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Mini Chocolate Brownie ‘Christmas Puddings’

Chocolate brownie baking kit

These fun little bite sized brownies are really easy to do and look great.  Our kids loved helping to decorate them, and really loved eating them!  They would be great as a treat to have with a coffee after dinner, or as a bite sized dessert.  We loved eating them instead of a mince pie on the run up to Christmas, unfortunately there was none left to leave out for Father Christmas though.

Ingredients:

1 classic chocolate brownie baking kit

200g White chocolate

Red/green sprinkles

Cake pop mould

Method:

Mix the brownies following the instruction card,

Split the mixture into the cake pop mould and bake for 15 mins or until set, leave in the mould for 5 minutes, then pop out.

Melt the white chocolate in the microwave, then spoon a small amount onto the top of the brownies, then sprinkle a small amount of the green and red sprinkles on top

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Strawberries and Cream Trifle

Strawberry and cream muffin trifle

This is our recipe using our strawberries and cream muffin baking kit as the base for this deliciously decadent trifle.  We tried the recipe with and without Prosecco, and it is equally delicious either way, so its down to personal preference/ if children will be eating it if you decide to use the Prosecco or not.

The addition of homemade custard makes this recipe really special, and our custard recipe is really easy to do, and well worth the extra effort.

Ingredients:

1 Strawberry and Cream Muffin Baking Kit

Strawberries

300ml double cream

Prosecco (Optional)

For the custard:

200ml double cream

700ml milk

4 large egg yolks

4tbsp cornflour

100g caster sugar

1tsp Vanilla Extract

Method:

Mix and bake the Strawberries and Cream muffins following the instruction card

While the muffins are baking, make the custard

Put the cream and milk into a large pan and gently bring to just below boiling point.  Meanwhile in a large bowl, whisk the yolks, cornflour, sugar and vanilla.

Gradually pour the hot milk mixture onto the sugar mixture, whisking constantly

Wipe out the saucepan and pour the mixture back into it.  Heat gently stirring with a wooden spoon until the custard has thickened.

Tip into a large bowl and cover tightly with clingfilm to prevent a skin from forming.  Cool in the fridge.

Slice the strawberries, keep the 3 nicest for decoration.

When the muffins and custard are both cool, chop 3 of the muffins into slices and lay in the bottom of a trifle dish

Cover the layer of muffins with sliced strawberries

Slice the final 3 muffins and lay over the sliced strawberries

Top with the cooled custard

Whip 300ml of double cream then spoon over the top of the custard.

Decorate with 3 strawberries

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Chocolate and Orange Cheesecake

Chocolate orange cheesecake

If you’re looking for something a little different, or a way to make our baking kits a little more difficult we have developed a couple of recipes using our bake at home kits as a base.

We created these recipes for a charity night we attended in December 2019 at Cranstons Foodhall in Penrith, raising money for Hospice at home and they went down a storm with everyone who came over for a taster.

You will need to add a few more ingredients, but I’m sure you will agree that the end result is worth the extra effort!

Using our chocolate and orange cookie bake at home kit as a base for this sumptuous, boozy dessert gives a delicious alternative to a traditional cheesecake base.  

Ingredients:

1 Chocolate and Orange Cookie baking kit

300ml double cream

250g cream cheese

1 orange

50ml Cointreau

50g Icing sugar

Method:

Mix the chocolate orange cookies following the instruction card

Grease a springform cake tin with butter

Put the whole of the cookie dough into the cake tin and cover the entire bottom, like one giant cookie

Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden

Leave in the tin to cool completely

Whisk 300ml double cream until stiff, then fold in cream cheese, finely grated orange rind, Cointreau and sift in the icing sugar.

Mix until no lumps remain.

Spoon onto the cold cookie base and flatten the top.

Cover and put into the fridge for 4-6 hours or overnight.

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Easy baking for snow days

Storm Emma and the Beast from the East are in full sway, here at If I Knew You Were Coming, we love a snow day, it’s a chance to light the fire, put on warm PJ’s and bake!

Here are a couple of our go to easy baking recipes for those times you just don’t have a wide range of ingredients and need the comforting smell and taste of a delicious homemade bake!

Fairy Buns

Ingredients

  • 100 g (4 oz)Margarine
  • 100 g (4 oz)caster sugar
  • 2 medium Eggs
  • 100 g (4 oz) Self Raising Flour

Method

  • Heat oven to 180ºC, 350ºF, Gas Mark 4. Fill  a bun tray with 12 bun cases.
  • Cream margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, adding a little flour with each.
  • Gently fold in remaining flour.
  • Spoon the mixture into pre-prepared bun cases and bake for around 15 mins.

We like to top with a delicious buttercream using 50g butter or margarine, creamed together with 100g sieved icing sugar, half a teaspoon of vanilla extract and a dash of milk. If you want a quicker topping melt 100g of milk chocolate in the microwave and simple spoon over the top of the fairy buns! Delicious and comforting for when you have returned from making a snowman!

Shortbread

Ingredients

  • 125g/4oz butter
  • 55g/2oz caster sugar, plus extra to finish
  • 180g/6oz plain flour

Method

  • Heat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.
  • Cream the butter and the sugar together until smooth.
  • Stir in the flour to get a smooth paste, empty on a worktop and roll out until the paste is 1cm/½in thick.
  • Cut into shapes and place onto a baking tray. Sprinkle with caster sugar and place in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  • Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until pale golden-brown.
  • Set aside to cool on a wire rack.

 

 

For those times when you want to bake something a bit different that you may not have the ingredients for, our baking kits and baking subscriptions hit the spot.  We have tasty recipes for Brownies, Cookies and Muffins. Yum!

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Caramel muffin chocolate Tiramisu

Continuing on from our chocolate brownie cheesecake recipe, if are looking for something different to make as a Christmas dessert then this Caramel muffin chocolate Tiramisu is just what the doctor ordered!

Recipe: Chocolate Tiramisu
Serves 10-12
1 ‘If I Knew You Were Coming’ caramel & chocolate muffin bake at home mix
568ml double cream
250g mascarpone
75ml Tia Maria
5tbsp golden caster sugar
300ml coffee (made with 2 tbsp coffee granules)
2 tbsp cocoa powder
Method:

  • Make the caramel muffins as per the instructions card included in the baking kit and leave to cool.
  • Whisk together the cream, mascarpone, Tia Maria and caster sugar until it’s the consistency of loosely whipped cream.
  • Make the coffee
  • Once the muffins are cool, thickly slice and layer half of the muffins over the bottom of a serving dish
  • Generously spoon half of the coffee over each slice of muffin and allow to soak in.
  • Use half of the cream mixture and spread evenly over the muffin layer.
  • Layer the remaining muffin slices over the top of the cream mixture and generously spoon over the remaining coffee.
  • Add the remaining cream mixture over the top of the muffins and spread evenly.
  • Put the cocoa powder into a sieve and dust evenly over the surface of the cream.

If you make this recipe, why not post it facebook or twitter and tag us in it?!

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Chocolate Brownie Raspberry Cheesecake

If you are considering baking something a bit different this Christmas, then this Cheesecake with a brownie base is just the ticket. This recipe is courtesy of Feasting Is Fun. Thanks Sammie!

Recipe: Chocolate Brownie Raspberry Cheesecake serves 10-12

1 ‘If I Knew You Were Coming’ Classic brownie bake at home mix
2 large free range eggs
300g fresh or frozen raspberries
4tbsp caster sugar
2tbsp Framboise – raspberry liquer – can be substituted for fresh apple juice
150g dark chocolate
300ml double cream
500g tub mascapone cheese
100g white chocolate

Method: Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan, gas mark 6

Making the Brownie Base:
• Line the base of a 10″ (25cm) Springform cake tin with the parchment backed, tin foil provided.
• Follow the instruction card provided to make the brownies.
• Place the tin in the oven and bake according to the instructions – my brownie base took 15 minutes to bake.
• Once baked remove the tin from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely.

Making the Chocolate Ganache:
• In a heatproof bowl add 100g dark chocolate and 100ml of double cream, place the bowl on top of a small saucepan that contains approximately an inch of barely simmering water
• Stir the chocolate and cream together until the chocolate has completely melted and the mixture is thick and glossy, pour the chocolate ganache over the cooled brownie base and smooth to an even layer
• Place in the fridge until the ganache has set.

Making the Raspberry Cheesecake layer:
• Place the raspberries, caster sugar and framboise (or apple juice) into a blender.
• Pulse until you have a smooth, deep cerise, thick raspberry coulis. Set to one side.
• Break up the white chocolate and place into a heatproof microwaveable bowl and zap for 20 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until the chocolate has almost melted.
• Remove from the microwave and continue stirring until completely melted. Set to one side.
• In a large bowl add the tub of mascarpone cheese and 200mls of double cream, whisk until fully combined.
• Pour the raspberry coulis into the cheesecake mix and whisk until fully incorporated.
• Next pour in the melted white chocolate.
• Whisk all of the cheesecake ingredients together until light and creamy.
• Spoon the raspberry cheesecake on to the cold, set, chocolate ganache covered brownie base in the springform tin, smooth the top of the raspberry cheesecake to ensure a flat, even finish.
• Cover the cheesecake with cling film and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours to allow to set.

Decorating the Cheesecake:
• Remove the cheesecake from the fridge.
• Run a palette knife between the outside edge of the cheesecake and the inside of the springform tin.
• Place the springform tin centrally on a large tin of beans (or something equally as sturdy).
• Release the springform catch and gently encourage the sides of the tin to fall away from the base.
• Place onto a serving plate or cake stand – the base will still be attached, don’t worry that’s fine.
• Use a palette knife, that has been kept in a jug of boiling water, to smooth the top and sides of the cheesecake.
• Melt 50g of dark chocolate in a microwaveable, heat proof bowl, as before.
• Pour the melted chocolate into a small, disposable piping bag.
• Snip off the very end of the piping bag to create a small hole, then pipe swirls of chocolate all around the edge of the cheesecake and larger loops in the centre. Continue piping over the swirls around the edge until the chocolate is all used.

If you make this recipe, why not post it facebook or twitter and tag us in it?!

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Black friday offers

Don’t be in the dark about Black Friday – 5 facts about the biggest shopping day of the year (and a special offer from us!)
Here at If I Knew You Were Coming, we enjoy the occasional day when we shop ‘til we drop.
Though to be honest, we’re not quite so keen on braving the massive crowds when it’s the last Friday of November – otherwise known as Black Friday.
If you feel the same way and are indulging in a spot of keyboard Christmas shopping this week, we’ve got a Black Friday deal just for you!
Have reduced our 6 and 12-month gift subscriptions no need to use a code! We have also reduced the free shipping amount to £20.
And in case you’ve ever wondered how this epic celebration of all things retail came about, here are five fascinating facts that shed some light on the history of Black Friday.
1. The phrase was first coined in the 1869 in America when the stock market crashed.
2. The term ‘Black Friday’ in relation to frenetic shopping began in Philadelphia in the 1970s before becoming widespread in the mid-90s.
3. Black Friday is now observed in countless countries throughout the world including Colombia, Nigeria, Lebanon and the UAE.
4. In the UK, it replaced the Saturday before Christmas as the busiest shopping day of the year in 2001.
5. It is estimated that Brits will spend more than £4.5 billion during this year’s Black Friday which falls on 24 November.
But if you don’t have the energy to battle the crowds for your early Christmas shopping this year, we can offer a far less exhausting gift idea – one of our fabulous baking subscription gifts.
It’s the gift that keeps on giving…literally. And it’s just a couple of keyboard clicks away. Our kits make a perfect Christmas present for anyone who likes to have their cake and eat it too.
Take a look at our range of subscription gifts – and don’t forget, no need to add any Black Friday code (offer closes on 2359 on Monday!).

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Christmas gift orders

As Christmas is rapidly approaching, we would like to make the ordering of our gift subscriptions as straight forward as possible.

Therefore we have added a “Christmas gift” option to the checkout page. When this option is selected we will post out your gift message to give as a Christmas present, and then we will then post out the 1st baking kit out on the 3rd of January.

If you wish to discuss this further or if you have any special requirements please email us

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Christmas Gift Guide

Give the gift of baking this Christmas

Whether they’re bonkers about brownies, mad about muffins or crazy for cookies, our baking kits are the perfect gift this festive season.

Our subscriptions mean our kits are the Christmas gift that keeps on giving.

We often get asked by people who are buying our subscriptions if there any utensils we recommend for people who are new to baking and might not have any of the equipment. We have put together this Christmas gift guide of things we use regularly and thoroughly recommend.

General baking equipment

The items listed below are good all round items that can be used not only for our great baking kits, but also general cooking and baking. Not all the items listed below are necessary for our baking subscriptions but are nice to have.

brownie tin

muffin traysilicone baking sheet
Brownie tinMuffin traySilicone baking sheet
mason cash mixing bowlsilicone spatulas setmeasuring spoons
Mason Cash mixing bowlSilicone spatulas setMeasuring spoons
vonshef food mixerVonshef hand mixer
Vonshef food mixerVonshef hand mixer

Don’t forget our early bird Christmas offer is still available but ends on the 11th of November at Midnight. We also have an offer on our fantastic deluxe hot Chocolate baubles, buy 2 kits and the get the 3rd kit half price.

As well as our subscription boxes, we also offer gift vouchers. If you would like to stay up-to-date with all our latest news and product announcements, be sure to take a look at our Facebook and Twitter.

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Tips to help your Bonfire Night go with a bang

Tips (and a quiz!) to help your Bonfire Night go with a bang

Many of us like to remember remember the fifth of November – after all, it’s an excuse to light up a dark night with fireworks, tasty food and warming drinks.

In this blog, we’re going to share our top five tips for making sure your Fireworks Night goes with a fizz not a whimper.

But before we do, we wondered how much do you know about the gunpowder, treason and plot? Why not take our quick quiz (answers at the end…no cheating) and feel free to test your family and other Bonfire Night guests!

  1. What did Guy Fawkes plan to blow up?

Buckingham Palace

The Houses of Parliament

Westminster Abbey

  1. Which King were they trying to kill with the plot?

James I

Henry II

Charles I

  1. In which pub is the plot said to have hatched?

The Dog and Bone

The Duck and Drake

The Duck and Dog

  1. Who led the conspirators?

Thomas Percy

Guy Fawkes

Robert Caseby

  1. What were the plotters trying to achieve?

To restore the Tudor dynasty

To make England a republic

To put a catholic on the throne

  1. How many barrels of gunpowder found their way into Westminster Hall?

36

46

56

  1. When did the gunpowder plot take place?

1505

1605

1655

  1. Why didn’t the gunpowder plot go ahead?

They couldn’t light the fuse

There was an anonymous tip off

They decided not to go ahead.

Our top 5 tips for a sparkling Firework Night

  1. Choose the appropriate number of fireworks – too many and people will get bored…too few and it’ll be over too soon.
  2. Have plenty of gloves, scarfs, blankets and (if necessary) umbrellas handy. It’ll almost certainly be chilly and quite possibly drizzly!
  3. Make simple, warming food and drink. Use flasks – and plastic cups/plates.
  4. Fill the garden with as many outdoor lights as you can muster.
  5. If you’re having a bonfire, before you light it, make sure there are no hedgehogs camping within it and, of course, keep any pets indoors (ideally with someone else if they’re a bit nervous).

Warming drinks

Here’s an idea for a spin on one of Bonfire Night’s traditional offerings…toffee apples (for adults!)

Easy peasy ‘Hot toffee apple punch’

All you’ll need for this warming tasty concoction is:

6 diced apples

1 litre of cider

250ml of dark rum

250ml of vanilla vodka

3 cinnamon sticks

3 star anise

100g of sugar

Just heat up the cider, apples, sugar and spices until steaming then add the rum and vodka. It’s as easy as that!

For the younger or non-drinking members of the gathering, here’s a recipe for a warming, luxurious drink…

Best ever drinking chocolate

For three people, all you need is:

125ml of double cream

125ml of semi-skimmed milk

100g of plain dark chocolate

Just break the chocolate into pieces in a small mixing bowl. Heat the cream and milk in a pan. When it’s nearly simmering, simply pour it into the bowl and stir well. Pour it into cups and enjoy!

When it comes to warming bonfire night food, there’s so much choice. Typical fare tends to include hot dogs, stews, mulled wine and toffee apples.

If you’re a home baker and are gathering ingredients for some traditional parkin and flapjacks, don’t forget we’re here to smooth your path all year round with our subscription kits.

And if you order before 11 November, you’ll get 20% off our six month and 12 month Christmas gift subscriptions. Just use the code Christmas at the checkout.

Whatever you get up to this Bonfire Night, have fun and stay safe!

(How did you fare with our quiz? Here are the answers: The House of Parliament/James 1/The Duck and Drake/Robert Caseby/They wanted a catholic on the throne/36/1605/Anonymous tip off).