Make your own Gingerbread House 0
Make 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 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 Manual – Books 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 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 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!
Jolly 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 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
Introducing the new Game of Thrones collection 0
Fans of the hit TV series Game of Thrones will love the brand new collection of quality mugs, drinking glasses, egg cups and tin signs by licensed giftware supplier Half Moon Bay.
Based on George R.R. Martin’s best-selling book series ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’; Game of Thrones first aired on US TV station HBO in 2011 and quickly secured its position as IMDB’s most popular TV programme, becoming a worldwide sensation and earning itself awards nominations and securing wins from the likes of Golden Globes, Primetime Emmys and BAFTAs.
The range features detailing based on the four house sigils (Stark, Lannister, Baratheon and Targaryen) along with popular quotes from the story including ‘Winter Is Coming’, ‘All Men Must Serve; All Men Must Die’ and ‘Hear Me Roar’.
The majority of items in the Game of Thrones range of drinkware, tableware and giftware come gift-boxed and would make an ideal Christmas gift idea for any family, friends or colleagues with an interest in the story. The Game of Thrones range is available from Potters Cookshop both in-store and online while stocks last.
- Sarah Threadgold
Bonfire night slow cooker recipes 0
Concentrate on having fun with your loved ones this bonfire night and let the Prestige 3.5 Litre Mechanical Slow Cooker take the strain of the catering with our fantastic half price offer. Priced at just £20 (RRP £40), it's the perfect choice for creating wholesome, healthy family meals and indulgent treats with minimal effort.
Read on for a selection of our favourite slow cooker bonfire night recipes....
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1kg beef/steak mince
- 1 tsp each of smoked paprika, cumin, dried oregano and chilli powder
- 250ml beef stock
- 75g tomato puree
- 2 x 400g can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
- Baked jacket potatoes or cooked rice to serve
- Sour cream and/or grated cheddar cheese to garnish (optional)
- Saute the onion and garlic in the oil until soft
- Add the mince, herbs and spices and stir until the mince has browned
- Add all of the ingredients to the slow cooker and stir to combine
- Turn the slow cooker onto the 'low' setting and leave for 8 hours
- Serve with the baked jacket potatoes or rice and garnish with the soured cream and grated cheese
Slow Cooker Bonfire Fudge
- 500g chocolate, broken into small squares
- 1 tbsp soft butter
- 395g can of condensed milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Grease and line an 8" square brownie tin
- Place all of the ingredients into the slow cooker and stir to combine
- Turn the slow cooker onto the 'low' setting and stir every 15 minutes
- After two hours, pour the fudge mixture into the tin and the refrigerate for at least 3 hours (preferably overnight)
- Remove the tin from the refrigerator and turn out. Cut the fudge into bite-sized squares. The fudge will last for up to five days.
Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate
- 250g chocolate (at least 60% cocoa solids)
- 450ml semi-skimmed milk
- 5 tbsp light soft brown sugar
- Your choice of alcoholic or non-alcoholic flavouring (optional - for example)
- Add all ingredients to the slow cooker and stir to combine
- Turn the slow cooker onto the 'high' setting and stir every 15 minutes
- After two hours the hot chocolate is ready to serve. It can be kept warm by switching to the 'keep warm' setting on the slow cooker if necessary
- Top with cream, marshmallows etc (if desired) and serve
- Sarah Threadgold
Win Up to £2,500 worth of KitchenAid products this autumn! 0
Here at the Cookshop we've been busy putting together a special KitchenAid themed shop window to support the KitchenAid Autumn Competition that offers customers nationwide the chance to win up to £2,500 worth of KitchenAid products.
of KitchenAid products
2nd prize: £1,500 worth of KitchenAid products
Third prize: £500 worth of KitchenAid products
Customers must enter by submitting their details and a copy of the in-store receipt via www.kitchenaidcompetitions.co.uk. Full terms and conditions can also be found at the same address.
- Sarah Threadgold
Jack O'Lantern Pinata Cake 0
Bake and decorate your own stunning party Jack O'Lantern pinata cake centrepiece using the MasterClass Fluted Ring Cake Tin and our recipe and how to guide.
Makes 2 x 25cm
- 2 x 500g plain flour
- 2 x 2.5tsp baking powder
- 2 x 450g caster sugar
- 2 x 450g soft butter
- 2 x 8 eggs
- 2 x 60ml milk
- 400g icing sugar
- 200g soft butter
- Splash of milk
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 1kg white sugarpaste icing
- 500g black sugarpaste icing
- Green and orange gel paste colours
- Green decorative icing glitter (optional, non-edible)
- Grease the cake tin with butter and pre-heat the oven to 160°c
- Add one portion of the butter, sugar, flour, baking powder, eggs, milk and mix well to combine using a hand or stand mixer
- Add the mix to the tin and bake for 1¾ - 2 hours, until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Leave the cake to cool in its tin for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely
- Wash the cake tin and then repeat the steps above to make and bake the second cake
- Roll out the black sugarpaste and cover the cake drum. Set aside to allow the icing to harden
- Beat the icing sugar and butter together with the vanilla extract to make a vanilla buttercream. Add a splash of milk if the mixture is too stiff. Beat in a small amount of orange gel paste colouring to achieve a 'pumpkin' colour
- Trim the 2 cakes to level them off (set the cake trimmings aside to be used later) and then secure the (rounded) base of one cake to a thin 8" cake board with a small amount of buttercream icing. Sandwich the flat edges of the two cakes together with the buttercream.
- Fill the hole in the centre of the two stacked cakes with your choice of sweets and then use the cake trimmings to fill the gap at the top and cover the sweets. Cover the entire cake with a thin layer of buttercream and chill in the refrigerator for around 40 minutes
- Whilst the cake is chilling, colour all but 250g of the white sugarpaste icing with the orange gel colouring. When the cake has chilled, brush it lightly with cooled boiled water (to make the buttercream slightly sticky again) and then roll the sugarpaste out into a circle large enough to cover the top and sides of the cake in one piece. Carefully lift the sugarpaste onto the cake and use your hands to smooth it down. Your cake should now be starting to look like a pumpkin!
- Use your finger to rub 'grooves' down the side of the cake to resemble the natural shape of a pumpkin (see image below). Use a flat-bladed dinner knife to mix a little water into a 20g ball of black sugarpaste icing until it reaches a chewing-gum consistency. Use it as a 'glue' to attach the base of the thin cake board to the centre of the covered cake drum
- Colour the remaining 250g of sugarpaste green using the gel colour and set half of it to one side. Mix the other half with some leftover orange sugarpaste to turn it brown and then model the brown sugarpaste into a stalk for your pumpkin. Attach to the top of the cake with a dab of water or edible glue and add a few tendrils if desired (see image)
- Roll out the remaining black sugarpaste and use a knife and/or cutters to make features for your Jack O Lantern. Attach them to the cake using a dab of water or edible glue
- Roll out the remaining green sugarpaste and use alphabet cutters to cut out the words 'Trick or Treat' (or your own alternative) and attach to the covered cake board in front of your cake using water or edible glue. Dust the letters with the glitter if desired
- Sarah Threadgold