Getting a bake just right comes down to the little details and it’s our mission to make all your bakes perfect with these essential tips, ideas and tools.
Ingredient uncovered: coffee flour
One trend that seems to be growing in popularity with chefs and environmentalists alike is coffee flour. Coffee beans are surrounded by a cherry, which is discarded once the bean has been extracted, and either dumped in rivers or left to rot. Now farmers in coffee growing countries have devised a process that turns the byproduct into a nutritious super ingredient known as coffee flour. Reportedly, gram for gram it has more protein than kale and more potassium than two bananas. And if you don’t like coffee, don’t worry, the flour has a more floral flavour with a hint of citrus. You can use it to make breads, muffins and biscuits. Find out more details by visiting www.coffeeflour.com
One really niggling little problem when icing a fruit cake are the little pieces of cake or crumbs that persist in coming through the icing – you end up layering more on top, which takes time and looks unattractive. To prevent this and save time in the long run, brush the cake with jam and then layer. Not only does it seal the cake, it makes the perfect pre-layering foundation!
It’s no secret that bread and plastic bags don’t go together well, resulting in bread being thrown out and wasted. The secret to keeping bread fresher for longer is this Fresh Bread Keeper. Test results showed after one week, a family loaf still tasted as good as the day it was baked. This rustic bag is made from 100 per cent washable cotton with a durable polythene lining, available at Lakeland from £7.99 – www.lakeland.co.uk
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This funky looking whisk not only brightens up your kitchen, but it is a must for any baker. The silicone-coated wires will protect your kitchenware and are also heat resistant. As it is between 20-25cm long, it provides a wide reach across the bowl, ensuring you whisk your mixture effectively. And having a well-whisked mixture is crucial for a successful bake! It’s available from www.cakebakedecorate.com retailing at £5.59.