With the Great British Bake Off back on our screens, we look at the top appliances and accessories for foolproof baking.
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Whether you like to toast to the weekend with a slice of sourdough, or bite into a buttery brioche burger bun on a Saturday night, we’ve put together a baking haul worthy of a 'Hollywood handshake', so use your loaf and get reading.
Budding bakers will recognise that most recipes require ingredients to be mixed at the right temperature, which requires planning ahead. But with the launch of the Breville HeatSoft™ hand mixer, baking whenever the mood strikes has never been easier.
Thanks to Breville’s softening technology, you’ll be able to get your ingredients to the right temperature faster, with just the touch of a button. Using gentle warm air, it quickly brings cold butter to room temperature 12 times faster in one simple step, so there’s no wait to bake.
With seven speeds to choose from, bakers of all levels can tackle mixing with ease. There's no need to work up a sweat whisking as the boost button provides a steady hand when tackling thicker mixtures.
The ergonomically designed handles and controls make it easy to use, even when creating the most technical of challenges.
From perfectly fluffy cakes to soft bread (without a soggy bottom!) and even classic whipped cream, there is no limit to what this mixer can help create. With two attachable beaters, dough hooks and whisks, even baking novices can whip up show-stopping bakes.
Gone are the days of the calamitous cook, as the easy eject button and removable magnetic nozzle allow for quick and convenient cleaning and are dishwasher safe. Even better, once the bake is ready, the gadget can be stored in its accompanying storage case, ensuring the kitchen is left as flawless as your bake.
Check out 2016 Bake off winner, Candice Brown's coffee, date & walnut marbled bundt cake recipe using the appliance.
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Contrary to the idiom, there really are somethings than are better than sliced bread.
Under £100, the Morphy Richards Homebake Breadmaker is the gift that keeps on giving. With a delay start timer, use the GBBO ad breaks each week to pop your ingredients into the compartment, programme the device and wake up to freshly baked bread in the morning. The gadget has 14 pre-set programmes, including a gluten-free option, great for flours in need of a little help to gain the elasticity associated with a conventional loaf.
There’ll be no crouching on the floor like the contestants as the viewing window allows for you to take a peek, removing the temptation to open the lid during baking.
And if you’re stuck for breadspiration, the instruction booklet comes with an array of easy-to-follow bread, dough, jam and cake recipes, so you can go from dough to dunking in in only 90 minutes.
There’s something a little special about good, warm scones or perhaps a teacake, topped with clotted cream or butter, but slather too quickly, and you’ll be left with a soaking mess on your hands. Cue the KitchenCraft cooling rack….
A marvellous way to cool your baking without tying up counter space, this 3-tier rack allows you to easily cool a batch of bakes without using up all your counter space, ideal for small spaces. The racks stack neatly on top of each other but can be used on their own for smaller batches.
The non-stick coated racks also help smaller bakes slide off easily once cool and are easy to clean.
At Good Homes, we’re all for multifunctional tools to make life easier.
We’ve picked out this chopping board digital kitchen scale as you can chop ingredients, without the hassle of fetching a separate board - great for when your kitchen workshop is not as wide as those in the white tent, whilst also saving on washing up with its hygienic wipe-clean glass surface.
The size and weight capacity of up to 15kg makes it perfect for using with large mixing bowls or your food processor when baking in large batches, whilst the handy ‘add and weigh’ feature makes it easy to weigh multiple ingredients, including liquids in millilitres or fluid ounces, due to the handy ‘Aquatronic’ feature.
Would it be a baking round-up without a KitchenAid stand mixer?
KitchenAid stand mixers have graced our screens but at prices starting at £299.99, you’ll have to earn your crust to get your hands on one.
A popular entry-level model, this mixer features a robust, stable and durable full metal construction and a smooth rounded design, making cleaning a breeze, and giving you the power to do more of what you love in the kitchen.
With 10 speeds and more than 10 available attachments, the KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer can whip up so much more than bread. The standard set-up includes a flat beater, dough hook and wire whisk for all your bread making needs.
On your marks, get set, bake.
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Make sure you grab your £10 tickets to meet baking stars including Candice Brown and Selasi Gbormittah at The Cake & Bake Show.
The UK's biggest baking event will be held at Excel, London on the 4-6 October 2019.
The show is brimming with all things baking, cake decorating and sugarcraft. Gain insight from celebrity experts, stock your shelves with the latest baking equipment and be wowed by the spectacular Cake Competition and exquisite wedding cake display tables, plus many more treats for your taste.
Save £8 on the on-the-door price by buying your tickets online quoting our discount code ‘GH10’ at the checkout or by clicking here.