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8 Flippin’ Fantastic Pancake Day Recipes

February 22nd 2017 by .

Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, falls on 28th February this year, which means it’s time to get the family together in the kitchen for some pancakes.

Shrove Tuesday was traditionally dedicated to using up any rich foods in the house before Lent, such as eggs, milk and sugar. And as Lent coincides nicely with the last few weeks of winter and the beginning of spring, it’s a great time to think about getting those little DIY jobs done and refreshing your kitchen in time for the better weather. Maybe you want to modernise your kitchen and create a cool, sophisticated space for dining and entertaining – high gloss doors are a great choice. Or perhaps it’s a cosy, slightly rustic look you’re after, in which case, cathedral doors would work beautifully. Or maybe you simply fancy a change that strikes the balance between traditional and timeless – the Shaker door is a classic design that never goes out of style.

The great thing about Pancake Day is that it’s really easy to celebrate – chances are, you already have all the ingredients you need in your cupboards. Depending on how confident you feel with a frying pan, you can try beating the world record for number of pancake tosses: 140 in one minute. If you’d rather not risk pancakes stuck to the ceiling and batter on the floor, we don’t blame you. So we’ve scouted out the best pancake recipe ideas to make your mouths water and your pans sizzle, and all you need to do is feast.

Lemon and sugar

It’s a classic for a reason – the sharpness of the lemon and the slight crunch of sugar make an unbeatable combination. Golden syrup was also a popular choice here in the Kitchen Door Workshop office.

Chocolate in any form

The chocoholic in your life will adore these crepe-style pancakes – cocoa powder in the mixture adds a bit of richness to the pancake itself, while the chocolate spread and berries make a delicious filling. Berries also work beautifully with white chocolate. You’ll find bags of frozen berries in your local supermarket – they’re slightly cheaper than buying fresh fruit and they’ll last until you need them.

Fruit

Strawberries and whipped cream, blueberries and syrup, banana and peanut butter – you could even try adding berries or mashed banana directly to your pancake mixture. We love these oaty pancakes with raspberries and honey, and think this mango and coconut topping sounds different, but delicious.

Why not try something a little different?

Take inspiration from around the globe and give this Finnish pancake dessert a try – you cook it in a roasting tin rather than a frying pan, which means it rises like a sweet Yorkshire pudding. Serve with your topping of choice. Alternatively, make pancakes part of your main course, and fill them with something savoury. Cheese, ham and mushrooms make great savoury pancakes, or why not give your pancakes a decadent upgrade by adding smoked salmon and cream cheese?

5 Ways To Celebrate Valentine’s Day At Home

February 13th 2017 by .

The perfect excuse for a bit of romance, or clichéd and commercialised? Whatever you think of Valentine’s Day, there’s no denying that in the middle of February, when Christmas is a distant memory and spring is taking ages to arrive, we could all do with something to celebrate. But you don’t need to spend huge sums or plan grand gestures – true romance lies in the small, everyday things. The last few weeks of winter are also the ideal time to think about showing your kitchen some love – give the room a refresh now, and it will be ready for you to enjoy when the weather brightens up and the spring-time socialising begins. So, this Valentine’s Day, skip the crowded restaurants and petrol station flowers, and spend it where the heart really is – at home.

 

1. Go bold in the kitchen.

Red may be the colour of love and passion, but it’s also a great fit in the kitchen. In a spacious room, red is a strong, bold talking-point, and in a smaller room, it creates a real sense of warmth and cosiness. Rather than committing to crimson walls or trying to source scarlet furniture, why not go for red doors with a gloss finish? If you’re not totally convinced, red doors on lower units and a neutral shade like white or cream on wall units would look really striking.

2. Cook up a storm.

You could book a table at a busy restaurant and pay over-the-odds for a bottle of wine – or you could dodge the crowds and enjoy a delicious Valentine’s dinner in the comfort of your own kitchen. Make the most of your cosy night in and cook something indulgent – a roast works well if you want to let the oven do the work, while steak is a lovely treat (serve with thick-cut chips and your favourite green veg). Homemade pizza also makes a great Valentine supper – you can buy pizza bases ready-made and simply pile them high with your favourite toppings, or get stuck into some energetic kneading and make your own.   

3. Give a homeware gift.

It’s always nice to give a present you know someone will definitely use, so perk up your cooking space with something fun. Pretty cups and mugs usually go down well – especially if your special someone needs their caffeine fix to get them out of bed in the morning. Lightboxes also make great homeware gifts – they look cool, and you can leave messages on them. Better than a Post-it note on the fridge, don’t you think?  

4. Say it with cake.

On a chilly, grey February day, there’s nothing nicer than doing a spot of baking in a cosy kitchen. Biscuits are perfect if you’ve got little ones who want to help out – they’ll love stamping out the shapes and getting creative with some icing. And no Valentine’s Day dinner is complete without a decadent pudding – this torte sets in the fridge so there’s no cooking involved, and who can resist chocolate?  

5. Create a country-cottage kitchen.

Another way to bring a little romance into your kitchen is to go for rustic-style doors. There’s something incredibly warm and welcoming about doors with woodgrain finishes and traditional cathedral arch designs – they’re the very opposite of stark and clinical. Add accessories in gentle pastels for a charming, pretty look.

 

 

8 Kitchen Trends To Watch In 2017

February 2nd 2017 by .

If your New Year’s resolution was to give your kitchen a bit of a make-over, and you’re looking for some inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve had a look at the colours, styles and design features that we’ll be seeing in kitchens over the coming year, so read on for some ideas on how to update and refresh the most important room in your home.

1. Grey

Grey has been popular for the last two or three years, and there’s no sign of this changing in 2017. The great thing about grey is its versatility – there’s a shade for every kitchen. From pale Matt Dove Grey to the deep, dark Graphite, it’s hard to go wrong. Lighter shades work well with accessories in blues and greens, whereas darker greys make warmer colours like pink, red and yellow really stand out.

2. High-tech kitchens

Like phones and TVs, kitchens are getting smart this year. From kettles that can be boiled remotely via an app and coffee machines that will have your morning espresso ready and waiting, to fridges that make your shopping list for you, 2017 looks set to be the year of the smart appliance. Treat yourself to a new gadget and pair it with High Gloss doors for a futuristic look.

3. Kitchen islands

Again, this is a feature that has been popular for a few years now, but previously, islands have been reserved for spacious kitchens. It is possible to fit an island into a smaller room – it just requires a bit of creative thinking. An island unit with integrated storage means you get extra space for food prep, as well an other home for your pots and pans. Consider fitting dark-coloured doors on a central island and pale doors on your wall units for an eye-catching contrast.

4.Copper

Copper accents are a great way to add a little warmth to a monochrome or grey kitchen. Copper is also a great alternative to the usual chrome and stainless steel fixtures and fittings. If you don’t want to invest in copper taps or light fittings (for example), a copper kettle or some pans will add a splash of colour to the room.

5. Green

The official colour of the year – according to colour experts Pantone – is a fresh, slightly yellow green. Lighter than grass green, softer than lime green, it would make a great colour for the kitchen. Pair darker-toned doors like Anthracite with areas of green paint for a bold, striking look. Or consider our  Sage Green doors to give the room an airy, spring-like feel.

6. The “industrial” look

This look is all about letting raw materials shine – exposed brick and concrete, brushed-steel appliances and unpainted wood. As well as being incredibly stylish, the industrial look has the advantage of being practical; with open shelving and hard-wearing materials, you’ll have everything on hand, so you can simply grab your pans and cook up a storm. Our range of Woodgrain doors will help you bring a little of that natural, pared-down style into your kitchen.

7. Handleless doors.

They’re perfect for modern, minimalist kitchens, they’re easy to keep clean and they allow the colour and design of your chosen door to take centre-stage. They suit every size of kitchen too – the uncluttered look makes compact kitchens seem bigger, and really helps to maximise the space in larger rooms. Have a look at our range of Handleless kitchen doors and see if there’s a look you love.

8. Soft-closing doors and drawers

Noiseless doors are a must for the modern kitchen, and once you’ve got soft-closing doors, you won’t want to go back to loud slams and trapped fingers. We’ve got soft-closing door hinges and drawers available, so your new kitchen doors will swing into place with a whisper, not a bang.

Last Chance to Get Your Kitchen Ready for Christmas!

December 1st 2016 by .

Last Chence to Get Your Kitchen Ready for Christmas!

It’s the 1st of December and if you’re still thinking about giving your kitchen a new look this Christmas, it is important that you get your order in as soon as possible.

Bored of looking at that tired old kitchen? Order replacement kitchen doors soon and get a brand new kitchen look for Christmas 2016!

The Last Dates to Order Are:

  • For Trends and Visions made-to-measure doors – Order before the 7th December
  • For Bella and Zurfiz made-to-measure doors – Order before the 2nd December
  • For doors in stock – Order before the 19th December

If you’re looking for stock doors you still have plenty of time to order, but for made-to-measure doors in Bella and Zurfiz, you’ll need to order before tomorrow. For Trends and Visions ranges you have until Wednesday the 7th to put your order in, so don’t delay!

Dessert – Halloween Pumpkin Recipes

October 31st 2016 by .

You can’t have a 3-course meal without the most important course; dessert! Halloween is nigh, so see how you can make these two final delicious dishes with a little help from Kitchen Door Workshop.

Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Ingredients –

  • Kosher salt and sea salt to taste
  • Cooking Spray
  • ½ Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 125g Unsalted butter
  • 250g Pumpkin seeds
  • 700g Sugar
  • 120ml Water

To Make –

Preheat the oven to 150C and then rinse your pumpkin seeds and shake them dry. Next, spray a baking tray with non-stick cooking spray and spread the pumpkin seeds out onto the tray, making sure to keep them in an even layer. Dry your pumpkin seeds out by roasting them in the oven and then remove the pumpkin seeds, turning the temperature in the oven up to 160C.

Drizzle your olive oil over the pumpkin seeds, tossing them around to ensure that they are well coated. Sprinkle the seeds with salt to taste and then roast again until they are browned and crisp, which can take anywhere between 30 and 40 minutes. Remove them from the oven and put them over to one side to cool.

Next, line your baking tray with greaseproof paper and coat it again with cooking spray. In a medium sized saucepan add the sugar, cinnamon, water and unsalted butter in together, along with a sprinkling of salt.

Bring this mixture to the boil, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved. If you have one, check the temperature regularly with a candy thermometer (if you don’t have a candy thermometer don’t worry! Offthemeathook has a great guide on measuring temperature without a candy thermometer). You’ll need the temperature to reach around 145 – 150C, which can take anywhere between 8 – 13 minutes.

The mixture should gradually turn brown, looking caramelised. Start to watch out for the colour of your mixture; if it is starting to look too dark, you might be burning it. Once it starts to smell like caramel (perfect), quickly stir in your pumpkin seeds so that they are evenly spread throughout the mixture and then take your brittle off the heat.

Pour your mixture into your prepared baking tray and spread the mixture quickly out into a thin layer using a rubber spatula or similar implement. Let it cool for about an hour and then gently peel it off the greaseproof paper. Drop it into a bowl to break or snap it into pieces yourself. Pumpkin brittle is great for enjoying with a cup of tea or just as a sweet snack from time to time!

Good Ole Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients –

  • Plain flour for dusting
  • ½ Teaspoon salt
  • ½ Teaspoon nutmeg, grated
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon icing sugar
  • 175ml milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 25g Butter
  • 140g Caster sugar
  • 350g Sweet shortcrust pastry
  • 750g Pumpkin, deseeded and cut into chunks

To Make –

Place your pumpkin chunks in a large saucepan and add water until covered then bring to the boil. Cover your saucepan with a lid for around 15 minutes or until the pumpkin is tender. Then drain the pumpkin of water and let it cool.

Preheat the oven to 180C (160C for a gas oven), then dust your counter with flour and roll out the pastry to your desired thickness. Use the pastry to line a 22cm loose-bottomed tart tin, cut off the excess and chill the pastry for 15 minutes. After this, blind bake your pastry (adding baking beans) for 15 minutes, then remove the beans and cook for a further 10 minutes until the pastry is a pale golden brown.

Leave your pastry off to one side to cool down and in the meantime, increase the temperature of your oven to 220C (200C gas). In a medium-sized bowl, beat your eggs and then mix together the eggs with the sugar, salt, nutmeg, half your cinnamon, milk and the butter (make sure to melt your butter in the microwave beforehand). Push your pumpkin mixture through a sieve into a separate, larger bowl and add the rest of the mixture in, stirring it to combine it all together.

Pour the entire mixture into your pastry shell and then cook it for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 180C (160C gas) and bake for a further 35-40 mins until your pie filling has just about set. While leaving the pie to cool mix together the rest of your cinnamon with the icing sugar. Remove the pie from the tin and then dust your cinnamon/icing sugar mixture over the top. Serve immediately, preferably with some whipped cream or ice cream on the side!

That’s the last of our ‘pumpkin style’ recipes for now so enjoy Halloween this evening, whether you’re out ‘trick or treating’ with friends and family, or you’re at home busy fitting your new kitchen doors while Friday the 13th plays in the background.

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