October's Recipe of the Month - Sticky Toffee Apple Cake With the final of The Great British Bake Off a couple of weeks ago we were inspired to come up with a tasty bake for this month’s featured recipe, and as Halloween is just around the corner, we hoped the thought of a yummy piece of sticky toffee apple cake might just be the motivation you need to get your apron on and dig out your whisk!? For the sponge cakes: 2 eating apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced Juice of 1/2 lemon 160g soft brown sugar 170g unsalted butter – room temperature 3 eggs, beaten 180g self-raising flour 1 tsp baking powder For the filling: 2 eating apples, peeled and cored 45g caster sugar 55g unsalted butter 200ml double/ whipping cream Toffee sauce – we cheated a little and used a pre-made toffee sauce from Sainsbury’s, but you could also try melting some toffees with a little milk! Method: Grease and line 3 x 15cm/6” baking tins. Heat the oven to gas mark 4/ 180°C/ 350°F.
What's your favourite thing about having the oven cleaned? Whilst we wouldn’t say that we’re “neat freaks” here at Ovenclean, we do love the way the house and kitchen look when they have been freshly cleaned and tidied. Let’s not get into the debate about whether men or women do more of the housework (sparked by Radio 4’s Women’s Hour recently) we just like it when it’s done! With Ovenclean, cleaning the oven is at least one chore that can be saved from the battle of the sexes, since our technicians do it for you! We did a bit of research to understand what our customers and others like best about having the oven cleaned.
If you’re an avid cook, you’ll know all too well that there are certain foods that are a real pain to clean out of your oven. You may try to avoid them, or may just forget how much fun you had cleaning them out the last time, but fear not – we’ve compiled THE list of foods to avoid if you want to keep your oven clean! Of course, it doesn’t make sense for you to completely avoid these foods, so we’ve provided a few tips and alternatives that will allow you to enjoy all these foods with less mess! Pizza – the ever popular and convenient dish that tastes so good every time! Unfortunately, pizza can also be incredibly messy when it comes to your oven as warm cheese will ooze anywhere it can.
As the days get shorter and the warmer weather becomes more Autumnal, now is the perfect time to prepare your BBQ for Winter and avoid the hassle next Summer, by getting it professionally cleaned before storing it away! “After the Summer we’ve had, hopefully you’ve managed to get outside, enjoy some alfresco dining and make use of your BBQ?!” comments Tim Harris, Ovenclean CEO. “Although BBQ’s are great fun and a fantastic way to socialise with friends, they are really quite a bore to keep clean.
We recently wrote about the different cleaning products that are available when you are cleaning, to help you choose the best oven cleaner. But what are the practical steps to take? Since, “How to clean an oven” is a question we’re often asked, we’ve offered some handy tips and described how our technicians do the job below.