For me Sunday is traditionally a day for baking. When you work all week it is hard to find the enthusiasm to start cooking and baking in the evening. Saturdays are always days when I rush around, doing the shopping, housework and washing. Sunday is usually a day when I can relax and spend some time in the kitchen. I have great memories of baking on a Sunday when I was young as well. Sunday was a day we spent with our grandparents, they either came to our house or we went to their house. When we visited them we used to have a lovely time running around their garden or taking a walk to the beach. Often in the afternoon we would spend some time in the kitchen with my granny and make some sort of sweet treats. These were then served with a cup of tea at the table before we went home.
I am lucky that my grandparents and mum taught me to bake, I am quite happy to make a cake and often experiment with the recipe. This is how I came up with strawberry daiquiri cupcakes.
Even though I am a confident baker I still have had my fair share of mishaps in the kitchen. To help inspire people who would love to bake but are scared they may make a mistake, Stork have teamed up with Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite to launch Stork’s Sunday Bakes. This is a media channel full of recipe inspiration and tips to help you create your own show stopping bake. Every Sunday John will share recipe tips and inspiration on Stork’s social media channels.
The service has been running for a little while now and there are already some great recipes there. I love the look of John Whaite’s Spiced Lam Pasties and I know my husband would love them. I will be giving these a go shortly, as soon as I have a chance to go shopping. The recipe can be found on the Stork channel in print format so you want to give it a try click on the video and pop over the the channel.
If you are planning a party this summer then you could amaze your friends with this Peanut Butter Chocolate Drip Cake. As well as looking amazing it serves 14-16 people. It would certainly go down well at a barbecue once all the cooking was finished. There is nothing better than a sweet treat to end the night.
As well as sharing recipes John also shares his tips to help with common baking problems. From simple things like how to line and grease a cake tin to the more complex, you will find it all there. Piping icing is something I struggle with so these tips on how to assemble a piping bag and how to fill a piping bag are invaluable. The next time I try piping it might be more successful and less messy.
What things to you find difficult when you are baking? Is there a specific tip you would like to see?
I received a shopping voucher for ingredients.