Monday 22 February 2016

Baking with the kids and a little help from Casdon/Annabel Karmel (review)

As you'll know if you're a regular reader of my blog, I spend loads of time baking up a storm in the Madhouse kitchen and the kids - well, mainly Pierre now that the girls have pretty much grown out of it - love to get involved. These kid-sized baking accessories from the queen of cooking for and with kids, Annabel Karmel, were therefore a welcome addition to my already overflowing kitchen cupboards !

The mini cupcake set has a miniature price tag to match the miniature size because it only costs £5. It doesn't look that small in this picture but it's a scaled down version of regular muffin cases that would be ideal for toddlers or those trying to cut down on the calories in their snacks.

The 20-piece baking set is very comprehensive and contains 1 x Round Baking Tin, 10 x Cookie Cutters, 6 x Measuring Spoons, 1 x Silicone Spatula, 1 x Measuring Jug, 1 x Mixing Bowl with Anti-Slip Base and 2 x Recipes, one for vanilla shortbread biscuits and one for ginger cookies.

We decided to try the vanilla shortbread recipe and Pierre found the utensils easy and comfortable to use.

The spatula is great for getting right round the edges of the bowl and made mixing up the cookie dough an absolute breeze.

Pierre also loved using the tiny measuring spoons and they work out much more precise than using teaspoons or tablespoons, which can often end up being very heaped when Pierre's left to his own devices ! (Following the recipe in the kit, I added cornflour to the dough for the first time ever - I couldn't see the point but it created an incredibly silky smooth dough so it's definitely something I'll be doing from now on.)

The bowl's non-stick base helped keep things steady so there were no spillages at all.

After rolling out the dough, it was time to try out the mini animal cookie cutters.

Seeing Pierre struggling with the grown-up sized pallette knife to transfer the cut-out cookies to the baking tray made me realise how much easier it is for young bakers to have downsized utensils that are specially designed for little hands.

The cookies held their shape really well.

The baking tray has perfect non-stick properties and created a beautifully crispy, golden base to the cookies.

Pierre was extremely chuffed with how well they came out !

All that was left was to decorate them with icing gel pens and silver balls.

Final bonus points for the lovely bright colours of the kit and the fact that you can use the mixing bowl to store all the kiddie sized utensils in - a plastic lid would have been a welcome addition to keep them all together though.

star rating : 4.5/5

RRP : £5 for the mini cupcake kit, £10 for the 20-piece baking kit

Disclosure : We received the products in order to write an honest review.

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