Lacy Chocolate Collar – How to…

Working with chocolate doesn’t have to be challenging!  How about making a lacy chocolate collar for your showstopper of a bake – here’s how…

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Bacon Gruyere & Tomato Tartlets


Such a perfect little bite to eat – these little bites of loveliness are just right whether they’re a snack for hungry hoards after school or gracing the table at an afternoon tea.

Just one word of warning from me, do not eat one warm from the cooling rack, you won’t be able to stop at just the one and half will have disappeared before anyone else gets a look in!

Ingredients :


225g plain flour

100g butter, cold diced

Pinch of salt

1 egg, medium beaten

1-2 tbsps cold water


80g sweet tomato relish

200g thick cut bacon (approx. 4 rashers)

50g Gruyere cheese, grated (use a good strong cheddar if you’d prefer)

100ml single cream

1 egg, medium

Salt and pepper


Oven Temp:       180c(fan)/200c/Gas Mark 6.

Makes: 12 tartlets

Freezing:  Suitable for freezing for upto 1 month.


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KitchenAid Mini Stand Mixer – Review & Giveaway!


With the exclusive launch of the KitchenAid Mini Stand Mixer at John Lewis in September I was asked if I would review this new mini version for readers of the blog.  As always I’m happy to try out new baking kit and see what works and what doesn’t.  But not only do I have the review for you I also have a KitchenAid Mini in Hot Sauce to giveaway to one of you lovely bakers too!



In a nutshell, the Mini is 20% smaller and 25% lighter with the same design as it’s big brother and has an RRP of £399.  The Mini fits the regular KitchenAid attachments – spiralizer, food grinder etc, in the same manner as it’s larger counterpart.  It’s equipped with the same powerful motor too so there’s no compromise on function.

The bowl has a 3.3litre capacity – 8 egg whites, 2kg of mashed potatoes or a 1.6kg cake mix (that’s roughly the size of a 10” cake).

And of course it comes with a full 5 year warranty.

The model I’m reviewing is in the Honeydew colourway but it’s available in other options – Matte Black, Matte Grey and Hot Sauce too.

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Rough Puff Pastry – Here’s How

Have you ever made your own Rough Puff Pastry? Maybe last nights#GBBO inspired you? In which case my video with Bake with Stork will help you on your way. It’s much easier than you might think and will give you a fab fab puff and rise.

I can feel Apple & Blackberry Turnovers in the making here – what would you make with yours?

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Lemon & Blueberry Scone Slices



330g self raising flour

75g butter, cold diced

40g caster sugar

Zest of 1 lemon

120g blueberries, frozen

180ml milk


Juice of 1 lemon

2 heaped tablespoons of icing sugar

Makes:  6 large scone slices

The blueberries in this recipe are best frozen, which stops them completely disintegrating and bleeding too much on baking,  buy them fresh and then simply pop them in the freezer before you get going, you don’t need to buy them ready frozen.


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Review: Robert Welch Signature Knife Rack Bundle

To celebrate the sale of the one millionth item from the Signature Knife range by Robert Welch #oneinamillion I was asked to review their limited edition Signature Magnetic Knife Rack Set worth £125. I’ve been putting it through it’s paces and ready to report back – plus you can win yourself a set too, but more on that in a minute!

The set comprises of a wall mounted knife rack, a hand-held knife sharpener and three essential kitchen knives; a bread knife, a 16cm cooks knife and a 10cm vegetable/paring knife.


In my new kitchen I’m trying to limit what actually sits out on the worksurface, in all honesty I find that really quite difficult but in the aim of persevering then a wall mounted knife rack is probably the best way to go.  It holds up to 8 kitchen knives and is extremely secure and steady.  It holds the knives firmly and does just what you’d expect.  It’s also relieved the danger kitchen drawer and rummaging through the drawer is now a pretty safe experience. Continue reading

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Braided Loaf – Here’s How

Inspired by last nights #GBBO Bread Week?  Here’s a quick video that you might just like – how to braid bread dough.  Would love to see your loaves!

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Chocolate Shard Cake

How to make an impressive White Chocolate Shard Cake in my project for Bake with Stork – obviously pink is my go to colour but switch up the colours and this cake is perfect for any celebration!

Find the full recipe, how to make the shards and assemble right here with step by step pictures included.

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Robert Welch – Signature Knives

Last week I was invited to an event with Robert Welch, celebrating their range of Signature Knives and the sale of the one millionth knife!  #Oneinamillion

Now with the dawn of my new kitchen  I have been working my way through cupboards, clearing out, streamlining and replacing items that are beyond their best.  The contents of our kitchen cupboards hold a huge investment and if you’re a keen kitchen critter like me then you soon learn what works and what doesn’t.

I’ve known for a good while the knives need a good sort, for a start they’re all stuck in the drawer – a motley collection of largely blunt but just about do the job implements.  But knives, at least decent knives, are a big investment and something I just haven’t made my way round to sorting out…until now.


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Rainbow Speckle Cake & Strawberry Prosecco Traybake

A couple of bright summery baking projects to share with you today!

Rainbow Speckled Cake

First up a rainbow speckle cake – celebrating a birthday or just need an easy decorating idea to impress?  This Rainbow Speckle effect is easy to do and looks brilliant too.  Step by step pics and my full how to here for Bake with Stork.  The cakes are baked at 160c(fan)/180c/Gas mark 4 for 25 minutes.

Strawberry Prosecco Traybake

Next a summery slice of loveliness if ever there was one!  A lovely vanilla traybake recipe infused with strawberry prosecco syrup and topped with the classic strawberries and cream.  A slice of this is just the ticket!  My full recipe is right here. If you want an alcohol free version simply replace the prosecco with water when making the syrup.  30 minutes baking time for the traybake at 160c (fan)/180c/Gas Mark 4.

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