Starting out on your own

"The most difficult step is to take one" The hardest thing about starting out, is knowing where to start. I have dreamt of having my own business for many years, and really I'm still at the beginning. I still have a full time job in PR in Buckinghamshire and I make the hour commute there and back everyday and run Victoria's Sponges in the evenings and on the weekends. And I will be the first to admit, it isn't easy to find the time to complete the orders, let alone try out new things when I have a spare hour or two. Commitment is required to make it a success and I am dedicated to working hard to make my dreams become a reality (even if it means I don't get any sleep!). I take a lot of inspi

How to stay sugar free for lent

It's that time of year again as many of us have given up something we love. For some, it's pizza and chips or fizzy drinks, and for others it is simply: SUGAR. How can you enjoy cakes when you are cutting out sugar I hear you cry! Simple - use other natural ingredients to sweeten your cakes. Natural Sugars e.g. honey or maple syrup These are still sugar (when you get down to the nitty gritty) but they also include vitamins, trace minerals and beneficial enzymes. Top tips when replacing sugar with these: Make sure to reduce the liquid elsewhere in your cake batter, as both honey and maple syrup are made up of about 20% water e.g. less egg white Honey is sweeter than sugar so you will need les

What does Brexit mean for the baking industry?

Will importing exotic ingredients be as easy? Will it mean that prices will have to rise to cover additional importing costs? We have known since the vote took place that it would have an effect on the food and drink industry - but no one really knows how much of an effect it will really have. It's hard to understand, and even more difficult to predict. Food Policy Food policy is applicable across the whole continent and it is one of the integral reasons that the EU was originally founded, meaning that the food supply chain will be on the front line of change. Farmers will continue to face competition from EU rivals going forward, but whether this chance will make trading with the EU more of

10 things you need to know about meringues

I mean, I say 'need to know' but let's just take that statement with a pinch of salt shall we? Meringues are one of my favourite things. They are so light and fluffy and you can add them to so many different desserts for that light yet crunchy addition. They have a reputation, much like macarons, to be a little tricky to make, but if you stick to the rules then you won't have any baking failures in your hands. So what do you need to know about meringues? 1. The exact date and origin of meringues is unknown It is thought that the meringue was invented in Meiringen, Switzerland (hence the name) and then improved by Italian chef Gasparini in the 18th century. However, this theory is contested b

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