When it comes to baking on a budget, Approved Food is my new favourite place for buying supplies. I recently shopped there with the intention of topping up my baking supplies cupboard in preparation for doing some epic baking. I was amazed when I saw the baking section filled with my favourite Wilton goodies. There was ALL the noms, from candy melts to icing pens. Needless to say, I filled my boots. I didn’t spend much either, just a little over £30 and my baking cupboards are absolutely heaving. I’ve got more than enough to keep me baking for a whole month Good job we have a new kitchen to accommodate it all!I was really impressed with the amount of different offers that are available at Approved Food. It’s great for buying food to fill your cupboards and they manage to sell it off so cheaply because the best before date is either almost up or has already passed. A best before date doesn’t mean that it’s no longer good to eat. It means exactly what it says, it is the date that the manufacturer expects the product to pass it’s best. We eat stuff like this all the time as it is such a great way to save money. It’s fab if your filling the cupboards or if you’re batch cooking. I saved a whopping £75 on my shop, I mean Wilton stuff is not cheap at Lakeland. I was delighted to have saved so much money on stuff I would have been buying anyway. With the money I saved, I treated myself to some new bits of baking kit.
I managed to bag a bundle 6 bags of Wilton ready to decorate red icing for just £1 and I used just under two bags filling the red velvet star cookies. The icing bags are really easy to use, you just take the top off and squeeze the icing out. It tastes really good too. It’s a regular vanilla flavour so it works well with whatever you are baking. The icing really made the red velvet star cookies look fantastic too! They were just passed the best before date but it had no impact on the taste or ease of use. The bags of icing just needed to be warmed up in my hands before they were used so that the icing came out easier. It saved me making buttercream too which was awesome, since I made really small red velvet star cookies, they took ages to bake in batches. They did look cute though! You can use larger star cookie cutters, or any shape of cutter that you fancy and still get the same delicious results. Just make sure you cut an even amount of cookies so you have enough to complete all of your sandwiched red velvet cookies!
- 50g golden caster sugar
- 50g light muscavado sugar
- 90g salted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 x free range egg
- 20g cocoa powder
- 190g plain flour
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons red food colouring
- pre-heat the oven to 160 (gas 3)
- cream the butter and sugars together until pale and fluffy
- add the baking powder
- beat in the egg
- sift in the cocoa powder and flour
- add the vanilla & red food colouring
- mix well until the red colouring is evenly distributed and a dough has started to form
- turn out on to a well floured surface
- knead lightly
- roll the dough to approx 2cm thick
- cut with star shaped cutters and place onto a baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper
- bake for 10 minutes
- leave to cool completely
- open the icing and squeeze a good amount onto half of the cookies
- spread the icing evenly and put another star on the top of each iced cookie
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Disclaimer – I received a voucher code from Approved Food
It went towards the cost of the shop mentioned in this post. I did pay for some of it myself.
All opinions are my own, yada, yada, you know I’m not swayed by free stuff, I’m always honest about it and all that.
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