Monday, 2 October 2017

BakerLou76 Gingerbread Men Baking Kit review

Did you see the fun baking kits I featured in September's TreatYourself special offers post? Created by Louise Ward of BakerLou76 in Wombourne, they are perfect for occasional home bakers who don't want to waste money buying greater ingredient quantities than they will need for one recipe. The kits would also make ideal gifts for adults or older children. Louise offers a wide range of recipes from Mediterranean Focaccia Bread to Rocky Road traybakes to a decadent Christmas Pudding and even Mulled Wine Jars. I was delighted when she contacted me to offer a Gingerbread Men kit to bake and review. I don't think I had made gingerbread for decades!

My kit arrived very quickly! It was neatly packed in a sturdy (and recyclable) card box wrapped in brown paper. On opening this I saw enticing bright pink tissue paper enclosing almost all the ingredients I would need for my biscuits - flour, sugar, spices, syrup and a cookie cutter. Louise had even thought to include a sheet of baking paper and a little extra flour to prevent the biscuits sticking as I rolled them out. The only ingredients that need to be added are ones that cannot easily be posted such as butter, eggs and milk. In the case of the Gingerbread Men, all I had to find was butter. This means, of course, that the kits can easily be veganised by substituting non-dairy spreads for butter / aquafaba for eggs / etc. if preferred.

My kit also included a laminated recipe card printed in a large enough font to be easily read across a mixing bowl. The instructions are clear and, I think, would make sense to even complete novice bakers. I set to work and soon had my biscuit dough mixed up and ready for rolling. No ingredients were missing and all their bags were clearly labelled so I would have had to try very hard to get this recipe wrong!

The cookie cutter is big so I ended up with eight full size gingerbread men and a half dozen smaller biscuits from the offcuts. The kitchen smelt gorgeous while they were baking - a real Christmassy aroma - and the Gingerbread Men are dangerously moreish once they cool down enough to be eaten. Dave and I happily munched through the batch in an afternoon and evening. For folks with more self-control the biscuits would last several days in an airtight container. It might even be worth spending time icing them!

I was very pleased with my BakerLou76 Gingerbread Men kit and am happy to recommend her baking kits. All the pressure of finding and weighing ingredients is taken away so I just had the fun of the actual baking. My only minor criticism would be that the ingredients are all in plastic bags rather than recyclable paper. The biscuits however are delicious - so much nicer for being homemade!

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