10 Tips to Save You Stress in the Kitchen

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Being a great baker isn’t just about knowing what goes into making delicious treats, it’s just as important to know what to do when things don’t quite go to plan – those moments when you realise you’re out of a key ingredient or the cake just won’t come out of the pan.

Murphy’s Law says these problems always pop up when you’re pushed for time. You know, when you’re all dressed and your guests are due to arrive any second. When things get a little sticky in the kitchen it’s easy to become stressed and wish you were invisible – but that’s one thing a woman should never be!

Luckily with Rexona Invisible Dry the only thing that’s invisible is your deodorant – just a quick spray in the morning and you can forget about white marks and yellow stains marring your day (and your clothes). And I can say from experience this product works – even when it’s 22 degrees, the oven’s blasting out heat and things are going a little pear shaped – so you can focus your attention on more important things… like getting to work saving your baking from disaster.

It’s not as hard as you might think! Here are ten tips have up your sleeve to save you stress in the kitchen…

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Cheese & Caramelised Onions Pinwheel Scones

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Where would we be without cheese? Savoury baking would definitely not be anywhere near as delicious, that’s for sure. All my favourite savoury treats seem to be packed with that cheesy goodness, adding delicious creamy flavour to everything from scrolls and scones to tarts and pies.

But in a world filled with delicious savoury options, I’ve found my new favourite savoury baked treat – cheese and caramelised onion pinwheel scones.

Imagine a soft scone dough loaded with flavoursome cheese and just a hint of cayenne pepper (trust me, it’s magic!), filled with a combination of freshly prepared caramelised red onions and grated cheese, rolled and cut, then finished with a final sprinkling of (you guessed it) cheese.

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Three delish coffees to make at home

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Ever feel like you’re perpetually living life on a bit of a budget? Me too! With work to be done on our first home, a kitten in need of pricey knee surgery and a trip to the US and Europe on the distant horizon, Kevin and I are working hard to keep our spending in check.

One of the first things to go when you tighten your budget is eating out – gone are takeaways on Friday nights and leisurely weekend morning brunches! But just because you can’t eat out as often doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy café-style dining at home – you can still have pancakes with berries for breakfast, you just need to grab the ingredients in your weekly shop. Then just invite a couple of friends over and you’re set…

Well, almost. The hardest part about cutting back on eating out is giving up the café coffees – you just can’t make them that good at home, right? Wrong.

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Cherry Ripe Tartlet

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Cherry Ripes are one of those chocolate bars that you either love or hate. I’m in the latter camp – they’re always the last chocolates sitting at the bottom of my Favourites box. It’s funny really, because when you break it down there’s no reason not to like them . Cherry? Yum. Coconut? Yum. Chocolate? Yum.

So when McDonald’s released a limited edition Cherry Ripe McFlurry I wasn’t too sure what to expect – and to be honest, I didn’t think I would like it! But my husband and I decided to try it for a Saturday afternoon treat. And guess what? Somehow they’ve managed to create a Cherry Ripe McFlurry that pulls out all the best parts of a Cherry Ripe without that divisive quality – think creamy soft serve ice cream topped with a light cherry sauce and lots of chocolate flakes. Yum!

Having enjoyed the Cherry Ripe McFlurry so much I decided to come up with a Cherry Ripe inspired recipe of my own – a beautiful cherry and coconut tartlet that’s absolutely packed with real cherry flavour. Yip, even though it’s not cherry season you can make a beautifully flavoursome cherry dessert without using faux-cherry essences.

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