Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Kitchenalia from the Spotty Dog Cakery

It has always been my aim to launch a range of kitchenware products that all of my customers will love. So, I'm very excited that, in time for Christmas, we're launching the first of these new products! Our Retro Cake and Biscuit tins filled with Spotty Dog goodies are now available to buy at both www.loveyourlarder.com and www.notonthehighstreet.com. Each cream and red tin is made in the most gorgeous fifties style and they've both got pride of place on my kitchen table already. These tins will make fantastic Christmas presents or just a treat for you to keep for yourself!

Monday, 17 October 2011

Sugar Plum Fairy Christmas Puddings Launch

It must be nearly Christmas because yesterday I launched our award winning Sugar Plum Fairy Christmas Puddings online! So, you can all buy a gorgeous fruity pud and have it delivered straight to your door. I've been making the puddings since the beginning of October so they will all have time to mature and taste fantastic by the end of December. As always, the puddings are made with our own free range eggs and the majority of the other ingredients used are from a whole food co-operative committed to ethical sourcing.

You can buy the puddings online at both www.notonthehighstreet.com and www.loveyourlarder.com-go on and treat yourself!

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Steamed Puddings

Very shortly, I'm going to be launching my Gold Great Taste Award winning Sugar Plum Fairy Christmas Pudding. As we are very aware of our impact on the environment here at the Spotty Dog Cakery, we try to ensure all of our packaging is recycled/recyclable/from a sustainable source. So, all of our Plum Puds are packaged in re-usable plastic pudding basins so you can keep on using them to make some gorgeous puds over the rest of winter or even just use them for storage like any other tupperware box.

As promised, here is a Steamed Pudding recipe which is absolutely delicious.

Steamed Apricot and Autumn Spices Pudding

200g butter
200g brown sugar
3 eggs, beaten
250g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
3 tbsp milk
125 ml apricot jam
100g raisins

2 pint pudding basin (half the quantities for a 1 pint basin)

1. Lightly butter the pudding basin.
2. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add the eggs beating well as you go.
3. Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and ginger and mix into the batter. Stir in the raisins and then add the milk to make a dropping consistency.
4. Pour the jam into the basin and then spoon over the batter.
5. Cover the basin top with greaseproof paper, crease in the middle to allow for the pudding to expand and tie the paper securely to the basin with string. 
6. Place the pudding in a saucepan not much larger than the basin and pour hot water to around 3/4 of the way up the basin. Cover and simmer for 1 hour remembering to keep the water around the basin topped up. 
7. Turn the basin out onto a warm plate and serve with thick double cream. 

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Make Time for Tea

Here at the Scarlett and the Spotty Dog Cakery, we love Tea! And when I say Tea, I don't just mean the drink, I mean the little baked treat of some description to go with it-you know, the piece of battenberg cake, the ginger biscuit or the slice of toast and jam. There's something about the 'something to keep me going' in the middle of the afternoon that feels like such a treat, but not so much of a treat that I won't have it every day. As my Mum would say, I need it to keep my energies up! 

But, I've noticed that here at Spotty Dog HQ, we may be in a bit of a minority. Lots of people, for different reasons (lack of time, guilt over 'snacking' are the most often quoted) don't have some kind of drink and a baked pick -me -up mid afternoon.  And I think this is a real shame. If you're at work or not, it shouldn't be impossible to spare 2 minutes to grab a drink and something cakey or biscuity to eat. Try it and (without wanting to sound corny) I promise you'll feel that life is just a bit better than it was before!