Monthly Archives: May 2016

  • Classic Scones

    What could be more British than afternoon tea served with Scones. Layer up with clotted cream and sweet strawberry jam - perfectly enjoyed with a cup of tea.

    Ingredients

    • 350g self-rising flour , plus more for dusting
    • ¼ tsp salt
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 85g butter , cut into cubes
    • 3 tbsp caster sugar
    • 175ml milk
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • beaten egg , to glaze
    • Optional; For a fruity scone try adding 85 grams of raising as the same time as stirring in the sugar.

    Scones

    Method

    Preheat the oven to 200C, place a lined baking tray in the oven

    1. Add the flour into a large bowl with the salt and baking powder, then mix. Add the butter, rub in the butter with your fingers until the mix looks like fine crumbs. Stir in the sugar.
    2. Poor the milk into a jug a heat in the microwave for 30 seconds
    3. Make a well in the dry mix, then add the liquid and combine it quickly with a cutlery knife - it will seem pretty wet at first. Scatter some flour onto the work surface and tip the dough out. Dust a little flour on the dough and your hands, then fold the dough over 2-3 times until its a little smoother. Pat until it forms a round dough about 4cm deep.
    4. Take a 5cm cutter and dip it into some flour. Plunge into the dough, and then repeat until you have four scones. By this point you'll probably need to press what's left of the dough back into a round to cut out another four. Brush the tops with beaten egg, then carefully place onto the hot baking tray.
    5. Bake for 10 mins until risen and golden on the top. Eat just warm or cold on the day of baking, generously topped with jam and clotted cream.

    Helpful hint:
    Try adding a little lemon juice to the hot milk to make it sour, as this will improve the rising skills of the baking powder.

    Download Scones recipe in pdf format (125kb)

  • Victoria Sponge

    This classic Victoria sponge recipe is easy to make.

    Enjoy our Victoria sponge cake as the classic recipe with jam and cream filling or evolve it and turn it into a beautiful birthday layer cake, with layers of cream and strawberries and finished of with candles on top.

    Victoria Sponge

    Victoria sponge Ingredients

    • 220g caster sugar
    • 220g butter, plus extra for greasing
    • 4 free-range eggs, beaten
    • 220g self-raising flour
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 4 tbsp strawberry or raspberry jam
    • 600ml/1 pint 2fl oz double cream, whipped
    • icing sugar, to dust
    • Preheat the oven to 190°C

    To make Victoria sponge

    Grease and line one or two 23cm/9in cake tins.

    Beat the sugar and butter together in a bowl until pale and creamy, then gradually add the eggs and vanilla extract. Gently sieve and fold in the flour. Divide the cake mix equally between the two cake tins or if you have got the one tin, add all the mixture.

    Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until cooked through and lightly golden. Remove from the oven and turn out onto a wire rack to cool. When cool – For a tradition Victoria Sponge, spread one cake with jam and whipped double cream, then place the other cake on top.

    Dust with icing sugar and serve in slices. To assemble a traditional layer cake, add the fruit to the whipped cream and spread on in between the layers, we occasionally like to add the mixture to the top if choosing not to ice the cake. If adding the mixture to the top grate chocolate on top and decorate with fresh strawberries or other fruit – depending on your choice. Add candles and perhaps some small butterflies to make it extra special.

    Download Victoria Sponge recipe in pdf format (94kb)

    For inspirational recipes and craft ideas visit Pipii archive

  • A summer of parties and fun…

    With a long bank-holiday weekend and the prospect of a heatwave this summer, it is time to start planning  some festive moments and with great events in the calendar all summer there is plenty of inspiration to be had.

    Will you be taking part in the biggest street party this year? Be part of the Queens 90th birthday festivities. Organise or take part in the celebrations with the biggest party on the 12th of June. Are you are lucky enough to have been invited to the actual street party in London or one local to you. We always love a right Royal knees up, get friends, neighbours and the local community together for a giant outdoor picnic. We have got recipes for the classic Victoria sponge & the quiet essential scones to bring to the festivities.  

    Please see other blog post or the Pipii archive for more great recipes and craft ideas.

      

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    Festive balloons, red, blue & white decorative pom pom’s, tissue paper fans, streamers and honeycomb balls perfect to decorate events and create impact. Chic picnic wear, handy gable boxes to hold your lunch, disposable palm leaf plates, wooden cutlery, hot food boxes and cups with lids, napkins and paper straws everything for an easy and stylish outdoor picnic. 

    This summer we are excitedly looking forward to the Olympics in Brazil – create your own carnival atmosphere, festive decorations, green and yellow streamers, honeycomb balls, feathered parrots and other colourful decs.

    This years hottest trend has to be pink flamingos and Caribbean style lush coloured party decorations incl honeycomb pineapples and accessories. We hope to impress with our new range, feathered birds, flamingos, cocktail wear and other colourful accessories perfect for a cocktail party.

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    So whatever takes your fancy this summer, there is plenty get excited about, whether it is strawberries & cream at this year's Wimbledon, football craze at Euro2016, sporting extravaganza with the Rio Olympics or just a great British summer party, dancing under the stars - we have a marvellous selection of festive decorations, elegant disposable tableware,  napkins and sparkling tea lights & lanterns to make your party glow.

  • Did anyone say Party?

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    What is there not to love about this time a year? The colour of the sky, the lushness of the trees and the warmth of the sun. Summertime is party time! With our very stylish range of canapé eco tableware and accessories you are sure to impress your guests.
    Whether hosting a colourful Carnival inspire party complete with flamingos, feathered birds & festive hanging decorations, a garden cocktail party or inviting everyone for a picnic; our tableware range, teamed with our colourful and elegant party decorations will make your event look stylish and inviting.

  • Welcome to Pipii's blog

    We would like to welcome to our new blog. The home of inspiration, great crafting ideas, delicious recipes, fun & festive party themes and above all and insight into how we like to celebrate life’s great moment's.

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