TOP SIX BAKING MAGAZINES WORTH SUBSCRIBING TO…

I don’t know about you but I love to hear the sound of a magazine dropping through the letter box and I have always got one baking one on the go. The best idea to see if you like any of the magazines I have listed is to buy a single copy which a lot of sites now offer in particular News Stand. 

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1.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.

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2. 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.

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3. 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.

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4. 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.    

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5. Easy Cook from Good Food is the UK’s most practical and straight-talking food magazine. Every issue is packed with recipes – quick and easy everyday suppers, meals to enjoy at the weekend, speedy menus for entertaining as well as snacks, baking and taste tests.

An Easy Cook magazine subscription takes the chore out of everyday cooking with inspiring recipe ideas for busy people while remembering that most families are on a budget! Plus don’t miss our new Easy Cook Chef School section, where you’ll find brilliant recipes from BBC TV chefs, all designed to help you master new cookery techniques while you cook up brilliant dishes at the same time. I bought my hubby this subscription for Christmas and he looks forward to each copy arriving through the letter box. 

 

6. Free From Heaven brings you 101 carefully selected, seasonal, free-from recipes every issue. Whether you choose to eat a specific diet as part of a healthy lifestyle, or you have intolerances to certain produce such as dairy, gluten, sugar or eggs, the great range of tempting and nutritious recipes, as well as a host of the latest news and features in this beautiful magazine will help you enjoy varied and tasty meals every day of the week. And with a new issue every two months, you’ll never run short of new ideas and inspiration.

WORLD NUTELLA DAY TODAY 5th FEBRUARY 2021…

Join in the fun with delicious tasting Nutella on World Nutella Day today 5th February 2021.

#WorldNutellaDay who doesn’t love a bit of Nutella

World Nutella® Day was established on February 5th 2007 by Sara Rosso, an American blogger and a Nutella® lover as you. In her opinion Nutella® deserved a worldwide celebration day, and all the Nutella® lovers agreed! 

They began celebrating Nutella® by sharing pictures, ideas, inspirations and recipes on social media: that’s how the World Nutella® Day has become a global phenomenon.

But the story doesn’t end here: in 2015, Sara transferred World Nutella® Day to Ferrero (the makers of Nutella®) to help it live on and grow for years to come. From then on, every year we search for someone with Sara’s delicious love to inspire the fan celebration on World Nutella® Day.

10 ways to celebrate World Nutella Day and where you can find lots of inspiration about Nutella is on the World Nutella Website where they give you 10 creative ways with Nutella.

  1. Make a recipe with #Nutella
  2. Strike a pose
  3. Create some #Nutella inspired art
  4. Do an original flavour pairing
  5. Reveal your first #Nutella experience
  6. Give or send #Nutella to people you love
  7. Introduce someone to #Nutella for the 1st time
  8. Make a party or a video-party in or of #Nutella
  9. Write a song or a poem about #Nutella
  10. Have a breakfast in bed with #Nutella

Travel back in time to uncover the creation of our signature recipe, discover how they carefully select and process their ingredients and learn how they are continuously reinforcing their sustainability journey. Their mission is to bring the delicious taste of Nutella®, The Original Hazelnut Spread®, to your breakfast table and beyond, to enable you to start every day with a smile.

Source : Nutella, World Nutella Day

BAKE YOURSELF CALM BY BAKING BREAD…

In an article in Prima Magazine Pauline Beaumont, counsellor and author of Bread Therapy: The Mindful Art of Bread Making she says, ” By mindfully making a loaf of nutritious bread, you will give yourself the satisfaction of creating something lovely, from scratch, with your own hands, something which has huge benefits for your mental wellbeing.

It’s an opportunity to give yourself some time: to slow you down, soothe and ground you, and create a moment of quiet calmness. From kneading dough, to taking a delicious-smelling freshly baked loaf out of a hot oven, bread-making can be a mindful experience and a therapeutic craft that can nurture and nourish us. As yeast transforms flour and water, so making bread can transform us and our lives.

As we seek ‘slow skills’ to free us from the digital world we are inhabiting more and more, and mindful activity to help us manage our mental wellbeing, so bread-making is experiencing a renaissance. This book will guide you through the art of bread making, with insight into the benefits of this ancient craft which will nourish mind and body. It celebrates bread making as a way of understanding ourselves better, learning important life lessons and making positive changes to our mental and physical wellbeing. It features eight simple bread recipes to get you started on your bread-making journey.

Pauline Beaumont is a passionate bread baker, mother of six and counsellor who believes fervently in the power of bread-making to aid our emotional and psychological wellbeing.

Amazon ReviewWe love this book as it sums up exactly how we feel about bread. Bread is like a small animal; it needs feeding, resting and quite a lot of love to get it to feel right. Caring for it gives you a huge buzz. Bread also has the ability to care for you and making bread is such a simple and pure way of boosting mental wellbeing. Pauline’s book captures the magic of this equation beautifully. — Alex and Kitty Tait, founders of The Orange Bakery

BAKING TIPS MONDAY FROM AFTERNOON TEA4TWO…

Baking Tips Monday is a new post I am going to write every Monday with lots of tips for baking so make sure you subscribe to an email.

Avoid over mixing as it can cause a heavy texture, and this will cause the cake to crack, (see image below).

Bake your cake immediately once mixed as the baking process begins to act as soon as it is combined with liquid.

When mixing butter cream in a freestanding machine, cover the whole machine with a damp tea towel. This stops clouds of icing sugar dust going over the kitchen.

GORGEOUS BOOKS AS GORGEOUS CHRISTMAS GIFTS…

It’s that time of year again where we see lots of books and new releases up for sale and you are spoilt for choice as to which one to buy for yourself or as a gift. Well, I thought I would put my pennies worth in and have three of my favourite not entirely cooking books but books about cooking, the history of the biscuit and stuff every cook should know about.

My first choice is The Biscuit; The History of a Very British Indulgence by Lizzie Collingham£12.99

Did you know that British people eat more biscuits than any other nation; they are as embedded in our culture as fish and chips or the Sunday roast. But biscuits are not only tasty treats to go with a cup of tea, the sustenance they afford is often emotional, evoking nostalgic memories of childhood.

Lizzie Collingham begins in Roman times when biscuits – literally, ‘twice-baked’ bread – became the staple of the poor; she takes us to the Middle East, where the addition of sugar to the dough created the art of confectionery. Yet it was in Britain that bakers experimented to create the huge variety of biscuits which populate our world today. And when the Industrial Revolution led to their mass production, biscuits became integral to the British diet.

We follow the humble biscuit’s transformation from durable staple for sailors, explorers and colonists to sweet luxury for the middling classes to comfort food for an entire nation. Like an assorted tin of biscuits, this charming and beautifully illustrated book has something to offer for everyone, combining recipes for hardtack and macaroons, Shrewsbury biscuits and Garibaldis, with entertaining and eye-opening vignettes of social history.

I love reading about life in times gone by and this book is full of fascinating social insights and delicious recipes. If you are someone who is fascinated by the history of food, then this book is definitely worth having. As a blog writer on all things Hygge it was interesting to read that The Dutch word “koek” means cake / biscuit / wafer and the diminutive is koekje, another word which I am sure will soon become popular.

This book is one for the coffee table to pick up and learn something else you didn’t know about tea and biscuits.

Stuff Every Cook Should Know by Joy Manning £7.99

Stuff Every Cook Should Know is as indispensable to cooks as a good sturdy knife and just as sharp. Compact enough to fit on the smallest shelf or countertop, this sous-chef-in-a-book tells how to make a meal plan, how to use common ingredient substitutions, how to throw a dinner party, how to organize your kitchen, and much more. It s a pocket-sized problem solver that makes a great gift for seasoned culinary artists, novice chefs, and anyone who loves to cook.

I’ve still got my first cookery book which I was given at school and love to read through it with my pencil notes fading by the day, but this gives you a hint at everything you might want to know about in your kitchen and full of helpful tips and reminders.

It really is a book about stuff every cook should know. While it won’t make one a master cook, it is definitely most helpful for someone starting out. A great little stocking filler for the novice student about to embark on their first cooking venture.

My final one for the time being is a bit different as it has stories as well recipes and one I plan to keep this one for my granddaughter.

Fairytale Baking Recipes And Stories, by Christin Gewekes £14.23

Once upon a time, many moons ago, there was a little girl who discovered her love for baking … Thus begins author Christin Geweke’s culinary journey through magical bakes that make you dream of fairytale forests and are guaranteed to be liked by the fussiest of cake eaters, just like the princess of the Princess and the Pea fame. Here are recipes and exquisite photographs of forest berry ice cream cake, mini gingerbread kuglofs, marzipan chocolate rolls, dreamy peach rose cups.

Like old family recipes, fairytales and stories are also handed down from one generation to the next. And delicious baking can delight the senses and bring back memories just like a good story, for both old and young alike. Lose yourself in fairytales to while away the time until your goodies are ready to take out of the oven and devour.

I love this book and the beautiful images inside it. I can’t wait for my granddaughter who is only one to be old enough to enjoy baking with me with this book. It’s definitely one for the coffee table and a real conversation starter. The recipes are clear and very easy to follow with a choice of some unusual ones (for me anyway), and it makes a nice change.