Double Trouble Whoopie Pies… BakedIn Baking Club

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Last week I decided to join the BakedIn Baking Club, which is a monthly subscription box which helps you make scrumptious recipes created by the one and only Michel Roux. In the extremely unlikely event that you don’t know who that is, Michel is a world-famous pastry chef who is also known as the godfather of restaurant cuisine. That is one of the reasons I decided to try this box out. Michel Roux developed the recipes!!!

When you join this Club, every month you receive a box containing all the dry ingredients you need to make the recipe. Obviously things like eggs are hard to send in the post so you will need to provide a couple of basic ingredients yourself, namely chilled or liquid ingredients. Everything is weighed out for you so you don’t have to mess around weighing out lots of different things, and each ingredient is packed in a bag with a number on. The recipe card tells you what is in each numbered bag so you really can’t go wrong.

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One of the things that impressed me was they even send the baking paper you will need. This box contained 6 sheets of baking paper to bake with and 2 grip seal bags which you could use as piping bags for the buttercream. Little details like that make me happy. Another thing I loved was the Butter Me Up butter measurement guide.

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This card is to be used with standard 250g blocks of butter. When you position it next to the block, you can accurately measure out the correct weight of butter you need without having to weigh it! I tested this a few times and it was spot on. It also has a handy conversion guide on it. I shall be laminating this to make sure it stays in perfect condition.

All of the ingredients are listed on the inside of the box, with allergens in bold as required by law. It even gives nutritional information!

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Another thing I love about this Club is the fact they send your first box out within a day or two. With most subscription boxes you sign up, but you have to wait weeks until the first box is delivered. BakedIn understand you will be excited to get started so, no matter when you join, they send your first box straight out. All of these little details make you feel valued as a member.

My first box was Double Trouble Whoopie Pies. I had never made, or even eaten, a whoopie pie before, and if it hadn’t been for this box I probably never would have! I now know I have been seriously missing out! If I’m honest I wasn’t even entirely sure exactly what they were. I’m hanging my head in shame. If you’re unsure like I was, I would say they are a cross between a soft cookie and a cake, sandwiched together with a delicious filling. In this case, they were beautifully chocolatey with an extra hit of chocolate in the white chocolate buttercream. They tasted sooooo good. My Other Half and my son both tried one, which very quickly led to another, and another. They are ridiculously moreish, and I can see me becoming addicted to them!

The recipe card was extremely clear and easy to follow. It was a perfect way to involve my son too. He had fun finding the right pack and adding it to the mixture, and rolling the dough into ball shapes. He could really even have done this one on his own, the instructions were so well written. The card gives you baking times, preparation times, servings, skill level (this was 2 out of 5), and tells you what you will need, and what you have received in the box. There’s even a Top Tip section at the end of the recipe, written by Michel Roux.

Am I going to continue with this subscription? Definitely! Would I recommend it to others? Again, definitely! It is perfect for all skill levels, for bakers and non-bakers alike. It would make a fantastic gift too. Imagine receiving this as a housewarming present! Freshly baked goods fill a home with a wonderful aroma and so this would be perfect. The smell of chocolate lingered in my house all day after baking these!

BakedIn Baking Club costs £7.99 a month, and that includes delivery. This box cost the Club £2.57 to send. If you add on to that the cost of the packaging, then the ingredients and the little extras, and the fact you are receiving a recipe from a world famous pastry chef, I’m sure you’ll agree it is exceptional value for money.

If you are interested in joining, click HERE to receive your first box for just £1.99 including delivery, saving you £6 off the usual price! You can cancel at any time, although once you’ve tried a box I doubt cancelling will even enter your head!!

DISCLAIMER: I pay for my subscription and will continue to do so. If you join using my link though I will receive a bit of credit as part of their Referral programme, which you will also be able to take part in after you have joined should you choose to. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own, and BakedIn did not ask me to write this review. 

Rosehip and Rhubarb Gin Liqueur Jelly…. Jelly for Grown Ups!

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This weekend I made a dessert which turned out to be a huge success on my Twitter account. One person even commented that it was Michelin Star worthy! High praise indeed!!! I have to admit I am really proud of this and I will be making many more varieties over the next few months as it was so delicious.

It all began when my sister asked me recently if I had tried a new jelly by Hartley’s called What’s Your Flavour? I replied that I hadn’t, but on my next trip to Sainsbury’s my son spotted it on the shelf. He asked if we could try it, so I bought a pack. (You get 2 sachets/1 pack for 70p there).

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The directions were simple… dissolve the sachet contents in boiling water, then add your choice of drink to make the flavour. My son made one sachet using his favourite summer fruits squash and he said it was the best jelly ever. I decided I wanted to try something more grown up with the other sachet. We had bought a beautiful rosehip and rhubarb gin liqueur at the Foodies Festival recently and I thought it would be perfect as a jelly flavour. You need 200ml of your chosen drink for these jelly sachets but I didn’t want to use that much in case it didn’t work, so I used 100ml liqueur and 100ml lemonade. As this jelly would be for adults only I wanted it to look special so I poured it into a Nordic Ware Brownie Pan to set. To make it look extra special I added some dried rose petals to each jelly too, and put them in the fridge to set.

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They came out of the pan perfectly when they had set, after a quick dip in hot water. If you do this, make sure you don’t get water on the actual jelly, just dip the base of the pan. They looked so beautiful and elegant.

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I tried one straight away to make sure they tasted good, and all I can say is WOW! They tasted exactly the same as the bottle of liqueur, and they still had that lovely strong kick from the alcohol. I decided they needed to be served with something equally grown up, so for the first time in my life I made vanilla panna cotta in ramekins, and placed a jelly on each one after they had been turned out. The soft creaminess of the panna cotta went perfectly with the jelly, and the rose petals were a pleasant bit of texture.

What’s Your Flavour jelly is now going to be a cupboard essential for me. It is amazing to think you can choose any flavour you want and turn it easily into a jelly. I am going to have fun experimenting with new flavours and combinations, and coming up with new ways to make jelly a worthy dessert for all occasions, some for children and some strictly for adults! I think I can safely say that Whats Your Flavour is my new favourite product. Who said jelly was for kids???

What would your flavour be? I’d love to find out what exciting ideas you all have 🙂

DISCLAIMER: I bought this product myself and Hartley’s have no idea I am writing this about them. All views and opinions are my own. 

May Degustabox Review… Foodie Heaven!

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As you know by now, I am a huge fan of Degustabox and the May box was probably my favourite one yet. Just in case you aren’t aware of them, they are a food subscription box service which sends a wonderful variety of surprise foodie products each month for the amazing price of £12.99, which INCLUDES delivery via DPD!! The products are worth around double that price, so it is a fantastic bargain and gives you the chance to try food and drink items you might not otherwise buy, or ones that are new on the market. It is a lovely experience to receive a box and you have no idea what is inside, apart from guaranteed yumminess. I have to wait until my son comes home from school before I can open mine, as he loves us both taking it in turns to reach into the box and pull out a surprise item. Luckily for me, DPD tends to deliver to my address close to school run time so I don’t have to wait too long.

“Enough waffling, get on with what was in the May box” I hear you cry. Happy to oblige. It was a truly mouthwatering box containing:

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  • JACK DANIELS TENNESSEE HONEY BARBECUE GLAZE – This was absolutely delicious. It had the perfect amount of sweetness and a silky smooth taste. It would be perfect for ribs or chicken wings, and included with the box was a recipe using it to make shredded brisket burgers which looked amazing. I used it with pulled/shredded chicken though and it was soooo good! It is also perfect to use as a dip. The RRP is £1.99

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  • GAROFALO – Fusilli Bucati Corti. I love pasta, and for some reason my son says fusilli tastes better than any other variety, so we were pleased to see this pack. I loved the corkscrew shape of this pasta, which is shaped using a bronze die. It is made from high quality durum wheat, and I have to admit the taste and texture of this is far superior to other fusilli I have tried. I will definitely be looking out for this brand in shops from now on! I have used it with bolognese and in a tuna paste salad and both times it has been so delicious. The RRP is £1.99

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  • CRANES – This is a cider like no other! It is brewed from crushed cranberries rather than apples and has extra fruit juice added for even more flavour. It has a 4% alcohol volume and comes in 3 flavours. I received Original Cranberry, and Strawberry and Kiwi but you can also buy Raspberry and Pomegranate. It is 100% natural, low in added sugar, high in juice, and low in calories at only 99 calories per bottle! It is very fruity and very refreshing. A perfect drink for Summer. The RRP is £1.90 per bottle.

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  • KALLO – I was extremely lucky as there were 2 packs from this brand and they were both delicious. In fact, I think I might even be able to say these were my favourite products in this month’s box. The Belgian Milk Chocolate Corn Cakes were just amazing! They are suitable for vegetarians, coeliac friendly and low calorie, with only 78 calories per cake. We ate them straight out of the packet as guilt-free snacks but Degustabox also recommend trying them as a dessert with whipped cream and raspberries on, drizzled with honey. I know… my mouth is watering at the thought too!! The Yoghurt Topped Rice Cakes were equally delicious and only have 84 calories per cake. They are made from wholegrain brown rice and are scrummilicious! The chocolate ones have a RRP of £1.29 and the yoghurt are £1.69.

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  • BRIOCHE PASQUIER – I love this brand already so was pleased to see a pack of Croissants in the box. These all butter croissants are free from preservatives, hydrogenated fats and artificial colours. There are 8 in the pack and they are wrapped in packs of 2 so the rest stay fresher for longer. I decided to use these in THIS RECIPE and after trying one of these French toast style croissants, my son insisted that we have these for pudding every night! Luckily he’s now changed that to a couple of times a week, as I was on the verge in taking out shares in Brioche Pasquier with the amount I’ve since been buying!! He has realised they are also yummy straight from the pack so loves them as a snack. They have a RRP of £1.80, but they were cheaper than that in Tesco when I’ve been buying them.

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  • GET FRUITY – This is an award winning fruit and oat bar available in 6 flavours. I received Scrumptious Strawberry but you can also buy Juicy Apricot, Orange and Ginger, Moist Mixed Berry, Tangy Pineapple, Coconut and Lime, Radiant Raspberry, and Marvellous Mango bars. They use gluten-free oats and Virgin coconut oil which is good as it keeps you feeling fuller for longer. They are 100% natural and have no added refined sugars. I have to say the Strawberry one was gorgeous. Very fruity and satisfying. I ate it as a mid morning snack on the go and I felt full for ages after! I will look out for the others in this range. RRP is £1.

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  • BELOVED – Date Nectar. This is a natural alternative to honey or sugar and is perfect for pouring over pancakes or waffles, sweetening hot drinks, or using in baking. It is gluten, wheat and dairy free and is made from 100% pure date nectar, making it also perfect for vegans. There isn’t a single other ingredient! It is a rich source of minerals and manganese which supports the body’s energy metabolism. I have used mine drizzled on porridge and it is so lovely. The RRP is £3.50.

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  • THE WONDERFUL COMPANY – I received a pack of Almonds and a pack of Pistachios. These nuts are sun-ripened in Californian orchards. Both of these packs were eaten as snacks and were really high quality nuts. You could also use them in cooking or baking, but they didn’t last long enough in my house for that. Oops! They have a RRP of 90p per pack.

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  • POMEGREAT – I was a bit nervous about trying this pomegranate juice drink as sometimes they can be a bit sharp, but this was beautiful. This juice comes from Californian orchard pomegranates and the flavour is enhanced with aronia juice from concentrate. This makes the juice extra refreshing and sweet. We all really enjoyed this and drank it chilled from the fridge. The RRP is £1.49.

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  • PECHKEKS MISFORTUNE COOKIES – These made us giggle! We’ve all heard of fortune cookies that promise us bright and rosy things. These are the opposite so brilliant for people with a sense of humour! These are the most pessimistic fortunes possible, which is reflected in the black colour of the cookies. Your mouth will turn black from eating them but thats all part of the gloomy fun. One of my misfortunes read “You were out when Lady Luck knocked on your door”. Well luckily I was in when DPD did with this box so who cares!? These would make funny table gifts and have a RRP of £1 each.

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  • MRS CRIMBLE’S – I received a pack of Gluten Free Classic Madeleines. These were absolutely delicious. Moist and well risen, with plenty of flavour. We all really enjoyed these. I admit to dipping mine in chocolate spread on one occasion but the other times I ate them straight from the packet. I don’t need to eat a gluten-free diet but I would buy these again as they tasted so good. These are currently £2.10 in Tesco so great value.

As you can see this was a very tasty box! If you would like to try one for yourself, head to the Degustabox site HERE and if you enter the code BLDEG15 at the checkout you can have your first box for just £6.99 including delivery! What are you waiting for? Go! 🙂

 

DISCLAIMER: I received this box for free in return for an honest review, which I have given. All opinions expressed are my own and all information is true and unbiased.