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To help you achieve this ultra-modern design we’ve put together a Pinterest board inspired by our gorgeous new Aspect kettle and toaster set in white with wood effect trim, with a handy get-the-look tick list so you can find the perfect combination of kitchen accessories and appliances to suit.
The bold yet elegant Aspect kettle and toaster perfectly complement the geometric bowl and angular jug by Nest, with the subtle wooden finishes this kettle and toaster set is the perfect way to start your kitchen transformation. Jars by Next and bread bin by Rig Tig are ideal solutions for keeping clutter to a minimum whilst adding a fresh, natural feel through touches of wood. Add splashes of dark with a herb pot by Rig Tig, chopping boards by Skagerak and stainless steel scales by Morphy Richards to balance light colours and add definition. Finally, complete your Scandi-kitchen with a light feature such as the diamond cage pendant light by Unique’s Co, a dramatic centre piece which contrasts with minimalistic simplicity.
Have you been inspired to bring your kitchen to life with a new kettle and toaster set from the Aspect collection? Check out the full range here. Share your look using #BYKTL and find more inspiration on our Facebook and Instagram pages.
A big part of moving away to University is having to live with new people in a shared environment. Happily, everyone can bond over a shared cuppa and a slice of toast and with the stylish yet affordable Chroma kettle and toaster, your kids will be making new friends in no time.
It’s a cliché for a reason when it comes to the student diet being somewhat lacking in nutrients. There’s only so much a packet of noodles can do to sustain you! Treating them to a Blend Express would be a great way to help them get their five-a-day while they’re away from home. It’s easy to use to make smoothies and milk shakes and with 2 on-the-go beakers with sports caps there’s no excuses for not getting enough fruit and veg.
While they might tend to haul their laundry home with them during their flying visits, there will be occasions when your kids will have to do their own ironing while they’re away from home (a job interview or a first date?) Sending them off with the Breeze Steam Iron will hopefully encourage them to tackle their own laundry pile!
To give your student the best chance of getting their deposit back when their first year is over (and it will soon fly by!) it’s important they get into good habits early and keep on top of the cleaning. The Supervac is a handy product for any student halls as it’s lightweight, cordless and can be used in handheld mode – ideal for cleaning up after the numerous student parties!
You can get 20% off all of these great must-haves for students with discount code UNI20 until 30 September. What other essentials are you packing your students off with? Let us know on the Morphy Richards Facebook page.
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With a rainbow of bold new colours to choose from, as well as classic black and white, the Prism collection is designed to make the focal point a talking point. The range is complete with an iconic textured surface that would look great in any modern style kitchen.
Check out more kitchen inspiration on the Bring Your Kitchen To Life Pinterest board and to help you get the contemporary colourful kitchen look, we’ve picked out some top accessories to complement the striking yellow Prism Kettle and Toaster set.
1. Fiesta Bright Pom Pom Garland, confetti.co.uk, £13.99 2. Yellow porcelain bowls, Anthropologie, £3.50 each 3. Scandi stripe oven mitt, John Lewis, £10 4. Morphy Richards Yellow Prism Kettle, £79.99 5. Industrial bar stool, West Elm, £135.20 6. Morphy Richards Yellow Prism Toaster, £79.99 7. Morphy Richards Compact Sear and Stew, £49.99 8. Pineapple Ice Cube Trays, surfdome.com, £9.79 9. Habitat storage jars, medium and large, £15.00 each 10. Ferm Living triangle apron, furnish.co.uk, £25.99 11. Framed art prints, John Lewis, medium and large, £55 and £175
The bold yellow Prism set works brilliantly with geometric patterns and monochrome accessories, like the storage jars from Habitat. Complete the modern kitchen look with a nod to the on-trend industrial vibe with a metal finish barstool from West Elm. Fun accessories like a colourful pom-pom garland and pineapple ice cube trays add a quirky touch!
Have you been inspired to bring your kitchen to life with a new kettle and toaster set from the Prism collection? Check out the full range here. Share your look using #BYKTL and find more inspiration on our Facebook and Instagram pages.
• 1 mango
• 1 small cucumber
• 1 tomato
• handful mint
• handful basil
• 2 spring onions
• 1 tsp olive oil
• 1 lime
• Pinch sea salt and pepper
• Peel and chop the mango into chunks
• Chop the tomato into small chunks
• Finely chop the mint and basil
• Chop the spring onions into thin slices
• Spiralize the cucumber using the Morphy Richards Spiralizer Express
• In a large bowl, mix together the spiralized cucumber, tomato, mango, herbs and spring onions
• Drizzle over the olive oil and the juice of one lime, season and stir through to serve
The new Accents Special Edition collection of kettles and toasters has been designed with this in mind, and bring a touch of classic style into any kitchen. In three covetable pastel-inspired shades, Azure, Sand and Pebble, you’ll easily find coordinating accessories to finish off your new look.
To get your creative juices flowing we’ve put together a handy Pinterest board inspired by the Accents Special Edition collection, and a get-the-look tick list with a range of accessories to perfectly compliment the Azure kettle and toaster duo.
1. Blue bunting from KatzCornerBoutique via Etsy, £14.99 2. Grey Butchers Block, Harveys, £349 3. Cath Kidston Highgate Rose Sugar Bowl, £7 4. Morphy Richards Azure Accents Kettle, £59.99 5. Sophie Allport Blue Swallow Mug, £7 6. Morphy Richards Azure Accents 4 Slice Toaster, £59.99 7. Morphy Richards Total Control Stand Mixer, £149.99 8. Cath Kidston Ashdown Rose Oven Glove, £14 9. Morphy Richards Cream Canisters in Small and Large, £15.99 and £17.99 10. Blue Le Creuset Apron, £33 11. Will Torrent Patisserie At Home Recipe Book, £19.99
The gorgeous pastel blue shade of the Azure range works really nicely with a more traditional style kitchen and looks great paired with other muted pastel shades like the chalky grey butcher’s block from Harveys, and the cream retro inspired Morphy Richards storage canisters. Mix and match floral patterns for a look that’s not too chintzy – Cath Kidston and Sophie Allport have a beautiful collection of patterns inspired by country living that work in any classically styled room.
Finish off your look with a ream of cute bunting in complimentary shades, and once you’ve updated your space, why not treat yourself to an afternoon baking in your transformed kitchen? We’ve got our eye on the Patisserie At Home book and rather fancy a serving of pretty pastel macaroons and a nice cup of tea!
Have you been inspired to bring your kitchen to life with a new kettle and toaster set? Head on over to our website to see the full range here. Share your look using #BYKTL and find more inspiration on our Facebook and Instagram pages.
275ml cranberry juice
5 ice cubes
This super tasty and easy to make curry recipe is made using the Total Control Hand Blender Prep Set – simply serve with a pile of steaming rice and a fluffy naan bread for a winning combination.
• 2 garlic cloves
• 1 x 3cm piece of ginger
• 1 green chilli
• 12g fresh coriander
• 1tsp mustard seeds
• 1tsp fenugreek powder
• 2tsp cumin
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 2tbsp groundnut oil
• 2tbsp tomato puree
• 2tbsp water
• 2tsp paprika
• 2tbsp vegetable oil
• 250g onion
• 500g chicken
• 400g canned chopped tomatoes
• 200ml water
Find the all the step by step instructions on the Morphy Richards Cook & Create app.
In a fortuitous aligning of the calendar, Father’s Day happens to fall within BBQ seasons (providing the weather holds out!) so why not treat Dad to hand made beef burgers for the big day? Serve in a classic seeded bun or go gourmet with a brioche bap topped with crispy pancetta and blue cheese. This simple recipe is knocked up using the Total Control Hand Blender Work Centre.
• 400g beef
• 1 red onion
• 1tsp cumin
• 10g parsley
• 2tsp Worcestershire sauce
• Pinch salt
• Pinch pepper
• 2tbsp olive oil
Get the step by step instructions on the Morphy Richards Cook & Create app.
Recreate the delicious taste of a Chinese takeaway at home for your Dad in just a few simple steps using the Total Control Hand Blender Prep Set. Served with a generous helping of prawn crackers this is the perfect Father’s Day treat!
• 3 chicken breasts
• 20g fresh coriander
• 1 red chilli
• 1 clove garlic
• 5tbsp peanut butter
• Dash soy sauce
• 3cm piece of ginger
• 2 limes
• Dash water
• Pinch salt
You can find all the instructions for making your own Chinese Chicken Satay on the Morphy Richards Cook & Create app which is available on iTunes or on Google Play.
Share your Father’s Day creations on the Morphy Richards Facebook page or tag us on Instagram @MorphyRichardsUK
They’re all made using our range of Total Control Hand blenders and are super easy to make, so you’ll have plenty of time to soak up the pre-kick off atmosphere! Right now you can get 10% off the Total Control Range using code TOTAL10 until 30th June.
Juicy salsa is a tasty addition to any snack selection to enjoy in front of the TV. This recipe is made using the Total Control Hand Blender Set and is pretty much as simple as whacking all the ingredients into the chopping bowl and blending.
• 1 red chilli, halved with 3/4 seeds removed
• 150g cherry tomatoes, halved
• 1 lime, juiced with pips removed
• 20g fresh coriander
• Pinch sea salt
• Pinch pepper
Get the full instructions on the Morphy Richards Cook & Create App
We love dunking toasted pitta strips into a batch of tasty creamy hummus. For this recipe you’ll need to use the Total Control Hand Blender Work Centre
• 400g chickpeas
• 1 clove garlic
• 2 lemons
• 2tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 1 1/4 tsp cumin
• 75ml tahini paste
• Pinch salt
• Pinch cayenne pepper
• Pinch fresh coriander
Get the method and find out how to whizz up your batch on the Morphy Richards Cook & Create App.
Zesty guacamole makes your trio of dips complete. Laced with tangy lime, this recipe is perfect with salty tortilla chips. To make your own guacamole you’ll need to use the Total Control Hand Blender Pro Set
• 75g cherry tomatoes
• Half a red chilli de seeded
• 65g fresh coriander
• 1 ripe avocado, halved, stoned and skin removed
• 1 lime
• salt and pepper to taste
Share your tasty snack creations on the Morphy Richards Facebook page and let us know if you’ll be planning on cheering along to the footie!
Ahh, Bank Holiday weekends. The perfect time to relax, catch up with friends, cook amazing food, and all without making a dent in your holiday allowance! Bank Holidays should be about spending quality time together, so while you want to treat yourself and your nearest and dearest to some delicious grub, there’s no need to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen away from all the action. These 4 quick and easy recipes will make sure you can enjoy a tasty weekend of food and make the most of your time off!
If the weather holds up (fingers crossed) then a big family BBQ is the perfect option for a meal everyone’s sure to enjoy. These 2 easy recipes, made using the Morphy Richards Blend Express Complete Nutrition and Total Control Hand Blender Pro Set, will be the icing on the cake (or the salad on the bun) for your BBQ repertoire.
To make an extra tasty and super versatile BBQ rub using the Morphy Richards Blend Express Complete Nutrition, you’ll need:
Download the method on the Morphy Richards Cook & Create App.
Try using the marinade on deliciously succulent BBQ ribs, yum! One of the best bits of the BBQ (apart from the smell of the hot coals) is all the condiments you get to add to your grub to make your burger or hotdog exactly how you like it. We love a generous dollop of limey guacamole on ours. To make your own guacamole using the Total Control Hand Blender Pro Set, you’ll need:
You can also find out all the steps needed to whip up your guacamole on the app.
Whatever happens with the weather, the Bank Holiday is definitely the perfect time to embrace the summer season and what could be better than celebrating with a batch of tasty fruit scones and an even fruitier mocktail? Our recipes are super easy to make using the Morphy Richards Total Control Stand Mixer and Blend Express, and are sure to wow your guests with a sweeter tooth.
To whisk up a batch of fruit scones using the Total Control Stand Mixer you’ll need:
Get all the steps you need on the Cook & Create app.
To wash down your indulgent scones (topped with clotted cream and strawberry jam of course), try a zesty and delicious Sweet & Sour Cocktail made using juicy strawberries and lemon sorbet whizzed up in the Morphy Richards Blend Express. The ingredients you’ll need are:
You’ve guessed it, the step by step instructions are also on our app! It’s free to download and is packed full of tasty ideas to get your taste buds tingling.
You’ll find more great ideas for Bank Holiday Recipes over on our Pinterest board.
The parties were a chance for people to see for themselves within their own home and with their own clothes, how well the ATOMiST performs. The ATOMiST’s patented vapour mist technology penetrates deep into fabrics to help you tackle creases with ease, so you’ll have more time for everything else (like getting on with the party!) As the water for the mist is not heated, it will remain limescale free, so you can say goodbye to marks on your clothes and cleaning your iron…amazing right?
Here are some of our favourite bits from the Come Round parties that took place. You can take a look at all the pics from the event by searching for #ATOMiST on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or Instagram.
“Ironing made easy with the new thermoglass Vapour Iron” - @fashitech
“The ATOMiST iron was great, it looks nice sat on your work top whilst ironing” - @dearlittledaisy
“Enjoying this glam iron” - @andrealynetteyoung
“Who knew an iron could be so beautiful!” - @jenvonabb
Watch the video reviews here:
To see more about the ATOMiST, take a look at the Redefine hub, where you’ll also be able to check out the full Redefine range.
Did you take part in the #ATOMiST parties and are you still using your ATOMiST? Why not share your favourite photos on the Morphy Richards Facebook page?
Is it time for the big deep clean of your home now spring has finally rolled around? Now winter’s on its way out having a thorough clean is a great way to pay some attention to those spots that get missed as part of your regular cleaning routine. Don’t miss our top tips on sprucing up your home from top to bottom, plus find out how you can win a Total Clean Fresh Steam Cleaner!
When you think about all the things that need cleaning in your home, it can be a bit overwhelming. The best way to tackle a deep clean or big spring clean is to have a clear process in mind. Before you even start cleaning, having a pre clean where you focus on decluttering and tidying up will make the cleaning process itself so much easier. Work out the order of how to move through your home and where you’ll clean first. If you live over two floors, starting upstairs and working your way down could be one method. Whichever room you tackle first, it can help to take a top to bottom approach, so start high up and think about dusting ceilings and light fittings and on top of cupboards, then work down to eye level and tackle furniture and worktops, before finishing off with the floors. This method also makes sure any dust you create high up gets cleaned up at the end. Having a checklist can also help you stay on track. We like this free printable list from the Living Well Spending Less blog.
Raid the cupboards
As well as stocking up on cleaning products, ingredients you’ve probably already got in your cupboards can be a good addition to your deep cleaning regime. For example, vinegar and baking soda can be used to get oil-based stains out of carpet. Lemon and salt can be used to clean stainless steel sinks and cream of tartare can help make small appliances like toasters look shiny and new again.
Have the right equipment
Once you’ve got your checklist and process nailed, check you’ve got all the things you need to carry out the big clean. Think cleaning products as well as the basics like sponges, cloths, bin liners and paper towels. Once you get stuck into cleaning the last thing you’ll want to do is have to dash to the Supermarket for more supplies! The cleaning equipment you use can make a big difference to how efficient the cleaning process is.
Banish dust from your home with the Morphy Richards Allergy Bagged Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner. This lightweight cylinder vacuum has variable suction control for different floor types and an integrated EPA filter, which retains 99.9% of household dust.
Once you’ve carried out the big deep clean, keep topped up with the SuperVac 2-in-1 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner. The lightweight, cordless model can also be used as a handheld device perfect for tackling curtains, upholstery and hard to reach places.
To celebrate Pancake Day this year we’ll be rustling up a giant stack of fluffy American style pancakes using the Total Control Stand Mixer. If you want a more traditional treat, we’ve got you covered with our recipe for pancakes topped with blueberries and maple syrup. But if you want to be a little bit braver this year, we’ve got also got five ideas for alternative topping combinations that shouldn’t work, but somehow totally do!
American Pancakes Recipe
It’s the time of year where everyone’s on a ‘get healthy’ mission after weeks of indulgence over the festive period. Want to keep to your healthy new lifestyle? Of course you do! The key to sticking to a healthier diet is making sure that you don’t get bored of what you’re eating. Why not spruce up your wellness regime with these easy to make guilt free snacks?To help you keep motivated, we’re giving you 10%* off the Total Control Hand Blender Work Centre, the Sauté and Soup Maker and the Easy Blend Deluxe. Simply add the code BLOG10 to the voucher box for the discount to be applied. Hurry! Offer ends 31st January.
Swap the unhealthy dips and spreads for deliciously nutritious hummus. Super quick and easy to make, hummus always tastes better when it’s homemade. So break out the Total Control Hand Blender Work Centre and let’s get cracking!
It’s the most important meal of the year so what better excuse to brush up on your kitchen skills than preparing Christmas Dinner? If you want your guests to be wowed with a perfect plate worthy of being shared on Facebook (piled high as it might be!) then mastering your chopping skills is a great place to start. It can also help you save valuable time in the kitchen which is handy when there are so many dishes to prepare! Read on for top tips on creating perfect carrot batons and speedy onion dicing.
If you fancy upping your chopping game this Christmas but aren’t feeling up to perfecting your knife handling skills just yet, you can always start by using a multi-functional kitchen tool to speed up the chopping process and guarantee great results. The Total Control Hand Blender Workcentre features both coarse and fine grating and slicing disks as well as a chopping blade, making light work of preparing all kinds of vegetables, whether you’re slicing potatoes for a creamy dauphinoise or grating fruit for a festive fruit cake. You can find plenty of recipe ideas for the Total Control Hand Blender Workcentre on the Morphy Cook & Create App, available on iTunes or Google Play.
Before you get started preparing the veggies for your Christmas feast, it’s important to make sure you’ve got the right tools for the job. Always use a high density plastic or wooden chopping board; never chop on glass as it can blunt your knife. Choosing the right knife is also key. For most vegetables a sharp 5” or 6” chef’s knife is ideal, as the curved front edge allows you to rock the knife up and down smoothly when chopping.
2. The rolling chop
The rolling chop takes time to perfect, but once mastered is a great technique for chopping consistently and quickly. To start, grasp the chef’s knife like you were shaking hands with it, using your strongest hand. Your index finger should be placed near the top and side of the knife to keep it steady, rather than towards the bottom of the handle. Keep the tip of the knife down on the board and use chopping motions that go forward and down at the same time instead of straight up and down. The idea is to roll the knife through the food, keeping the tip touching the board.
3. The claw
With your other hand, form a claw over the vegetable you’re chopping, rather than holding it with your fingers out. The knuckle at the end of your middle finger should be closest to the knife’s blade and will form a barrier between the knife and your fingertips meaning you’re much less likely to cut yourself. Although it might feel safer to hold your hand away from the knife, this gives you much less control over the vegetables, and by maintaining contact between your knuckle and the knife, you’ll be able to feel where it is without even looking.
4. Getting on with onions
Knowing how to dice an onion is a great thing to have mastered, as so many recipes call for using finely diced onion as a base ingredient. To begin, peel off the top layers of skin and chop off the top of the onion. Leave the root intact, then cut the onion in half lengthways. Lie the onion flat with the cut side down, then make evenly spaced cuts long the length of the onion without cutting all the way to the root. Next make one or two horizontal cuts through the body of the onion depending on how finely you need it dicing. Finally, cut straight down through the onion across your original slices, using the claw and the rolling chop technique. As you get towards the bottom, simply flip it on its side and keep chopping until you reach the root.
5. Perfect batons
The key to getting perfectly even, square-cut batons is to get rid of any round edges before cutting up all your individual batons. Start by cutting off the top and bottom of the carrot, then cut lengthways down one of the sides in a straight line. Turn the carrot onto the next side, then trim along the next length. Repeat until all the edges are trimmed and you’re left with an evenly cut rectangle of carrot. Cut this carrot block in half, then into as many pieces as you like, depending on how thick you want the batons to be.
This quick and easy recipe from the Cook & Create App makes a tasty, hearty soup that’s perfect for this time of year. This is also a great way to use ham hock leftovers!Ingredients:
Roasted Parsnip and Bacon Soup
What could be better than a tasty parsnip soup on a cold winter’s day? Parsnip and bacon soup! Topped with crispy bacon, this indulgent soup is a tasty twist on a Christmas classic.
If you’re inspired to get cooking, there are a variety of inspirational recipes available on our Cook & Create App. You can download it from iTunes or Google Play. For more food inspiration keep an eye on our Facebook page for Christmas day cooking tips from My Virgin Kitchen’s Barry Lewis. He’ll be sharing four ideas on recipes you can make ahead to help the big day go smoothly!
Still on the theme of preparation, when tackling a layer cake a few simple steps at the beginning of the process can help you master getting that ‘wow’ factor. Start by putting a small dab of frosting on the cake stand underneath the first layer to stop it from sliding around. Tucking overlapping pieces of baking paper underneath the edges of the cake will keep the stand clean and can be removed when you’re all done.When it comes to assembling the layers, it’s best to use a bigger dollop of icing to spread on each layer to start with. You can always scrape some off if you’ve put too much on, whereas if you use too little you’ll end up pulling up crumbs into the icing. Make sure you spread the frosting on each of the layers just beyond the edge of the cake; this will help you when it comes to frosting around the side of the cake.
Once you’ve made your icing adding it into a piping bag is an easy way to give your cupcakes a professional looking finish. When filling up your piping bag, try folding the top over a cup to give yourself a stable base to work with and make filling the bag far less messy. Experiment with different nozzles to create different effects. When piping the icing, start in the middle then loop around the edge in a circle, then finish with a swirl on top, back towards the centre.
If you’re not feeling confident enough to use a piping bag, try smoothing the butter icing on using a spatula. Measure it out equally among the cakes first using an ice cream scoop to make sure all your cupcakes end up looking the same.
If all these tips aren’t enough, look out for another video from My Virgin Kitchen’s Barry Lewis next week, when he’ll be demonstrating how to fix cake decorating disasters. And remember, if all else fails, there’s nothing a generous dusting of icing sugar can’t fix!
For more great hints and tips from the Baking Surgery, be sure to check out our Facebook page. #TogetherWellMakeIt
Bonfire Night is one of our favourite nights of the year; it's the perfect excuse to invite friends and family over for a get together to watch ‘sparks fly’ and cosy up by the fire.
However, the best bit of the night is the array of treats that go hand in hand with the occasion. From hot dogs to toffee apples and parkin, the foody traditions of 5th of November are some of the best of the year.Once again, the Morphy Richards Baking Surgery is here to help! If you're hosting a Bonfire Night party or just looking for some seasonal inspiration to add to your baking repertoire, these three recipe ideas will help your cooking skills skyrocket! Featuring tips from My Virgin Kitchen’s Barry Lewis, we’ve got plenty of ideas to inspire you from quick and easy snacks to tasty Bonfire treats. #TogetherWellMakeIt
Tomato soup – the perfect winter warmer
This hearty soup with a modern twist will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside – perfect for watching fireworks out in the cold.
Simply download the Cook and Create app from either the App Store or from Google Play and search for Italian Tomato Soup. Then follow four simple steps to deliciously tasty tomato soup using the Morphy Richards Sauté and Soup Maker. For a more fiery taste, why not add a pinch of cayenne or some chilli flakes?
The Sauté and Soup Maker just received a review of 5/5 from the Daily Mail (yes, we like to brag) and for a limited time only you can get an extra 10% off with the voucher code TOTAL10. Perfect for kicking off your Christmas shopping!
Firework marshmallow pops
This week’s Baking Surgery winner, Lauren Woodall was looking for a quick and easy fix for her sugar craving and it didn’t quite go to plan. Morphy Richards have come to the rescue with the perfect sweet treat solution from our brand ambassador, Barry Lewis of My Virgin Kitchen, to make sure preparing for your Bonfire Night as easy as possible!
These firework marshmallow pops will go down a treat with kids…and the big kids (we’re looking at you parents!). Follow these quick and easy steps for a real taste explosion.Ingredients:
Yet another bonfire night classic with a twist…baked potato hot dogs
What keeps you warm on a cold winter’s night when you’re stood around a bonfire…? Hot dogs of course!
This year, why not change it up and swap the bread buns for baked potatoes? This great recipe from Barry Lewis, really will blow your mind! It’s so easy to make and will go down a treat with the family. Get the full recipe by watching the video here.
We know you can feel a little apprehensive at the thought of making your own bread. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a bread maker to achieve great results. No one can deny how scrumptious a homemade loaf fresh out of the oven can really be and all you need is a bit of time on your hands.
Once again, the Morphy Richards Baking Surgery is at your service! We’ve collaborated with our brand ambassador Barry Lewis from My Virgin Kitchen to bring you some essential tips for bread making. Step outside of your comfort zone and release the Paul Hollywood within!Get more baking hints and tips from our Barry Lewis at the Baking Surgery page. #TogetherWellMakeIt
1. Swap your store bought yeast for something closer to home:
Try making a homemade starter, an alternative to store bought yeast, for a very traditional loaf – this is how our ancestors used to make bread after all. The store bought yeast will struggle to achieve the same level of taste, consistency and flavour. Sound complicated? We promise it’s not! All you need to do is mix an equal weight of flour and water together, place in a large jar and leave to sit for a few days. With a bit of patience you can make some legendary homemade bread.
3. A dough hook is all you ‘knead’:
Kneading is one of the most important processes in bread making; it aids the development of gluten (a type of protein) which ensures springy and elastic dough. Traditional hands-on kneading can be tiring, especially if you’ve missed a few sessions at the gym and your arm strength is lacking! Once your ingredients are mixed together, attach the dough hook on the Total Control Stand Mixer, select the pre-programmed bread dough setting and let the machine do the work. The dough is ready for proving when it’s beautifully smooth and slightly tacky to touch.
Baking isn’t always the easiest thing to crack; all it takes is one little error and before you know it you’ve got a baking disaster on your hands! Don’t worry, the Morphy Richards Baking Surgery is here to help. We’ve pulled together some handy hints and tips to help you steer clear of some of the most common – and most easily avoided – baking blunders and be the organised, confident baker we know you can be!
Get more baking hints and tips from our brand ambassador and super vlogger Barry Lewis of My Virgin Kitchen at the Baking Surgery page. #TogetherWellMakeIt
1. Never underestimate the importance of lining your tins:
Although greasing the inside of the cake tin isn’t the most glamourous job, it helps to ensure you get smooth edges and is definitely worth the effort to avoid a broken cake. We’re sure this week’s Baking Surgery competition winner, Emily Coleman, wishes she’d greased her cake tins before baking them!
All you need to do is scoop some butter onto a clean piece of kitchen roll and wipe your tin for a quick and easy greasing solution – don’t forget to get into the edges! If you prefer to work with grease proof paper, add a little bit of butter to the cake tin first to stop the paper from moving when you pour in the mixture. Easy!
2. Avoid the dreaded ‘raw middle & burnt edges’ combination with this foil trick:
Sometimes the oven is not your friend, and that moment when the thick mixture transforms into a lovely, even brown cake comes far earlier than anticipated…before the middle of the cake has had time to catch up! Don’t worry though, the edges may be burning and the cake may still be raw in the middle, but it’s not too late to save it. To rescue your cake, simply cover it with a tight layer of tin foil to trap the heat and turn the temperature down by 10 degrees for the remainder of the baking time.
When the pressure of producing the perfect dinner party dessert is mounting, it’s easy to accidentally forget a crucial ingredient (let’s be honest, we’ve all done it at some point!). Avoid the panic next time by planning ahead and being prepared. Before you start to bake, measure out and organise all of the ingredients in separate bowls and make sure you have everything you need for the entire recipe. If you’re missing anything, you still have time to run to the shop to get the crucial ingredient before you start to bake!
While you’re organising your ingredients, make sure you have all of the tools you need for the entire recipe, including icing, fillings and sauces. If you’re using a handy multi-functional tool like the Morphy Richards Total Control Hand Blender, make sure you lay out all of the attachments you’ll need for the recipe before you start so you don’t search all of your kitchen cupboards in a panic later on! (If you haven’t already discovered the Total Control Hand Blender, you can get 10% off now with the Baking Surgery promo code).
Is there a difference between plain and self-raising flour? YES – and using plain flour instead of self-raising is a sure-fire way to ruin a recipe! Never fear though, if you’re running out of storage space for your ever-expanding stash of baking supplies, you can cleverly use the ingredients you already have. Make your own self-raising flour by adding a small amount of baking power to plain flour (just be sure to check the baking powder isn’t out of date and stick to ½ tsp of baking powder per 100g of plain flour). Genius!