7 QUICK TIPS ON BAKING CAKES…

  1. When baking shortbread cookies, substitute half of your plain flour with cornflour. It gives them a really nice taste.
  2. Before icing a cake, sprinkle the top with some flour, this will stop the icing from running down over the edges of the cake.
  3. To make sure the essence you use adds flavour to the whole cake, mix it into the egg before adding the egg to the mixture.
  4. Don’t crowd the oven with Baking tins. The pans should never touch each other or the sides of the oven or be placed over or under each other on the racks.
  5. Grease pans using a piece of paper towel, rub a small amount of shortening, butter or margarine evenly over the bottom and on sides of pans if directed. A small amount of pan spray may be used and spread over the pan, also using the paper towel technique.
  6. Prevent sharp edges on muffins, bar cookies by greasing the muffin cups or pans only on the bottom and halfway up the sides so the batter is higher than the grease line. This is one time you might not want to use a pan spray.
  7. To test for doneness in cakes, quick breads and bar cookies, use a toothpick inserted in the center. The toothpick should come out clean and dry or have only a few crumbs clinging to it.

For more great tips on baking check out my book on Amazon.

A Little Book On Tea, Cake and Chocolate: TEA pairings, TEA and chocolate, TEA and its health benefits plus over 100 tips on BAKING cakes.

5 LAST MINUTE FOODIE GIFTS FOR FATHER’S DAY…

Personalised Chocolates For Foodie Dads

If you’re stuck for something to buy for Father’s Day then here are a few last minute popular foodie gifts you can buy that special Dad. The personalised foodie chocolate above is from Not On The High Street and is £9.95 by Chocolate By Cocoapod Chocolate.

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For the cheese lover this Award-winning cheesemonger Andy Swinscoe of The Courtyard Dairy has created a gift box with Father’s Day in mind.The Strong & Mature Cheese selection includes outstanding old winchester, a 20-month-old powerful cheddar/gouda cross; spicy bleu des causses; tunworth, Britain’s rival to the best French camembert; and intense saint oswald. £26.50,

Morrisons

For the cookie lover, just pop down to Morrisons and personalise a giant cookie with your loving message at Morrisons stores nationwide. Choose from chocolate chip, white chocolate or double chocolate. £5

Finally how about an Olive Magazine subscription. Get him a monthly dose of the best recipes, restaurant trends and travel inspiration delivered through the letterbox, so your favourite food lovers can always stay ahead of the game. The food gift that keeps on giving, for just £32.99 for 13 issues

A guide to whiskies tea towel, Father's Day

For any whisky lover then how about this unique guide to whiskies tea towel.

From bourbons to ryes and malts, this tea towel covered with whisky trivia is perfect for those scotch loving dads. It’s almost too useful to use, so hang it on your wall and learn about the differences between Japanese and Canadian whisky before mixing a Manhattan. £10