TOP FIVE BAKING MAGAZINES WORTH SUBSCRIBING TO …

Baking Heaven Magazine – Bringing you the ultimate sweet AND savoury bakes, Baking Heaven magazine is serious about baking. Filled with perfect pastries, colourful cakes, decadent desserts, scrumptious savouries and tempting treats aplenty, this is Britain’s best-selling baking magazine, perfect for beginners to experts! It is jam (sandwich)-packed with delicious treats for every baking enthusiast. From creamy desserts that are to die for to baking with a savoury touch, a Baking Heaven magazine subscription covers all the best bakes in the world. With over 101 delectable recipes in every quarterly issue, this will become your essential guide to baking sweet and savoury goodies all year round. Baking Heaven magazine focuses on a specific topic in each issue to help you polish your skills in that area, from irresistible cheesecakes to Scandinavian baking. You’ll become the master baker in no time.

Good Food is guaranteed seasonal goodness inside every issue, the ever glorious Good Food is a serious contender for the top spot. Good Food magazine is the UK’s top selling food magazine, a must-have addition to any kitchen for those who love to cook and eat. Packed with over 100 recipes, from easy everyday suppers to impressive three course banquets for two; it’s like having Ainsley Harriet resident in your kitchen!

Page by page, Good Food magazine will make your mouth water and tummy rumble. With stunning photography that makes you wish you could pick food straight off the page and top tips from celebrity chefs, this magazine will boost your culinary skills to the delight of your friends and family.

Olive

Olive Magazine is filled with seasonal ideas as well as fantastic features on trending cuisine, dishes to try and new recipes you’d never think to make just waiting to become a family favourite! With themes in every issue, you’ll never be bored with the gastronomical temptations on every page. Innovative and creative, the team at Olive keep readers guessing by mixing up traditional dishes with new twists as well as suggestions for alternatives for your classic roast dinners and midweek meals.

Delicious Magazine is the perfect pick for those looking for a mouth-watering monthly bible for foodies, guaranteed to get your taste buds tingling with every issue. Find inspiration for midweek meals, featuring healthy, budget-friendly dishes the whole family will enjoy. Looking to impress? Discover entertainment menus in every issue with emphasis on tasty, easy meals with a seasonal twist to astound your family and friends. Packed with top tips from your favourite chefs and step-by-step guides on everything from soufflés to sauces.

Free From Heaven Magazine is a new bi-monthly healthy lifestyle magazine featuring over 100 seasonal, free-from recipes in every issue!

Whether you chose to eat a specific diet as part of a healthy lifestyle option, or you have intolerances to certain produce such as dairy, gluten, sugar, or eggs, the great range of tempting and nutritious recipes in this beautiful magazine will help you enjoy varied and tasty meals every day of the week.

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HEART BISCUITS FOR VALENTINES DAY…

Gorgeous Valentine inspired biscuits from Biscuiteers – hand-iced biscuits are the perfect way to show that special someone that you love them this Valentine’s Day. Some of their Valentine’s collection can even be personalised with a love note of your choice.

personalised vintage love letter collection

This one is their personalised love letter collection at £35.00

flowers biscuit card

or this flower biscuit card for £9.00

little box love chocolates

or this little box of love chocolates for £11.95

 

Failing that have a go at your own with the recipe below…

Ingredients
115g butter
55g caster sugar
150g plain flour
25g cornflour
A couple of drops of Vanilla extract
250g Royal Icing Sugar
Food colouring to decorate

Method
Preheat up to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4
Mix butter, caster sugar, and vanilla extract
Stir in the flour and cornflour
Wrap in cling film and chill for about 30 minutes
Roll out to thickness of around a £1 coin
Cut different shapes of hearts
Bake for 10 minutes
Leave to cool on a wire rack
Decorate as you like

Heart Biscuits

PANCAKE DAY OR SHROVE TUESDAY…

PANCAKE DAY

Shrove Tuesday (or pancake day) is next Tuesday, which marks the last day before lent when people eat pancakes before the start of Lent. It is traditionally a period where you stop eating certain foods i.e. sugar, fats, flour and eggs. They would empty their cupboards of these products and make lots of pancakes before lent started.

It takes place 47 days before Easter Sunday and pancake races have been going around for years. London has a number of famous ones.

The Parliamentary Pancake Race starts from the Victoria Tower Gardens and is in its 15th Year. This has probably the most high-profile participants which feature three teams made up of MP’s, Lords and members of the press to help raise funds for the charity ‘Rehab’.

Other pancake races that take place in London are the ‘Great Spitalfields Pancake Race, from the Old Truman Brewery, The ‘Inter-Livery Pancake Race foam Guildhall Yard and Better Bankside Pancake Day Race from Borough Market.

Some original fillings for your pancakes start with chocolate (yum, yum) fruits, syrups, fudge, sugar and ice cream, or of course, flamed with brandy (crepe Suzette).

The Independent has three alternative pancake recipes for Shrove Tuesday which include Courgette and halloumi pancakes, buttermilk pancakes and masala dosas.

My favourite site for recipes is the BBC Good Food Pancake Day Selection with 56 to choose from including Red Velvet Pancakes and G & T Pancakes and yet G & T as in gin and tonic. What more could you ask…

Pancake stack with a sprinkling of lemon zest and a drizzle of syrup

VALENTINE’S DAY THEMED AFTERNOON TEAS…

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I was interested to see if venues were theming their afternoon teas around Valentines Day. Well, lot’s are and the best place to find them is on the Afternoon Tea’s site.

They start from £18.95 – £75.00 ( some are per couple and others are pp) and they have a choice of 70 on their site. 

One of my favourites on the list and also one of the most expensive ones are at the Sunborn Yacht Hotel London who is promoting a Valentine Prosecco Afternoon Tea for Two and Dirty Dancing Screening.

They say “Spoil your loved one this Valentine’s to a luxurious Prosecco Afternoon Tea followed by a screening of the timeless classic, Dirty Dancing. Have the time of your life with that special someone in this romantic experience available on 18th February.

The Afternoon Tea features a selection of handcrafted delicate cakes and sweets, mini rich butter fruit scones served with fruit preserves and Devonshire clotted cream, and traditional finger sandwiches. Afternoon Tea can be booked between 12:00 and 15:00 with the screening of the film starting at 4pm.

Sunborn Yacht Hotel London offers a first-class destination to indulge in Afternoon Tea. This hotel is set in a yacht that is permanently moored in the Royal Victoria Dock. 

This impressive 108-metre floating hotel possesses stunning views of Canary Wharf and the surrounding Docklands.

Afternoon Tea is served in their sophisticated Lands End restaurant.”   More about Sunborn Yacht Hotel London.

Check out the long list of Valentine Afternoon Teas available on the Afternoon Tea website. 

 

 

 

 

THE PURPLE PUMPKIN BLOG AND 50 AFTERNOON TEA RECIPES…

The Purple Pumpkin Blog is a blog written by Michelle from London. Her blog is full of photographs, recipes, printables, seasonal inspiration, crafts and lots more.

Amongst her amazing array of recipes, I came across her 50 Afternoon Tea Recipes which caught my eye with the amazing picture above.

She starts off with a list of ten sandwiches explaining along the way the etiquette involved in a proper English afternoon tea. ” Cutting the crusts off is a must; cut into finger lengths or triangles. Dainty rolls are great to use, and turn flat breads into pinwheels for something different.”

Next is cupcakes and muffins which she says are “All the taste of a big cake, but in a perfect one-person portion.” and gives you a choice of six recipes to try from.

Sweet and savoury tarts are next on Michelle’s list with six recipes to choose from and her tip to “buy ready-made pastry to cut down on preparation time.”

Next is biscuits with five recipes to choose from another tip from Michelle is  “Instead of opening a packet, make a tray of them instead. Decorate plain sugar cookies any way you like.”

Not forgetting the gluten and dairy free recipes. Michelle has included three free from recipes so you don’t forget the guests with food intolerances.

There is a choice of 12 recipes for Cakes and Bakes which she suggests you “display on a pretty platter; pre-cut for portion control, or throw caution to the wind, and let guests cut a slice as big as they like!”

A choice of 3 scones is accompanied with a note to “not forget the clotted cream and jam for the sweet scones. Cream cheese for the savoury?”

Finally, pastries and patisserie finish her list with five to choose from in this category and a little note to anyone who wants to try them that “these recipes might require a bit more skill, but the end results are worth it.”