The packaging looked a bit cheap and cheerful but I did love the funny little drawings (or doodles !) all over the box. The girls said that it looked like a McDonalds' Happy Meal box and asked if they could colour it in ! The instructions are very kid-friendly but it took us a couple of reads to work out which bits of kit corresponded to which names and some instructions are a bit lacking in detail - for example, we weren't sure how long we were supposed to leave it to rise before putting it on the oven !
What is really handy is that the kit contains two bread mixes so there was no fighting because the girls got to make up one each. Sophie took the Big Doodle mix and Sophie got the Little Doodle mix. We followed the instructions, carefully measuring out the stated quantity of water to mix in with the flour.
As you can see, it was very very runny and sticky and I had to add lots of extra flour to get it to the right sort of consistency to allow us to make a dough ball. I think there may be a slight problem in the water/flour ratio so add the water bit by bit and play it by ear. The pink bread mix worked perfectly though and was just the right consistency. We were supposed to knead the dough for about 20 minutes but the girls got fed up with it sticking to their hands after about 5 minutes and gave up !
... and a second slice with a slightly squashed star but still pretty good that Juliette took, but the rest was misshapen and only made two extra slices of bread. When I looked at the photos in the gallery on the Doodlebread website, it's easy to see that our loaf didn't rise properly because their loaves are much bigger (and more evenly shaped).