Cash-sav­ing bak­ing hacks

Western Mail - - BUSINESS WALES -

WITH The Great Bri­tish Bake Off back on TV screens, many of us will be in­spired to get back in the kitchen. But rather than spend­ing money on new bak­ing gad­gets, clever hacks could save some cash along the way, by us­ing what’s al­ready in your kitchen drawers – or even else­where in the house.

Here are some sug­ges­tions from Pro­mo­tion­

■ 1. Try us­ing an ice-cream scoop to di­vide your muf­fin mix. That way they’ll all be the same size.

■ 2. If you’ve over­cooked your cakes or cook­ies, try res­cu­ing them by shav­ing bits off with a veg­etable peeler or grater – rather than spend­ing cash on new in­gre­di­ents.

■ 3. Use a pa­per plate as a makeshift splash guard for your food­mixer. This should help pre­vent pow­dery and liq­uid splat­ters.

■ 4. Use a veg­etable peeler to make per­fect choco­late curls.

■ 6. A ganache can be given a smooth, glassy fin­ish by blast­ing it with a hairdryer. Use a spat­ula to even out the melt­ing choco­late.

■ 7. Use cookie-cut­ters to make the top crust of a pie.

■ 8. If you’ve lost your rolling pin – or don’t have one – use a wine bot­tle in­stead.

■ 9. If you’re bak­ing a pas­try case blind, rather than us­ing costlier bak­ing beans, con­sider us­ing rice or dried peas placed on bak­ing pa­per.

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