With my new kitchen pretty much in place (yes! the reveal post is coming!) I am super excited to start baking again. I can actually get at all my baking supplies and mixing appliances now and have a gorgeous counter on which to work. We had to delay our family Thanksgiving celebration to this coming weekend, so I'm actually spending Friday in the kitchen getting our pumpkin cookies and pies all ready for the festivities. But other times I don't feel like getting out the apron and stand mixer; I just want a quick, home-baked treat.
Enter the Robin Hood Quick Bread mixes. I discovered these last year, and I generally have one or two in the pantry, in case of a sudden craving or surprise visitor. The mixes come in 5 flavours - Banana Flavoured, Chocolate Chip, Lemon Poppy Seed Flavoured (my fave!), Cinnamon Swirl, and even Gluten Free Banana Flavoured. They are super easy and quick to make, as you only need to add 3 ingredients (water, oil and egg), and you can get them from box to oven in 5 minutes. And because they are so straight-forward, they are perfect for baking with kids. Teach them how to measure, get them to stir, and then sit together and enjoy the creation you've made. It's a perfect way to bake some memories in your family kitchen.
Best of all, these breads taste deliciously homemade and come out of the oven lovely and moist. All without spending too much time or making a lot of mess. Today I had a craving, probably due to the chilly weather. So I grabbed a box of Robin Hood's Cinnamon Swirl mix, prepped it and popped it in the oven in the time it took Boo's pasta to boil. Then I enjoyed it this afternoon with a nice cup of hot tea.
Of course you can jazz these mixes up by adding some extras and your personal touch. Robin Hood provides a number of recipes on their website that use these mixes as the base, including an Apple Cinnamon Swirl Cake. Basically it involves slicing up a few apples and adding them in to the mix I threw together in a couple of minutes. Easy peasy.
Even professional pastry chefs use these mixes at home with their kids. Check out this piece from Leslie Steh.
I love what she says about making masterpieces at work, but making memories at home. Such a great philosophy on getting in the kitchen with her kids.
Have you tried Robin Hood Quick Breads yet? Which one is your favourite?
Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Robin Hood. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.