The baking ingredients you need to try this week

Updated on 18 September 2017 | 0 Comments

Our pick of the top baking ingredients you should try at home

With the new season of Great British Bake Off well under way, our baking spirit is at full throtle. Here we've picked three fun new ingredients to take your cakes and bakes to the next level. 

1. Sainsbury’s gin & tonic flavouring


What is it? Packing a big punch in a small bottle, Sainsbury's gin & tonic flavouring offers a nifty shortcut for your boozy bakes. The flavouring can be added to any icing, frosting or cake mix and only requires half a teaspoon per 100g.

Why we love it? Everyone's talking about gin-flavoured bakes right now, with Sainsbury's observing a staggering 200% increase in gin flavouring searches during the first Bake Off episode. This is a lot more convenient, easier and cheaper to use than a bottle of gin and/or tonic. 

Where to buy it? Available from Sainsbury's online or in store for £1. 

2. Edible Wafer Paper by Natasha Collins from Squires Kitchen

Squires Kitchen

What is it? Designed by British cake artist, Natasha Collins, this edible paper includes two original flower motifs featuring ditsy florals and big blooms. It can be used to decorate everything from cakes to biscuits and is available in nine other designs, including unicorns and Christmas themes.

Why we love it? It is easy to use and apply, especially great for bakers who struggle with their piping skills. 

Where to buy it? Available from Squires Kitchen online shop on promotion for £4.76 per two sheets (regular price £5.95).

3. Vandotsch speculaas spice mix 

The Speculaas Spice Co. 

What is it? A traditional Dutch speculaas spice mix, created by Steven Dotsch, who was inspired by his Dutch heritage and his Dutch grandmother's recipe of speculaas-spiced biscuits. You can also use it in cakes.

Why we love it? The authentic taste, which comes from a mix of cinnamon, cloves, ginger and six other spices. Reminiscent of Christmas flavours, this mix will work wonders with your festive bakes.

Where to buy it? Available online from The Speculaas Spice Co. in a variety of sizes, including a 60g glass spice jar for £10.29 and 50g re-fill sachets for £8.99.

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