Thursday, October 23, 2014

Eddingtons Loaf Pans - Review

I really enjoy baking and it's always great to have a variety of cake moulds to use, these loaf pans are practical and look great too.

The cake moulds are a wonderful way to present cakes for the bake sale table, or if you have 'Cake Friday' at work and struggle to get your cake to work in one piece, these sturdy loaf pans will definitely help. Afterall, who wants to spend time in the kitchen baking and then find transporting a cake is asking the impossible.

                   I found a two egg Victoria sponge batter made either two small or one large cake.

                                         Non-stick and come in a 5 piece set
                                         Safe to use to a temperature of 220ÂșC
                                         Small size loaf pan measures 13.3x6.5x4.6cm
                                         Large size loaf pan measures 22.5x7x5.5cm
                                         Available in a variety of colours
                                         The stockist is - £4.99 for the small
                                         and £5.99 for the large

Disclaimer:  I was sent the above products for review, all thoughts are my own.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Technical Challenge: Ciabatta by Paul Hollywood - Recipe

Why didn't I try this easy recipe before?  My inspiration came from seeing Paul Hollywood on TV demonstrating this technical challenge from The Great British Bake Off.  He made it look easy enough, but with his skills, he makes everything look easy.

This is one occasion when you need a mixer with a dough hook, the mixture is so sticky I'd loose patience if I tried to make it by hand. If you don't have a mixer with a dough hook, but haven't used your bread machine for ages, let the dough setting do all the hard work for you.

I'm not in possession of a square plastic container to rise the dough, mine is deep and oblong, it was still okay and sometimes you just have to compromise.  After all, Paul Hollywood isn't about to knock on my front door any time soon to make sure I use a square container.

The dough is really easy to work with and I was more than a bit chuffed with my baked loaves of ciabatta, they don't have to look bakery perfect, but hubby thought I'd bought them!

Fresh from the oven
The bread doesn't take long to make, the kitchen is filled with the heady aroma of bread, it freezes well, can be warmed briefly in the microwave (don't tell Paul), and you can find the recipe on the BBC Food website.

I hope you too will have a go at this challenge!

Back soon with some fab product reviews........including making soup to go with my bread.....

Friday, October 17, 2014

Review: Chocoholics Step Forward - It's The Chocolate Show, London 2014

Deremiens.............With shocking bright pink packaging and some crazy flavours including tobacco and even ketchup, look out for more from this Belgium company. Online gifts available too.

Kitchen Delights London Reporter @PaulFoodie eats a little too much chocolate at The Chocolate Show.......

Hooray - it's Chocolate Week and most importantly time for the return of The Chocolate Show which is taking place in London until Sunday 19th October.

We went on gala night (Thursday, 16 October) and had a sighting of Mr Willy Wonka on stage, as well as a fashion show made purely out of chocolate.

We managed to get round to 10-15 chocolatiers and gained an insight into what makes them unique.

Here are a few of the stand highlights:

Paul A Young

He always displays beautiful fresh truffles and his chocolates are temptingly delicious.

The Chocolate Society

A small boutique chocolatier from Somerset. We loved these fab honeycomb bites dipped in gorgeous French chocolate. One to watch!

Choco Passion UK

Makers of chocolate designs of different objects such as cameras, keys and even tools. Key to your heart anyone? This stand looks and smells sensational.

We adored all of the stands and had a truly amazing time, the above is just a brief whirlwind tour of the show, we wish we could have featured each and everyone of you.

For tickets and information: Salonduchocolat

Disclaimer:  We were guests of The Chocolate Show, all thoughts are our own.

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