Two tips on using flour in your baking from The Village Kitchen are –
When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking tin, use a bit of dry cake mix instead and there won’t be any white mess on the outside of the cake.
Always sift the flour with raising agents or spices before adding to a mixture so that they are evenly distributed.
If you plan to store it for a long period of time, wrap the cake in brandy or wine-soaked towels, or a double layer of plastic wrap then in aluminium foil.
Non-liquor soaked cakes may be kept in a cool place or in a refrigerator for short-term storage or a freezer for long storage.
Fruitcakes freeze very well; however, they must be aged for at least few weeks before freezing, as they do not mellow and ripen while they are frozen.
1. Cake Liners are an absolute must.
2. Digital Scales. with some, the lid becomes the measuring bowl and you can weigh liquid and dry ingredients with the add and weigh function.
3. Silicon Pastry Brush – non-stick and heat resistant to 315C so you can baste with hot oils.
4. Stand Mixers – these are good for mixing and whipping, whisking and also kneading the dough.
5. Electric Whisks – these are easy to store, perfect for creaming butter, making meringues and easy cake recipes – I couldn’t live without mine.
6. Mini Processors – great for purées (small amounts) and for chopping nuts and chocolate to complete your cake with ease.
7. Stay Cool Rolling Pin, you fill the rolling pin with icy water and it will keep the dough cool and make the perfect pastry. You can also fill it with warm water and then it’s great…
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What exciting news it was to hear that cocoa is so rich in health benefits. Here are ten reasons to enjoy that chocolate cake …
1. It’s good for the heart and circulation
A study from 2014 found that dark chocolatehelps restore flexibility to arterieswhile also preventing white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels – both common causes of artery clogging.
2. It reduces risk of stroke
Researchers in Finlandhave found that chocolate consumption lowers the risk of suffering a stroke – by a staggering 17 per cent average in the group of men they tested.
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The Village Kitchen scone of the month for August was our delicious Cherry & Almond.
Homemade warm fruit scone with pot of jam, clotted cream and strawberries, pot of tea or cafetiere of coffee for one (check out our afternoon tea page for more details)
Homemade lemon and vanilla scone, pot of lemon curd and clotted cream, pot of tea or cafetiere of coffee for one (check out our afternoon tea page for more details)
Homemade warm cheese scone with slices of brie, sun blushed tomato, celery and tomato chutney, pot of tea or cafetiere of coffee for one (check out our afternoon tea page for more details)