The Baking Club by BakedIn (June Review)

Baked In has been a company I started following a long time ago. They make great recipe boxes, such as their delicious brownies and cakes. 

They also have a unique baking club. Each month, they deliver a unique baking kit with a recipe exclusively approved for us by Michel Roux through your letterbox.  Like their famous baking kits, it contains all of the dry ingredients you need, an easy to follow recipe card and some handy extras! You still get the joy of baking from scratch, just with no food waste, a great taste and something new to impress your friends and family with each month.

When they offered a discounted first-time offer for new subscribers so of course I jumped at the chance! I like the idea of a surprise every month, but I am also extremely fussy so I didn't want to spend the amount - whilst still relatively cheap - on something I didn't like. Luckily, the first one was Soft Pretzels...or in other words, bread.  
I love how cute the box is and the community of bakers it brings together. Not only do you gain access to all the previous recipe cards, but you also can join an exclusive Facebook Group. In there, you get a sneak peak of what ingredients you will need in advance which makes a really fun guessing game. When the boxes arrive, it's got the cutest packaging, comes with all the dry ingredients and then has a great, detailed recipe card and some bonus'. In mine this month, I got 4 sheets of parchment paper and also a little tip card for different conversions.
I love how all the dry ingredients come pre-weighed and individually packaged. I am trying to somewhat reduce my plastic waste so that is a small downside, but I enjoyed the ease of the baking process, especially with little hands helping.
I'll be honest, I was a little disappointed when I first saw it was bread because I was hoping for something with chocolate, like cake or brownies. But I ended up really loving it. I didn't really know what to expect with Soft Pretzels, but the recipe looked very similar to normal bread with an added bicarbonate of soda step. The recipe card was really easy to follow and the pictures were really helpful. It took about 30 minutes to make the dough and then an hour to rise.
After allowing it to double in size, I split the dough into quarters and then quarters again. Making 16 little balls. We then made the pretzel shapes by making long thin rolls, before making the shape. At first I thought they were going to be terrible but they worked really well and I didn't even watch the video which they had also produced to further help, for anyone stuck. Of course, with practice we got better, but I made 8 and my niece - 7 years old - made the other 8 and both sets turned out great. They didn't even loose their shape in the oven!
In the end, we made the dough in two different batches. We cooked the first 8 the day we made them and then put the other 8 on the tray, pre-formed, in the fridge. The Soft Pretzels tasted a combination of doughnuts and a bagel. We made half of the first batch plain and dipped in melted chocolate, then the other half coated in butter and dipped in a cinnamon-sugar coating. They both went down well! I actually don't like doughnuts so the second batch I tried a couple without and they turned out amazing with warm bread rolls. I ended up doing another two plain for lunch and then did another 4 with garlic butter to dip in. They were all amazing and I can't wait to do the recipe again!
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