Christmas Baking is well under way in our house, how about yours? As I write this the Christmas cake has been iced and decorated, and the first batch of mince pies are in the freezer. I thought it would be the perfect time to put up a post about this gingerbread kit my nephew and I tried out a while ago. It's not festive, but I am sure you could decorate to be Christmassy if you wanted.
This kit jumped out at me because it was Crayola branded, and I liked the biscuit icing designs on the front. I don't buy kits that often because I find there's way more icing than biscuit/cake mix and they are not always great value for money, but I love gingerbread so thought I would give this a go.
The kit came with the gingerbread mix, 2 different coloured icing sugars (yellow and red), 2 writing icing tubes (black and white), a plastic cutter and a decoration leaflet. You just need to add syrup, vegetable oil, and water, plus flour when you roll it out.
First impressions were good, the instructions were clear, and they divided them into adult, and child tasks which I thought was a nice touch. I was sceptical about using the plastic cutter, it looked a bit flimsy, but in the end it cut through the rolled out biscuit mix fine. In our oven they took the 10-12 minutes listed - so far so good.
It was also a bit more work preparing 3 different colours of icing sugar, but I think given the fun designs you can make with them, it was worth spending a bit of extra time on that. As predicted there was more icing sugar than biscuit mix, which was a little disappointing, I was hoping this kit would buck the trend and give me more biscuits, but the design leaflet made up for that a bit. It's on thick, good quality paper, so ideal to keep and use again, there's six different designs to try out, with handy pictures to show the different stages. Really good leaflet, and although it was handy having Mum and I remind my nephew, which pictures to copy and when and a few little tips, he did really well copying the designs, and I joined in and did a few as well. We used some of the leftover icing on some normal biscuits, left them all to dry/set, then tried our gingerbread as an after dinner treat. They tasted very yum, and didn't last all that long either!
Overall, throwing icing sugar in the bin isn't ideal, and the kit only made 5 gingerbread biscuits not 6, but I've kept the box, leaflet, cutter, and icing pens, and will definitely be using those again, so from that point of view it was worth buying. Most of the other kits I've bought before, I wouldn't bother with again, but while this one was a bit small, there's future value in what I get to keep so full marks there Cake Angels.
Here is a link if anyone fancies trying it out for themselves. Wasn't too bad for an impulse buy, and was definitely tasty. What baking kits or recipes have you used with your children? Any suggestion post them below.