Category: Foodie Friday

Baking with some love added

Baking with some love added

Baked with Love

I have always enjoyed baking from a young age. Be it making cakes in my grandma’s kitchen or helping decorate birthday cakes for family. This has continued as I have got older. Making cakes for friends birthdays or even baking with friends children.

One of the best things about baking is using it as a way to express your thanks and put love into every ounce. 

Recently this has been shown and baked in the Party Ease kitchen. 

One of my friends has been a God send of late, helping us with all sorts. So as an expression of thanks, I baked her her favourite cake, Lemon Drizzle! 

When life gives you lemons, make lemon drizzle cake.

Lemon Drizzle Cake with Lemon icing and sugar crystals

So next time you need to say thank you to someone special, think about baking them something with added love. 

Scones | A Royal Afternoon Tea Tradition

Scones | A Royal Afternoon Tea Tradition

Scones | What could be more British

scones

With the new arrival & the new Prince been named today – Welcome Prince Louis Arthur Charles & the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry & Megan, I thought that today would be a great time to post a scone recipe! 

What could be more British then a cup of tea & a scone with jam & clotted cream? 

Not to mention the traditional Afternoon Tea was first brought into Britain in the early 1840’s…who are we to argue with tradition & history. 

As you may have noticed I am a massive fan of afternoon tea & the scones really are the jewel in the crown (pardon the pun!) A warm plain scone topped with Raspberry Jam & Clotted Cream with a cup of Earl Grey tea really is one of life’s pleasures. 

Ingredients 

350g self-raising flour, plus more for dusting

¼ tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

85g butter, cut into cubes

3 tbsp caster sugar

175ml milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

squeeze lemon juice (see Know-how below)

beaten egg, to glaze

jam and clotted cream, to serve

Method

  1. Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Tip the flour into a large bowl with the salt and baking powder, then mix. Add the butter, then rub in with your fingers until the mix looks like fine crumbs. Stir in the sugar.

  2. Put the milk into a jug and heat in the microwave for about 30 secs until warm, but not hot. Add the vanilla and lemon juice, then set aside for a moment. Put a baking sheet in the oven.

  3. Make a well in the dry mix, then add the liquid and combine it quickly with a cutlery knife – it will seem pretty wet at first. Scatter some flour onto the work surface and tip the dough out. Dredge the dough and your hands with a little more flour, then fold the dough over 2-3 times until it’s a little smoother. Pat into a round tin about 4cm deep.

  4. Take a 5cm cutter (smooth-edged cutters tend to cut more cleanly, giving a better rise) and dip it into some flour. Plunge into the dough, then repeat until you have four scones. You may need to press what’s left of the dough back into a round to cut out another four.

  5. Brush the tops with beaten egg, then carefully place onto the hot baking tray.

  6. Bake for 10 mins until risen and golden on the top. Eat just warm or cold on the day of baking, generously topped with jam and clotted cream. If freezing, freeze once cool. Defrost, then put in a low oven (about 160C/fan140C/gas 3) for a few mins to refresh.

scones - jam & cream

Scones can be enjoyed in many ways including: plain, fruit, cherry or even savoury! 

They can also be enjoyed with jam: strawberry, raspberry, blackcurrant or even lemon curd & then topped with clotted cream or even whipped cream.

The possibilities are endless! 

But, the only question left is: Jam or cream first? 

Valentines LOVE

Valentines LOVE

lets bake for valentines

 With Valentine’s Day only a few days a way and coming up to the weekend, we thought what a great time to share some LOVE to those closest to you, then with some yummy homemade jam filled biscuits.

These biscuits are easy to make, perfect shape and ideal to share with family, friends and any other special people in your life -just to show how much they are LOVED.  Or even give them to someone who you may want be your Valentine.

Ingredients

  • 250g/9oz plain flour
  • 200g/7oz butter, cut into small cubes
  • 100g/3½oz icing sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 free-range egg yolks
  • 4 tbsp raspberry jam

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3.Place the flour, butter, icing sugar and salt into a bowl. Using your fingertips, rub the ingredients together until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

  2. Add the egg yolks and mix until a dough forms. Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and roll out to a thickness of about 0.5cm/¼in. Cut out shapes using a 4cm Heart/1½in cutter.

  3. Divide the sables in half. Using a 2cm Heart/1in fluted cutter, make a hole in the middle of half of the sable biscuits and discard the dough. Place all the sables on a baking tray.

  4. Bake the sables for 10-12 minutes, or until light golden-brown and crisp. Remove and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

  5. Using a teaspoon, place a small dollop of raspberry jam on a whole sable. Place a sable (with a hole) over the whole sable biscuit.

Even though the recipe states using Raspberry Jam, we think these would taste fab filled with some chocolate spread. Plus if you don’t have heart shaped cookie cutters, use any shape that you may have. Or even make your own out of cardboard or paper.

We would LOVE to see any of your very own Valentines makes and homemade bakes, share here or with us on social media.

 

Foodie Friday

Foodie Friday

Welcome to the new addition to the Party Ease Blog, Foodie Fridays! We love food at Party Ease HQ and a party is nothing without food and especially cake!

Every Friday we will be sharing recipes, themed food ideas and anything else food related! Plus it is a great time to launch with the return of the Great British Bake Off which started again on Tuesday – what was everyone’s thoughts?

Today’s recipe is Refrigerator cake.

Technically it is not a cake, but it is equally yummy.  Plus takes no time at all to make, no baking required and is a great recipe for children to get involved with.

Ingredients

  • 250g digestive biscuits
  • 300g melted chocolate – this can be a mix of dark and milk
  • 100g melted butter
  • 150g golden syrup

Method

  1. Line a 20cm square tin with cling film, leaving extra cling film overlapping the sides (this will make removing the cake from the tin a lot easier)
  2. Place biscuits in a plastic bag and bash the biscuits into small pieces – stop before it gets to crumbs
  3. Melt chocolate, butter and golden syrup in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, stir occassionally
  4. Remove the chocolate from the heat and stir in the biscuits
  5. Spoon the mixture into the tin and press down
  6.  Leave to cool and then place in the fridge to set for around 1-2 hours
  7. Turn the cake out of the tin and remove the cling film. Cut into squares and enjoy!

This is a basic recipe which you can personalise and make it your own. For example: by adding some dried fruit, marshmallows, changing the type of biscuits to even adding some of your favourite chocolate coated sweets.  The options are endless!

Happy baking and don’t forget to share any photos of your bakes with us.