Category Archives: Billington’s

Make the most of Molasses

Molasses is a dark brown type of sugar made from sugar cane. It has a deep, strong flavour is attained through it’s high content of natural cane molasses.

Molasses is perfect to use in marinadeschutneys and pickles along with rich fruit cakesmincemeat and gingerbread. It adds a distinct deep and rich flavour to your baking that no other ingredient can match.

We recommend using unrefined natural cane molasses such as Billington’s. Unrefined sugar cane retains a natural locked in flavour and colour which refined brown sugar loses in the refining process. You can find Billington’s molasses in all major supermarkets.

Why not try the following recipes which include Molasses sugar and discover the incredible flavour for yourself?

Molasses is a great ingredient in sticky sauces and marinades.

Discover the depth it can add to your fruit cakes.

If you’d like any more tips and advice on using molasses simply leave your question below!

Happy Baking!

WIN £150 cash PLUS a masterclass with Eric Lanlard

BakingMad.com is sponsoring the Cake and Bake Show this year, and YOU have a chance to WIN £150 cash PLUS a masterclass with Eric Lanlard!   

Here’s how:

Gingerbread fans across the country are being invited to reserve a plot in the Tastiest Gingerbread Village at the Manchester Cake & Bake Show in April.

Competitors can enter their plans for their unique gingerbread structure online, and the organisers will select the most promising entrants to bring their creation to the show to form part of the gingerbread village display.

Winners will be selected by a judging panel including master patissiere Eric Lanlard, and prizes will be awarded in both adult and junior categories.

The judges will be looking for originality, creativity, build structure, innovative design and of course taste.

Billington’s unrefined sugars are the perfect ingredient for your gingerbread recipe. Locking in, rather than refining out, the natural molasses of the sugar cane this process ensures Billington’s has a unqiue richness and taste which will transform your home baking.

The organisers are keen not to restrict your imagination and so the only real limitations are the size of the plot – 12 x 12 inches, with entrants free to create any structure from gingerbread, not just houses, with landscaping and gardens etc encouraged. So be inspired by your childhood memories of the edible creations in Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and Hansel and Gretel and send in your ideas for your candy-clad constructions today via www.thecakeandbakeshow.co.uk/competitions

Prizes

There are just two categories – adults and juniors – so it’s a competition open to all – and with £150 cash PLUS a masterclass with master patissiere Eric Lanlard (worth £195!) on offer as the first prize in the adult category, as well as £100 cash for the runner up, why not enter? Junior winners will receive £100 cash and a Billington’s goody bag, with £50 cash for the runner up.

Inspiration

For design inspiration visit the Cake & Bake Shows’ pinterest board for the competition – http://pinterest.com/cakeandbakeshow/billington-s-gingerbread-village-manchester-inspir/

And for the tastiest gingerbread ingredients, visit www.billingtons.co.uk

Good luck!

Get 35p off your Billington’s Demerara Sugar

Now here’s a little sweet treat for everyone this month. Billington’s have given us a coupon to share with all the Baking Mad fans and you can get 35p off a 1kg bag of Billington’s Demerara Sugar. Think of all the delicious goodies you can make with this!

Just click this link to download your coupon today:

Click here to get your Billington’s coupon

Enjoy

Baking Mad x

 

Billington’s Launch Mini Packs

Two_Colour_SecondaryIf you haven’t yet discovered the extra-ordinary taste of unrefined sugars then now’s the time! Billington’s has just launched mini packs of Demerara, Golden Caster and Muscovado sugar in Sainsbury’s and the 250g packs are the perfect size for sampling in your baking.

Here at Baking Mad.com we know that the difference between a good recipe and a really great one is using the best quality ingredients available and when it comes to sugar this means Billington’s unrefined cane sugars. Tried and tested by the Baking Mad experts, Billington’s sugars give your baked treats a superior flavour and rich colour, compared to other brown sugars which refine out rather than lock in the natural molasses of sugar cane.

So go on, pick up a pack in your Sainsbury’s home baking aisle today, we promise you won’t go back!

Nancy’s Snickerdoodle Muffins

Hi everyone, it’s me again!

This time I’ve been a little creative with what I’ve chosen to bake and blog about. I was on StumbleUpon (as you do) and I came across a recipe for Snickerdoodle Muffins.

Now a lot of UK readers will be saying ‘Snickerdoodle..wha?’. Well Snickerdoodles are a type of cinnamon biscuit found in the U.S. The first time I went to America I came across these lovelies in a bakery and literally only bought one because it had a funny name. Turned out it was delicious, unsuprisingly because I love cinnamon. So when I saw snickerdoodles in muffin form, well I had to try it out. And here’s how it went…

snickerdoodles 2

Snickerdoodle Muffin Ingredients
270g Allinson Nature Friendly plain white flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon of cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
225g unsalted butter
200g Billington’s golden caster sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
250ml sour cream
60ml buttermilk

For the topping
130g Billingtons golden caster sugar
2 tablespoons of cinnamon

How to make Snickerdoodle Muffins

Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Line a muffin tray with 12 muffin cases (I got these snazzy red ones for Valentines).

In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cream of tartar, nutmeg, and salt then set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer (or you can just use a hand mixer) cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla extract. Beat in half of the dry ingredients then beat in the sour cream and buttermilk. Beat in remaining dry ingredients until just incorporated.

To make the topping, in a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon. Mmmmm lots and lots of lovely cinnamon.

Using an ice cream scoop or a large spoon, drop a scoop of batter into the bowl with the sugar and cinnamon.

batter in cinnamon

Use your fingers to roll the dough around in the mixture until it is covered completely in cinnamon sugar. The mixture will seem quite loose and sticky and like this is an impossible task but it isn’t. Just make sure you use quick movements and quickly pick the mixture up and drop it into the muffin case.

batter covered in cinnamon

Repeat with remaining batter and sprinkle the leftover cinnamon sugar onto the tops the muffins. This is what creates that lovely hard sugary top that you get on muffins in places like Starbucks. The top is the best part of the muffin in my opinion!

in cases

Bake until muffin tops are golden brown, 18 to 22 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Set on wire rack to cool slightly. Remove muffins from tin and serve warm.

snickerdoodles

And there you have it. I have to say this is one recipe I will definitely be trying again! Find it here on BakingMad.com

Recipe adapted from Culinary Concoctions by Peabody.

Save 1/3 with Sainsburys

Billington's Dark Muscovado Sugar
Good news for all those eager bakers out there! Sainsburys are offering 1/3rd off selected home baking ingredients until 22nd November.

Included in the offer are Billington’s Dark Muscovado Sugar and Billington’s Glace Cherries, the perfect ingredients for a delighfully decadent Christmas pudding.

We’ll be using Billington’s Dark Muscovado sugar in all our Christmas baking this year. The world’s finest dark brown soft sugar, Dark Muscovado is rich in taste and full of natural colour, adding depth to all your  baking- just perfect for Christmas!

Sainsbury’s also have 1/3rd off Silver Spoon’s range designed by Mich Turner, including Ready to Roll Icing, Marzipan and Lustres. The queen of couture cakes, and baker to the royals and many A-list stars, we just adore Mich’s products. Made from fine quality ingredients, they’re guaranteed to lift your baking and help you achieve a high quality finish.

Feeling inspired, why not see our How To Videos with Mich Turner and learn how to make the most of these fantastic ingredients!

 *offer applies while stocks last. See instore at Sainsburys for details.

Stir Up Sunday- 20th November

Stir Up Sunday
For us home bakers, Stir Up Sunday, is probably one of the best parts of the whole festive season.

Traditionally the day to begin preparing your Christmas cake or pudding, Stir Up Sunday always falls on the last Sunday before advent- which this year is the 20th November.

For many the delicious aromas which float through the house as you begin soaking your fruit mark the beginning of the festivities.

The customs surrounding Stir Up Sunday bring the whole family together as each takes a turn to stir the mixture and make a wish and even add coins- the finding of them on Christmas day traditionally bringing wealth, health and happiness! (So long as you don’t manage to swallow the thing!)

Here at Baking Mad we believe the perfect Christmas cake or pudding should be dense, moist and oozing decadence. To achieve this we recommend using only the very best quality ingredients.

For an extra impressive Christmas pud, choose Billington’s Molasses Sugar. The ultimate soft brown sugar, Billington’s Mollasses is packed full of natural cane molasses making it deep in colour and rich in taste. Perfect!

And for the superior Christmas cake taste why not add Billington’s Unrefined Light Muscovado Sugar to your shopping basket. Recommended by Good Housekeeping, this sugar is the world’s finest. It’s richness and depth of flavour is unmatched.

Happy Stir Up Sunday everyone!

National Baking Week

Whisks at the ready, National Baking Week is finally here! Yes, that’s right, it’s time to roll up your sleeves, put on your pinny and get baking for Britain.

Fronted by Ruth Clemens, finalist of 2010′s Great British Bake Off and popular author of The Pink Whisk blog, National Baking Week aims to get Britain back into the kitchen. The campaign is being sponsored by some of the biggest names in the world of home baking including Billington’s, Allinson, Silver Spoon, Happy Eggs and Pyrex.

Celebrations kicked off in the capital yesterday and we were at St Pancras station to see the unveiling of this rather impressive creation.

National Baking Week

The seven foot cake, which recreates a map of the London underground, along with several of the city’s most famous landmarks, is made from a variety of different recipes and baking techniques.

National Baking Week

Visit the National Baking Week website to to see how this amazing cake was put together. Plus there’s a chance to win some great prizes throughout, including a Baking Mad hamper.

 

Billington’s – Good Housekeeping Approved

At Baking Mad, we are huge fans of Billington’s products and it turns out we are not alone.    Good Housekeeping Institute have said “Billingtons golden granulated, dark muscovado and light muscovado sugars were all tested on their own and in a variety of recipes and passed the Good Housekeeping Approved standard.”

You may not realise this but by using Billington’s unrefined sugars, your recipes/baking will have the best colour and flavour.  This is because unrefined sugars are simply produced by locking in rather than refining out the natural molasses of the sugar cane.

Why not try our selection of recipes that really show off the rich goeey toffee flavours that unrefined cane sugar brings to your baking.

Billington’s Golden Granulated Afternoon Tea Competition

Every Friday throughout June and on Friday the 1st July the first 1,000 people to sign up to Baking Mad will win a bag of Billington’s Golden Granulated Sugar! Billington’s Golden Granulated has a smooth caramel taste different to regular white sugar and is perfect for afternoon tea. So sign up to Baking Mad tomorrow to win your free bag of Billington’s Golden Granulated Sugar.