MOTHERS DAY GIFT – 5 GREAT BAKING SUBSCRIPTION BOX’S…

With Mothers Day next Sunday and most of us still in lockdown it’s a difficult time to think of something that your special Mum could enjoy at home. Well, if she loves baking then one of the following subscription boxes will be perfect for her. I have also included a family subscription in case Mum would prefer to bake with her little ones.

1.Bake Box BakeBox is a range of postal baking kits aimed at everyone that loves baking. They offer BakeBox ideally aimed at the more experienced baker. Little BakeBox is purely for the little ones that may need some assistance and Celebration BakeBox is a range of cakes designed specifically with special occasions in mind. They show you how easy it is to make an incredible bake with our full colour, easy to follow recipes, no matter your age or ability, from £18 per month.

2.The Great British Bake Off BoxThe Bake Off Box is a monthly subscription service that delivers recipes developed by The Great British Bake Off, direct to your door. Each box brings a new recipe challenge along with a beautifully designed recipe card, selected ingredients from British suppliers, and a bespoke piece of Bake Off equipment. They offer several subscription options from rolling monthly to pre-purchased bundles, starting from one month rolling for £19.99 or 3 month bundle for £59.97 and you can cancel at any time.

3.Bake a Day of It Box – Every box has two new recipes a month as well as a few items such as biscuit cutters, decorating equipment or special ingredients. The items will always be related to the recipes and each month’s box has a theme ! If you subscribe before the 1st of the month, you will receive your box through the post the following month. Subscription is £13 or you can buy a single box for £15, so a very reasonable price.

4.Cookie Crumbles Baking Kit Subscription – this is one for the whole family. The monthly baking kits are aimed at introducing kids to wholesome homemade food made from natural ingredients such as wholemeal flour, various seeds and dried fruit. With these baking its you’ll be baking tasty treats packed with goodness such as blueberry and vanilla muffins, gluten-free cinnamon brownies and even granola bars. They start from £8 per month.

5.My final choice is Bakedin – Subscription boxes from Bakedin have two completely unique subscription boxes, the baking club and the bread baking club. Each month, they deliver a unique baking kit with a recipe exclusively developed in-house and posted through your letterbox. There kits contain all the dry ingredients, an easy to follow recipe card and some handy extras like the baking paper. All their flour is local to them in Hampshire and they only use top notch Belgian chocolate. They have subscriptions to their Baking Club and their Bread Baking Club which start from £10.99 per month down to £7.50 for a 12 month subscription.

TURMERIC WITH ORANGE & STAR ANISE TEA LOAF RECIPE…

I don’t know about you but once the temperature has dropped I start craving for more filling loaf cakes especially fruit ones and with all the different types of tea infusions available today it can change the taste easily.

I used Twinning’s Turmeric with Orange & Star Anise for this recipe as it has such a strong taste and I thought it would really compliment the fruit. I wasn’t wrong it was really tasty.

In the recipe I had put 300g of caster sugar but over the years I have made lots of fruit cakes for my Dad who was a diabetic and I just cut out the caster sugar and added a couple of tablespoons of Canderel or similar. It tastes just as nice.

Ingredients – Serves 12

4 Twinning’s Turmeric with Orange & Star Anise teabags, 400g dried fruit, 1 Orange, 1 Large Egg, 300g Caster Sugar (or 2 Tables Canderel), 400g self-raising flour, 2 tablespoons Orange Marmalade (Diabetic Sugar Free if preferred).

Method

Put your four teabags into a measuring jug and add 300ml of boiling water. Leave to brew for a few minutes then remove the tea bags. Put the dried fruit into a large mixing bowl and grate over the zest of the orange. Stir well. Pour over the dried fruit and leave to infuse for about four hours or overnight.

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas4. Line a litre loaf tin with loaf tin liner. Whisk the egg and add the bowl of fruit and the sugar. Add the flour and squeeze in the juice of the orange.

Mix until you have a dough like consistency then spoon the mixture into your tin and bake for around 1 hour 10 minutes until cooked through after testing with a skewer to see if it comes out clean.

Pop two tablespoons of the orange marmalade into a bowl and pop into your microwave for 20 seconds then brush over the top of the cake.

WIN AN ALICE IN WONDERLAND TEA PARTY SET….

Alice in Wonderland

Win an Alice In Wonderland Tea Party Set worth £123 – just heat to Whittard’s website and enter online.

This highly collectable range has been designed exclusively for Whittard and made and decorated in The Potteries in Stoke-on-Trent, England. The design is based on the original illustrations which John Tenniel produced for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

First published in 1865, Lewis Carroll’s timeless children’s story continues to delight today. Use the teapot with your favourite mugs or mix and match with Whittard’s Alice in Wonderland mugs to create an impressive display for any tea drinking occasion.

It’s only open to UK residents but well worth entering the competition for this beautiful range of pottery.

BRITISH EGG WEEK 30th SEPT – 6th OCTOBER…

british-egg-weekBritish Egg Week is running from 30th September – 6th October, 2013. 

Its organised in association with British Lion Eggs, the week’s aim is to show parents and children that eggs are an excellent meal, since they are high in nutrition for youngsters and value for money, too. 

Top chefs have cooked up lots of recipes to try – just visit the website for the recipe details.

The British Lion mark on egg shells and egg boxes means that the eggs have been produced to the highest standards of food safety.

There are only around 8 calories in an egg, and they’re rich in B vitamins too, which means they’re great if you’re on a diet or just want to eat healthier.   But it’s estimated that around 15% of people have only a drink for their breakfast.

You should buy eggs from a reputable retailer where they will have been transported and stored at the correct temperature (below 20°C)
• Keep eggs refrigerated after purchase
• Store eggs in their box and, as eggs are porous, away from strong-smelling foods
• Make sure you use eggs by the ‘best before’ date shown on the egg or box – for Lion Quality eggs, this guarantees that they are fresher than required by law