Time to stock up on the strawberries and cream, and pop the Pimm’s in the fridge – it’s the Wimbledon final this weekend.
Whoever you’re rooting for on Sunday, Wimbledon weekend wouldn’t be complete without some delicious sweet treats.
The one quintessential foodie feature of Wimbledon is the perfect combination of strawberries and cream. According to the official website, 10,000 litres of cream and a whopping 28,000 kg of strawberries are eaten at the tournament each year.
While there’s no definitive answer as to why strawberries are so popular at the tournament, it’s thought to simply be a combination of coincidental circumstances –strawberries being in season, and the fact that back in Victorian times, strawberries had become very fashionable to eat (particularly as part of afternoon tea).
If you’re watching the finals this weekend with a big gathering of friends and family, or simply enjoying a quiet night in, we know exactly what will go perfectly with your wonderful Wimbledon weekend.
Our strawberries and cream muffin baking kit is just £5 and is deliciously creamy with pockets of strawberries – a real summertime treat! You can order this kit on our website and you will receive perfectly weighed ingredients – you just need to pick up the items from our shopping list, which include:
Fresh strawberries or strawberry jam
You will also receive clear step-by-step instructions on our high-quality printed recipe card.
If you would like a bigger kit for different treats throughout the summer, then you’ll love our summer selection – 3 months baking gift kit. Priced at £17.99, it makes a lovely gift for a friend or family member, or as a nice treat for yourself.
Channel your inner chocoholic with these delights for World Chocolate Day
That ‘Friday Feeling’ is going to feel even better than usual this week… it’s World Chocolate Day on the 7th of July!
Not that we need an excuse to indulge in one of our favourite decadent delights, but it would be rude not to mark the occasion properly, wouldn’t it?
Whether you love white chocolate, or you can’t get enough of dark, or a simple milk chocolate is your favourite, everyone will agree that it’s one treat you can enjoy no matter what age you are.
Chocolate can bring us up when we’re feeling down, we can cook delicious desserts with it, and we can use it to celebrate special occasions. Even better, some health experts agree that a piece of dark chocolate a day keeps the doctor away!
If you fancy some family fun in the kitchen to celebrate World Chocolate Day together on Friday the 7th July, we have just the answer.
Our baking kit boxes include a superb selection of scrumptious chocolate treats, such as:
Classic chocolate brownies
White chocolate blondies
Chocolate chip and orange cookies
White chocolate and cranberry cookies
Chocolate and caramel muffins
Coconut and white chocolate cookies
Using our specially-designed kits couldn’t be easier. You receive accurately weighed ingredients, meaning you just need to pick up the items on the shopping list (typically only two or three ingredients). There are clear and concise step-by-step instructions printed on our high-quality recipe card, and the brownie kit even includes foil backed parchment paper for your brownie tray.
The brownie kits make approximately 16 squares, with just five minutes prep and between 10-20 minutes baking time, depending on the type of brownie. The cookie kits make approximately eight cookies and take just 15-20 minutes, including bake time.
You could even treat a friend or family member and buy a three month brownie baking gift kit for them. Costing just £20, the recipes include the classic chocolate brownie, white chocolate blondie and caramel brownie – it’s the perfect treat for the chocoholic in your life!
We’re even more excited about World Chocolate Day now, and we can’t wait to celebrate the occasion by sampling our favourite brownie and cookie recipes. If you have experimented with our baking kits, we would love to see the finished product. Please share them with us on our Facebook and Twitter and let us know which flavour is your favourite!
There’s a date in our diary that we look forward to every summer – National Picnic Week – which this year takes place from June 16-25.
But why do we love National Picnic Week? Well, there are two reasons. Firstly, we love any opportunity to spend quality time together as a family. It’s always lovely to leave our phones and laptops at home, pack up the car and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Luckily, as we’re based in Cumbria, there are a number of wonderful spots where we can take some time to relax, unwind and enjoy the great outdoors.
Secondly, we really enjoy helping to take the effort and stress away from those who are planning to bake delicious treats for a picnic, a party, or a gathering of friends and family. Our baking kits are a quick, easy and fun way to create some mouth-watering desserts. They are sent with all the ingredients pre-weighed and measured, with a baking instruction card included. It’s a very simple process to follow to ensure that the bake is perfect every time. All you need to provide are items that we can’t post, such as eggs, butter, milk, fresh fruit, and so on. Thanks to the ease of using the kits, they are absolutely perfect for picnics!
Our Summer Selection – 3 Months Baking Gift Kit (£17.99) has proven especially popular as the weather has warmed up, with scrumptious delights including coconut and white chocolate cookies, strawberries and cream muffins and lemon drizzle muffins. Alternatively, if you would like to give this as a gift, we can send a gift voucher for this fantastic baking subscription.
This summer, we’re looking forward to a day of forgetting about the usual everyday responsibilities, packing a hamper filled with yummy food and drink, and venturing out for a family picnic. As picnicking is one of the UK’s most enjoyable summer traditions, National Picnic Week was created to encourage people to take the opportunity to get together over a picnic and enjoy the warmer months of the year.
We love these fun picnic facts that have been put together to mark the event this year.
The average person picnics at least three times a year, that’s 94 million picnics per year.
According to research carried out in 2013, the average family spends £26 per picnic, totalling a cool £2,479,720,000.
Originally a picnic was a fashionable social event to which each guest contributed some food.
The French started the modern fashion for picnics when they opened their royal parks to the public after the revolution of 1789.
The use of the phrase “no picnic” to describe something difficult dates back to 1884.
The most popular picnic snack 50 years ago was the humble cheese sandwich. Now, it’s a bag of crisps.
The most popular day for picnics in the US is the 4th July. In Italy, it’s Easter Monday. In France, it’s Bastille Day. In the UK, it’s (weather dependent) rapidly becoming National Picnic Week.
Fortnum & Mason claims to have invented the Scotch egg in 1738.
Picnic food is as popular as if it’s ever been. In 2012, an average of ten grams of meat pies and sausage rolls were consumed per person per week.
Are you planning a picnic for National Picnic Week? We’d love to see your photos if so! Share your shots of fun in the sun with us on our Facebook and Twitter – and remember, if you’re stuck for time when planning your picnic, our baking kits will certainly take the hassle and stress out of picnic preparations.
3 brilliantly boozy baking recipes for World Gin Day
Gin lovers rejoice as today (Saturday, June 10) is World Gin Day!
The event is now in its ninth year and is a global celebration of all things gin – whether you prefer yours neat, in a G&T or perfectly paired in a cocktail. The idea of World Gin Day is to get together with fellow gin lovers and enjoy celebrating the day with a tasty tipple or two.
We love a good G&T, here at If I Knew You Were Coming, but something we love even more is the combination of two of our favourite things – gin and cake, together!
That’s why we’ve put together our all-time favourite brilliantly boozy recipes to celebrate World Gin Day. Let the fun be-gin…
Preparation time – 25 mins (plus cooling, drying and setting)
Cooking time – 1 hour, 10 mins
Serves – 8/10 people
200g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra to grease
200g caster sugar
4 medium eggs, beaten
200g self-raising flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
finely grated zest 1 lime
For the syrup and topping:
125g caster sugar, plus extra to sprinkle
125ml tonic water
2 limes, cut in half through their length and sliced into 3mm (1/8in) half moons
100g icing sugar, sifted
Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan) mark 4. Grease and line base and sides of a 900g (2lb) loaf tin with baking parchment. In a large bowl beat butter and sugar with a handheld electric whisk until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Gradually add eggs, beating well after each addition.
Fold in flour, baking powder and lime zest, followed by the gin. Spoon into prepared tin and bake for 55mins to 1 hour, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
Meanwhile, make the sugar syrup: gently heat the caster sugar and tonic water in a small pan, stirring often, until the sugar dissolves. Turn up heat and boil for 1min. Spoon 2tbsp of the syrup into a small bowl and mix in 2tbsp of the gin (this mixture will be used to soak the loaf later). Set pan of remaining syrup aside.
As soon as the loaf comes out of the oven, poke holes into the top with a skewer and drizzle over the reserved syrup/gin mixture. Cool loaf in tin on a wire rack.
Meanwhile, make the candied lime slices. Reheat the remaining sugar syrup in its pan until boiling, then add the lime slices. Simmer for 10-12min until the slices are translucent. Lift out slices with a slotted spoon on to baking parchment, then sprinkle both sides of the lime slices liberally with caster sugar. Leave to dry.
Make icing by mixing together icing sugar with remaining 1½tbsp gin. Remove cooled loaf from tin, transfer to a board and peel off parchment. Pour over icing and decorate with the dried candied lime slices. Leave the cake to set before serving.
The iced loaf will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to five days (three days if decorated with lime slices)
Lime and Coconut Angel Food Cake with Pineapple-Gin Glaze – recipe via Gourmet Traveller
Preparation time – 20 mins
Cooking time – 45 mins (plus cooling)
Serves – 10/12 people
12 egg whites, at room temperature
165g caster sugar
165g raw caster sugar
Finely grated rind of 3 limes, plus extra to serve
Scraped seeds of 1 vanilla bean or 1tsp vanilla bean paste
160g plain flour
100g desiccated coconut or moist coconut flakes
For the pineapple-gin glaze:
200g peeled pineapple, coarsely chopped
500g pure icing sugar
30ml lime juice, plus extra for thinning
Preheat oven to 170C and lightly oil the base of a 23cm angel food cake tin (see note), ensuring no oil gets on the sides of the tin.
Whisk egg whites, 1tbsp warm water and a pinch of salt in an electric mixer until soft peaks form (2-3 minutes). Whisking continuously, gradually add half the sugars a tablespoon at a time, and whisk to firm peaks, then whisk in lime rind and vanilla to combine and transfer to a large bowl.
Sieve flour and remaining sugar together four times, then sieve over egg white mixture in three batches, folding with a large metal spoon to combine between additions. Fold in coconut, then spoon into prepared tin, smooth top and bake until light golden and springy when touched (40-45 minutes). Invert pan onto a wire rack, cool for an hour, then carefully run a knife around sides of pan to loosen cake and turn onto a cake rack to cool completely.
For pineapple-gin glaze, process pineapple in a blender until smooth and pass through a fine sieve to yield 80ml juice. Sieve icing sugar into a bowl, stir in pineapple juice, lime juice and gin and stir until thick and smooth, adding a little extra lime juice to thin to a drizzling consistency. Drizzle over cake and serve scattered with extra lime rind. Note Angel food cake tins are available from speciality cake supply shops and online.
300g of luxardo maraschino cherries (including some of the syrup)
For the dark chocolate ganache:
250g of good quality dark chocolate
235ml of double cream
2 tbsp of gin
500g of fresh cherries
150g of redcurrants
Sprinkling of icing sugar
Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease a 26cm rectangular cake tin and line with baking parchment.
Put the butter, sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and eggs into a food processor and mix until smooth. Pour the mixture into the prepared cake tin and spread evenly using a spatula.
Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the cakes are well risen and springy to the touch. Remove the cakes from the oven and cool for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack. Remove the parchment paper and leave the cakes to cool.
Whilst the cakes are cooling, make the gin syrup by adding the gin and sugar to a saucepan and set over a high heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved and then bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute and then remove the syrup from the heat. Set aside and leave to cool.
When you are ready to construct the cake, make your cream filling by adding the double cream to an electric mixer and whisk until stiff. Add the mascarpone and maraschino cherries and whisk further until well combined.
When the cake has cooled, cut into three even layers using a long-bladed serrated knife. Place the cakes back on the wire rack and then brush each sponge with the gin syrup.
Transfer one of the sponges very carefully to a cake stand and spoon about half of the whipped cream on top. Spread the whipped cream out evenly before topping with another sponge. Top with the remaining whipped cream and spread out evenly. Top with the last layer and place in the fridge which you make your chocolate ganache.
To make your ganache, place the chocolate into a medium bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring just to the boil and then pour over the chopped chocolate and then whisk until smooth. Add the gin and continue to whisk. Once combined, allow the ganache to cool slightly before spreading over the top of the cake.
To decorate, top with the fresh cherries and then keep in the fridge until ready to serve.
It’s best to eat this cake on the same day but if you are making it in advance, chill it in the fridge for up to 24 hours and allow to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with icing sugar before serving.
So, there you have it, our three ultimate boozy baking recipes – perfect for World Gin Day! If you make any of these recipes to celebrate the day, share them with us on our Facebook and Twitter – we’d love to see your creations, you could also try and be creative and with one of our baking kits.
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Just to tempt you here are a few photos of what you could be munching:
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We are currently developing a range of chocolate brownie baking kits and need help from some of you guys to test them out.
We will send you a kit for free, which will be in the development stages. This means it will have all of the dry ingredients and the instructions, but it won’t be the finished product. It won’t have the proper printed recipe card or any of the finishing touches we add to our baking kits. There will also be a couple of fresh ingredients you need to buy for you to be able to bake the kit.
We will ask you to follow the instructions given and bake the brownies, give us some feedback on how easy / difficult you found the brownie to make, what you thought of the taste and if there is anything you think we could improve on.
We are looking for people to commit to baking the kit within 2 days of receiving it and providing feedback to us within 2 days of baking it. We are looking to get the brownies added to our range within 2 months, so we really need this stage to be fairly rapid, so we can get on with the finishing touches, and designing and printing the recipe cards etc.
The recipes will be for a white chocolate blondie, a classic brownie and a caramel brownie. If you are interested in product testing for us, please contact us, either via facebook or via our contact page on the website and let us know if you have a preference for a particular brownie recipe. Please do not sign up for the product testing if you are allergic to any of the following: Cereals containing Gluten (Wheat, Rye, Barley and Oats), Eggs, Nuts, Peanuts, Milk, Soya.
Technically I’m not that old yet (Still feel like a 20 year old) but in dog years…well let’s not work it out! The process of setting up and getting going with If I Knew You Were Coming has been hard on my brain, I’ve learnt so much new stuff, and I’m only just at the beginning! I thought I had a fairly good knowledge of computers, well I have my European Computer Driving License (Yes that is a real thing!) until we started our business. Chris on the other hand has studied and worked in the computer world since he was at university, and it is him who is trying to keep me up to date with technology… A training session usually looks like this: Kids in bed, Chris, me and the laptop and a couple of glasses of wine. And a training session usually goes like this: Chris: Explains the technology Me: I don’t understand Chris: Explains again Me: Still don’t understand, I don’t want to know, you do it (Toddler strop) Me: (In timeout) Me: Ok, show me again Chris: Explains again Me: Got it, ish!
Seriously though, he has taught me about Facebook for business, which I didn’t even know existed, Pinterest, how to build and edit a website (don’t ask me to do it from scratch, and he has to log in for me) and Search Engine Optimisation (Well I understand the term now, but he takes care of that!) to name but a few. I love working on our photography, we currently photograph our products in our conservatory, through the day to get maximum sunlight, with 2 children trying to get our attention! Or in borrowed gardens (Summer Selection photographs) or borrowed houses (for the video we put together see below) However, my expertise definitely lies with the development of new recipes and flavour combinations! I love creating new muffins and cookies for our baking kits which I know our customers will love as much as I do!
Well, here goes for my first ever blog… I’m Katie the co-founder of If I Knew You Were Coming. We are a new business providing baking kits for Muffins and Cookies. All you need to add are the wet ingredients…butter / oil / milk etc. I thought I would take my first blog as an opportunity to explain a little about the business and where the idea came from. My husband Chris and I are both passionate about food and have tried a couple of savoury food subscriptions, where you get some of the herbs / spices to create really yummy meals. One long drive home from Weston Super Mare, Chris and I got talking about business ideas, as I was due to go back to work following maternity leave for my second daughter. I’ll be honest…I didn’t relish the idea of going back as I wanted to spend more time with my girls, so we had a 5 hour brain storm session on what I could do from home, and the idea of a baking subscription was born. We have since developed this into not just subscriptions, but also one off baking kits. The subscriptions work by paying a one off fee and then for the next 3 months you will receive a kit which contains a recipe card and all of the dry ingredients you will need to bake really delicious, really simple bakes at home. We currently have 3 subscriptions…Champion Cookies, with 3 different cookie recipes, Marvellous Muffins, with 3 different muffin recipes and Celebrate Summer, with a mix of 3 muffin / cookie recipes. All of the kits are in boxes that will fit perfectly through your letterbox, so no need to worry that you won’t be in to receive the delivery. We also offer each of the recipes within the subscriptions as one off purchases. The subscriptions and the one off kits make really tasty gifts for people who love to bake, but don’t have a lot of time, or don’t have all of the store cupboard ingredients you need. We make it nice and simple, we weigh everything perfectly and give you a short shopping list, all you have to do is put it all together and bake! I have worked hard to make sure that all of the recipes we send out are quick to do and really yummy! All of the recipes we have on offer have been tried and tested numerous times and funnily enough, I never run out of willing taste testers!