Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Getting the Baking bug at Cook ‘N’ Dine

Meryl at Cook N Dine
Who can resist the smell of home made baking straight out of the oven? Well, the customers and staff at Cook 'N' Dine  in Lakeside Village, Doncaster UK certainly couldn’t resist it on a cold and drizzly May Bank Holiday Monday. Cook ‘N’ Dine, a related store in the Sinclairs group is an amazing emporium of everything you need to get baking as well as a wide range of cookware, china, dinnerware and glassware.

Tracey and her staff had worked really hard to set up a wonderful welcome for me with window displays, posters and an area set aside with oven and hob and equipment, so I could really show everyone how easy and quick it was to mix, melt and combine simple ingredients to make wonderful cakes, buns and scones, all from a few ingredients in your stock cupboard. 

I recreated some of Grandma’s signature tea time recipes including Marmalade Spice Cake and her scrumptious Scones
I also tried out some Butterscotch Cakes which I’ve created especially from Grandma’s cake recipes for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.  

Best of all was talking to people of all ages who came into the store, attracted by the wonderful baking aromas. We chatted about Grandma’s baking and I passed on some simple tips from Grandma’s book. Within minutes of getting each of the finished products out of the oven, there was nothing left but a few crumbs! What a great experience to share the joys of Grandma’s simple home made baking. I can’t wait to do it again! 

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