

Southsea stripe square ceramic cake stand

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
Nautical home accessories

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.

Bargain buy: Aven fruit design flan dish

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Habitat flan dish sale bargainCeramic fluted flan dish from Habitat

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.

Scarlet Bakes homemade delicious cookie mix

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Make your own cookie kitScarlet Bakes make your own cookie kitsDelicious white chocolate and cranberry cookies

I first came across Scarlet Bakes at a local Farmers Market, where it was hard to resist the delicious cookies they had available. As well as selling homemade cookies, they also produce a great range of cookie mixes.

The homemade cookie mixes are layered up attractively in glass kilner jars (which you can re-use) and come with an easy-to-follow recipe. All you need to do is add butter and eggs and, bingo, you’ve got cookies ready to bake!

The ingredients for the cookies are high quality, without artificial colours or flavours, and they use local organic flour, British oats and fairtrade vanilla. In most cases, they also sell gluten free versions too, which is a really nice touch.

The cookie mixes make a lovely gift, especially for anyone who’s a fan of baking. They’re available in a great choice of flavours, including rainbow cookie mix, triple chocolate chip cookie mix and the super yummy white chocolate and cranberry cookie mix.

The Scarlet Bakes cookie mixes are £12 each and each 500ml kilner jar of ingredients makes between 18 and 20 cookies, which seems good value for money.

Whoopie pie bakeware cake tin and recipe

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010
Make whoopie pies

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.

Bargain number cookie cutters set

Monday, July 12th, 2010
0 to 9 bicusit cutters

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.

Make your own cupcakes with this cupcake kit

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

cupcake-kit2Fabulous cupcake kit  

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.

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