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I don’t really do subscription boxes. Simply because 9 times out of 10, you only really get one thing you actually use and the rest gets shoved in a drawer and forgotten about. Plus for the price you spend, you could buy one lovely thing you really like… Anyway!
When Bakedin got in touch asking if I wanted to try their monthly baking kit, how could I possibly resist? I absolutely love baking (and eating!) and there certainly wouldn’t be anything shoved in a drawer! For £7.50 per month, you receive a brand-new recipe every month with a step-by-step recipe card alongside all the dry ingredients precisely weighed out for the amount you need plus handy extras such as baking paper. You’ll need to supply any fresh ingredients such as eggs and milk but we all have these in the fridge anyway.
I love that Michel Roux, one of the world’s best pastry chefs reviews and approves all of the Baking Club recipes so you know they’re going to be good! Previous subscription recipes have included Apple & Pecan Buns, Coconut & Lime Loaf and Chocolate & Caramel Eclairs so you get some really varied bakes each month.
My box was for Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies and considering I love brownies, I was looking forward to trying Bakedin’s cheesecake version. The instruction booklet makes the process so simple with step by step photos to go along with each instruction so you know exactly what each step should look like. It was so handy (and quick!) only having to weigh out a couple of the wet ingredients and just being able to dump the labelled ingredient bags into the mixer.
The whole process from start to finish only took a couple of hours to make (washing up included!) although you do need to allow a few hours for fridge time so the chocolate layer can set. And the brownies themselves? SO GOOD! I’d wondered if it would be a bit odd with cheesecake (where you’d usually have a biscuit base) on top of a brownie but the combination really works!
A subscription like Bakedin Baking Club makes so much more sense to me than a beauty box as not only is it a lovely way to spend a couple of hours (whether alone or with someone else) but you get something tasty at the end of it too and it won’t take up any room as you’ll have snaffled it all up in no time at all. I also don’t think it’s an issue if the recipe one month isn’t to your taste (e.g. fruity stuff for me personally) as it’s a great excuse to share your tasty treats with friends and family.