This is a list of resources that I normally share with anyone who comes along to any of my baking courses, workshops or demonstrations. You may find them helpful in your baking journey:
Ingredients and equipment:
Bien Manger: a French website that sells lots of colourings and flavourings plus pistachio ‘flour’ (pre-ground pistachios – very expensive). Also try Atelier de Chef in Wigmore Street.
Lakeland: Great equipment for the domestic kitchen and the only people who seem to sell textured piping bags that have such a good grip. They also sell microplane zesters and large rolls of siliconised baking paper.
Divertimenti: I got my blossom silicone heat distribution mats from them.
Little Pod: Vanilla Paste – either buy direct from Little Pod – you can’t beat high quality vanilla. 100ml tube of paste costs £ 10.50 and lasts for about six months to a year with frequent use. Also available in Fortnum and Mason and WholeFoods.
The Spice Shop in Blenheim Crescent: they sell dried beetroot powder if you want to use a natural pink colouring.
Cake Craft World – For boxes in which you can put your macarons or cakes AND Gel Food Colours – I recommend using SUGARFLAIR Gel EXTRA colour to prevent any browning – also excellent for Red Velvet Cake.
The Cherry Tree– excellent ‘home-made’ Curds and Preserves. I found the Passion Fruit a little runny (but fabulous taste). They make a Ginger Preserve and also a nice ‘solid’ Lemon Curd.
If you have any further baking questions please do not hesitate to ask.
The Cake Decoration Co. – infusions/colourings, everything for sugarcraft.
Rycraft – stamps for biscuits or cookies – it is an American company. I ordered a stamp with a thistle on it for my Scottish shortbread (the emblem of Scotland).
Wilkin & Sons (Tiptree) – Their Little Scarlet Strawberry Jam – costs £3.99 per jar ( at time of writing). This is far superior to any other shop bought strawberry jam. The jam is made with miniature strawberries and only a finite amount of jam is produced each year using the fruit from a single harvest. It is almost double the price of their standard strawberry jam.
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