Another gorgeous glorious sunny day to be thankful for, and I so am :) Don't you feel better on sunny days? Even putting up with all of the aches & pains associated with a chronic illness seem easier to bare, smiling is so much easier. There is so much joy to be found in a sunny day :)
Last week my hubby was on hols from work for a week and we did our big grocery shop. Whilst shopping I made the most amazing discovery. Our local Poundland store has a huge selection of the Jane Asher range of cook/bakeware. Joy! It's so pretty, available in the loveliest pastel shades, and seems great quality too.
I thought I'd share what I managed to find. It's really a silly thing to be happy about, but they really are so pretty and who doesn't want to be surrounded by prettiness while cooking & baking. What can I tell you honeys, some girls want diamonds, I'm just as happy with pretty containers for my baking ingredients :)
This collection covers everything from various baking tins, utensils, ceramic items, cooling racks, oven mitts, cake tins (to store your completed baked goods & keep them fresh) goodness the list does go on! You can see more details (including of individual items) here.
OK, so onto the assorted items we picked up on our recent shopping trip. The first container I saw was this lovely transparent round one with a pretty mint green snap on lid, which is pretty huge really, it has a storage capacity of 5 litres!
Also in the above photograph is the cutest flour sifter, perfect for a light, even covering of flour over surfaces before rolling pastry. Reason enough to bring one home but the pretty design, with pastel shades, dainty hearts pattern and the "love to bake" motto just sold it to me. It's just downright pretty to display in the kitchen, as well as being very useful, don't you think?
Back to containers. We bought three sets of these adorable storage containers, at only £1 they're a bargain.
I say sets because there are, as it says on the label above, two containers in the set. Each with it's own handy measuring spoon.
I'm going to transfer some of my baking goods, such as flour, cocoa, mixed fruit, mini marshmallows, icing sugar (as well as my other sugars, caster etc) yeast sachets for bread making, cornflour & other supplies into them.
Speaking of baking, there was also this hand grater, available in two sizes, small and large. I selected the small one because I intend to use it to decorate the top of my cakes with slivers of grated chocolate and it will be perfect for this :) It would also be useful for grating nutmeg.
Another fabulously useful utensil we found in this range is the zester.
I haven't had a zester for some time, always meant to get around to buying a replacement for the one I did have but never managed it, so I'm very pleased to have found this one. It has a large, sturdy, very grip-friendly handle, wonderful for those like me who have less than perfect dexterity in their hands. I'm planning, when not so busy, to celebrate this purchase by using it to help me make some home made Lemon curd, yum!
Next purchase might not seem terribly exciting but they're certainly incredibly useful.
A pack of 40 cake tin circles, to be placed into the base of round baking tins to prevent cakes from sticking to the base of the tin. Incidentally these cake circles are designed to fit the baking tins available in-store as part of this range.
As are these two wonderful non-stick, silicone coated liner sets. First up is this pack of 15 large cake tin liners.
Next is this pack of loaf tin liners. Again they are non-stick, silicone coated and I intend to try these out when I make some banana bread soon.
Still on the subject of baking, there was another utensil I've been meaning to buy for a while now, just hadn't gotten around to it. I'm looking forward to using this palette knife next time I have icing to do but it has so many other uses.
As you'll know honeys, a palette knife is usually used to evenly spread icing or frosting onto baked goods but it can also be used to spread filling evenly across the bottom section of a Victoria Sponge or even be used as a spatula for all kinds of mixing, slicing & lifting tasks. Again, as with all of this range, great handles, ensuring a firm grip on the utensils even with sticky or damp hands.
Have you made cake pops yet honeys? It's been a craze for a while now and a friend is so talented at designing & making them. Her creations really are incredible. I haven't tried to make them yet, and who knows what mine will look like :) but I have bought one of the baking sets available.
I bought this one a while ago from a local Home Bargains store for £2.99, so a bargain really :) I'll keep you posted on how my pop cakes turn out whenever I get around to making them :) There is a 6 cake pop silicone baking tray available from this Jane Asher range actually, you can find details here.
Now the reason I mentioned pop cakes is because my next Poundland purchase from the Jane Asher range is this.......
I was rather stumped to be honest till I read the packaging :) Then all became clear! It's a stand, in which to place your baked pop cakes (on their sticks) to cool and also to allow icing etc to dry/set once decorated :) As shown here:
So, honeys, that brings me onto my last purchase :) I think I've saved the best till last. I so love this set! It's pretty, very dainty and very genteel. Something that belongs in a past age, rather like myself :)
It's a cake serving set, made up of a very elegant cake slice and 6 beautiful, dainty little cake forks to enjoy your latest baking masterpiece with, while drinking your afternoon tea with friends :)
Each item in the Jane Asher range has packaging which gives very useful tips and most of them also have a recipe printed on too, so don't throw away your wrapping!
So, over to you honeys. Have you used any of the Jane Asher range? If so, what are your favourites? I intend to have another look when next shopping, since there is a cookbook advertised but so far we haven't been able to find a copy. My husband has checked all of the nearby branches and it's not to be found, which is a shame really. I'm always looking for new recipes to try.
I hope you're enjoying the weather, and that it's lovely & sunny where you are too. Thank you for visiting, do say hello in the comments section below. Have a fabulous week, sending you heaps of hugs xx