As a child I used to love baking with my mum and my love of attempting to bake lasted right up until my teenage years. However since I’ve become a mummy myself time seems to pass me by at lightning speed and all thoughts of baking have flown out the window. Whilst I have never admitted to being the best baker in the word (flat buns are my speciality) baking’s always been something that I’ve found therapeutic and is an activity that I’ve wanted to attempt with my little monster for ages but 5 years after my last baking attempt would my already lacking baking skills be up to the challenge?
|OXO Good Grips baking tools|
OXO recently sent us a selection of baking tools in an attempt to enhance my baking skills- after all a poor workman is said to always blame his tools but with these super tools ready for action there was nowhere to hide!
We were lucky enough to be sent the following fab OXO items to assist us in our baking mission;
2.8L Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl
Hand Held Mixer
6 Piece Measuring Spoon Set
Hearing about our distinct lack of baking tools Mermaid also threw in a 9 Hole Hard Anodised Shallow Bun Tray to add to the mix
|Hands off the bowl Mr Monster!|
First to be tested was the classic black and white stainless steel mixing bowl. The bowl is pretty heavy and that combined with the non-slip rubber bottom meant that my heavy handed toddler couldn’t tip it up even after mummy had accidentally knocked over a glass of juice and made the worktop very slippery indeed.
So in went the ingredients in a rather haphazard fashion and out came OXO’s brand new hand held mixer. I think it’s fair to say that electric mixers and I aren’t the best of friends- picture the scene I ‘forget’ to release the power button before pulling it out of the chocolate cake mix- ooops one shiny kitchen is now hidden under a mass of brown cake mixture! So whilst having to use my muscles and wind the mixer by hand may require a tiny bit of extra effort the thought of not having to spend the next half hour scrubbing mixture from every nook and cranny in the kitchen was very appealing.
|Hand held mixer|
The hand held mixer performed fabulously well and didn’t require half as much man power as I initially thought, in fact monster even managed to have a go at turning the non-slip knob whilst I kept a firm hold on the contoured non-slip handle to stop the little man dropping it in the mixture when he got bored.
The best bit about the hand held mixture is just how easy it is to clean. Press in the two grey buttons and the stainless steel beaters can be easily removed and either popped into the dishwasher of left for the human dishwasher aka daddy to wash up. :p>
Finally I added half a teaspoon of vanilla essence using one of the Oxo measuring spoons from the 6 piece set. The spoons are easily removable and brightly labelled and hold anything from 1/8 tsp right up to 15ml of fluids which makes it much more accurate than my usual method of tipping it in until it looked about right.
Once the mixture was ready it was time to pop it into the bun cases that monster had lovingly laid out in the Mermaid bun tray. Okay so that was a little bit of a fib, monster threw the case all over the worktop and I gathered them up before having to persuade him to put the brightly coloured cases into the nine shallow holes nicely but he’s my baby and for me he can do no wrong!
|Baking with the monster|
Whilst I’m not a baking expert even I could see and feel the superior quality of this bun tray. Mermaid claim that the Anodised tray is twice as hard as stainless steel the fact that it isn’t coated ensures that it won’t peel of flake even in years which sounds pretty good to me!
Finally it was time to put the OXO Good Grips Silicone Spatula to the test and I’m happy to tell you that the flexible spatula was the perfect tool for scraping out the last bits of the cake mixture from the bowl which pleased me greatly as I hate waste.
r may not be a master baker the little monster and I had heaps of fun making out Easter themed buns and after 5 years in hiding I don’t think we did too badly do you?
|Pretty Easter buns|
A big thanks to OXO for supplying us with their fabulous tools that are just as superb quality as the other OXO products that we have previously reviewed.
Why not check out the entire range of fabulous OXO productsand see how good they are for yourself.