Food Processors & Blenders

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Is My Yeast Active?

Is My Yeast Active?

Have you had your yeast sitting in the fridge or in your pantry for longer than you can remember? I still remember that time I attempted to make pizza dough with active dry yeast that had been opened for a while and kept in the pantry (mistake #1). 

What Yeast Is Best For Bread?

What Yeast Is Best For Bread?

Yeast, to grow, eats on the sugars. The sugar can come from natural sugars in the flour or the extra sugar or honey we add to the dough. You can make bread without sugar, but if you want a nice rise to your dough, it’s definitely a good idea to add some.

Can you make bread without a mixer?

Can you make bread without a mixer?

I know making bread by hand can seem scary at first, but it really shouldn’t. Making bread without a stand mixer takes some time, but with just a few tips up your sleeve, you’ll become a pro in no time. There are actually different ways in which you can strengthen the gluten in the dough without needing a mixer.

Why Score Bread?

Why Score Bread?

Why Score Bread? What are the benefits?    I always get drawn to the intricate designs on loaves in a bakery. Bread scoring patterns can vary from just a simple cut along the side, creating what is known as the ‘ear’, or, others can be as complicated as...

Can You Make Bread Without Bread Flour?

Can You Make Bread Without Bread Flour?

The short answer is yes, you can definitely make bread without bread flour and it comes out equally as delicious, depending on the type of flour you use of course. The most common and well known flours are plain flour, self-rising flour, cake flour and bread flour.

How To Tell If A Cheesecake Is Undercooked

How To Tell If A Cheesecake Is Undercooked

Wondering how to tell if a cheesecake is undercooked? A simple yet effective way to tell if your cheesecake is undercooked or not is by jiggling it. Pop on a pair of oven gloves and open the oven. Gently give the cheesecake a little shake.

When to remove paddle from bread machine

When to remove paddle from bread machine

Once you press ‘start’ on your machine, put a timer on. You are basically trying to see how much time passes between you starting your machine to when the final rise begins. Your bread machine should have a manual with the timeline of each step, so with some simple maths, you’ll be able to work out when your bread begins it’s final rise.

How to Stop a Cake from Doming

How to Stop a Cake from Doming

The main reason why your cake domes in the middle is because your oven is too hot. When you place your cake batter in the oven, it starts to cook at different speeds.
The outer edge of the cake begins to cook first, with the middle of the cake having more time to bake and rise. By the time the whole cake has baked, the outer edges are burnt and the centre has domed.

Can I leave bread in the bread machine?

Can I leave bread in the bread machine?

When I first got my bread maker, I got a little confused with the delay timer and ended up setting my bread on multiple occasions to bake much earlier than I intended. It wasn’t until the morning that I realised that my bread had just been sitting there for lord knows how many hours!

How To Make Bread With Just Flour And Water

How To Make Bread With Just Flour And Water

If you are looking to make a more substantial loaf of bread, you won’t be able to rely solely on water and flour. You need other ingredients to give your loaf a lift and some flavour. Some baking powder, salt, sugar, olive oil and herbs and spices will turn your bland bread into the most delicious loaf ever.

What Ingredient Makes a Cake Rise?

What Ingredient Makes a Cake Rise?

The key to perfectly risen cake is knowing what ingredient makes a cake rise. Once you have a clearer understanding of the different raising agents available and know how to use them properly, you will (hopefully) never have a flat cake again.

Bread Maker Without Teflon

Bread Maker Without Teflon

Teflon is actually a brand and Teflon products are made from polytetrafluoroethylene. I won’t even attempt to pronounce that and neither should you! Just call it PTFE for short. 
Teflon is a synthetic material which has been used in pans and many kitchen appliances since the 40’s. it’s a hydrophobic material meaning wet substances do not stick. That’s as far as my ‘science’ knowledge goes.

How To Make Cupcakes Rise Perfectly

How To Make Cupcakes Rise Perfectly

You want to use softened butter that is squidgy enough, but not so soft that it appears greasy and slippy. If your butter is too soft you will end up with a very oily butter that has no resistance at all and sticks to your fingers.

Best Hand Mixer for Whipping Cream

Best Hand Mixer for Whipping Cream

Light, fluffy and airy, whipped cream is the perfect topping for almost every dessert you can imagine. It goes great on top of pies, it is perfect for piping on cupcakes, ideal for icing a cake with and goes deliciously well with some simple strawberries.   You...

Best Budget Stand Mixer

Best Budget Stand Mixer

You can get your hands on the best budget stand mixer that can do the job just as well or even better than all the high end stand mixers.

Can you make bread with self rising flour?

Can you make bread with self rising flour?

It is important to note that self-rising flours tend to have a slightly lower gluten content than plain or bread flour, so it’s not suited to use in recipes requiring a flour with high gluten content. Therefore, it’s not an ideal flour for making bread. Bread with self-rising flour will result in a very crumbly, dense loaf with little height. 

Best Hand Mixer for Cakes

Best Hand Mixer for Cakes

Who doesn't love a moist, decadent, melt in the mouth cake? Cakes are the perfect treat, whether it's for a birthday, a wedding, or even just for tucking into on a Saturday evening watching Netflix. You really can't go wrong with cake. But, when it comes to baking it,...

Best Stand Mixer Under 100

Best Stand Mixer Under 100

If you want to take your baking to the next level then your next investment should definitely be a stand mixer! But stand mixers can set you back a fair penny. I'm sure you've heard people talk about how amazing the KitchenAid stand mixers are, but are they really...

Best Stand Mixer for Beginners

Best Stand Mixer for Beginners

When you are a beginner, your focus isn’t on buying the best and most expensive stand mixer out there. Your focus is on improving your technique with appliances good enough to get you there.