Since Libby started nursery, it is rare for me to get much time on my own with her. When we do have a few hours to ourselves, one of the things we love to do is bake. Libby gets such a sense of achievement from creating something in the kitchen that everybody can eat and enjoy.
That’s why we were both delighted when we were given the opportunity to review a subscription box from BKD Mini Bakers Club. They take the hard work out of baking by sending a little kit in the post, containing nearly everything you need to create an exciting bake. They also run messy baking events in London, which sound great fun!
We were lucky enough to receive a gorgeous box of goodies addressed to Libby, using writing that she could easily read herself. Our box contained a gingerbread biscuit mix, along with detailed instructions of how to make our biscuits. The only things we needed were butter and golden syrup. In addition to the biscuits, there were other activities in the box for us to do, including some little bags that you could decorate with stickers and put the biscuits in them to share with friends.
We followed the instructions to make the biscuits. It really was nice and simple, Libby was able to do virtually all of it by herself. I weighed out the couple of things we needed that weren’t in the mix and I helped her to cream the butter. Then she just stirred everything together and we made the biscuits into a dough. This had to be left in the fridge for an hour before cooking.
While it was resting, we decorated our bags. Then it was time to take the dough out of the fridge, roll it out and cut it into the shapes we needed. At this point, I did think it would have been nice if we’d had a couple of cookie cutters included in the box. It told us to ‘cut out the shapes using the cookie cutter’.
I don’t really have a cookie cutter, so I managed to dig out a cat from Libby’s toy box and wash the play dough off it so we could make a cat shape. Then I just used a glass to cut the other biscuits into round shapes. This is what I usually do when we make biscuits, hence not owning a proper cookie cutter.
When we’d cut the biscuits into shapes, it was time to just pop them in the oven. I did like the suggestion of cutting the shapes on a piece of greaseproof paper on the kitchen work surface, then just lifting the paper straight onto the baking tray.
The gingerbread took just 7 minutes to cook, and came out looking fabulous. I popped one of the lolly sticks that BKD had provided into a few of the biscuits to make some little cookie lollies. Libby was absolutely delighted with what she had created. BKD had also sent us a little icing pen to decorate our biscuits, so I drew a little face on the cat. Despite Libby’s hard work making bags for her biscuits, none of them made it to the bags. They tasted too good, we didn’t want to share!
Please note that the BKD box was sent to us free of charge for the purpose of an honest review. All views, opinions and mini bakers are my own, all biscuits have been devoured.