Category Archives: Seasons

Perfect weather for strawberry picking!

Strawberries are everywhere right now! And as English strawberries are of course the tastiest,  the Baking Mad team recently decided to take a trip to a local strawberry picking farm – ‘Hill Farm‘ in Chesterton, so we could pick some for ourselves.

Thankfully it was a beautiful day as we set off, and driving up to the farm we saw that we could also grab ourselves some gooseberries while we were here, and come back again for some delicious blackcurrant and blackberries later in July.

Hill Farm

Blackberries

The strawberry fields were huge and the little signs showed us which strawberry varieties were planted there. ‘Christine‘ is apparently a strawberry type from the Fragria Ananassa species which is highly resistant to Verticillium wilt and powdery mildew, not that we’re exactly sure what that means!

Christine

There were tons of juicy ripe strawberries ready to pick, it was tempting not to eat them there and then although some of us did have a nibble.

Strawberry field

Strawberry

A top strawberry tip is to pick firm, ripe and red looking berries. Strawberries will not ripen any more once they are picked, so go for the biggest. Strawberries are also jam packed full of vitamin C, so you can eat as many as you want!

strawberries

A tub like this came to a total of £4 and would be sure to last you a while.

Weighing strawberries

About 1kg of strawberries could make some delicious strawberry jam to go in some tasty strawberry tarts. Or why not try some pretty strawberry tarts with elderflower cream or any of our other strawberry recipes.

Why not see if there is a local strawberry farm near you? Enjoy!

Jubilee Baking Ideas from Baking Mad.com

Want your Jubilee street party to be the talk of the town? Look no further than Baking Mad.com! We’ve got all the right ingredients to help you celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in style. From red, white and blue jubilee cupcakes to individual crown cakes and a traditional Victoria Sponge Cakewe’ve got plenty of jubilee recipe ideas for everyone to enjoy making and eating!

And now Silver Spoon Create have made it even easier to get that Great British look with the introduction of their brand new Red and Blue Coloured Ready to Roll icings. Perfect for modelling and covering cakes these special edition icings are sure to offer plenty of baking inspiration for the Royal celebration.

Red, White and Blue Icings

The new coloured icings are available in Sainsbury’s now and we’ve already been busy experimenting with them in the Baking Mad kitchen. What do you think to our glorious Union Jack Victoria Sponge cake?  If you want to recreate the look at home simply visit the recipe page here and don’t forget to download our Union Jack template too!

Union-Jack-CakeUnion-Jack-Cake

Happy baking! xx

 

Top Tips for Terrifyingly Tasty Treats

Spooky Halloween CupcakesAt Baking Mad we never need an excuse to get creative in the kitchen, but with Halloween fast approaching what better occasion could we ask for?

Whatever terrifyingly tasty treats you’re hoping to bake, here’s our top tips to help make your Halloween a spooky success.

Be Prepared
No matter what you are baking this Halloween, make sure you’re well equipped for the occasion. You’ll need an array of gruesome food colourings, icings and cake toppers. SilverSpoon Cakecraft do a fantastic range of edible decorations and have everything you need to lift your baking from the so-so to the seriously impressive. From chocolate letters and numbers, to sprinkles and bejewelled jelly drops, the only limited is your imagination!

Trick or Treat
Why not try mixing up a batch of ghoulishly great cupcakes for your trick-or-treaters? Often more economical than buying sweets, home baked goodies are sure to go down a treat and could earn you a reputation as the coolest neighbour on the street. Our Scary Halloween Cupcakes are perfect for trick-or-treaters. Easy to make and so much fun to decorate these scrummy cakes are sure to be well received by all kids- big or small.

Waste Not, Want Not
When you are carving up your pumpkins for Halloween, make sure you keep the delicious filling and make use of it in your cooking. Healthy, versatile and delightfully tasty, pumpkin can be incorporated into a whole host of treats, both sweet and savoury, from hearty pumpkin soup to moreish pumpkin cookies. Fancy giving it a go? Why not try out our delicious Pumpkin Pie recipe.

Pumpkin Pie

A hearty pumpkin pie is a great way to make the most of Halloween left-overs

So what will you be baking this Halloween? Don’t forget to upload your photos to our Facebook page and share your spooky recipes with us!

Beating the January Blues

We are only on the 13th January, but with all this rain and dark mornings/nights, January really is taking its toll!
At Baking Mad we thought we would pull together some (realistic) ideas for beating those winter blues.

1. We know you want to diet, but don’t cut out all your treats. Life is too short. Why not try these low calories recipes as an alternative
2. Eat breakfast eveyday. Its the best way to set you up for the day ahead. If you are in a rush, why not try these Bacon and Cheese Muffins. You can even freeze them to ensure you never run out.
3. Keep eating small regular meals to keep your energy levels up.
4. Go for a walk in your lunch hour. Walking is a good form of exercise and it even exposes you to a little bit of sunshine (when its out).
5. Socialise. Meet up with friends. Make contact through Facebook with old friends. Or make new friends in commmunities. Join a club like the Baking Mad club

Christmas Classics

We thought at Baking Mad is would be great to have a collection of all those delicious classics we all love to bake at Christmas. These simple to follow recipes are a great way of starting our in the kitchen at Christmas. If you want a fool proof Christmas Cake that will be a favourite in your family our recipe is perfect for you.
We also have stollen and panettone recipes with make the perfect gift at this festive time

If you want to have a go at these recipes but would like a little helping hand which not visit our top tips section. You are not alone in the kitchen this Christmas Baking Mad are always on hand to help

Taste of Christmas


We are very excited at Baking Mad to be partnering up with Taste of Christmas this year.

Taste of Christmas is the perfect recipe for gourmet glamour, entertaining and inspiration.
You can fill your stockings early at the boutique market and source those ingredients for your festive table before settling down to a fine wine, rich coffee, quality cheese or chocolate tasting.

I enjoy visiting the Taste Theatres, where this year top chefs like Heston Blumenthal, Antony Worrall Thompson and Jean-Christophe Novelli share their kitchen secrets! Very exciting!

So why not go along and eat, drink and be merry in style this year and prepare for the Christmas countdown.

What’s best of all, is that you can visit Taste of Christmas for free by entering our competition and uploading your favouritie Christmas Recipes. Entries must have an image so we can judge the competition and pick our favourite. We are also giving away dinner for two in a top london restaurant and a Baking Mad hamper so upload your recipe before 19th November to make sure you don’t miss out.

Get Ahead This Christmas

In September both Morrisons and Asda have promotions on your key Christmas baking ingredients.

So now that the weather is starting change and the nights pull in, why not get a head of that mad rush and indulge in some home baking.

If its Christmas recipes you are looking for we have lots on the Baking Mad site including gift ideas like Clementine Chutney or even the ultimate classics like Mini Christmas Puddings or Christmas Cake.

If you fancy just homecooked autumn classics you can also try Berry Bread or Spiced Apple Muffins.

Happy Baking x

What’s in Season in May?

At Baking Mad, we love to use seasonal produce in our recipes because it means you really are getting ingredients at their best. It also means that your recipes will taste the best they possibly can!

I know its hard to stay on top of what’s in season and when, so to help you out we have pulled together a lovely little Baking Idea to inspire you.

The Baking Idea includes Salmon and Asparagus Pie, Rhubarb and Ginger Upside Down Pudding and to wash it down Elderflower Cordial! Perfect dinner for a spring evening in the garden.