{Miranda Loves} Joules Kitchenware

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I’m sure it’s obvious by now that I have a bit of an addiction when it comes to pretty crockery. I’ve always loved china (I like to think it’s in my veins as my Grandfather was a mouldmaker for Poole Pottery), and, at age 8, I was already building my china collection, spending all my birthday and Christmas money on the Royal Doulton Brambly Hedge tea set (which I still have and use regularly). My love of pretty cups and plates hasn’t lessened over the years, so I was thrilled when I was sent some items from the Joules Kitchenware range, in return for featuring them in a post (please see below for my full disclosure).

Joules Kitchenware is a mix of pretty floral patterns, bright colours and sweet animal prints. I was lucky enough to be able to pick out some of my favourite items, and I went for the lovely large mixing bowl, measuring jug and two plates (the hen and the hare). I was thrilled with the items when I received them, and couldn’t wait to use them in a recipe post. As it was a Saturday morning, I decided buttermilk pancakes (with a raspberry sauce and maple syrup) was the obvious choice (scroll down for the recipe!).

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I love pretty pinks and blues for my kitchenware, so Joules’ floral pattern went perfectly with many pieces I already owned. The mixing bowl is a good size and has a lip on one side that makes it easy to pour the batter out, which I think is such a clever idea. I loved the measuring jug too – so much more attractive than my boring glass ones. Using such pretty kitchenware definitely made making pancakes even more fun than usual! Here’s the recipe I used (adapted from the Fannie Farmer Cookbook and Baking Book):

Buttermilk Pancakes with Raspberry Sauce

For the pancakes (makes about 8 pancakes):
1 – 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 egg
140g white flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest

1/ Beat the egg, butter and milk lightly in a mixing bowl. Mix the flour, baking soda, sugar and salt and add them all at once to the first mixture, stirring just enough to dampen the flour.

2/ Lightly butter a frying pan or griddle and set over a moderate heat, until a few drop of cold water sprinkled on form rapidly moving globules.

3/ Pour 1/4 cup of batter  at a time onto the griddle and fry until the cakes are full of bubbles on top and lightly browned underneath, then flip with a spatula and lightly brown the other side.

4/ Stack pancakes onto plates and enjoy with butter, maple syrup and (if desired) raspberry sauce.

For the raspberry sauce:
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cups raspberries (plus a handful extra to scatter over pancakes)
1 teaspoon Marie Brizard Creme de Framboise Liqueur (optional)

1/ Combine the sugar and water in a small pan and heat, stirring often until the sugar has dissolved. Set aside and allow to cool.

2/ Put the raspberries and raspberry liqueur in a blender or food processor, pour the sugar syrup on top and blend until the raspberries become a puree.

3/ Strain the sauce through a sieve and serve in a pretty jug (or store in the fridge until needed).

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Doesn’t the hen plate look sweet?! As a lovely instagram follower of mine pointed out, it would also be adorable with eggs and soldiers! I’m saving the hare plate for a post in March – I just can’t resist playing with the idea of a March hare….

I think anything from the Joules Kitchenware range would make great gifts for your domestic goddess friends, as a wedding present, or for your mum (remember it for Mother’s Day!). All the pieces are reasonably priced, but attractive. Have you got anything from the Joules Kichenware range? What item would you like the most?

Disclosure: I was sent these items in exchange for featuring them on my blog. I, however, would never recommend something I wouldn’t buy – or haven’t bought – myself, and I only agree to feature items that reflect my personal taste and aesthetic. I also always disclose whenever I have been sent items in exchange for publicising them on Miranda’s Notebook.