New Baking Bits and Bobs

I recently splurged a little bit on a few new baking items. As you may already know ( if the name of my blog doesn’t give it away) I really enjoy a spot of baking and getting creative in the kitchen. I love browsing all of the cooking and baking items online as well as in the shops, Lakeland has to be my favourite place to do this. I swear I could spend all my whole monthly wage in that shop!

First of all I bought a set of five cake tins from Amazon. I thought it was a good deal, and I really did need a new set. These are brilliant if you are planning on making a tiered cake. They have a removable base which I find makes it easier for removing the cake from the tin. They were cheap and cheerful from Amazon. I did originally buy them for £19.99 however they have since gone up in price slightly.

The next two products are only small, however I feel like the cake tester is a must in any kitchen. I always remember my Gran having one just like the one I purchased. Before getting this handy tool I’d always use a sharp knife to test the centre of the cake to see if it was ready. However I found it tended to take a chunk out of the cake. The cake tested I got it quite slim so I find it’s very discreet doesn’t make a mark on the cake.

I always picked up a bourbon biscuit cookie cutter. Bourbon biscuits are my fiancés favourite, and so I really wanted to have a go making my own at home. I’ll be posting a recipe soon to let you all know how they turned out.

I’m slowly building my own library of cooking and baking books, and I just recently added two new ones to my collection. Of course a GBBO book is a must, and I was so delighted to be gifted this at Christmas. It’s full of gorgeous must try recipes from last years bake off, and also features a few of Mary Berry’s.

One bakery I would love to visit is the Hummingbird Bakery. I love watching vloggers in London going to visit and try all the scrumptious cakes. This is the second of their books that I have and I can’t wait to try out a few bakes from this book as the last were foolproof!

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Malteser Cake

I love easy to make cakes, especially tray bakes! They’re so quick as you don’t need to bake them (which means less chance of burning it!) yet they’re just as yummy! Malteser cake is my favourite tray bake. Here is the recipe that I always follow:

Ingredients 

  • 400g digestive biscuits
  • 200g butter- melted
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or golden syrup- your choice!
  • 250g milk chocolate
  • 50g White chocolate
  • Sharing bag of Maltesers – leave some left over for decorating!

 

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Method

  • Crush up the digestive biscuits- I usually place the biscuits in a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to mash them up. You can also use a food processor if you have one.
  • Melt the butter either in a pot on the stove, or in the microwave.
  • Mix in the melted butter and maple syrup into the crushed digestive biscuits.
  • Mix in about half of the Maltesers into the mixture- You can put them in whole, or you can slice them in halves.
  • Place the mixture into a tin- you can use any shape you like. I usually use a round cake tin. Then leave it to set for a little while.
  • Once it is set. Melt the milk chocolate, and spread it on top of the cake. Then gently place the rest of the Maltesers on top of the chocolate. Allow this to cool and set completely. Then melt the white chocolate and add it on top of the milk chocolate.
  • Allow the chocolate to set again, and then you’re done!

 

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Now enjoy with a cuppa!! X

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What I got for Christmas- Cook Books

This Christmas I was lucky enough to get so many amazing recipe books from family & friends. I am still to go through all of them, and I can’t wait to try out every recipe in 2016!

In this post I will just be briefly going over each book, what I think about them, and some of the highlights of the book for me.

Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook

I already have a few of the Hummingbird Bakery books, but I’ve wanted this one for a while. So I was so happy to unwrap it! They start off by giving a brief introduction into the bakery- I can’t wait to visit it one day. I like how they have some of the basic cupcake recipes, and then a bit of the more unusual ones, such as the lavender and green tea cupcakes. But it’s not just cupcake recipes, they also give a huge variety of yummy pie, cookies, brownies and loaf recipes. A sweet tooth’s heaven!!

Nigella Christmas and “How to be a Domestic Goddess”

I received two Nigella Lawson books this year- the first ones I’ve ever owned. I always love watching Nigella’s tv shows, they always inspire you to put that little bit more effort into cooking.

In “Nigella Christmas” there are a few recipes that stood out to me on the first flick through. One of them was ‘Chilli Jam’, I’ve had this a few times when I have gone out for dinner, and I’ve always wanted to try to make it at home, and now is my chance! The book also gives lots of handy Christmas day dinner/lunch tips as well as leftover ideas. I can’t wait to properly use this book next year!

“How to be a Domestic Goddess- Baking and the art of comfort cooking” – Who doesn’t want to be a domestic goddess? Maybe with a little help from Nigella you finally can be..! The book gives some essential knowledge and advise on all things cooking. Some of the recipes that I liked the look of was the ‘Double Apple Pie’ as well as the very irresistible ‘Torta Alla Gianduia’ a.k.a Chocolate Hazelnut or Nutella cake!

Mary Berry 100 Cakes and Bakes

I think almost everyone would love to have Mary Berry as their Grandmother! In this handy little book it outlines 100 basic and easy to follow recipes. There are some more traditional recipes such as Scotch Pancakes, as well as a variety of scones. I think these bakes will definitely be fail safe!

The Good Cook- Simon Hopkinson

I’ll be honest with you all, I didn’t know too much about Simon Hopkinson before I was gifted this lovely cook book, but I’ll definitely admit, this guy knows his stuff! I can’t wait to try out a few of these recipes. There are lots of savoury ones, and each chapter is divided into the recipes main ingredient, for example, chicken, cheese and there is also a chapter called ham, bacon & little pigs!

 

I definitely think I am well set for all my culinary ventures in 2016! Can’t wait to let you all know  how I get on trying some of these recipes out! x

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