A long Easter weekend is coming up, and what better way to prepare than by baking with the family or getting ready to host an Easter feast over the long holiday weekend?
To help you get started, we’ve selected some key pieces from the Littlewoods baking selection that will inspire you to create absolute masterpieces of baked perfection. Whether it be cupcakes or a big fancy Victoria sponge, we have everything you might need or maybe even a few little extra bits to spruce your kitchen.
As charming and quaint as the Derbyshire village it takes its name from, the Bakewell Cloche Cake Tin from the legendary Mason Cash is the perfect way to transport or store your cakes. The colour scheme – a creamy hue with lilac/blue accents – is right in keeping with the season. You’ll be as proud to display this vintage-chic stoneware cake tin on your kitchen countertop as you will be of the fabulous cakes inside!
Also from Mason Cash, this 29cm mixing bowl in a matching shade of violet is as beautiful as it is functional. The esteemed company has been making stoneware baking bowls since 1800, so they know what they’re doing. The pattern on the outside of the bowl is not merely decorative, but the texture helps you grip the bowl when mixing. Clever, that! What’s more, it’s microwave and dishwasher safe too.
Perhaps your personal style is less ‘Derbyshire’ and more ‘Hollywood’ – Paul Hollywood, that is. Everyone’s favourite judge would be sure to give you flying marks when you use the 2-tier Powder Coated Cooling Rack from the master baker’s own line. The open structure of the rack allows heat to escape, which means your cookies will stay crisp and your cakes won’t stick to the plate. Plus the two tiers doubles the amount of baked goods you can cool, without taking up more counter space. As Paul himself would say, ‘No more soggy bottoms!’
Another baking essential from Mr Hollywood, in partnership with Kitchen Craft, is the flour and icing sifter. At 9.5cms, it’s large enough to hold 400 grams of flour for dusting your workspace, or sugar or cocoa for adding a final bit of flair to your finished products. The wooden handle on the side gives you precise control over how much of each ingredient you want to add.
Of course, you’ll need something to actually bake your cake in. That’s where the BergHOFF Perfect Slice Large Covered Cake Pan comes in, and it’s just loaded with unique features. The carbon steel body makes for even distribution of heat, while the non-stick coating means your cake won’t break in half when you take it out the pan. And the coating is Ferno Green approved, meaning it’s free from potentially harmful chemicals. Notches in the side of the pan team up with the amazing Perfect Slice Cutting tool, ensuring even pieces of cake every time. And on the off chance you have any left over, it also has an airtight lid, keeping your baked treats fresh and tasty.
We hope we’ve inspired you to try some home baking for Easter. Enjoy!