Tag Archives: Flour

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!

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Ingredients you will need…

125g of all purpose flour

7g of baking powder

3g of salt

or

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!

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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.

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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!
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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!

Don’t forget to send us your photos and recipes. Use our secure upload link on our website http://beesbakery.info/contactus.html.

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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.

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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!

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Bee’s Homemade Carrot Cake

22 Jul

The great step by step recipe will guide you in how to make the best homemade carrot cake. Why not try it out and send us your pictures! We will post them for our followers as guidance under the category ‘photos from you’. Don’t forget to check out our baking tips to perfect your homemade carrot cake, kitchen cheat sheet and cake decorating tips guide.

bee's homemade carrot cake

Ingredients you will need…

For the Cake

4 eggs, at room temperature

200ml/7fl oz of Vegetable/Sunflower oil, plus a little extra for the tin

250g/9oz of Carrots, coarsely grated

100g/3½oz of Raisins/Sultanas

100g/3½oz of Walnut pieces, plus a few extra for decoration

1 zest of an Orange

200g/7oz of self-Raising flour

2 tsp of Mixed Spice

1 tsp of Baking Soda

¼ tsp of fine Salt

200g/7oz of light Sugar

For the Icing

150g/5½oz of unsalted Butter, at room temperature

45g/3 tbsp of Caster Sugar

300g/10½oz of Cream Cheese

How to make…

The Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Grease and line a deep, 20cm/8in round cake tin with baking paper.
  2. Break the eggs into a bowl, and lightly whisk using a fork.
  3. Add the vegetable oil to the eggs and whisk again.
  4. Add the grated carrots, raisins, walnut pieces and orange zest.
  5. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, mixed spice, baking soda and salt. Stir in the sugar.
  6. Add the wet carrot mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well to combine, making sure there are no pockets of flour.
  7. Spoon the cake batter into the lined tin and bake on the middle shelf for 1 – 1¼ hrs, until the cake has risen and is golden-brown all over.
  8. Remove the cake from the oven and set aside in the tin to cool for 10-15 minutes, then turn the cake out and leave to cool completely on a wire rack.

The Icing

  1. While the cake cools, make the frosting. Place the butter in a large bowl with the caster sugar, beat it for 2-3 minutes until light and creamy, and then beat in the cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Place the cake on to a serving plate or cake stand. Use a palette knife, or wide flat bladed knife, to spread the frosting over the top and sides of the cake. Scatter more walnuts on the top. Serve and enjoy!

Bee’s Homemade Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins

15 Jul

These indulgent chocolate, chocolate chip muffins are a perfect treat for any time of the year. Whether complimented with tea of coffee or a cold glass of milk these muffins warm the senses and give true meaning to homemade bakes.

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Ingredients you will need… (makes 1 dozen)

6 (1 ounce) of squares semisweet Chocolate

1/3 cup of unsalted Butter

3/4 cup of Buttermilk

1/2 cup of White Sugar

1 Egg

1 1/2 teaspoons of Vanilla Extract

1 2/3 cups of all-purpose Flour

1 teaspoon of Baking Soda

1/2 teaspoon of Salt

1 cup of mini semi-sweet Chocolate Chips

How to make…

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F/205C. Line 12 muffin cups with papers.
  2. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the semisweet chocolate together with the butter. Let stand until cooled, about 10 minutes.
  3. Lightly beat the egg. In a small bowl, stir together the chocolate-butter mixture with the buttermilk, sugar, egg, and vanilla, until blended well.
  4. In a large bowl, stir together flour, soda, and salt. Make a hole in the center of the dry ingredients, pour in the chocolate mixture, and stir until just combined. Stir in the mini chocolate chips. Spoon the batter into the lined muffin cups.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove muffin tin from oven and let stand at least 5 minutes, before removing the muffins and letting them cool on a wire rack.
  6. Either serve warm or cool these muffins will not disappoint. Enjoy!

Bee’s Homemade Plain Madeira Cake

8 Jul

This easy recipe is perfect for those who like to customise the cake with icing and change it up depending on the occasion. This cake is a delight to make, why not share your creations?

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This is a big cake that can be cut to size, if you feel you need a smaller cake just half the quantities or check out our kitchen cheat sheet.

Ingredients you will need…

For the cake

450g of Unsalted Butter

450g of Caster Sugar

8 Eggs

2tsp of Vanilla Essence

450g of Self-Raising Flour

For the icing (optional)

250g of Unsalted Butter

500g of Icing Sugar

3  Tablespoons Water

1 teaspoon of Vanilla Essence

How to make the cake…

  1. Beat the butter and caster sugar until pale and fluffy.
  2. Add 8 eggs, one at a time, and 2 teaspoons of good-quality vanilla essence, then fold in the self-raising flour.
  3. Pour into two lined, (8 x 4-inch) loaf pans and bake at 150C for about 40 minutes, until the sponge springs back from a touch.  Cool and enjoy. You can also add butter-cream frosting.

How to make the frosting…

  1. Simply cream together the butter and icing sugar, add the water and essence.
  2. For a chocolate cake replace 10% of the flour with cocoa and for chocolate butter-cream, simply omit the vanilla essence and add 100g of melted, good-quality dark chocolate.
  3. For added citrus zest, you can also ring the changes by adding the zest of a lemon or orange per 100g sugar.
  4. Serve and enjoy!
 

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Bee’s Homemade Butterfly Cakes

6 Jul

These wonderful cakes are perfect for this time of year. They are fresh and light and provide a beautiful center piece for any table. Why not try our recipe and let us know how you got on? Send us your comments and any recipes or tips you would like us to publish.

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Ingredients you will need…

175g (6 oz) of self-raising Flour

A pinch of salt

110g (4 oz) of soft Margarine

110g (4 oz) of Caster Sugar

2 large Eggs

1 tsp Vanilla Essence

Strawberry Jam / Raspberry Jam / Blackberry Jam

Whipped cream

Paper Baking Cases

How to make…

Preheat the oven to 190ºC/375ºF/Gas5.

  1. Combine the flour, salt, margarine, caster sugar, eggs and vanilla essence together in a bowl and beat until absolutely smooth for about 1 – 2 minutes.
  2. Then using a spoon, drop an equal quantity of the mixture into the paper cases and place the cases on a baking tray.
  3. Bake on the shelf just above the centre of the oven for approximately 15 – 20 minutes or until the cakes are well risen and golden.  Then remove them to a wire rack and leave to cool.
  4. When they’re cool, take a sharp knife and cut the top of each about ½ inch (1 cm) from the edge of the cake. Cut each top in half and set aside.
  5. Fill the cavity of each cake with about a tablespoon of fresh whipped cream and a teaspoon of jam, then sit the two top pieces of cake on top like butterfly wings.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

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Homemade Rhubarb Tart

28 Jun

Rhubarb season is in full swing and now is as good a time as any to share our Homemade Rhubarb Tart recipe. So roll up your sleeves and get the rolling pin out and tell us what you think of our homemade tart. Why not share your own creation we are happy to post any recipe you send in!

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Ingredients you will need…

225g/8oz of Cream Plain Flour

125g/4oz of Margarine

¼ pint/150ml of cold Water

400g of Fresh Rhubarb

Sugar to sweeten Rhubarb

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. Prepare the Rhubarb: Rhubarb leaves are poisonous and must be cut off the Rhubarb stalks and disposed of away from any leaf eating mammals. Wash stalks thoroughly and chop into Inch size pieces.
  8. Arrange the rhubarb on the pastry and sprinkle with plenty of sugar to sweeten.
  9. Roll the remaining pastry out and cover the rhubarb, 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.
  10. Use a fork to make small holes over the top to allow steam to escape. Glaze with milk to get a homemade golden colour.
  11. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 35 minutes.
  12. Leave to cool and enjoy!

Bee’s Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

20 Jun

‘Perfect for Sharing’

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The ingredients you will need… (makes 1 1/2 dozen)

2 cups of all-purpose Flour

1/2 teaspoon of Baking Soda

1/2 teaspoon of Salt

3/4 cup of unsalted Butter, melted

1 cup packed with Brown Sugar

1/2 cup of white sugar

1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

1 Egg

1 Egg Yolk

2 cups of semisweet Chocolate Chips

How to make…

  1. Preheat the oven to 325F (165 C). Grease cookie sheets or line them with parchment paper.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand using a wooden spoon. Drop cookie dough 1/4 cup at a time onto the prepared cookie sheets. Cookies should be about 3 inches apart.
  4. Bake for approximately 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

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