11 WHIPPING AND WHISKING TIPS FOR YOUR BAKING…

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A pinch of salt added to margarine makes whisking quicker.

If your custard goes lumpy, quickly put the base of the pan into some cold water and keep whisking until things are going smoothly again.

For firmer whipped cream, beat it with honey rather than sugar.

If you add a beaten egg slowly to your batter mix it prevents the batter from becoming too stiff.

Eggs will whip more easily if left for 10 minutes in cold water before breaking.

If you want firm meringues, add a teaspoon of cornflour to the sugar before beating into the egg white, and to make meringue with the same number of eggs, add one tablespoon of water per egg.

Over whipping cream can ruin the best desert, it usually happens most often in hot weather or if the cream has been left out of the fridge for a while. If the cream looks more like butter just fold in a splash of milk to restore it.

To fix over-beaten whipped cream, stir a tablespoon or two of cold, un-whipped cream into the bowl.

Cream must be very cold to whip properly.

Begin whipping your egg whites on low speed until they become foamy and frothy.

Finally, electric whisks are easy to store, perfect for creaming butter, making meringues and easy cake recipes and stand mixers are good for mixing, whipping, whisking and also kneading dough.

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TEA PAIRINGS WITH CHOCOLATE…

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Of course with different strengths of chocolate this does mean there is a choice of pairings.

With dark chocolate, try Assam, Darjeeling, Earl Grey, Gyokuro, or Oolong.

With milk or white chocolate try Darjeeling, Dragonwell, or Oolong,

According to Linda Villano from SerendipiTea. “When approaching the Tea & Chocolate pairing, the possibilities are endless so first narrow down the number of teas you will be pairing within each category and identify them on paper. Keep things simple and well organized. Focus on specific groupings using your basic tea tasting rules, for example work with White Tea first, then move along the color spectrum from light to dark, ending with Pu-erh.  Taste the tea independently of the chocolate carefully minding the general characteristics, aroma, flavor notes, and mouth-feel of each tea you plan to pair. Do the same with each of the chocolates independently of the tea.  Take your time, munch on a bit of plain cracker between each tasting to clear your palate, and take copious notes. But most importantly, enjoy the process.”

Right I’m off for a cuppa and some chocolate 🙂

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AWARD WINNING TEAS AVAILABLE AT THE VILLAGE KITCHEN, EDWINSTOWE.. — The Village Kitchen…

We stock a number of award winning teas which are also available to buy from Novus Teas Novus Tea started entering product at Great Taste Awards really to get some independent feedback on their teas back in 2009, and since then have won countless awards year after year, highlighting their consistency at selecting the very […]

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BAKEWELL BAKING FESTIVAL 12th-13th AUGUST…

BAKING, VINTAGE, MUSIC AND FAMILY FUN…

The World’s Baking Festival is back for it’s 4th year with it’s new bigger Baking Theatres and a World Baking Theme.

Live Music, Tea Dances, Baking and Food Village, Vintage Games, Camping, Custard Pie Fight, World Alternative Games, Masterclasses, Vintage Car Display, Competitions, Circus Skills, Great Food and Drink, Birds of Prey, Comedy Night and more…

Tickets available online . Take a look at last years video here .

Bakewell has been voted the second best town in Britain by the Times, and is the quintessential English market town in the Derbyshire Dales district of Derbyshire, England, deriving its name from ‘Beadeca’s Well’.

It is the only town included in the Peak District National Park, and is well known for the local confection Bakewell Pudding (often mistaken for the Bakewell Tart).

It is located on the River Wye, about thirteen miles (21 km) southwest of Sheffield, 31 miles (50 km) southeast of Manchester, and 30 miles (48 km) north of the county town of Derby; nearby towns include Chesterfield to the east and Buxton to the west northwest.

Not the biggest town in the UK according to the 2001 Census the civil parish of Bakewell had a population of 3,979.
The town is close to the tourist attractions of Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall