The Pink Whisk curated sale at Joss&Main Today!

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I love hunting down beautiful baking equipment and kitchen accessories and I’m always on the look out for something a little bit different.  I couldn’t resist the opportunity when Joss & Main approached me to work with them on a festive baking sale!  Christmas, baking and shopping my 3 favourite things all rolled into one.

The sale starts at 11.00am this morning (Thursday 13th November) and lasts for 3 days only so you’ll have to get your skates on!

 You can take a look and sign up for membership via my personal invitation here


Come and have a look at my top festive baking picks and see what will be making an appearance in The Pink Whisk Kitchen shortly.

(and don’t worry you can set your subscription preferences so that you don’t receive update emails if you don’t want them)

If you haven’t heard of Joss and Main before it’s huge in the US and has now made it’s way to the UK.  It’s a members-only site that holds limited-time-only sales on homeware. Come and see my top picks perfect for your festive baking right here.

Oh and if you do indulge yourself in a treat or two be sure to come back and let me know what you bought!


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Why do cupcake cases peel?

 IMG_1559Oh the scourge of every baker – peeling cupcake paper cases!

They’re fine one minute, beautifully risen golden cupcakes on the cooling rack, turn your back for a minute and they’ve made a bid for freedom with the cases sagging and splitting right the way away from your cakes.

Or worse still, they’re decorated and waiting lovingly for their recipient, a sneak peek back in the box (just to check they’re as lovely as you thought they were – yes own up we all do that) and 2 of the blighters have peeled themselves off out of the batch.

Well I’m here to tell you why it happens in the hope that you can give yourself the very best chance of avoiding the dearth of the peeling cupcake case! Continue reading

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Don’t Miss my Joss & Main Sale!

Just a quick pop in and out to let you know of another exciting project I’ve been working on behind the scenes just recently!  I am pleased to say that I am the guest curator of a festive baking sale at Joss & Main this Thursday 13th November at 11.00am.

There’ll be some brilliant festive baking products specially selected by me so make sure you check back here on Thursday morning for all the details!JOSS_TPW_BANNER (4)

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Review: Lidl SilverCrest Food Processor (Stand Mixer)

I get asked to work with all sorts of companies to review all sorts of gadgets and kitchenalia,  mostly I don’t take up the offer but I thought this review was one you would be interested in.

Lidl have a stand mixer coming up for sale on 13th November in store and priced at a very reasonable £79.99 it would appear to be a good buy if it does what it claims to!

Full spec and more details on the Lidl website here

With the cost of a KitchenAid or a fancy K-Mix Kenwood stand mixer running into hundreds of pounds then bagging a mixer for less than £80 seems like a bargain, but what did I make of it?

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The mixer is a SilverCrest Professional Food Processor SKMP 1200 A2. With a 1200w motor and a 3 year warranty.

First impressions are okay, obviously it’s not as glamourous and seductively good looking as a KitchenAid or the Kenwood version but it’s not a bad looking piece of kit.

It’s lightweight, the body being plastic instead of metal, much easier to move around than my stand mixer but it’s bigger too so takes up more room on the worktop or in a cupboard.

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It has a wider base than a regular stand mixer which appears a little odd but once I put it into use it’s actually hugely stabilising,  it can knead bread at a fair old whack without walking across the worktop. Continue reading

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Recipes from a Normal Mum – Holly Bell

No it’s not a mistake, you’re here at The Pink Whisk but I’m here to share Holly Bell’s fab new book!

Recipes from a Normal Mum by Holly Bell


I’m so thrilled to have a book of Holly’s on my cookbook shelf.  I’m sure many of you are regular visitors to her blog and watched her avidly on The Great British Bake Off in 2011. Holly has worked exceptionally hard since Bake Off to forge a successful career in baking.


The book is packed full of enticing recipes with pictures of every bake and make.  The ingredients are simple and straightforward to get hold of and the recipes are easy to follow and understand.  There are 8 different chapters each covering a variety of different recipes, cooking and baking, and occasions to bake for so you know you’ll find something for everyone, even my youngest has been baking from it.

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Over the rainbow meringues

Each of the recipes come with a little snippet of Holly’s life, stories and recipe origins.  I knew we must be alike to be cast in the same ‘slot’ in the bake off but this was reaffirmed when I learnt of her love of gin (and a lack of household ironing!)  I love getting to know people better through their books and Holly really shines out through hers. Continue reading

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Tasty Chicken Garlic & Tomato Pie

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Pies have to pack a punch!  You need a big whack of loveliness to go inside that pastry case.  This pie does just that and it’s a favourite Clemens’ family teatime pie!

But why pie this week?  It seems fitting as the Autumn gets underway and teatimes in our house take on a much more comfort food feel. Higgidy, the makers of pie loveliness, sent me some pie goodies and are holding a Recipe Hunt – they want your pie recipes to find the next Special Guest Pie in their range, and I know you’ll have some great recipes up your sleeves.  Have a look here and share your favourite recipes with them if you get chance.

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So inspiration courtesy of Higgidy, here’s my super tasty chicken pie topped with a flaky gorgeous pastry! Continue reading

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Vanilla Layer Celebration Cake

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A big thank you from me goes to the lovely Sam at Sams Kitchen for the inspiration for this cake, when I was at a complete loss for what to make for my Dad’s 60th birthday Sam came to the rescue.  You can visit Sam’s blog here and catch her on facebook too – you’ll love her baking, she won’t disappoint!

Now Dad doesn’t eat cake but we all do!  I can honestly say I have never ever seen a cake of mine disappear so quickly!  I was dishing up, misjudged numbers and there was none left for me.  Fortunately Mr Clemens stepped up and shared his – there’d have been trouble if not ;)

 So if you’re looking for a cake to impress that doesn’t need a ton of decorating then this Vanilla Layer Celebration cake is just the recipe you need.



375g butter, softened

375g caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract/vanilla bean paste or the seeds from 1 vanilla pod

6 eggs, large

375g self raising flour

Approx 1/2 jar of strawberry or raspberry jam


200g butter, softened

400g icing sugar, sifted

1 tsp vanilla bean paste or the seeds scraped from 1 vanilla pod

1-2 tbsps hot water


200ml double cream

125g dark chocolate

To Decorate

A selection of chocolate e.g. Crunchie bars, Mistrels, Chocolate Buttons and chocolate curls.

You will also need 2 x 8″ cake cards

Makes 1 x 8″ layer cake. Continue reading

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Inspired to Bake? #GBBO

Wow what a final on #GBBO last night!  Congratulations Nancy!!

All the finalists did so brilliantly well they would all have made worthy winners.

I’m going to give a special mention to Luis, as we both live in Poynton – it must be a hive of baking ability – hopefully third time lucky Poynton will conquer with a winner ;)  Luis’ blog is here and is definitely one you want to visit!

So to celebrate the crowning of the 2015 winner of The Great British Bake Off and to inspire you to get baking there’s 4 #StorkTwist recipes from me this week.

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Cream Filled Choux Puffs with a Mocha Sauce

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A very moreish Chocolate Raspberry Tart

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Slice it up and share it with a cup of tea Coconut Lime Drizzle Cake

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Chocolate Amaretto Schichttorte & Cashew Baklava

It’s not often I get to bake something a little bit different from the norm but these two #StorkTwist recipes delivered it in bucket loads.

First up a Chocolate Amaretto Schichttorte – the method looks a little daunting, baked in layers under the grill but I have to say I loved baking it and loved eating it too! (only 12 layers for me though – tsk!)

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And a Honey Roast Cashew and Sesame Baklava – with the option of your own homemade Filo pastry – if you’re in the for the quick option then shopbought is far easier (and I promise I won’t tell Paul & Mary)

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Lemon Meringue Pie

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Let’s bake a lemon meringue pie – is there anything better?

Makes: 1 x Deep dish 8″ Pie



225g plain flour

100g butter, cold diced Continue reading

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