Posts Tagged ‘Baking’

Kitchen Aid Artisan mixer on sale at Selfridges

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Reduced price designer Kitchen Aid mixerContemporary design kitchen gadget by Kitchen Aid Contemporary designer Kitchen Aid kitchen gadget

It’s no secret that we’re constantly lusting after a Kitchen Aid Artisan mixer!

It’s a brilliant and powerful kitchen machine, hands free mixing is so convenient and the style and design of the mixer is very appealing.

Sadly this kitchen essential doesn’t come cheap – it’s definitely an investment piece – so we’re always on the lookout for special offers. Luck is on our side this week, as Selfridges have a whole host of Kitchen Aid Artisan mixers in their summer sale!

There’s a rainbow of colours available, including electric blue, blue willow, silver cocoa, ice blue, tangerine orange, majestic yellow, cranberry pink and boysenberry purple.

Originally priced up to £449, the Kitchen Aid mixers are in the sale from £379 to £399.

Milk bottle measuring cups from Anthropologie

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
China traditional milk bottle measuring cup set

Novel measuring cup set

If you’re ever looking for some unusual measuring cups, then it’s well worth having a look to see if Anthropologie have any. They’ve previously sold some novel and fun measuring cups, and they’ve done it again with this milk bottle design.

At first glance, the bone china milk bottle looks like it’s one single piece, but when you look closer you realise it’s actually made up of several smaller measuring cups, which can each be used to measure out different quantities of ingredients.

When they’re not in use, they stack together to form this single milk bottle (there’s even some silver on the top like a milk bottle lid!) which can be used for decorative purposes in your kitchen.

The milk bottle measuring cups set costs £22 from Anthropologie.

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.

KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer: a desirable kitchen gadget

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Black kitchen aid mixer with stand special offerSought after cranberry Kitchen Aid mixer with free bowl

In an ideal world, I’d love one of these for Christmas. Although I have a trusty old hand-me-down mixer that does incredibly well, sometimes it would be nice not to have to hold it the entire time and let a gadget do the work for me!

The KitchenAid mixer is not only a desirable kitchen gadget, but also a very practical one too. The construction is very solid, with each mixer having a powerful 10 speed motor, and it comes with a wire whisk, flat beater and dough hook, ensuring you can use for multiple mixing needs.

Sadly, the KitchenAid artisan stand mixer does come at a bit of a price – the black one is currently priced at £359.10 and the cranberry one at £389, both from John Lewis (other colours are available too, including blue and cream).

However, there is an extra added bonus offer at the moment, for a free glass bowl worth £57, plus the mixer comes with its usual five year guarantee.

Decorated Cookies – Twenty to Make by Lisa Slatter: Review

Friday, October 1st, 2010
Make and decorate cookies

Inspirational cookie ideas

If you love baking cookies, then this great little practical craft book by Lisa Slatter will provide you with plenty of inspirational ideas on how to decorate them.

Decorated Cookies starts with an essential recipe for making your own cookies and outlines the equipment you’ll need to create iced designs. The book then goes on to explore a wide variety of different cookie shapes, styles and designs you can create for all number of occasions, including Christmas, children’s parties, weddings, new babies, Halloween, winter, romance or any other occasions.


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.

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.

Giant snowflake cookie cutter

Thursday, January 7th, 2010
Make your own cookies

Make your own cookies

Keeping warm indoors is the ideal solution to this cold, snowy weather and there’s nothing like a spot of baking to warm up the kitchen.

We love the idea of these giant snowflake cookie cutters – not least the fact that you can create lovely stained glass effects with them, with the simple addition of some boiled sweets.

The intricately designed cutters measure 19cm in diameter, so you’ll end up with a good sized cookie at the end of it.

The snowflake cookie cutters are in the sale at Cox and Cox, for £9.10.

Heart shaped non-stick baking tin

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009
Heart shaped baking tin

Heart shaped baking tin

Bake up some treats for your loved ones, with the help of this heart shaped baking tin.

Made of an aluminium non-stick material, the tin has six moulds in heart shapes, which would be perfect for making heart shaped cakes, muffins or desserts.

The heart shaped baking tin is available from Plum and Ivory for £10.

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