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7 top tips to keep your tumble dryer in tip-top condition

May 16, 2019

Making your life easier is at the heart of what we do. Our tumble dryers are straightforward to operate, but it’s important to remember that they require a few regular health checks, which you can do yourself, in order to ensure that your appliance is working to its full potential.

Regardless of whether you have a condenser (where the water reservoir is within the product), vented (where water is extracted through a tube via an external wall or window), heat pump (they use 50% less energy as temperatures are 30% lower) or hybrid model (a traditional condenser dryer with modern, energy-efficient, heat pump technology), there are many elements to appliance maintenance which are important to carry out.

Clean the lint filter

Lint filters should be cleaned after every use, simply by gently ‘scraping’ lint from the internal surface of the filter. Failure to do this will result in a build up of lint which has the potential to cause a fire.

The filter is usually located just inside the door, rim or behind a panel at the front of the dryer, but you must make sure the appliance has cooled down before you clean it.

Running the filter under the tap or giving it the once over with a vacuum cleaner will ensure its extra clean, but remember if it’s wet, it must be dry before putting it back in place.

Lighten the load

Overloading the tumble dryer will make the appliance ineffective because clothes won’t be able to move freely around the drum. It’ll use more energy too, so try not to load too much into the dryer so that the clothes can make the most of the hot air.

Ensure the pockets are empty and the clothes are clean

Leaving coins or lighters in pockets can be very dangerous in a washing machine or tumble dryer, so make sure all pockets are emptied before washing or drying.

If you’re using your tumble dryer to freshen up clothes, its important that they are clean before running a cycle. Residue including cooking oil, acetone or alcohol can be flammable, so we recommend that such clothing is thoroughly washed before putting in the tumble dryer.

Check the water reservoir regularly (condenser dryers only)

Whilst some models collect excess water within a canister in the appliance door, which is therefore easy to monitor, most reservoirs are hidden within the appliance casing, usually within the plinth.

The amount of water collected will depend on regularity of use and dampness of clothes, so it’s important to check and empty little and often as it can be difficult to carry a canister full of water across the kitchen.

Check the sockets

Dust build-up on the plug socket can pose a fire risk, so make sure you pull the tumble dryer out every now and again to keep the area dust-free.

Clean the heat exchanger (condenser dryers only)

Often located behind the bottom plinth, the easiest way to clean the heat exchanger is to give it a rinse – either in a large sink, bath/shower or with the garden hose.

Water will remove any fluff, however it’s important to make sure it’s dry before putting it back, so leave it in a safe place to dry naturally or use a towel to speed up the process.

Choose the right location

Tumble dryers can cause humidity, so situating it in a place with good ventilation will reduce the chance of the appliance overheating. Dryers located in a warm room will use less energy and those in a cold area will use more, so this should be a consideration for energy-conscious consumers.

In addition to maintaining a tumble dryer, you can use it to freshen up clothes too, as well as remove creases from shirts. To do the latter, pop a couple of ice cubes in the drum, along with the shirts (maximum three) to get them crease-free.

If you’re looking for a new appliance, take a look at our innovative AXI tumble dryer, which uses Artificial Intelligence to understand your voice and laundry habits to deliver a more personalised experience. As the appliance is Wi-Fi connected, you can control and manage all AXI’s functions via the Hoover Wizard App or using Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant*.

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6 sauces you need to master in the kitchen

May 14, 2019

A well-made sauce can elevate even the most humble ingredients, but the thought of making your own from scratch might seem like a stretch too far.

Thankfully, most of the well-known culinary sauces are simple to make and, with a bit of practice, you’ll be able to whip them up in no time.

Many sauces require the process to be started with a roux – a mixture of melted butter and flour heated in a pan to form a paste. This is often used to help thicken the sauce and make it smooth.

Béchamel

This a rich, versatile sauce, central to dishes as diverse as macaroni, cauliflower cheese, lasagne and moussaka. Made at home, it’s a world away from the gloopy shop-bought variety.

Start by making a roux and whisk it with milk to create a thick, creamy consistency. For some Mediterranean-inspired comfort food, try this Hairy Bikers moussaka made with a cinnamon-spiced lamb mince layered with potatoes and aubergine.

Velouté

Another classic French sauce. For a velouté, add a light stock (chicken or fish) to a roux. This sauce is the perfect accompaniment to chicken, pork and fish dishes.

Try adding chopped parsley to the sauce and serving with pan-fried cod, broccoli and new potatoes.

Hollandaise

Up for a challenge? This sauce isn’t thickened with a roux and is the most difficult of the sauces listed here. An emulsion of egg yolk and melted butter thickens this sauce, but this is where the care is required as the emulsion can split quite easily. Here’s a video to help you get an idea of the process.

For the perfect weekend brunch, poach a couple of eggs and serve on toasted English muffins with ham and a generous helping of sauce.

Espagnole

A simple brown sauce similar to a velouté, but thickened with a roux and a dark stock such as beef. It’s also common to add tomato purée, diced carrot, celery and onion, which gives an added aromatic punch.

Espagnole sauce is the ideal companion to beef with roast potatoes and seasonal greens. A richer demi-glace sauce can also be made by reducing the espagnole with a clear stock.

Tomato

An essential throughout Spanish, French and Italian cuisine, tomato sauces can be thickened with a roux or reduced slowly. The French version tends to feature stock, carrots, celery and onion, whilst the Italian version often adds herbs such as basil, garlic and oregano.

Serve with grilled chicken thighs for an Italian-style casserole dish or keep it with simple with some fresh pasta.

Pesto

Rather than buying pre-made jars of pesto, try making your own for a taste of authentic, rustic Italy. Add two cups of basil and a cup of pine nuts to a blender and pulse. Then add mashed garlic and parmesan, before slowly pouring in the olive oil to help the pesto emulsify.

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6 things all new homeowners need to know

May 14, 2019

Buying a home can be nerve-racking, daunting, exciting and incredibly stressful all at once. Especially if you’re a first-time buyer. With this in-mind we’ve put together five essential tips to make the process as simple as possible, save you money and avoid common mistakes.

Prep, prep and more prep

When it comes to preparing for the big move, you can’t get started early enough. Here are six useful tips that will make the big move as easy as possible.

  1. Visit your local shop or supermarket to stock up on cardboard boxes of all shapes and sizes. Crates, plastic storage boxes and thick bin liners are also good to pack bigger items. Begin by packing items that you hardly use such as books and sentimental ornaments.
  2. Pack boxes by room and label them clearly, so they can be immediately taken to the correct room after being unloaded. Make some quick signs for each room that correspond with the box labels.
  3. Invest in some plastic wrap to protect your furniture during the move.
  4. Pack a suitcase with a change of clothes, medication and your toothbrush so you’ll have all your essential items to hand.
  5. Don’t forget to redirect your post to your new address.
  6. Set unpacking goals, don’t put pressure on yourself to do it all in one day and decide on how many boxes you’ll unpack each day – one or two is completely acceptable.

Buying things for your new home

It’s easy to get carried away with the excitement of moving into your first home, but put off buying those items that you’ve always wanted until you’ve got a feel for your new place.

It’s recommended that you order larger pieces of furniture such as a sofa, bed or wardrobe, well in advance, as it may take months for these items to be delivered. Make sure you measure the space in your new home to ensure that the furniture will fit as well as you thought it would.

Home removals and storage

Once you start packing, you’ll realise just how much stuff you own – it’s impossible to fit your life-long possessions into your car, so think about hiring a large van or better still book a removals company. This will take some of the stress out of the move as they will do all the carrying and lifting for you. To make things a little easier on the other end dismantle large furniture such as beds and wardrobes so they can fit through the front door and up the stairs.

Keep calm

There’s no denying it, moving home is stressful! So, try everything that will lighten the load. As an added treat you could order a takeaway on the first night to save on cooking and washing up time. If you have children or pets, get a pet/babysitter to keep them out of harm’s way.

The big clean

Once you’re all moved in, it’s time for the big clean. Make a cleaning hamper filled with rubber gloves, bin liners, mops, sponges and disinfectant to ensure you have everything you need for a thorough clean.

One cleaning task to undertake in a new environment is to wash down the walls, use a solution of water and vinegar, paying close attention to corners, where dirt and cobwebs collect, and areas up to waist-level if the previous owners had kids. To give the carpets a deep clean use a cordless vacuum such as the H-Free C300, featuring a wide foot and large brush bar to effectively remove dust and dirt from deep within the pile.

Make friends with the neighbours

Make a good first impression by introducing yourself to your new neighbours and let them know if you’re planning any noisy building work or big deliveries, this will shape the foundations for a long and happy friendship.

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How to save money on home improvements

April 18, 2019

Whether you want to improve your home to add value or just make it fit your personal style, it’s easy for the costs to build up. However, with careful planning and some considered decision-making, it’s possible to achieve your ideal renovation project whilst saving money. Read on for our top five tips to make the most out of your budget when carrying out improvement projects.

Take your time

Taking on home improvements is no mean feat, so it’s important to take time to consider your decisions. Weigh up the pros and cons of any renovations, thinking about if this will add both monitory or personal value to your home before taking the plunge. Don’t forget to shop around, looking at several stores and websites before finalising purchases, whether that be for a kitchen refit or choosing the perfect photo frames, as these comparisons will ensure you’re getting the best.

Create and stick to a budget

Planning is key to saving money on home improvements. Deciding on how your budget will be split, such as across structural renovation work or on internal fixtures and fittings, is essential. Once you have decided how to split your finances you can think of more ways to save. For example, would it be more cost effective to make a new room out of existing space rather than investing in an extension?

When taking on any home improvement project it’s important to create a realistic budget. To be extra cautious it’s suggested that you work out predicted costs and then double it. Although this may seem slightly extreme, having financial wiggle room will provide a buffer for any arising issues and prevent cost-cutting that may lead to more spends down the line.

Do it yourself – invest in DIY equipment

If you’re really committed to saving money, taking part in a spot of DIY is often a good option. With the help of YouTube, there isn’t much you can’t teach yourself, so if you have the time there’s no reason you can’t become a Do It Yourself pro. Small jobs such as painting, putting up shelves and grouting are all achievable, simple ways to save. To make projects easier and quicker, investing in the correct tools is advised, but don’t forget to do your research to find the best value products.

Be smart about hiring help

Although DIY will help you save money, there are some jobs where you should bring in the professionals. For big renovations or remodels, plumbers and electricians are often required, and as previously discussed – shop around! Before hiring a skilled worker read lots of reviews and take personal recommendations, as well as attaining several quotes.

Decide what smart tech is worth buying

As the Internet of Things rapidly becomes domesticated, it’s no surprise that we now must consider integrating smart tech as part of our home improvements. Although smart appliances may not be the first things that come to mind when on a budget, investing in innovative technology will help to futureproof your home so you won’t have to replace them prematurely. From AI-enhanced washing machines which can talk to you to help you decide on the best wash programme to use to the Wi-Fi-connected Vision oven complete with an interactive touchscreen, we’re ready to help you step into the future with a range of innovative connected appliances.

Home improvements can be a messy job, but you can take the stress out of the clean-up with a lightweight, cordless vacuum such as the H-Free C300. Great for cleaning surfaces in every room, underneath furniture and above doors, it also comes with a wall-mount. This means you can store it neatly along with its tools, ready to grab and blitz away the debris from your projects, big or small.

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Brand credentials confirmed with 2019 Superbrands status

April 16, 2019

We have recently been awarded Consumer Superbrands status for 2019.

The Consumer Superbrands survey has been tracking the perception of a wide-range of brands in the UK since 1995. This year’s survey featured 1,596 brands across 78 different categories, ranging from ‘Automotive Products’ to ‘Vitamins & Supplements’. Only the most highly-regarded brands from each category are awarded Superbrand status.

The research process was managed by The Centre for Brand Analysis (TCBA) in partnership with Dynata, one of the world’s leading data research companies. It follows a voting process involving a nationally representative sample of 2,500 UK consumers.

All voters were asked to judge brands against the three core factors inherent in a Superbrand: quality, reliability and distinction. Additionally, brand perception and voting by individuals is also influenced by a range of both short and long-term factors, from the brand’s current profile to its latest marketing activities and new product and service developments, giving a holistic picture of how brands are currently perceived.

Unusually for an industry award, brands do not pay or apply to be considered – in order to provide a broad review of the market and identify the strongest brands in each category, all the key players in each sector need to be voted on.

In addition to the British public vote, which was weighted to reflect the breadth of opinion across the whole country, all brands awarded Superbrand status were also highly rated by an objective and voluntary council of senior industry experts to provide a secondary quality control mechanism.

Stephen Cheliotis, CEO of The Centre for Brand Analysis (TCBA) and chairman of Superbrands, said: “UK consumers have a rich, abundant choice of brands for almost everything they might wish to purchase. The commercial success of a given brand is therefore highly correlated to consumer sentiment, perception and desirability.

“Being highly-regarded and deemed a Superbrand by the public is an important indicator of a brand’s market strength, competitive position and prospects. As we enter increasingly unsettled times, possessing a strong Superbrand provides businesses with a vital and valuable asset.”

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Easter competition – Win a £50 supermarket voucher!

April 11, 2019

How would you like to win a £50 supermarket voucher just in time for the Easter weekend?

All you need to do is tell us how many differences you can spot in the Easter scene in the video below. Let us know by sending a tweet to @Hoover_UK, including the hashtag #HooverEaster, or comment on the posts over on our Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Whether you spend it on ingredients for the perfect roast dinner, meals for the week or some treats for the family, we’re sure that a £50 supermarket will come in handy!

Our range of innovative cooking and cooling appliances could help to make your meal even more perfect by bringing connectivity to the kitchen. The Vision oven is the perfect kitchen companion to take into the future, with a host of revolutionary features including an integrated door camera for checking up on your cooking progress via an app on your smartphone and a 19” touchscreen interface. For all your cooling needs, look no further than the AXI fridge freezer, which is equipped with artificial intelligence to give you a bespoke cooling experience.

After a busy weekend you’ll no doubt have some cleaning to do – especially if you’ve been entertaining guests! The H-FREE C300 compact cordless vacuum cleaner guarantees excellent results on all surfaces and can deliver up to 90 minutes of run-time so you can clean the whole home.

The winner will be announced on Thursday 18th April.

Competition terms and conditions:

  1. The promoter is Hoover Ltd.
  2. Employees of Hoover Ltd or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  4. Closing date for entry will be 18.04.2019 after this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  5. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  6. The rules of the competition and the prize for each winner are as stated in this post.
  7. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions. Entrants will be notified of any changes to the competition as soon as possible.
  8. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  9. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  10. The winner will be chosen by Hoover Ltd.
  11. The winner will be notified by via the social media platform through which they entered within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  12. The promoter will organise delivery of the prize to one specified address
  13. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  14. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  15. By entering, the winner and all entrants agrees for their name, entry and any images/videos submitted as part of the entry to be used in publicity activity. The winner is also required to provide an image of themselves with their prize for use online and in the press. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  16. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  17. The prize is one £50 voucher from Sainsbury’s.
  18. There is no cash alternative.
  19. This competition is in no way affiliated with or endorsed by Twitter or any other third party channels in which the competition is being promoted on.
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3 recipes to cook this Easter Sunday

April 11, 2019

Easter is the best time of year to really indulge and enjoy the delicious ingredients that spring has to offer, as well as a great reason to spend time with friends and family. Take a look at our collection of Easter recipes for fantastic foodie ideas from simple fishcakes to melt-in-your-mouth chocolate desserts and a delectable Easter roast with a twist.#

Hot cross buns

For a classic Easter treat, why not try and make your very own hot cross bun with a spicy kick?

Prep time: 2 hours

Cooking time: 10-30 minutes

Serves: 12 buns

Ingredients

For the buns

625g strong white flour, with extra for dusting

1tsp salt

45g unsalted butter, cut into cubes, plus extra for greasing

85g caster sugar

1 unwaxed lemon, finely grated zest only

1 ½ tsp fast-action yeast

1 free-range egg

275ml tepid milk

125g mixed dried fruit

For the topping

2tbsp plain flour

Vegetable oil, for greasing

1tbsp golden syrup, gently heated for glazing

Method

  1. For the bun, sieve the flour, salt and the ground mixed spice into a large bowl, using your fingers rub the butter into the dry mixture. Make a well in the centre of the mixture, then add the lemon zest, sugar and yeast.
  2. Beat the eggs and add the flour with the milk, mixing together to form soft, pliable dough.
  3. On a lightly floured work surface mix the dried fruit into the dough until evenly distributed, kneading lightly for 5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic.
  4. Grease a large, warm mixing bowl with butter. Shape the dough into a ball and place into the bowl, then cover with a clean tea towel and set aside in a warm place for 1 hour to prove.
  5. Turn out the proved dough on to a floured surface and knock back the dough. The reshape the dough into a ball once again and return to the bowl, cover for an additional 30 minutes to rise.
  6. Returning to the floured surface, divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, flattening slightly into a bun using the palm of your hands. Cover the bun again with the tea towel and set aside to rest for 5-10 minutes.
  7. Grease the baking tray with butter and transfer the buns to the tray. Wrap the tray with the buns in greaseproof paper, then place in a large polythene bag. Tying the ends of the bag to ensure no air can get in and set aside in a warm place to rise for an additional 40 minutes.
  8. Preheat the oven to 240C/220C fan.
  9. Whilst the buns rise, mix plain flour to a smooth paste with 2 tablespoons of cold water to make the toppings
  10. Once the buns have risen, remove from the bag and greaseproof paper and spoon the flour mixture onto a piping bag and pipe a cross on each bun.
  11. Place the buns into the preheated oven and bake for 8-12 minutes, or until pale golden-brown. As soon as you remove the buns from the oven, brush the top with the golden syrup, then set aside to cool on a wire rack.

Quick fishcakes

Smoked salmon fishcakes in frying pan.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serves: 12 people

Ingredients

500g skinless cod, haddock or pollock fillets

1 large Maris Piper potatoes (250g)

4 tbsp plain flour

Olive oil

2 tbsp mixed fresh green herbs, such as dill, chives or parsley

200ml mayonnaise

Method

  1. Peel the potato and roughly chop the fish.
  2. Combine the potato and fish in a bowl with the flour, seasoning with sea salt and black pepper.
  3. Bring together using your hands and shape into 12 flat patties and leave to chill in the fridge.
  4. Heat the oil in a heavy-based pan over a medium-high heat. In batches of 4, cook the fishcakes for 2-3 minutes each side, until golden brown and crispy. Then remove and drain on kitchen paper.
  5. Chop and stir the herbs through the mayonnaise and serve with the fishcakes. Try adding watercress and a wedge of lemon to complete the dish.

Roasted lamb with rosemary and garlic

Freshly roasted lamb leg with herbs and bottle of red wine

Make roast lamb the centrepiece of your Easter lunch with this succulent recipe, for the best results stud the leg with rosemary and garlic a day in advance allowing the herbs to really permeate the meat.

Prep time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 1 hour 45 mins

Ingredients

leg of lamb weighing 2½ kg/5lb 8oz

1 garlic bulb

1 bunch rosemary

1 tbsp vegetable oil

2 carrots, cut into large chunks

1 onion, cut into quarters

1 glass red wine (about 150ml)

1.2l beef or lamb stock

Method

  1. Stud the lamb with garlic and rosemary.
  2. Heat oven to 170C. Then heat some oil and brown the lamb all over.
  3. Place carrot, onion, garlic and rosemary into a roasting tin and pour in the wine and stock.
  4. Roast for 1 hour 45 minutes, turning one halfway through. Leave to rest for 30 minutes.
  5. Make the gravy as the lamb is resting by pouring the liquid from the roasting tin through a sieve and reducing a little on the hob.

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4 dessert recipes to try this Easter

April 11, 2019

As a nation united by a mutual love of all things sweet, what better time is there to indulge than at Easter?

To satisfy the sweetest tooth we’ve put together our top four Easter desserts, from heavenly chocolate cake to a light gluten-free lemon tart, you’ll find something to suit everyone’s taste.

Take a look at these new recipes and you’ll be ready to produce a showstopping bake to serve up after a delectable Sunday roast.

Chocolate Easter Cake

When it comes to Easter, we all think of chocolate, and this moreish chocolate Easter cake will not disappoint.

Total cook time: 50 minutes

Serves: 10

Ingredients

175g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing

175g light brown sugar

3 eggs, at room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp whole milk

150g self-raising flour

4 tbsp cocoa

1 pack of mini chocolate eggs to decorate

Icing

150g unsalted butter, softened

150g icing sugar

2 tbsp whole milk

½ tsp vanilla extract

3 tbsp cocoa

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease and line the base of two 18cm cake tins with baking parchment. Using an electric beaters, cream the butter and sugar in a bowl for 3-4 minutes, until fluffy. Then beat in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract and milk.
  2. Gently beat in the flour and cocoa, mixing until smooth. Divide the batter between the two tins and bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Then leave the cakes to cool on a rack (still in the tins).
  3. For the icing, beat the butter for 2 minutes until creamy, then stir in the sugar for another 2 minutes. Warm the milk in a pan and beat in the butter, sugar, vanilla extract and cocoa until smooth.
  4. Place one of the cakes on a plate and cover with icing, then sit the second cake on top and cover the top with icing. Decorate with chocolate eggs and serve after a delicious roast lamb dinner or as an afternoon treat on Easter Monday.

Fresh cream jewelled eclairs

Flavoured with coffee, rose and pistachio, these treats really do taste as good as they look.

Total cook time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Serves: 14

Ingredients

50g unsalted butter, cut into cubes

70g strong white bread flour, sifted

2 large eggs, beaten

150g fondant icing sugar

1 tbsp Brazilian coffee extract

Food colouring of your choice, we recommend spring pastel shades

20g sprinkles

50g pistachios, chopped

2g rose petals

200ml whipping cream

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C, then line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
  2. In a pan, bring the butter and 150ml cold water to the boil, then remove from the heat.
  3. Add the flour and beat with a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a dough ball that leaves the sides of the pan clean and leave to cool for 15 minutes.
  4. Gradually beat in the eggs to produce a stiff dough. Transfer the dough to a piping bag with a 1cm plain nozzle and pipe 14 eclairs, each 8cm long, onto the baking tray.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes without opening the oven, so that the eclairs puff up. Cut a small slit in the side of each to release steam, then bake for 4 more minutes and cool on a rack.
  6. To decorate, place 50g of the icing sugar into a bowl and stir in the coffee extract until it forms a paste. Divide the rest of the icing sugar between 2 bowls, adding your chosen food colourings to each. Adding 1-2tsp of cold water to each and stir to form a paste.
  7. Finally, whip the cream and put into a piping bag with a round nozzle. Cut the eclairs down the side and pipe in the cream, decorate with the icings and toppings and serve within 1 hour.

Gluten-free fresh lemon tart

This fresh lemon tart is citrus sweet, easy to make at home and perfect for everyone including family members who eat a gluten-free diet.

Ingredients

For the crust:

200g ground almonds

35g cornflour

50g caster sugar

100g unsalted butter, chilled and diced

For the filling

2 medium unwaxed lemons, preferably thin-skinned

15g cornflour

185g caster sugar

1 medium egg, plus 1 yolk, at room temperature

100g unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Icing sugar, for dusting

Method

  1. To make the crust put the ground almonds, cornflour and sugar into a food processor and ‘pulse’ to combine. Add the butter and blitz until the mixture looks like fine crumbs. Tip the crumbs into a large buttered tin or individual tins and press evenly over the base and up the sides (up to the rim) using the back of a spoon. The crust should be 5mm thick and chill for 20 minutes.
  2. Heat the oven to 180C and heat a baking sheet. Alongside this bake the crust for 12-16 minutes or until a light golden.
  3. As the crust bakes – make your topping. Set the lemons on a large plate (to catch all of the juice) and trim off the ends. Cut each lemon into 8 wedges, removing the pips, then cutting each wedge in half and place into the food processor. Combine the cornflour and caster sugar and add to the processor bowl. Blitz until the lemon is coarsely chopped, then add the egg and yolk and blitz again to combine the mixture. As the machine is still running, pour in the cooled butter through the feed tube. Stop the machine as soon as all the butter has been added. The mixture won’t be smooth and should have a few visible pieces of lemon. Remove the crust from the oven and set it (in the tin) on the heated baking sheet, then turn down the oven temperature to 170C. Pour the lemon mixture into the hot crust to fill it almost up to the rim. Carefully return to the oven and bake for 30–35 minutes until the lemon filling is just starting to colour and is firm when you gently jiggle the baking sheet.
  4. Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely, cover lightly and chill for at least 3 hours, or overnight. To serve, run a thin, round-bladed knife around the inside of the tin to loosen the crust, then carefully unmould the tart. Dust with icing sugar and serve with whipped cream or ice cream. Store in an airtight container in the fridge and eat within 2 days.

Vegan carrot cake with icing

If you are craving a moist, soft and heavenly cake this Easter this delicious carrot cake is just for you. And to make it even more indulgent we suggest adding a sweet icing topped off with coconut flakes, chopped pistachios, and some cute star-shaped sprinkles, but of course you can add any of your favourite toppings instead.

Total cook time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Serves: 8-10 people

Ingredients

285g finely grated carrots

2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

100g vegan chocolate chips

200g raw whole almonds, ground

30g coconut flour

1 tsp salt

½ tsp baking flour

4 flax eggs (see note on how to make flax eggs)

60g whole cane sugar or white sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 tbsp of water

2 ½ tbsp melted coconut oil

Icing

100g sifted powdered sugar (note that not all powdered sugar is vegan)

2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk or fresh lemon juice.

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C, grease and flour the bundt pan or any other cake tin you would like to use.
  2. Squeeze the excess liquid out of the carrots and mix with the fresh lemon in a large bowl. Add the chocolate chips, ground almonds, flour, salt and baking powder and mix well
  3. Blend the flax eggs in a food processor, slowly adding the sugar, vanilla extract and water. Then add the eggs to the carrot/flour mixture with the melted coconut oil and mix well. This mixture should be fairly thick.
  4. Press the carrot batter into the prepared bundt pan or cake tin and bake in the lower third of the oven for 60 minutes. Cake should be golden brown when finished and when a skewer poked in the middle of the pan comes out clean.
  5. Remove the cake from the oven and leave to cool for 10 minutes before you attempt to remove from the pan.
  6. Whilst the cake is cooling, it’s time to prepare the icing by whisking together the almond milk (or lemon juice) with the powdered sugar until smooth. Drizzle the icing over the cake once it is completely cooled and top with your favourite Easter confectionary – we suggest pastel sprinkles.

Note: To make 1 flax egg combine 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds with 3 tbsp water. Let the flaxseeds/water mixture sit for 20 minutes or longer until a gel is formed. The recipe calls for 4 flax eggs. So, you’ll need 4 tbsp of flax seeds and 12 tbsp of water.

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Partnership with Simon Rimmer is a recipe for success

March 28, 2019

Much-loved TV cook and restaurateur Simon Rimmer has been appointed as brand ambassador for Hoover.

The collaboration will see the celebrity foodie promote our cooking credentials and showcase our built-in portfolio of innovative and stylish ovens, hobs, hoods and sous vide models. A household name synonymous with the kitchen, Simon is a natural fit for Hoover.

Simon said: “The kitchen is the hub of the home and the epicentre of family life, so it’s important for people to both enjoy cooking and have the right kit to make great food.

“Hoover is an extremely well-known brand with a very impressive cooking portfolio, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck in and using the appliances.

“There are some exciting products in the pipeline and I’m excited to help Hoover change perceptions of the brand by showing people just how passionate Hoover is about cooking.”

As a brand that’s very serious about cooking, Simon will help us to bring this passion to life and demonstrate to people the scope and scale of our cooking portfolio.

From ovens that will help even the most nervous of cooks with built-in recipes and step-by-step guides to professional products for budding chefs, we’re confident that consumers of all competencies will have an appetite for a Hoover cooking model. Explore our cooking range here.

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5 hearty pie recipes

March 6, 2019

As a nation of fully-fledged pie lovers, we’ll jump at any excuse to scoff down a golden-crusted delight. Whether it’s a European-influenced, flaky-pastry version or a traditionally rich, meat and veg affair, our national appetite for pies in all their forms won’t be waning anytime soon.

Are you a traditionalist or do you like to take the adventurous route? As it’s National Pie Week, we thought we’d join the celebration and offer some of our favourite pie recipes – which pie gets your vote?

Alongside our inspiration, you’ll need the most innovative appliances to make the most of your cooking efforts. The Vision oven is a revolutionary kitchen appliance, featuring a 19” interactive touchscreen, which helps you find and store recipes to ensure you’re never lacking pie recipe ideas.

Chicken, mushroom and leek

Homemade chicken pie sliced close-up on the table. horizontal view from above

A creamy filling and a light, puff pastry top is key to this British pub classic. This recipe is the ideal way to use roast chicken leftovers from a big Sunday dinner and uses some simple store cupboard staples. Simply fry leeks and mushrooms before adding chicken stock and double cream, then add the roast chicken, tarragon and seasoning. Add the mixture to an ovenproof dish, top with puff pastry, brush with a beaten egg and bake for half an hour. Serve with peas and homemade chips to complete the comforting pub experience.

Veggie korma

What better way to enjoy a pie than combine two of our favourite foodie staples? The korma, one of the nation’s most-loved curries, has been subjected to British influence since it arrived on these shores and morphed into the sweet and mild, but oh-so-flavoursome, curry we all know and love. Try out this recipe, packed with vegetables in a rich, coconut milk-based sauce and topped with golden, flaky pastry.

Spinach and ricotta filo

delicious golden crust hot greek spinach feta cheese pie or spanakopita cut in slices on white paper with tzatziki sauce and chickpea salad in bowl on table, authentic recipe, view from above

Here we have a delicate, Mediterranean companion to the traditional, hearty pie we enjoy in the UK. With a really simple ingredient list of onion, garlic, spinach, egg, ricotta, feta and filo pastry, you won’t have too much trouble spending a relaxed afternoon or evening rustling this one up. Fry off the onion, garlic and spinach before cooling and mixing with an egg, ricotta and feta mixture and delicately assembling the layers of pastry. Here’s the full recipe.

Classic fish pie

Recalling the British coastlines and the wealth of seafood we have an offer, the classic fish pie has been enjoyed for hundreds of years. Rather than a typical pastry casing, the fish is of course topped with mashed potato and cheese. For the filling, cod and prawns are typically included whilst smoked haddock will give it punchy flavour. This creamy, luxurious fish pie recipe is all you need.

Beef, caramelised onion and ale

The heartiest of all pies and probably the first that springs to mind when thinking of classic fillings, beef and ale pie is all about richness and depth of flavour and is sure to transport you to a cosy country pub. Adding caramelised onion adds a sweet tang which cuts through the bold savoury flavours of the beef and ale. Try out this recipe, complete with a mustard suet crust for a satisfying pie that doesn’t scrimp on turbocharging the taste.

Apple and blackberry pie

We’re not restricted to savoury pies, though! We have a great British tradition of fruit pies to draw upon for inspiration – take a look at this blackberry and apple pie recipe for the perfect late summer dessert. If you’re lucky enough to live in the countryside you could try and source some local apples and search the bramble for blackberries. Making the pie is simple enough – all you need is some sweet dessert pastry, 1kg Bramley apples, 400g blackberries, 140g caster sugar, a beaten egg and some cinnamon. Once you’ve baked your pie, it’s time to decide on the accompaniment – do you go for cream, custard or ice cream?

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