Izadora wrote: »
TK Maxx often have some really good bakeware as well. I've managed to pick up Wilton tins for a fraction of their normal price from there.
gloriouslyhappy wrote: »
Buy Sainsburys basics sponge mix, 22p per packet. Follow the packet instructions - add 1 egg and 5 tablespoons of water to the mix - and bake as instructed. Makes a pretty decent sponge cake
happyinflorida wrote: »
Use the cheapest of everything - it's all the same, almost but you will save yourself a fortune.
52reynolds wrote: »
For at least 30 years now I have used vegetable oil instead of butter in ALL cakes, self saucing puddings, muffins and scones. This makes all these foods healthier (unsaturated fats), easier (no creaming butter and sugar, or rubbing in for scones), and cheaper. I use sunflower oil because that is in my food co-op, but have also used olive oil, peanut and safflower oil. I never use mixed vegetable oil.
I used to convert butter quantity to a liquid and substitute the straight amount. I've recently read from a local olive oil producer that you should use a little less oil than butter (about 3/4, example 60ml of butter use 45ml of oil). Perhaps this is why my cakes are always so moist! I began using oil when I didn't want to use margarine because I dislike the production process, now I need to use unsaturated fat as much as possible, so this works well. My scones are always successful, I mix the oil and water together and add to self raising flour with milk powder added - cheaper! I use milk powder in all cooking too, as it's much cheaper than fresh milk.
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