I’ve pulled together a few of the Tips that I initially wrote to go on the packaging of the mixes and equipment in my Home Bargains range. I’ll add more as they occur to me – and do let me know if you have any useful ones of your own that we can share here
If you want to bring my Luxury Christmas Pudding to the table in flames, in the traditional way, do remember to soak the holly sprig in water for a couple of minutes before pushing it in to the pudding to stop it burning. And warm whatever spirit you’re using - vodka, brandy, whisky or rum - a little in a small pan before pouring it over the pudding: it makes it much easier to light.
When making apple crumble, try adding a little freshly squeezed orange juice instead of water before covering with the crumble mix.
When cutting shapes from roll-out icing, dip the cutter in icing sugar to stop it sticking. Cutters also make perfect templates for crafts, drawing and sewing projects And try making star-shaped sandwiches for a special tea, or cut cooked cake into star shapes as a change from finger pieces for a celebration
Try adding a spoonful or two of desiccated coconut to porridge, or for coating prawns after dipping them in egg before deep frying.