We were sent a Doodle Bread Making kit to try out. It’s a very clever product and I think it would be a great gift idea. We had great fun making it. Any negative comments are not down to the product but ‘user error’ as I’m a disaster in the kitchen, as you’re all aware. It all comes neatly laid out for you with very clear instructions. All you have to do is add a bit of water and oil. So, I’m not sure how I managed to mess it up!
I’m not very confident in the kitchen, so when I cook I follow recipes word for word and if there is anything missing disaster strikes. So, I followed the instructions and whacked in 200 ml of water, which resulted in more of a pancake mixture than a ‘soft chewing gum texture’. So I had to add more flour to get the texture right. I think this is where it all started to go wrong. I’d recommend adding a bit of water at a time until you get the right consistency!
Since I’ve never made bread before I didn’t realise that room temperature was important for it too rise. It’s below zero here today. I had a slight panic attack because it wasn’t rising. However, thanks to a lovely friend on twitter, I tucked it into the airing cupboard, amongst the sheets and towels, where it is nice and warm and it started to rise. Phew!
I did oil the Doodle Shaper (star shaped thing) as per instructions but obviously not enough as I had trouble getting it out of the bread before popping it into the oven. Thankfully ‘the beauty of Doodle bread is imperfection as your star may look like a frog or a cloud??’
At one point I was a bit worried as Madame was very excited and kept asking me every 5 minutes if it was ready. Luckily, it all worked out in the end and we got to enjoy warm fresh home-made bread smeared with a generous amount of butter. Yum!
All in all I would definitely recommend this product. But, if you get the opportunity to choose colouring I would go for something with more contrast as we had trouble seeing the star in ours.