Give your body the boost it needs with the natural goodness of blueberries and beetroot, lemon and ginger, or even kale and turmeric - all of which are known for their cleansing properties.
For a rich and luxurious sheen on your fruit cake, simply warm up some Huletts Golden Syrup and brush over the top and sides of the cake.
Split a vanilla bean in half and sink in a jar full of sugar. Let it sit for a week for delicious vanilla-perfumed sugar. Perfect for baking, great in coffee or tea, or sprinkled over oats
Avoid bacteria build up on your cutting board. Cut a lemon in half and coat the exposed side with coarse salt. Then, use it to scrub your cutting board and rinse clean.
Braai Kebabs: Use fresh rosemary skewers for your braai kebabs for a delicious flavour.
Test Baking Powder for freshness: Add half a teaspoon of baking powder to 2 tablespoons of warm water. This should cause an instant reaction with bubbles and foam. If not, then the baking powder is not fresh.
Soft Peaks: Beat cream until the mixture forms soft, rounded peaks that fall over when the whisk is removed. Stiff Peaks: Beat cream until the mixture form stiff, pointed peaks when the whisk is removed.
For a better flavour and texture, coat your fresh fruit with a layer of sugar before freezing, or freeze in sugar syrup.
How do you keep the balance of your cake fresh? Place a piece of bread on the exposed sides and use a toothpick to keep it in place.
We all have baked a cake that has flopped. To prevent your cake from collapsing or the crust to crack, please click here to find out what might have gone wrong.
Did you know that it is the sugar content of biscuits and cookies that gives them that appetising golden brown colour?
When baking, cream your sugar with your butter or margarine VERY WELL, as this incorporates air into the mixture, which contributes to a much lighter baked product.
Sprinkle a little Huletts Castor Sugar over the top of custard to prevent a skin from forming.
Adding a pinch of sugar to dishes containing tomatoes will counteract the acidity of the tomatoes and leave a smoother taste.
Sugar not only lengthens the freshness of baked goods, but is crucial when using a recipe that calls for yeast. Sugar hastens the rising of the dough, and improves both the texture and taste of breads and cakes.
To keep your biscuits fresh, add a sugar cube to the container. It will absorb any moisture in the air before the biscuits do.
Sugar helps to delay the coagulation of protein in eggs, improving the texture of baked goods. For example, it helps to prevent custard from splitting during cooking, and ensures a smooth texture.
Coat your fresh fruit with a layer of sugar before freezing, or freeze them in sugar syrup.
When sugar is stored properly (in a cool, dry place) it will last for years, and is often used as a natural preservative, for example in canned fruit, jams and marmalades.
Sugar should form part of a well-balanced diet and, if eaten in moderation, will not have any harmful effects on health, such as obesity or skin disorders.
BUTTER: DO NOT Microwave. Rather, thinly slice and cut into different lengths to make creaming easier.
EGGS: Place in warm water while preparing other ingredients for the recipe.
CREAM CHEESE: Place the required portion size, as stated in your recipe, in a plastic bag. Place plastic bag in lukewarm water and allow to gently reach room temperature. Avoid HOT water as it can cause cream cheese to separate.
Substitute 1 tsp Baking Powder with ½ Tsp Cream of Tartar + ¼ Tsp Baking Soda.
Substitute Dry Bread Crumbs with Rolled Oats OR Crushed Bran Cereal.
Substitute 1 Cup Buttermilk with 1 Cup Milk + 1 Tbsp Vinegar / Lemon Juice / 1 Cup Yoghurt.
Master the art of baking with frozen fruits and berries. Simply coat frozen fruit in a small amount of flour before adding to pie or cake mixtures. The flour prevents the fruit from sinking to the bottom of the pan.
Laying your fish on a bed of lemon slices when braaing, stops it from sticking to the grill. The lemon also adds moisture and releases a burst of flavour to the fish.
Sudden craving for banana bread but your fruit isn't ripe enough? Simply pop the bananas in a pre-heated oven at 150°C for 40 minutes. The skins might blacken but the fruit will soften up perfectly.
Making a perfect roast lamb can be tricky. Use this handy guide to ensure perfectly cooked lamb every time. RARE: Cook for 20-25 minutes per 500g at 163°C MEDIUM: Cook for 25-30 minutes per 500g at 163°C WELL DONE: Cook for 30-35 minutes per 500g at 163°C
Rare, Medium or Well Done? No matter how you like it, you'll never go wrong again with these easy to remember timings. RARE: Cook for 20 minutes per 450g at 180°C MEDIUM: Cook for 30 minutes per 450g at 180°C WELL DONE: Cook for 30 minutes per 450g at 180°C
Healthy snacks to include in your child’s lunch box:
Unsalted mixed nuts
Yoghurt or custard
Home-made banana and nut bread
Crackers with cheese or a spread
Raw veggies (carrots, snap peas, cherry tomatoes and baby corn)
Keep it interesting and add an element of surprise! Using cookie cutters, create a heart shaped sandwich and change shapes daily. The fruit may be assembled in the shape of a flower.