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Valentine's Pancakes

Valentine's Pancakes 0

Show your true love that you care this St Valentine's Day with these fabulous heart-shaped American-style pancakes!

american-pancakes-recipeWe stock a range of non-stick pancake pans, frying pans and skillets that are ideal for cooking stacks of delicious, fluffy pancakes, many of which do not even require the use of cooking oil. Then all you need is the Zeal 5pce Heart Cookie Cutter Set to stamp out some cute heart shapes from your pancakes and you're ready to get stacking and decorating!

Follow our simple recipe below to make up to 8 small pancakes -


  • 135g Self-raising flour
  • 1tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2tsp Salt
  • 2tbsp Caster sugar
  • 130ml Milk
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tbsp Melted butter + extra for frying (if required)
  • Strawberries, raspberries, marshmallows and melted chocolate (to decorate - optional)


  • Sift the self-raising flour, baking powder, salt and caster sugar into a large bowl. In a separate bowl, lightly whisk the milk and egg, then whisk in the melted butter.
  • Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and beat with a fork until to a smooth batter. Let the batter stand for a few minutes.
  • Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and add a knob of butter (if using). When any butter has melted, add a ladle full of the thick batter. Wait until the top of the pancake begins to bubble, then turn it over and cook the other side until golden brown and risen to about 1cm thick.
  • Remove the pancake from the pan and leave to stand for a minute to cool slightly. Then carefully cut out your heart shape using the cookie cutter.
  • Repeat as many times as you desire and then stack the pancakes and decorate.

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  • Sarah Threadgold
Choosing a set of quality kitchen knives

Choosing a set of quality kitchen knives 0

One of the questions we're asked time and time again in the Cookshop is what makes a good set of kitchen knives. We offer a variety of brands to cater for all tastes and budgets but we always advise the following:

  • The strongest knives are made from one single piece of steel. A joint will always be the weakest point in any knife and may suffer bending or breakage over time
  • Even though many ranges of kitchen knives are certified as 'Dishwasher Safe' by the manufacturers, we have found that dishwasher detergents can react with the metal components in knives, causing them to discolour and lose sharpness. The intense heat and moisture can also cause damage to the handles
  • To keep your kitchen knives in tip top condition we recommended wiping them with a wet, soapy sponge or cloth before rinsing and drying thoroughly with a soft, dry tea towel or cloth

For the average family kitchen, we recommend the following as a guideline when purchasing a new set of knives:

  • A Vegetable / Paring Knife (8cm/3" blade length) - Perfect for peeling and trimming fruit and vegetables
  • A Utility Knife (13cm / 5" blade length) - Probably the best 'all-rounder' and perfect for use with a whole range of foods including meat, vegetables, fruit and cheese
  • A Bread Knife (with long serrated blade) - Ideal for cutting fresh bread and bread products such as rolls, bagels and wraps. Can also be used for slicing soft fruits and tomatoes
  • A Chef's Knife (20-23cm / 8-9" blade length - Perfect for dicing, slicing and chopping raw and cooked meat, poultry and vegetables
  • A Carving Knife - Ideal for carving thin slices slices of meat and poultry from roasted joints
  • A Knife Sharpener - A knife steel or quality pull-through sharpener will help to keep your knife blades in great condition

Further information on our range of individual kitchen knives to suit all tastes and budgets can be found via this link - Our range of quality kitchen knives or click here to view Our range of quality kitchen knife sets.

  • Sarah Threadgold
Bake perfectly round sphere cakes and puddings

Bake perfectly round sphere cakes and puddings 0

Alan-silverwood-spherical-cake-tinsFans of home baking will have hours of fun with the Spherical Pudding / Cake Moulds from Alan Silverwood. The durable aluminium cake tins are available in a choice of 4" or 5" diameter, and both sizes are supplied with a clever stand and frame that will support the tin during baking; enabling you to make perfectly round ball-shaped cakes and puddings.

alan-silverwood-spherical-cake-tinHere is a small selection of the novelty celebration cakes that our colleagues here at the Cookshop have made using the Alan Silverwood spherical cake tins. How will you decorate yours?


  • Sarah Threadgold
Create healthy and delicious Asian-style stir fries this new year!

Create healthy and delicious Asian-style stir fries this new year! 0

If the festive holidays have left you feeling full-up and lethargic, why not take advantage of our fantastic deal on the Ken Hom 32cm Performance Wok Starter Kit and treat yourself to a whole host of flavoursome, healthy and nutritious meals this new year? We'll even throw in a FREE copy of Ken Hom's '100 Quick Stir Fry Recipes' cookbook with every purchase! 

ken-hom-performance-wok-starter-kitManufactured from 1.6mm carbon steel with a tough non-stick lining, the Performance Wok is supplied with a clear glass lid, stainless steel tempura rack and a wooden spatula; providing you with all the equipment you need to start cooking your own delicious Asian dishes at home. The kit is currently available both in-store and online at £30.00 (RRP £42.99).


ken-hom-cookbook-freeYou'll be spoilt for choice when deciding what to cook from the FREE Ken Hom cookbook. Featuring 100 tasty recipes such as Fragrant Prawn Curry, Vietnamese-style Lemon Grass Beef, Bright Pepper and Green Bean Stir Fry and Spicy Noodle Salad; a paperback copy of the cookbook will be received with every kit purchased via our website or in-store, while stocks last.

Follow the link to find out more and/or purchase - Ken Hom 32cm Performance Wok Starter Kit with FREE cookbook


  • Sarah Threadgold
Make your own Gingerbread House

Make your own Gingerbread House 0

potters-gingerbread-houseMake your own Gingerbread House with our fabulous Sweetly Does It Gingerbread House Kit and recipe! Available at just £7.99, the kit includes all of the cutters required to make a fantastic edible house out of traditional gingerbread or other types of hard biscuit and is ideal for use at Christmas, birthdays and other special occasions

Our recipe below makes the perfect quantity of gingerbread for use with the kit, or will make 30 - 40 large cookies.



  • 1kg/2lb 4oz plain white flour
  • 300g/11oz cold butter, diced
  • 2tbsp mixed spice
  • 2tbsp ginger
  • 1tbsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 450g/1lb light soft brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 225g/8oz golden syrup
  • Pinch of salt


  • Sieve together the flour, salt, spices and bicarbonate of soda
  • Rub the flour and butter together to resemble fine breadcrumbs
  • Stir in the sugar
  • Whisk the eggs and golden syrup together and then stir into the flour mixture using a wooden spoon
  • Using your hands, knead the flour into a smooth ball of dough
  • Follow the instructions in the box to roll out and cut the panels for your gingerbread house, then bake at 180°c for 8-10 minutes until golden brown. Leave to cool on a wire rack
  • Follow the instructions in the box to construct and decorate your gingerbread house


  • Sarah Threadgold
Manager's Top 5 Christmas gifts for £10 or less

Manager's Top 5 Christmas gifts for £10 or less 0

Stuck for stocking filler or Secret Santa gift ideas? Our manager Tom has put together his  'Top 5 Gifts for Under £10' to help with gift ideas for those hard-to-buy-for family, friends and colleagues.

haynes-explains-christmasHaynes Explains ManualBooks from the new range of Haynes Explains manuals are hilariously funny and brilliantly-observed guides to all sorts of subjects; ranging from marriage to babies to the French! The 35 page Haynes Explains manuals are formatted in the classic Haynes style, with original-style Haynes line drawings and the classic 'stripdown and rebuild' format. Priced at just £6.99 each, they make great gift for those hard-to-buy-for types!

dartington-just-the-one-wine-glassDartington Just The One Wine Glass The Dartington Just The One Wine Glass is the perfect gift for the wine lovers in your life! Big enough to hold the contents of an entire standard-sized wine bottle; the 85cl single crystal glass is sure to raise a smile when presented to friends, family or colleagues. Priced at £9.99.

harry-potter-hogwarts-bowlHarry Potter Hogwart's Cereal/Soup Bowl – The Harry Potter Hogwarts Crest Cereal / Soup Bowl is guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of any Harry Potter fan. It features the Hogwarts Crest, which incorporates all 4 Hogwarts houses: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin and Ravenclaw. Priced at £9.99, it's an ideal gift for the Harry Potter fan in your life!

unicorn-coffee-canisterJolly Awesome 'Coffee and Unicorn Dust' Tin - The Jolly Awesome 'Coffee and Unicorn Dust' Coffee Canister makes a magical addition to any kitchen with its vibrant pink unicorn design. The airtight metal tin is perfect for keeping your coffee fresh and close to hand on the kitchen work surface and will appeal to unicorn fans of all ages. Priced at £6.99.

wrendale-turkey-mugWrendale Royal Worcester Mugs - Featuring enchanting illustrations of animals by Hannah Dale, the Wrendale Royal Worcester mugs are made from quality fine bone china with a 325ml capacity; making them ideal for serving tea, coffee and other hot drinks. With many different designs to choose from, each mug complements other designs within the range; allowing you to mix and match to build your perfect collection. Priced at £10.00, they’re perfect a stocking filler or an ideal gift for family, friends and colleagues.

  • Sarah Threadgold