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Win a whole load of baking goodies from DotComGiftShop

Win a whole load of baking goodies from DotComGiftShop

DOTCOMGIFTSHOP GIVEAWAY

No sooner did I press ‘publish’ on yesterday’s blog post about the cute recipe tin from DotComGiftShop.com than they sent me an email saying

‘Why don’t we do a giveaway with CakesBakesAndCookies?’

to which I said

“Yeeaaahhhhh!”

So here it is. The short and sweet giveaway! You can will all of the Blue tit items shown above.

What can you win?

  1. The recipe tin £9.95 – As I said yesterday – it’s easy to file away and keep recipes safe once you have this baby.
  2. The cookie canister £9.95- which is bigger in real life than it looks in this little pic!
  3. The cake carrier, £29.95- which Tim and I bought for members of our family for Christmas last year and whilst wrapping them up I was asking why on earth I didn’t get myself one? I mean it’s a really great size and it has handles! What’s not to love?
  4. The flour shaker. £5.95 I’ve got two shakers – one for flour and one for icing sugar. Everyone needs some prettiness when they’re doing the shaking don’t you think?
  5. The flour canister- £6.95 so cute! It’s glass so it will last an age. Love the colour of this lid too!

In total that’s over £60 of cake baking goodiness so what are you waiting for. Enter the giveaway now!

How to win this fantastic Dotcomgiftshop bundle

To win this collection of five Blue Tit baking goodies all you have to do is share this post on Facebook, Pinterest, Google+ or Twitter then leave me a comment below with why you should win before midnight on 29th February 2016. Remember you must share this post on social media AND comment below to be entered.

Good luck and get sharing!

EmmaMT x

CakesBakesAndCookies.com Terms & Conditions

This giveaway will close at 12:00 on 29th February 2016. Leaving a blog post comment is a mandatory entry option. This prize is offered by dotcomgiftshop.com. I am hosting it on behalf of Dotcomgiftshop. Please note, I am not responsible for posting the prize out or providing it. Dotcomgiftshop or its representative will send out the prize, the winner must provide their name, address once contacted. The winner will be selected at random from all correct entries received by the random number generator. The winner will be notified within 3 days of the closing date. The prize is one recipe tin, one cookie canister, one cake carrier, one flour shaker and one flour canister, no cash alternatives are available. This giveaway is open only to residents in mainland UK (excluding Northern Ireland and Scottish Highlands and Islands) and entrants must be over 18.

Thank you to Dotcomgiftshop for providing this giveaway. All thoughts, opinions and ramblings are entirely my own.

How cute is this recipe storage tin?

How cute is this recipe storage tin?

Easy way to store recipes

I thought I would share with you how I plan the recipes on CakesBakesAndCookies and how I’ve got just that little bit more organised with this cute recipe storage tin.

Recipe testing

When I bake a recipe I write down on a piece of paper the ingredients I use, the temperature and how long it’s baked for. I then take that scrappy piece and type it up and for some reason I can’t throw it away! I mean I have it saved on my blog so I have it forever. I don’t need to keep it.

Normally I’m a real clutter buster. I don’t keep much. I like a clean surface and to be able to find things easily – my kitchen drawers are all organised. I don’t have one of ‘those drawers’ but these scrappy recipes just never seem to go. I’ve done over 150 recipes on here now but here they are still clipped together.

Easy way to store recipesAt Christmas I was given a recipe tin by DotComGiftShop.com as a little thank you and boy has it sorted my life out. At first I was a bit hesitant – not wanting change and all that but then I unclipped the current messy storage system – a.k.a. a couple of clips that sit on my window ledge and et voila! Organised.

The tin’s design is really sweet – or should that be tweet! Sorry, couldn’t resist. I have the Blue tit design but there’s also a poppy, rose and apple design

It comes with these really cute recipe cards – so I won’t need to write on scraps anymore! There’s also a set of dividers for all kinds of recipes. To be honest I’m just glad I now have a place to keep everything together now and in the kitchen too!
Easy way to store recipes I have a large cardboard box in another cupboard in the kitchen which is affectionately known as the ‘somewhere safe box’ as in “Where did I put my book/my favourite pen/the letter for school.”  Oh I put it somewhere safe, and this has become that for recipes – my somewhere safe for recipes tin and I love it.
Easy way to store recipes

So, what do you do with all your recipes? Do you have a system for the ones you tear out of magazines? I’d love to know

EmmaMT x

Disclaimer: Thank you to Dotcomgiftshop for sending me this Blue tit recipe tin, I love it and to Mr A S – PR extraordinaire for always making me smile. No-one else calls me Morton-Turnip!  All thoughts, opinions and ramblings are entirely my own.

Almond shortbread recipe and the cute button cookie cutter

Almond shortbread recipe and the cute button cookie cutterAlmond shortbread recipe

Who doesn’t love the soft, crumbly, buttery taste of shortbread? It’s one of those melt in the mouth biscuits which- according to Beau, I don’t make nearly often enough. That and freezer cookies! 

I was requested to make a batch and when I had some leftover ground almonds I thought that they’d work well together – I’m a bit obsessed with almonds at the mo!  And my almond shortbread recipe was developed and loved. They were deeelsh. After the on-going shortbread fiasco of a few years ago I decided that now was the perfect time to have a play with my new button cookie cutter stamp.

Button cookie stamp

Almond shortbread recipe

My friend Emma (is it me or is everyone called Emma nowadays?) set up her own cookie stamp business Emma Jane’s Bakery, just before the birth of her daughter and she asked if I would like to have a play with one of the designs. Of course I jumped at the chance. I mean how great are they? Emma asked me to choose one and I have to say that I struggled. They’re all really cute. I went for this simple swirl design as I thought it would work on so many levels – biscuits for friends, christmas gingerbread gifts for teachers, shortbread for demanding eleven year old daughters!

Emma Jane's bakeryAs well as doing button cookie stamps (there’s eight to choose from) Emma also does a stamp for weddings, Christmas and she can even personalise them too. “Made by EmmaMT” sounds pretty good to me, but you can have baby’s names and birthdate for christenings, Mr & Mrs and the date for weddings, company logos – the list is endless. Go have a look and see.

Almond shortbread recipe

Almond Shortbread Recipe

  • 200g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 100g Caster sugar
  • 35g ground almonds
  • 225g plain flour (plus a bit extra for rolling out)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Mix the butter and sugar until completely combined.
  2. In a separate bowl sieve the ground almonds and flour and stir to combine.
  3. Add the dry ingredients and almond extract to sugar and butter and mix until just combined. The less mixing you do the better and more crumbly the shortbread will be.
  4. Line a baking tray with silicon paper.
  5. Roll out the dough so it is around 1cm thick. Using the button stamp imprint the pattern into the dough. If your dough is really sticky give the stamp a light dusting of flour. Then use the circle cutter to cut out around each patterned biscuit. I found that by cutting the circles after imprinting the pattern I got a nice neat circle button. When I cut out the circle then tried to do the pattern I squished the shape and it wasn’t round anymore.
  6. Continue patterning and cutting till you have used all the dough up. Remove the excess dough from around the shortbread buttons then carefully lift each biscuit and place it onto the baking tray.
  7. Chill the shortbread on the baking tray for 30 minutes. This will prevent the biscuits from spreading and losing their shape whist baking.
  8. Pre-heat your oven to 160ºC (Fan oven140ºC) and bake the shortbread for 12 minutes. The edges will start to go slightly golden at the edges. If they go brown they’re overdone. 
  9. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling tray to cool down completely.
  10. Eat them all up!

Enjoy!

EmmaMT x

Almond shortbread recipe

Disclaimer: The cute button cookie stamp in this post was sent to me by Emma Jane’s Bakery (Thanks Emma. I’m gonna have fun using this one) All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

 

Gluten free cookies from a box!

Gluten free cookiesThe first house that Tim and I ever lived in together was with some friends on a farm. There were four guys and me and each weekend all the girl friends would descend. I was at uni at the time and one weekend one of the girlfriends suggested that we make the men folk a cake. She proceeded to take out a box from the cupboard saying “I think we just need an egg and some butter?” I had never seen a cake in a box before!  Growing up in a traditional Jewish household we always baked and cooked from scratch. What on earth was a cake doing in a box?

I think I may have offended the girlfriend in question when I suggested we actually bake a cake (without the box) as it would taste better and really didn’t take much more effort. It did taste better! And I don’t think I’ve ever baked from a box before today!

Phil Vickery cookiesA while ago I went to the Squires Cake show and was given a few products to try out. In the bag was a Phil Vickery gluten free Chocolate chunk cookie mix. In a BOX! Not only is it gluten free but it’s dairy free too. I popped it in the cupboard for when I had a school cake sale to bake for. I always like to ensure the coeliacs don’t miss out. But yesterday we had Evie round to play and as she is a gluten free kid I decided to bake them right away.

Just add an egg

All you have to do is whisk up a little oil and one egg then add the dry mix from the box. Knead it with your hands to combine, roll it into a sausage and then cut slices to bake.

Baking Gluten free cookies

Once sliced I made them rounder and baked them. Luckily I left quite a bit of space around each one as they spread out quite considerably. I sliced enough to ensure each kid had two after dinner. They were really good. Just the right amount of delicate crunch on the outside and soft gooeyness on the inside. Not the normal graininess you get with gluten free baking

The verdict from the four girls around my dinner table last night? Double thumbs up!

EmmaMT

Just a slice

I get press releases emailed me on a daily- no, make that hourly basis and I get tons and tons of baking/cooking/cupcake product ideas sent to me to test/play with / eat up and from the PR’s point of view hopefully feature. I usually resist the urge to show you absolutely everything, but I really couldn’t with these cake tins. How cute are they?

Cake slice tins

 

SetofThreeGoodEnoughtoEatCakeTins2200 LemonSliceCakeTin500 VictoriaSpongeCakeSliceTin500They’re from a company called ‘The Contemporary Home‘ and I have been a fan of theirs for a long time. They sell tons and tons of cute and unusual home wares – great for my styling job.  I really love these tins. I’m actually a bit of a tin fan. I have quite a few for cakes but I have literally tons for my crafting. One for buttons, one for embroidery threads. I’ve even just inherited some really vintage ones from my grandma which hold her old needles.

So you can see why these took my fancy. I mean who doesn’t need a cake slice tin to hold a bit of lemon drizzle cake or a touch of Vicky sponge? They also have some really cute tins in the shape of a chocolate Bourborn biscuit and a custard cream. So cool!

Have a great weekend bakers.

EmmaMT

My stash from Cake International

My Cake International purchases

 

How to you approach an exhibition where you are bombarded with new ideas and great looking products that you just have to have all around you?

I tend to have an allocated budget (that quite often goes out of the window when I see that last great thing!) For Cake International I tried to stick to around £50. I tend to find that if I spend more than that the chances of actually using my new tool goes out the window. It also means that I have to really want it to part with my cash.

So what did I splash my cash on? I’ll show you….

 

The Silicon Mat

£7.99, www.bakeandcreate.co.uk

This mat although made from Silicon actually feels more like rubber. It’s got a bit more give in it and is super slippy when it comes to rolling out pastry. I can’t wait to give it a go on sugarpaste.

It’s easy to wash (and dry as it’s a bit smaller than my Ikea one)  and it also seems to stick to the work surface a lot better. I am going to make a big effort not to cut out any sugarpaste decorations on this one as that’s the number one way I cut holes my mats!

Cake International buys

 

The Polka Dotter

£7.75, www.fmmsugarcraft.com

These are a really new tool (or at least I haven’t seen them before) that you use to mark out dots in sugarpaste evenly around the edge of a cake. The top one marks out the spacing so you can have a thin or thick ribbon underneath your dots- depending on which way up you use it.  The bottom one allows you to have loads of dots. All you have to do is add a pearl of piped royal icing to each indent or a flower- anything! I can’t wait to have a play with these.

Cake International buys

 

The acrylic rolling pin

£7.99, www.bakeandcreate.co.uk

I love my white silicon rolling pin but when I saw these acrylic ones I was intrigued. The man on the stand was telling us that the demonstrators had seen them when he was setting up, bought them and they were everywhere at the show due to their non stick abilities and the fact that they just look so good!  And he was right. Everyone demonstrating did seem to have one! What a sales pitch! I resisted buying the 20″ one and went for the 13″ instead. It’s excellent and really doesn’t stick as much as my other pins. I may be going back for the larger size!

Cake International buys

 

The Palette knife

£4.60 Rounded cranked palette knife, Amazon

One of the demonstrators used a palette knife to scrape along the back of a patchwork cutter and the modelling paste just seemed to pop out. I have never seen that done before.

I already have a few palette knives but I am of the opinion that you can never have too many so here’s my latest. If you haven’t got one I would highly recommend them. They’re really useful for picking up thin and fragile pieces of sugarpaste- even when they’re stuck to the surface. They’re super thin and bendy at the tip which makes them so versatile. The stand at the show where I bought this one doesn’t sell on line but you can get similar from Amazon.

Cake International buys

 

Feeding my ribbon obsession

£1 per meter, www.craftyribbons.com

I love ribbons. I have a ton so this was a real indulgence for me but I couldn’t walk past this ribbon stand without buying the rulers ribbons at least. I collect wooden rulers – especially folding ones so I was drawn to these designs. I don’t know where I am going to use them. It won’t be on a cake as that is just too much of a waste. Beau has already told me that the pink one would look good on her Monster High doll! Cute aren’t they?

Cake International buys

 

The biggest benefit of buying at a show is that most of the stands are selling at lower prices than they do on their websites so it balances out the cost of your entry ticket. My only regret is not going back for the litre bottle of Madagascar vanilla extract which was just £20. It’s around £5 for a tiny bottle in the supermarkets but I didn’t want to lug it around the whole show and then I forgot!  Also Mum went back to buy a silicon piping bag which I thought was fab. Oh well, there’s always next year!

 

EmmaMT

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