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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. 

Pancakes!

Pancakes!

Ready, Steady & lets Flip

Today is Shrove Tuesday or as it’s more commonly known Pancake Day. It always falls 47 days before Easter, so is moves between February 3rd and March 9th. It signifies the start of lent and the start of 40 days of fasting.

So make sure you have plenty of eggs, sugar and flour. As well as lemons, chocolate spread and anything else you may need for fillings. And lets get flipping!

Pancake recipe. 

Ingredients

  • 110g/4oz plain flour, siftedpancake ingredients
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 200ml/7fl oz milk mixed with 75ml/3fl oz water
  • 50g/2oz butter

Method

  1. Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl with a sieve high above the bowl, so plenty of air gets in.

  2. Make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs in (careful of shell). Then begin whisking the eggs into the flour, using a fork or whisk – dependant on what you have.

  3. Gradually add small amounts of the milk and water mixture, whilst still whisking (don’t worry about any lumps as they will eventually disappear as you whisk). When all the liquid has been added, make sure all the flour has been incorporated then whisk once more until the batter is smooth, with the consistency of thin cream. Now melt the 50g/2oz of butter in a pan. Spoon 2 tbsp of it into the batter and whisk it in, then pour the rest into a bowl and use it in the pan to stop it sticking, using a wodge of kitchen paper to smear it round before you make each pancake.

  4. Now get the pan to a medium heat and add around 2 tbsp  of batter into the pan – dependant on the size of pan you are using. It’s also handy if you spoon the batter into a ladle so it can be poured into the hot pan in one go. As soon as the batter hits the hot pan, tip it around from side to side to get the base evenly coated with batter. It should take only half a minute or so to cook; you can lift the edge with a palette knife to see if it’s tinged gold as it should be. Flip the pancake over with a pan slice or palette knife – the other side will need a few seconds only – then simply slide it out of the pan onto a plate.

  5. To serve, sprinkle each pancake with freshly squeezed lemon juice and caster sugar, fold in half, then in half again to form triangles, or else simply roll them up. Serve sprinkled with a little more sugar and lemon juice.

pancake ready to eat You can really have as much fun as you like with pancakes. Including add fruit or chocolate drops into the batter as well as toppings, both savoury or sweet. How about chocolate spread and banana? Mixed fresh berries? Or maple syrup and bacon? There really is so much to choose from.

We would love to see any photos of you enjoying your pancakes, your chosen topping or the mess you have made in the kitchen.

Happy Pancake Day!

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.

 

Making Birthday Cake

Making Birthday Cake

Making Birthday cake

Ready, set, Bake

Birthday Cakes can be an expensive purchase! Doing a bit of research online and even birthday cakes from a supermarket can cost anything from £10 up to £50! That is a lot of money to spend on one purchase. Not to mention everything else you will need to get for the party.

So, lets consider baking and making birthday cake!

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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.