Showing posts with label Baking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Baking. Show all posts

How to make Marzipan

Well who'd have thought me of all people, has actually managed to made a Christmas cake. Now for the cake itself I used a recipe off the net which worked and I had a rich dark, moist fruit cake.

As I understand it it's important to 'feed' the cake every few days by making small holes in with a cocktail stick and adding brandy. Well due to one thing or another happening round here I didn't get round to icing it for a good few weeks so for fear of it drying out my cake was fed possibly a little too much; yep a lot of brandy went into this cake 😊 I think if I had a shop I'd need an alcohol licence to sell a slice!

Christmas Cake

So anyway the cake was made and with thanks to the lovely people over at Dr. Oetker the icing was taken care of by way of a ready to roll pack. Well I got so into this cake making lark I even bought me a fondant icing smoother which is necessary for a lovely smooth finish - see I know all the techie bits lol 😉 A cake smoother not only give a nice smooth finish but it ensures the marzipan and icing are nicely sealed with no airspace in between; you may remember I had lessons at the Langham Hotel in London with Cherish Finden no less so I know these things!

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Stilton and Pecan - Bread Recipe

Well amazingly for me, I'm still into baking; I seem to have got the bug since the Kenwood Chef Elite arrived. Of course the Kenwood Chef does far more than mix, knead and whisk - so far I've made Banana Bread and a Berry and Chocolate Meringue Wreath. I've also made a birthday cake and a Christmas cake for which I made my own marzipan - check me out. Baker Jan lol

Stilton and Pecan Twist

I'm loving Paul Hollywood book 'How to Bake' and had a go at his Stilton and Pecan Twist. I have slightly altered it though - just don't tell him 😆I decided it would be even better with a mix of white and wholemeal flour.

I must say I know very little about baking but when I read the water had to be cold I thought it was a bit odd. But if you take time to read the beginning of the book (page 13) as I did, there's a very interesting bit about water temperature.

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Kenwood Chef Elite KVC5100S - Banana Bread Recipe

As you all know by now I do love a good kitchen gadget, so when Kenwood asked if I'd like the Kenwood Chef Elite to review of course the answer was 'Oooh yes please'!

Now I'm not really into baking but of course the Kenwood Chef Elite can be used for so much more than making cakes and bread. But with that said, since this amazing piece of kit arrived I've become all converted and have made a Christmas cake, a Chocolate cake and two lots of Brownies. I'm feeling quite pleased with myself; in fact I'm becoming quite a little baker! 😊

Banana Bread and the Kenwood Chef Elite

There's no doubt about it the Kenwood Chef KVC5100S is a powerful 1200w, variable speed mixer which comes with a beater, whisk and dough hook and it certainly make makes a lot of things so much easier.
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Honey Challah Bread Recipe

When asked to make a recipe that called for Challah bread I was on a mission to find it and buy a loaf. But after a trip to Waitrose, Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Morrison's so I gave up and decided the only way I was going to get my hands on Challah bread was to get busy and make it myself! Turns out as our Waitrose is fairly small they don't stock it.

But as most people know I don't do baking simply because I'm not very good at it and also I can't be doing with all the exact measurements baking involves. However, with that said considering this was my first attempt I was pretty pleased with myself 😊

Honey Challah Bread

I didn't take a proper picture of it being made since I had little faith that it would turn out any good so the only one I have is a phone camera pic which I posted on my Instagram.

Challah bread is enriched with eggs and this recipe has honey in it which gives it a really lovely taste.

Sliced Honey Challah Bread


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Flatbreads with JAZZ Apple and Goat Cheese

These lovely mini flatbreads are really easy to make and well worth the little effort they take. Of course you can use shop bought flatbread but  making your own is rewarding since they do taste a whole lot better.

Having been asked to make a recipe using Jazz Apples I immediately thought of goats cheese being a perfect balance of tangy yet sweet. I added a few chopped nuts along with pea shoots for colour.

Pea shoots are available in any good supermarket (in the bit where you find bags of salad leaves) they have a sweet delicate flavour so certainly wont take over power those lovely apples or goats cheese.

Flatbreads with Jazz Apple and Goat Cheese

Serve as a tasty lunch or serve as appetisers; whichever you choose I'm sure they'll be a big hit.

Jazz™ are a cross of a Braeburn and a Royal Gala (two of the nations favourite apple varieties. Grown in the UK for taste, crunchiness and juiciness. The Jazz apple has all year-round availability too and is now grown not only in the UK but also in France, Italy, USA, Chile, Switzerland, Austria and Australia and New Zealand.

Jazz apples will easily keep for up to and over 4 weeks if they are correctly stored correctly; in a cool dark place or better still in the fridge.

Available in Aldi, Asda, Booths, Co-op, Lidl, Morrisons, M&S, Ocado, Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsburys and good independent green grocers.
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Coffee Caramel and Hazelnut Poke Cake

Poke cake is so called because once it's baked you simply poke holes in it!  Then you pour a delicious runny topping into the holes; and when the cake is fully finished you can't see the holes as they are covered with more topping.  Then when you cut it, everyone gets to see the scrummy gooey filling in every slice.    

Coffee Caramel and Hazelnut Poke Cake

See what I mean - sticky, gooey caramel oozing from the cake and of course the more holes you make the more filling there will be; but with that said don't go too mad or the cake might fall apart!

Inside a Coffee Caramel and Hazelnut Poke Cake

Just recently the lovely people over at Spiller and Tait sent me some of their freshly roasted coffee to try.  When the delivery guy arrived at the door you could really smell the lovely aroma of coffee; he even said, no guessing what's in this parcel!

On opening the lovely smelling parcel I was amazed to see on the packets the day of roasting (might be just me but I've never seen this before), anyway this coffee was fresh, it was roasted no more than 7 days ago. The secret to good coffee is it should be fresh and apparently Spiller and Tait only roast weekly in small batches so every packet you buy from their website arrives to you with full flavour and aroma.

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SKIPPY - Best Ever Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies, a great combination!  Who says you have to be American to celebrate Independence Day?  It’s time to brush up on the national anthem lyrics, brush down your smartest Uncle Sam suit and get ready to enjoy some all American food. 

Skippy

This famous SKIPPY® cookie recipe is sure to pack a Patriotic Peanutty Punch!


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Chocolate Chip Muffins - Hard Anodised Bakeware from Stellar Cookware

As you probably know I'm not usually a one for baking cakes; why?  Simply because I can't do baking, I am useless at it and so I need all the help I can get.  But with that said I did once excel myself in making Dulce de Leche Filled Muffins 😉


Of course a good muffin/cupcake tin will ensure your muffins cook evenly and this Hard Anodised Cupcake Tin from Stellar Cookware is the very thing.  It doesn't warp like some cheaper muffins tins will.  This tin is a sturdy and professional piece of bakeware (and by the way it makes a good job of Yorkshire puddings too).  I'm really pleased with the results which means me and this Stellar cupcake tin are now best buddies in the kitchen.


The tin holds twelve muffins but my recipe only made ten; and in case you are wondering, by the time I took the top picture, Paul (the husband) had already eaten two - what is he like?

If you're looking for my amazing muffin recipe it can be found here.  To make these Chocolate Chip Muffins, just leave out the Dulce de Leche and add 150g chocolate chips to the dry mix.

Life Changing Top Muffin Baking Tip (be impressed)
When adding chocolate chips or raisins and the like, to any cake mix add them to the flour and mix to coat before adding the wet ingredients; this stops them sinking to the bottom of your muffins. Marvelous!


More about the Stellar Hard Anodised 12 Cupcake / Muffin Tin 
Hard Anodised heavy gauge material, abrasion resistant.  This surface will not peel or flake off and will not rust.  PTFE and PFOA free.

Selling price £27.00
Size: 42 x 30 x 3cm

Efficient and even heat distribution for superior cooking & baking results and oven safe up to 240°C

Suitable for use under the grill and for hob use (All hobs excluding induction).  Not suitable for use in a microwave.

Not suitable for dishwasher; hand wash in nice warm sudsy water, rinse and dry.

Stellar Lifetime Guarantee

Of course there's a lot more to the Stellar Hard Anodised Bakeware Range including roasting tins and baking trays; check out my review of the Stellar Hard Anodised Roasting Tin.

Pop over to Stellar Cookware for other great products.
Twitter @StellarCookware

Disclosure: I was sent the cupcake tin to review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not require to write anything positive.
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Chocolate Chip Cookies - Panasonic Steam Combination Microwave

Having had the Panasonic NN-CS894S Steam Combination Microwave for a few months now I've been busy trying out it's many functions.  I'm totally impressed with this oven; whether you are using it for steaming, as a convection oven, microwave, grill or a combination of these, or simply to defrost frozen food, this oven is fantastic.   When I made my Cheesy Topped Potatoes and Peppers I used the steam function to cook the potatoes followed by the conventional oven and grill.

When used it as a convectional oven as I did to make these cookies you can see it cooks evenly too.

chocolate chip cookies

In fact I'll go as far as to say it's pretty much faultless. When used in steam only mode it's true the oven walls do get wet, but all is needed is a quick wipe to get it dry again.  You can read my review to find out more about this oven and it's features.
I have made so many things in it including bread rolls to which I added a shoot of steam during cooking and they were lovely and soft on the inside and perfectly cooked.


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Old Fashioned Bread Pudding Recipe

I hadn't had bread pudding for years until a couple of weeks ago when I made Bacon and Onion Roly Poly Pudding; which got me thinking about food we had when I was a kid.  If you've never had bread pudding you haven't lived and have been missing out!

My nan used to make it and of course so did my mum.  I'm not a one for cakes or puddings, but bread pudding is a glorious thing.  Hot or cold, this is good stuff; proper old fashioned food.  Oh and when it's cooking, your kitchen will smell amazing.

Bread Pudding

There's nothing fancy about bread pudding and certainly no cooking skills are needed.  It's a great way of using up stale bread; in fact it works best with bread that's 2 or 3 days old.
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How to Make - Leek Brie and Bacon Quiche using a Pie Maker

Regular readers will know all about my amazing, life changing pie maker from Judge Cookware! 
Now, my first attempt at quiche wasn't brilliant as the filling didn't cook enough while the pastry was getting a little too done for my liking.  Well I've been experimenting and after a couple of attempts, I think you'll agree I've now perfected quiche. 


Of course you can use Cheddar cheese if you don't like Brie.  I just happened to have some in my fridge left over from my Moroccan dinner party the weekend before; and yes I know Brie isn't in any way very Moroccan, but after dessert we ended our meal with cheese and biscuits.


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Spooky Halloween Chocolate Cakes

Kids will love these Halloween Spooks made in a silicone cake mould from Premier Housewares.
The mould is microwave safe, dishwasher safe and of course can be used in the oven up to 230 degrees; it can also go in the freezer too.


The eyes and mouths didn't show up to well in my finished cakes, but I'm not one to be beaten so I used a micro marshmallow cut into three pieces; just cut one piece slightly bigger than the other two to make the mouth.  Stick them on with a tiny bit of marmalade and the jobs a gooden.  Anyway, kids will love to decorate their own spooks!
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Tarte Flambée with Goats Cheese

The nice people over at Expedia recently asked me to create a French recipe for their #expediaworldonaplate challenge.  Each month Expedia’s World on a Plate Challenge focuses on the cuisine of a different part of the world and this month it's France.

Having very little knowledge of French cooking I came across the French equivalent to pizza, Tarte flambée from Alsace; a northeastern French region on the Rhine River plain.


Alsace borders Switzerland and Germany and there's a south German version called flammekueche and flammkuchen; which in German means 'flame cake'.  Anyway, Tarte flambée looked and sounded good to me so I had a go at making it!
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How to Make Lavender with Flower Paste

Fed up of making flower paste roses and daisies?  Lavender is a great alternative if you want a floral flourish for your cakes.

How to Make Lavender with Flower Paste

 

Flowers and plants are a natural decoration for cakes, irrelevant of the season, but they are especially popular in spring and summer. If you’re looking for something a little different to the usual roses, daisies and carnations, then lavender is a great choice. 

To make lavender it’s definitely best to use flower paste. Sugar paste/fondant icing doesn’t have the kind of hardness necessary to keep its shape for the small, delicate shapes you’ll be crafting. 

Achieving the lavender colour is fairly simple. Try mixing some blue flower paste with a white flower paste to soften the tone. Add a little white at a time until you get the desired colour. 
Making your Flower Paste Lavender
 
To make the lavender you’ll need the following: 

• Blue and white flower paste 
• Florists wire 
• Small flower cutter 
• Scissors 
• Edible food glue 

There are two methods to making flower paste lavender. Both are pretty simple, but we’ll cover them both as you may find one suits your needs better than the other.

Method 1: Using Scissors

To make flower paste lavender with scissors follow these steps: 

1. Take a piece of blue flower paste and a piece of white paste.  Knead them both until they become pliable in the hand, then mix them together to get the right shade. 


2. Roll your lavender colour flower paste into a sausage and cut into sections about 2 inches long each. 


3. Insert a length of florists wire down the length of one of your small sections of flower paste. 


4. Hold the wire with the paste pointing towards you. Then begin to snip into the icing with your scissors, rotating the wire as you go.  Gradually work your way towards the tip of the flower paste. 


5. As you snip the paste it should naturally form the textured appearance of lavender. 


6. Once you’ve covered the whole length of the paste, use your fingers to gently position the snipped flower paste and smooth off any rough or pointed areas and give it a more organic appearance. 


7. Put the lavender to one side and allow it to dry overnight before putting onto your cake. 


Method 2: Using a Flower Cutter

 

The second way of making flower paste lavender involves using a small flower cutter.  This method also allows you to make different shades of lavender icing so that you can give your decoration some different tones. 

1. Mix your flower paste together to get the desired shade.  Consider making two or three different shades to give your lavender a more realistic appearance. 


2. Roll out the flower paste on a work surface dusted with icing sugar. 


3. Press out several flowers with your cutter. 


4. Using a sharp knife cut them in half. 


5. Fix the halves to the florists wire using edible food glue. Layer them up along the length of the wire, mixing up the shades as you go. 


6. Once the flower paste is fixed in place gently run your fingers from the bottom of the lavender to the tip to smooth the ‘petals’ into place. 


7. Set aside to harden before adding to your cake. It’s amazing what you can achieve with flower paste. 


Why not try making these delightful sugar flowers yourself.  It doesn’t have to be difficult to yield great results, so give flower paste lavender a try. 

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Renshaw Baking. 
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Best Recipe - Cheese Onion and Tomato Quiche

I'm gonna say it!  This quiche was Delicious, yes with a capital D - just the right amount of cheesiness with beautifully softened onions topped with sweet baby plum tomatoes.  And the pastry was perfectly cooked and crispy too.


A nice slice of this with a cuppa will do the trick as a snack or of course served with a side salad makes the perfect lunch.
Readers of this blog may have seen my post about my fancy new Stoves Sterling Oven which has a rather marvelous 'Intensive bake' option which is perfect for cooking quiche and tarts since it eliminates the need to 'blind bake' the pastry first.  Using base and top heat with fan, it is for me a good thing since I'm put off of baking because of the faff of having to part cook then return to the oven - it's too much of a botheration!  
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STOVES Sterling 600MF Built In Oven and Hob - Review

Much excitement here at A Glug of Oil since I've been asked if I'd form a partnership with STOVES, the UK's largest and best-loved cooking brands.  They're also the only manufacturer that builds freestanding cookers, built-in ovens & hobs and range cookers right here in the UK.
So what does this partnership mean?  Well, I'll be creating recipes for Stoves, and getting involved in campaigns and running giveaways for my readers. 

Stoves recently installed this fantastic oven and hob so I'm now having fun playing with it even though I don't want it to get dirty!


The STOVES Sterling 600MF is a 9 multi-function electric fan oven and grill.  With a usable capacity of 58 litres the oven is big enough for cooking pretty much anything.
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Masterclass with Cherish Finden and Afternoon Tea - Langham Hotel London

Earlier on this year, Mövenpick Ice Cream set 15 food bloggers the challenge of creating their own ice cream sundae recipe for the chance to win an exclusive two-hour masterclass with the Langham’s Head Pastry Chef Cherish Finden, followed by afternoon tea for two at The Palm Court.  Well I couldn't believe it when I was told I'd won!

 

 So this Monday it was off to The Langham Hotel in London to meet Cherish for the Masterclass, now anyone will tell you I don't do pastry and cakes simply because I can't.  I just don't have the patience required. 

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Summer Berry Oat Crumble using Sweet Heart Collection Stoneware

Premier Housewares have just launched The Sweet Heart Collection of stoneware.  Now these stoneware dishes are beautiful.  Pretty, homey and a bit mumsie if you know what I mean.
The 'oven to table' range consists of all the baking essentials and is just perfect for berry crumble or big cottage pie. 

Summer Berry Oat Crumble in dish

This 1.4 Litre Oval stoneware dish (W31 x D19 x H7cm) approx.  It's dishwasher and microwave safe and is available in green or pink.  It washed up nicely without the need to go in the dishwasher.

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Dulce de Leche Filled Muffins - Easy to Make Recipe

I'm certainly no baker but muffins usually always seem to turn out okay and so if I can make them, anyone can.  Of course the ever popular Chocolate Chip Muffin is always a good thing, but filled with Dulce de Leche the humble muffin becomes something amazing.  That said, I don't particularly like cakes of any sort, but Paul does!

    
I've used Dulce de Leche in a couple of things recently - My Carameltia Ice Cream Sundae and Banana and Chocolate Dessert Pizza.

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Coconut Chocolate Bars - Easy to Make Recipe

The nice people over at Dr. Oetker recently sent me a bundle of their baking goodies.  Bars of milk, white and dark chocolate, chocolates chips, sprinkles, egg white powder, baking powder and more.  

They asked me to try out one their recipes for these Coconut Chocolate Bars. 

Coconut Chocolate Bars


These coconut bars were something of an achievement for me as I'm so useless when it comes to baking but the recipe was very easy to follow and it worked.  Okay, mine might not look as fancy as they could have but they certainly tasted good - Paul the husband ate all of them bar one, which was declared mine!
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