Reviewed by Melody Floyde
Having spent a lot of time in lockdown over the last year I have really enjoyed baking for fun with my children. We have tried out many different recipes and learnt some new skills along the way. We were very lucky as the school did weekly virtual cooking lessons with the Headteacher and his wife every Friday which were a real highlight for us and always meant we had something yummy to eat over the weekend. Unfortunately since lockdown has ended and life has been getting back to normal, we haven’t done as much baking as we just haven’t had the time and have been a little lacking in inspiration for new recipes to try.
So I was delighted when I was asked to review two different Baking Kits from Baked In. Having read up on the back story on the Baked In website these sounded right up my street. Baked In sell a wide range of time saving baking kits which still give the baking from scratch experience but without all the hassle of having to source and weigh ingredients – perfect. They also come in different skill levels from 1 to 5 so you can pick the ideal kit to match your experience.
We were sent two kits to try, a Double Choc Brownie Kit and an Iced Cinnamon Buns Kit, both of them sounded delicious and we couldn’t wait to get stuck in. It was great timing as we were heading into a wet weekend, and what better way to have fun at the weekend than to do some baking (and eating!).
Firstly, on Saturday we tried the Double Choc Brownie Kit. This one was allocated to my youngest son, who is six, as it was skill level 1 so would be fairly straightforward. We were very impressed with the lovely bright colours on the box as they were so appealing and made us want to get stuck in. Inside the box was everything we would need to make the brownies – dry ingredients in numbered bags, a step by step recipe card, a foil baking tray (which impressively was already lined with baking paper – a task I usually dislike having to do!), a card to measure the butter and even a wooden skewer. The only thing we needed to add ourselves was butter and eggs. I was also really impressed that the butter measuring card had a guide on the back to show temperature equivalents of the oven and also measurements if needed. I am going to keep this for future reference.
Making the actual brownies was very easy and the instructions were very straightforward. I liked the way that they were split into three stages “Get Ready”, “Mix it Up” and “Bake It” which made it very easy to follow, especially with the numbered bags. Mixing up the brownie mix probably took us about 10 minutes which was ideal for my son as he doesn’t always have the longest attention span. We found that cooking the brownies took a little longer than the 35-40 minutes suggested, as after that period they were still raw in the middle, but an extra 5 minutes and they were perfect. The mix made enough to fill the 8 inch tin, which we got 10 slices out of (it suggested 12 servings so we must just be greedy!). And the brownies were delicious, we had them warm with vanilla ice cream – yum! And we had a lot of fun making them along the way.
Secondly, on Sunday, we tried the Iced Cinnamon Bun Kit. This time it was the turn of my eldest son who is nine and loves baking. He has really flourished during our lockdown baking sessions and has developed some good skills, which was a bonus as this kit was a skill level 4 and, I have to confess, had me slightly daunted having never made bread from scratch before! However, I needn’t have worried as the instructions were so easy to follow and everything was measured out for us. Inside this kit we had all the dry ingredients and two foil baking trays. We just had to add butter and milk. Again the instructions were so easy to follow and in the same very clear stages as for the brownies. This kit was more time consuming to allow for the dough rising time of about 80-120 minutes but we really enjoyed making it and it kept us occupied for a whole morning. My son found kneading the bread particularly fun. We made 14 buns which filled the two foil trays perfectly. The cooking time again was slightly longer than expected but this gave us more time to enjoy the wonderful aromas coming from the cooker. When the buns were cooked and iced, we were so impressed that we had managed to produce them ourselves. And even more importantly they were delicious! We felt like master bakers and I had visions of a hand shake from Paul Hollywood had he been there to taste them!
We had so much fun with the two baking kits and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to make impressive bakes with the minimum of effort. Having looked at the Baked In website I can see that there are lots of different kits to buy ranging from mug cakes to celebration cakes. There is also a baking club that you can subscribe to where you get a different cake kit every month which sounds right up my street.
RRP: £8.00 each
This product can be purchased from Baked In here