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Ideas, recipes & just stuff that make life a little more fun, colourful & full of hygge!

  • Happy Easter Recipes from our archive

    Wishing you all a Happy Easter with these favourite Pipii Easter Recipes!

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    A glorious long weekend awaits with the Easter weekend ahead of us with beautiful spring days to be enjoyed with family and friends.
    Cosy 'get-togethers' and yummy food goes hand in hand so we have decided to share some of our favourite Easter recipes in time for the weekend.

    The Giant Hot Cross Bun has got to be our favourite. Why make individual ones when you can make one giant, delicious hot cross bun any time you like. It's great fun, taste delicious and looks fabulous. A proper bake off challenge, have fun trying this out.

    Easter recipes: giant hot cross bun

    Or if bringing on a picnic or you just love small hot hot cross buns, try this recipe
    Easter recipes: hot cross bun

    These Simmnel Muffins are a tempting twist on an Easter classic. Make these cute delicious fruit and marzipan muffins to put a smile Easter bunny face.

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    All that is left to say is: Lets bake....
    We hope you have a restful and enjoyable weekend and have a bit of fun testing these favourite Pipii Easter recipes.

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  • Cascarones & Easter Egg Confetti Surprises

       Fabulous fun for Easter;
    Cascarones & Easter Egg Confetti Surprises.

    Cascarones & Easter Egg Confetti Surprises

    Wonderful confetti eggs fit for all parties and people who love surprises!

     

    Just in time for Easter we came across this fabulous and fun idea: Cascarones. They are mostly used in Mexico during Carnival, but in US and Mexico border towns the cultures combined making them a popular Easter tradition.
    Confetti Easter eggs, also know as Cascarones are like mini piñatas for your head. The tradition goes that hollowed out eggs gets broken on the head of a friend, showering them with confetti and good luck.
    The etiquette is that the Cascarones are not thrown but broken by a hand over the head. The hand must come into contact with the other persons head!

    We like that idea a lot …twist it a bit and you can turn it into a game..the Cascarones Easter eggs can be filled with anything from cake sprinkler, paper confetti, bird seed, glitter, poppy seeds, dried lavender etc and this would be perfect for all happy occasions throughout the year.

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    You will need:

    • Raw eggs
    • Egg dye or paint (you could use either vinegar, food colouring or acrylic paints)
    • Confetti (or a filling of your choice)
    • Tissue paper (cut into smaller circles or squares)
    • PVA Glue

    Instructions for making
    Cascarones & Easter Egg Confetti Surprises:

    We suggest to prepare the eggs early (this means you will have time to collect lots of eggs when using them in your cooking).

    • Make a small'ish hole with a baking metal skewer or similar in the egg (around the size of a 5 pence piece). The hole should ideally be made at the larger end of the egg if possible.
      Ensure that you empty all the raw egg out and wash the egg really well. You may need to pierce the egg yolk to help it to come out.
      Once the egg is empty and clean (even adding a little bleach may help to loose any smell), leave them to dry.
      Collect as many as you possibly can…the more the merrier!
    • Use dye to colour the eggshell or paint with acrylic paint or gouache. Allow to dry thoroughly.
    • Fill the egg about halfway with confetti (or whatever you decide to put inside). Use a funnel if needed. You can make one by rolling paper into a cone and snipping the top off. You could also use more tissue paper to cover the whole egg instead of painting it...
    • Cut a piece of tissue paper slightly larger in size than the egg’s hole. Glue the paper to the edges of the hole. Wait to dry and you are ready to party!

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    Variation on this would be to fill a winner one with gold glitter….
    .. or leave one of two raw if you are being very naughty and know your friends very well! Or fill it with jelly…oh dear this could turn into a bit of a messy day but really really fun.
    Don’t forget to get some great prizes and have change of clothes ready.

    For lovely confetti to add to the eggs, check out our selections here:

    push pop glitter confetti pastel confetti rose petals Pink peach confetti

    Have fun!
    Nicoline x

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  • Colourful Mini Piñatas - Fabulous party favours

    Make fabulous colourful mini piñatas for any occasion.

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    Mini piñatas make the most fantastic, frilly and flamboyant surprises made simply from toilet rolls, tissue paper, glue and a bit string.

    Fill with treats, hang or place tables and wait for the kids to pull the string to reveal the goodies.

    How to make the piñatas:

    You will need to cover one end of the toilet roll with a thin’ish paper as this is where the piñata is opened to reveal the treat inside.
    We have used tissue paper and this is the first step to making your piñata.

    Instructions:

    • Cover the end of your toilet roll with paper and secure a piece of string well to this paper before you attach to the roll. The string will need to be secured on what is the inside of the roll but with a ‘toggle’ coming out from the side. This string will make it possible to pull away this piece of paper at the end.
    • Now secure the piece of paper with the toggle sticking out at the side, loosely. Either use a glue stick in 4 places or some sticky tape in a couple of places.
    • Next you decorate the roll in paper starting from the bottom (where we have attached the string and paper end), working your way up. You can either cut a fringed edging onto a piece of paper and twist it all the way round till you get to the top, securing it as you go along with glue or..
    • Fold a piece of tissue paper lengthways and cut large fringes along the folded edge. Once this has been done, fold out the cut edge side and fold in exactly the opposite direction. This creates a ‘puffed’ fringed look which gives a lot of ‘body’ to the paper and the piñata. (we have used this method on the piñatas on the images here).
    • Next attach all the way round and secure with glue as you go along. We have cut lengths in different colours. Continue till you get to the top.
    • Fill your piñata with your treats.
    • Close and secure the top with sticking tape or glue more paper over the edge by squeezing the top toward each other. Or close by attaching a round piece of paper at the top – this makes it a little more fiddly and can be hard to attach a hanging string too but looks great as the roll shape is maintained all the way.
    • If hanging the piñata up. Just attach a piece of string through the top of the closed edge.

    Have lots of fun making these. Nicky x

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  • Springtime, blossom and colourful birds

    Yipee...It is that time a year, everything is bright and beautiful. Time to enjoy Spring Colours, Colourful Birds & Blossom. 

     

    And it’s causing quite a flutter here at Pipii.

    birds, birds, birds

     Delightful feathered birds, cupcake cases and exotic bird toppers, napkins, funky flamingo table centre decorations, silver porcelain birds and tags.
    We just can’t fly them in fast enough…G
    et your birdies while stock lasts!

     

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  • Mother's Day Celebrations - Gifts, decorations & yummy recipes

    Mother's day celebrations

    Treat all mums with goodies and celebrations on
    Mothers Day 26th March

    Gather together to celebrate mum's all round.

    What a special day - Mothers day, gather together to celebrate the centre of the family, our Mum's. It is the perfect day to gather family and friends for a brunch, lunch or afternoon tea to show your appreciation.
    If you haven't got time to bake or cook, why not enjoy a Mother's day celebration afternoon tea?

    We've put together a lovely selection of gifts and decorations for Mother's Day celebrations in the Pipii shop. Each and every one of them we would either love to give to our own mothers or love to receive. Go on, give mum a treat!

    Recipes to enjoy for Mother's Day celebrations:

    The perfect way to show your appreciation, bake a cake or a tray of dainty pretty cupcakes, for inspiration on what to bake for Mothers Day, look no further than the Pipii Archive I am planning to bake individual Lemon Meringue Cupcakes, with a tasty centre of home-made lemon curd.

    To make it even better, we are celebrating mum's we have reduced everything baking related; cupcake cases, wooden baking moulds, cake candles, toppers, flags, cake bunting or edible butterflies and much much more.  


     Many items reduced between 25%-60% 

     

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  • Pancake Recipes for a Flipping Fantastic Day

    Have you got your pancake recipes, pans & ingredients ready for this years Shrove Tuesday - Flipping Pancake Day?

    We love pancakes and do not need any excuse to eat pancakes throughout the day. Whether you prefer fluffy American pancakes, delicate French crepes or gluten-free crepes, we have got the recipes for you in our Pipii recipe & crafts archive.   

    All recipes are easy to make, so no excuses.

    Tasty French crepes
    Fluffy American pancakes
    Gluten-free crepes

     

  • Danish Cake Recipe 'The one & only Dream Cake'

    We have got oodles of delicious Danish cake recipe to share with you but this is the recipe for today, a very world famous cake in Denmark, it won a baking competition in 1960 and has been shared in Danish home ever since and most likely further afield. Try it and see why...

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    For the Danish cake recipe you'll need:

    • 4 egg
    • 300 g sugar
    • 250 g plain flour
    • 3 tsk baking powder
    • 1 tsk vanilla sugar or essence
    • 2 dl milk
    • 50 g butter

      For the topping:

    • 100 g butter
    • 150 g dessicated coconut
    • 225 g dark brown muscovado
    • 1/2 dl milk

    Whisk eggs and sugar fast till it appears light, fluffy and very airy.
    Next blend flour, baking powder and vanilla sugar together (if you use vanilla essence, mix this with milk and butter). Fold the flour mix into the egg mix very gently (we recommend using a sieve - this way it will stay very fluffy which the key to the cake).
    Warm the milk and sugar (and possibly the vanilla essence)  (tepid temp) and gently fold this into the cake egg and flour cake mixture. 
    Pour the mixture in a medium sized baking tray (approx 5 x 22 x 30 cm) lined with grease proof paper (ca. 5 x 22 x 30 cm) and bake at 200 degrees Celsius in the middle of the oven for 20 min.

    While the cake is baking, put the topping ingredients in a thick bottomed saucepan, and bring to a boil while stirring, taking care it doesn't burn!!
    Once the cake is ready , it should be nearly cooked after 20 min, take it out of the oven and immediately turn the oven up to 225c.
    Next pour the topping over the cake and spread gently all over and place back in the oven for a further 5mins only.

    We challenge you not to love this cake!!?
    Nicky x

    Just ideal for dreamy birthdays with magic rainbow, unicorn and fluffy clouds!!

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  • We Love Valentine Crafts

    Have fun and add some crafts activities to your Valentine Day.

    Here at Pipii we like to make the most of all celebrations hence Valentines day is yet another one you can have a bit of fun with by adding some Valentine crafts activities.
    Why not share it with all your loved ones in all sort of weird and wonderful days. Decorate the house, bake or cook a special treat or meal and just have a special lovely day together ♥

    The first of our Valentine craft activities are the Paper straw heart decorations below:

    With a packs of straws, a few paper remnants, stickers or doilies you can make these decorative paper straws, perfect for setting a pretty table for loved ones. Set a table with the fun metallic pink heart plates from Meri Meri or heart palm leaf plates and covers the table in heart doilies; it easy to show someone you care while adding a bit of fun further more it makes a dull February day a little bit happier. 

    Paper Straws with Heart Decorations

    And with a bit of either coloured paper, old books or newspaper (and a teabag) you can make these decorations. Why not make few and hang in windows, you can even create a garland by attaching a one each couple of inches on a length of twine. It looks pretty and are not just for Valentine!

    ‘Vintage’ Paper Hearts on String

    Finally try this easy peasy garland made simply from paper bags using these pretty glassine style bags:

    to make this Paper Bag Bunting.

    Quick, easy and totally fab ‘Paper Bag Bunting’!

    Have a very happy Valentines Day,
    Nicky x

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  • Hygge - Hygge - Hygge

    it is here to stay ♥

    ...and we know all about hygge here at Pipii! (The company was started by Danes).

    With cold rainy and still dark days, there is little else to do than hygge. Great food and cakes are needed for this. We have over the years gathered loads of our best recipes which are kept here on the Pipii website:
    https://www.pipii.co.uk/pipii-notebook/pipii-recipes-crafts-archive.html

    All easy, tried and tested recipes: Try this Onion Soup for warmth on cold winter nights:
    https://www.pipii.co.uk/pipii-notebook/baking-recipes/french-onion-soup.html

    French Onion Soup

    We will be featuring more recipes over the coming week but in the meantime try the archive if you are ever stuck for an idea or 2, it features not only recipes but loads of crafts ideas too, to use for seasonal events and just for a fun gift idea.

    Enjoy, Nickyx

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