The Perfect Accessories For Any Foodie

Treat yourself this Christmas to some of these gorgeous baking accessories... read more

Baking is one of those things that everyone can enjoy! So that’s why we have created a brand new range of baking gift accessories, available at Boots. To accompany these beautiful accessories we need a scrummy recipe to go with, so that’s why the lovely Paula from the Hill House Diaries is here to share hers.

Paula Baking Accessories What do you do when it’s time to put the pumpkins away and your eye starts to wander towards the Christmas decorations aisles in your favourite shop? You reluctantly have to admit, that even for the most enthusiastic of seasonal decorators, it may be deemed a tad too early to hoist up the Christmas tree?

Well, that’s when I start my Christmas themed baking.   No one will ever complain about premature seasonal indulgence when it’s presented in the form of cake – especially my festive spice and buttercream cupcakes!

Paula Baking Accessories That’s why, when I found out about the range of Laura Ashley baking accessories exclusively available in Boots, it gave me the best excuse for an afternoon of relaxed festive baking.

Paula Baking Accessories The range comes in a beautifully elegant silver grey and off-white colourway, which perfectly compliments my love of painted furniture and vintage silver. Being such a subtle monochrome, the neutral shades and dainty pattern would probably fit in with any decorating scheme and leave the cakes free to do the talking!

Paula Baking Accessories I particularly love the pretty, yet traditional nature of the ceramic cake stand and cake server  giving you the ability to serve up a festive high tea. With the accompanying teacup, saucer and cake plate set, the scene really is set for tea a deux – or for one, if like me, there are occasions when you really just fancy a beautifully presented cuppa on your own!

Paula Baking Accessories Being somewhat of a tea addict, and for those moments when baking isn’t on the agenda, it was brilliant to see that the range also included their own tea time treats. You will find a selection of English breakfast tea, the most delicious looking fruit and lemon biscuits, and some post tea fudge!

I’m always on the hunt for attractive storage to keep my tea time treats fresh. So the matching two sized cake tin set came in handy for keeping the cakes ready for round two later on…

Paula Baking Accessories If you need somewhere to write down those recipe ideas as you sit and savour the fudge, the set of 3 notebooks and pen is a perfect – and calorie-free – addition!

Paula’s Festive Spice & Buttercream Cupcakes!

Ingredients:

8oz Plain Raising Flour

8oz Unsalted Butter softened

8oz Caster Sugar

4 Medium eggs

1 tsp. Vanilla extract

1 & 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder

1tsp Ground cinnamon

1tsp Ground nutmeg

½ tsp. Ground ginger

Paula Baking Accessories Method:

Preheat Oven to 170degreesC (160 for Fan oven)/325 F / Gas mark 3

Beat butter and sugar together until mixed

Add eggs and beat

Stir in flour, baking powder and spices

Add Vanilla extract

Mix until smooth., then divide into 12 large cupcake cases.

Bake in preheated oven for 20minutes or until well risen and firm to the touch.

Buttercream Icing:

Mix together, 250g Icing Sugar, 80g Unsalted butter (softened)

25ml whole milk and a few drops of vanilla extract.

When cakes have cooled completely spread with buttercream icing, then sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon and enjoy!

Paula Baking Accessories Which recipe would you use to go with these accessories? Let us know below or @LauraAshleyUK

(This baking gift collection is exclusively available only in-store and online with Boots. Take a look at full baking, stationery and toiletries collection here.)

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