The Pink Whisk Kitchen – Gadgets

So here is another little snippet of life in the new Pink Whisk Kitchen, and some of my favourite bits too – the gadgets!  I love a good dose of technology, products that make life quicker and easier.  Spending so much time in the kitchen I knew that I had to do all I could to make the kitchen work for me.  Here’s some of my favourite things…

Aquatap

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I knew when planning the kitchen that I wanted a boiling water tap (I work powered by tea)  I also knew I didn’t particularly want it setting on to the sink (just my preference).  We looked at many different sorts of taps, all with varying different tank capacities and different set ups and of course differing costs too.  In my research I came across Heatrae Sadia and the Aquatap,  a British company that do a  selection of units. Continue reading

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Coffee & Chocolate Marble Loaf Cake

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How about this for sharing with friends or in fact a hungry family?  A lovely coffee and chocolate marble loaf cake for you today.  Quick and easy to rustle up and I’m sure you have all the ingredients to hand!

Ingredients:

Cake

175g butter, softened

175g caster sugar

3 eggs, large

175g self raising flour

2 tsps of instant coffee dissolved in 1 tbsp boiling water

2 tbsps cocoa powder mixed to a paste with a little boiling water

Frosting

100g butter, softened

200g icing sugar

2 tsps instant coffee dissolved in 1 tbsp boiling water

 

10g dark chocolate

Makes: 1 x 2lb loaf cake

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Appliances – The Pink Whisk Kitchen

So you’ve seen the new kitchen, time for me to show you in a bit more detail.  Hopefully if you’re planning a new kitchen these posts might just give you some ideas.  First up let’s talk major appliances!  There are so many decisions to make when planning a new kitchen, it’s an investment and you want to get the right pieces in the right places, I’m pleased to say that here they’re all working super well.  Here’s what I went for…

Hob

I knew I didn’t have much space where the hob was to go, certainly not enough to have a 90 or 100cm hob which I would have loved.  A 70cm hob (10cm wider than a standard) has been a fab move if I do say so myself!  It’s a Bosch PCR715M90E bought from AO.com via their eBay shop.  There are 5 gas rings, one being a giant high powered burner in the centre – ideal for a wok but also big stock and soup pans.  If you can squeeze in that extra 10cm of hob it makes a huge difference.

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I’ve used AO.com in the past for buying appliances and they do deliver a great service, they often turn out to offer the best prices too.  You can get super fast delivery when you need an emergency replacement. Continue reading

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Sweet Easter Bread Wreath

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A lovely sweet bread wreath, perfect for sharing with family this Easter.

Ingredients:

500g strong white bread flour

50g caster sugar

2 ½ tsp dried fast action yeast

1 tsp salt

175ml milk, lukewarm

Zest of 1 orange

60g butter, softened

2 eggs, large

To Decorate

90g icing sugar

Juice of 1 orange

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Revealing the Pink Whisk Kitchen

I am hugely pleased, after almost a year since the work began, to reveal my completed new kitchen.

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It’s been a major task from the planning, budgeting, saving up(!), demolition, rebuilding and fitting out the new space, all whilst trying to retain some semblance of normal family life and to keep working from home through the lot!  For those of you who have undertaken a similar project you’ll know how challenging that has been.

So here it is in all it’s glory the fabulous new Pink Whisk Kitchen!

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Easter Chick Cupcakes

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I do love a spot of Easter baking, and these fluffy little chicks I’ve come up with for Bake with Stork are just too sweet to miss!

Lemon sponge cupcakes are a real taste of spring and the sunshiney days that lie ahead, join me and team #StorkChick by baking your own batch of fluffy chicks you can find the recipe and step by steps just here – Ruth’s Chicks

It’s a quick and easy bake using Stork with Butter, used straight from the fridge, for the lightest sponge perfect for fluffy little Easter chicks.

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Cookie Dough Pudding

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With Mother’s Day and Easter coming up you might be in need of a quick easy and super delicious pudding, actually this pud doesn’t need an occasion for you to make it – celebrate the weekend with this treat too.

Served warm straight from the oven this pud is ideal to prepare ahead and bake in the oven whilst you sit down for a meal, soft melty choc chips and a squidgy cookie dough centre you’re bound to please everyone who’s come for tea!

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Ingredients:

225g butter, softened

220g caster sugar

2 eggs, large

1 tsp vanilla extract

280g plain flour

pinch of salt

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

250g chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 160c(fan)/180c/Gas Mark 4. Continue reading

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Fortune Cookies

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With Chinese New Year very shortly (8th Feb 2016) let’s make some fortune cookies and welcome the Year of the Monkey!   These are great fun to do, and making your own means you can come up with all sorts of fortunes to share with your family, friends and loved ones – tailor them to suit!

The idea of making the circles to bake may seem daunting but don’t worry I’ve got a really easy method for that too, just see my instructions below.

Ingredients:

4 egg whites, large

200g caster sugar

a pinch of salt

125g plain flour

75g butter, melted Continue reading

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Star Wars Cupcakes

There is double the excitement in our house this December, obviously Christmas giddiness is setting in but also another force to be reckoned with – Star Wars mania!

If you have boys (and girls) of the small or indeed large variety that love a bit of Star Wars action then you’ll be excited at the new film release too, and of course I’m joining in with a spot of cake action!

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See how to make these Star Wars themed cupcakes by me in the Bake with Stork Baking Academy – full recipe, how to and step by step photos right here. Continue reading

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12 – Buche de Noel Cake

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A traditional Christmas recipe for a Yule log, just switched around a bit to turn it into a showstopper cake instead,  I love the stripy inside it makes – a perfect winter dessert!  It’s hugely rich and decadent (as you’ll see from the amount of chocolate needed) and the filling is a chocolate French buttercream.

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If you want to keep it in the shape of a log then the quantities for the recipe are exactly the same it’s just the assembly that’s different and I’ll point you in the right direction further on in the recipe.

Ingredients:

Roulade

225g dark chocolate, chopped

240ml double cream

7 egg whites

2 tbsps sugar

French Buttercream Filling

100g dark chocolate, chopped

2 tbsps water

75g caster sugar

3 tbsps water

3 egg yolks

175g butter, softened Continue reading

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