How to make Self-Raising Flour

28 Aug

Hey all, it has come to our attention that self-raising flour isn’t readily available. Here is a helpful tip for making self-raising flour, thank you to Midnight Cupcake for your feedback!


Ingredients you will need…

125g of all purpose flour

7g of baking powder

3g of salt


1 cup of all purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of salt

Simply adjust the recipe according to the quantity you need!


Angry Birds Cupcakes

28 Aug

This weeks feature video is from one of our favourite baking enthusiasts, Rosanna Pansino. This week she has created fun Angry Birds Cupcakes which are perfect for any occasion. Check it out!


Bee’s Homemade Banana Bread

25 Aug

This banana bread recipe is a wonderful way to add fiber, potassium and vitamins to your diet. With a hint of walnut and a superb banana taste, this bread is certainly a good thing to eat! Any comments or feedback? Simply contact us here, we would love to receive your comments and favorite recipes!


Ingredients you will need…

350g of ripe bananas (peeled weight)

180g of plain flour, plus extra for the tin

2½ tsp of baking powder

1 tsp of salt

160g of light brown sugar (soft)

2 eggs, beaten

4 tbsp of melted butter, plus extra to grease, slightly cooled

50g of walnuts, roughly chopped

How to make…

  1. Preheat the oven to 170C. Put about two thirds of the peeled banana chunks into a bowl and mash until smooth. Roughly mash the remainder of the banana chunks and stir in gently to the mixture.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl, and then grease and lightly flour a baking tin of about 21 x 9 x 7cm.
  3. Put the sugar, eggs and melted butter in another large bowl and use an electric mixer to whisk them until pale and slightly increased in volume. Fold in the banana mixture and also the dry ingredients until you can see no more flour, then fold in the walnuts.

4.  Spoon into the tin and bake for about an hour until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning out on to a rack to cool completely. Slice and enjoy!



Pastry Tips

20 Aug

Pastry Tips

No matter what your baking preferences may be, here are some tips and tricks on how to prepare a delicious, golden tart pastry crust to fill with orchard fresh apples.


Bee’s Homemade Apple Tart

20 Aug

This rustic homemade apple tart recipe is made with orchard fresh apples, sprinkled with cinnamon and baked in a flakey buttery crust. This recipe is a near and dear to our family’s heart and we are most excited about sharing it with you.


Ingredients you will need…

225g/8oz of Cream Plain Flour

125g/4oz of Margarine

¼ pint/150ml of cold Water

4 large cooking apples (peeled, cored and sliced thinly)

Sugar to sweeten Apples

Milk to glaze Pastry

How to make…

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F (200C / Gas6).
  2. Sieve flour into a bowl.
  3. Grate hard margarine into the flour. You may need a little flour on your fingers for this. Then using a knife or fingers grate margarine in the flour it should resemble breadcrumbs.
  4. Add water and mix to a soft dough with the knife or fingers and turn out onto a lightly floured board and knead lightly.
  5. If you wish to let your dough rest, refrigerate for roughly 1 hour, this step is optional.
  6. Roll out half the pastry onto an oven proof plate and trim the sides using a knife. Then dampen the edges of the pastry with cold water. This will help the top seal.
  7. Arrange apples on the pastry and sprinkle with plenty of sugar to sweeten.
  8. Roll the remaining pastry out and cover the apples, trimming the edges again with a knife. Press down the edges of the top so it sticks to the bottom pastry and seals the edges.
  9. Use a fork to make small holes over the top to allow steam to escape. Glaze with milk to get a homemade golden colour.
  10. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 35 minutes.
  11. Leave to cool and enjoy!

Homemade Chocolate Chip Scones with Smarties

17 Aug

Homemade Chocolate Chip Scones with Smarties

This wonderful looking scones picture has been sent to us from one of our followers! A big thank you from Bee’s Bakery!

These scones were prepared using our homemade scones recipe, Simply add about 125g of chocolate chips and a handful of Cadbury’s smarties to the recipe after the butter is cut or rubbed into the mixture. Once baked these scones are transformed into a yummy desert that is fun and delicious!

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Bee’s Homemade Scones

12 Aug

These traditional homemade scones make an ideal desert that can be adapted to any taste by an assortment of toppings. Whether you add chocolate chips to the recipe or just compliment with homemade jam, these mouth watering scones will make any cup of tea a real treat!


Ingredients you will need…

3 cups of all-purpose Flour

1/2 cup of White Sugar

5 teaspoons of Baking Powder

1/2 teaspoon of Salt

3/4 cup of Butter

1 Egg, beaten

1 cup Milk

How to make…

  1. Preheat oven to 400F/200C. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the butter. Mix the egg and milk in a small bowl, and stir into flour mixture until moistened.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead briefly. Roll dough out into a 1/2 inch thick round. Cut into 8 wedges, and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake for approximately 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.
  5. Leave to cool and enjoy!

Soft Milk and White Chocolate Chip Cookies

10 Aug

Soft Milk and White Chocolate Cookies

This great photo was sent to Bee’s Bakery from one of our fans! Thank you so much for sending us your photos, these homemade cookies look amazing!

Check out our Soft Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. Extra ingredients were added to this fan’s recipe, milk and white chocolate chips and Galaxy Minstrels… we recommend Aldi’s Choceur Mysticals as an affordable substitute! These cookies look great keep sending us your photos, happy baking


Bee’s Homemade Fairy Cakes

5 Aug

This simple recipe is perfect for any occasion, each fairy cake can be customised to your individual taste or that of your guests through the addition of ingredients such as chocolate chips and fun yummy icing. This recipe is also perfect to try out substituting egg for dietary requirements or personal taste as mentioned in our previous post.


Ingredients you will need…

175g/6 tablespoons of Self Raising Flour

125g/4 tablespoons of Caster Sugar

125g of Margarine (half a block)

2 Eggs

2 tablespoons of cold Water

How to make…

  1. Ensure oven is fully preheated to 200°C, Gas 6.
  2. Then put bun paper cases into bun tins.
  3. Put the flour, sugar, margarine, eggs or egg substitute and water into a bowl. Beat all the ingredients together with an electric mixer or wooden spoon until the mixture is smooth.
  4. Put heaped teaspoons of the mixture into each bun case.
  5. Place in the oven on the top shelf and bake for about 15 minutes until golden brown.
  6. Cool on a wire tray.
  7. Now the fun part. Decorate the fairy cakes as you see fit! We recommend using chocolate spread and covering with sweets or fruit depending on the occasion. Enjoy!


Egg substitutes

3 Aug

This is a great article for any baking enthusiast who wishes to substitute egg with another ingredient when following our recipes. You may wishes to substitute egg for a number of reasons, whether it is because of personal taste or dietary requirement. If you require any more information on this subject don’t hesitate to get in touch!



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