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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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Two Brownies for £10

In case anyone missed the offer we posted on Facebook recently we have an offer for any two brownie baking kits for a tenner. Just add your kits of choice to the basket and use the code “brownies” at the checkout.

Just to tempt you here are a few photos of what you could be munching:

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Baking Kit Competition

Competiton Time!

We are giving away two 3 month cookie selection subscriptions which include the following:

All you have to do is like us on Facebook, follow us on twitter or watch our youtube video(make sure you enter an email address). Competition ends 11:59PM 13th May 2016 and winners will be drawn at random and notified on the 14th of May. UK postal addresses only please.
Champion Cookie Subscription Giveaway

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Calling all product testers

Calling all product testers

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.

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Can’t teach an old dog new tricks…

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!