Wednesday, October 13, 2010

5-in-1 Standard Tasty Baker Review

I'm always a fan of baking. Whether it's cookies, cakes, or brownies I'll make all of them happily! I'm always on the lookout for cute new bakeware too.

The 5-in-1 baker is adorable. It comes in the standard one that I received, but also features Disney princesses, Toy Story and Mickey Mouse. You can see these bakers at Pop Art Toaster

This standard baker can bake mini muffins, cornbread, cakes, brownies, pancakes, eggs, and even waffles in a matter of moments. The delicious treats that you love full sized are now available in bite size shapes! This baker makes birthday cake, dog, cat, train, heart, smiley face, and blocks.



I received the unit and couldn't wait to try it out! I decided to make mini blueberry muffins. Here's a close up of the inside molds.



This baker is not hard to use at all. Per the instructions you are told to spray the molds lightly with non-stick cooking spray. You turn the baker on and close the lid. You preheat the unit by waiting till the green ready light comes on and then set the desired cooking temperature from a scale of 1-4. The light came on very quickly and I knew that meant that it was time to bake!

I was concerned at first with overfilling the molds. I decided not to spoon too much batter in the molds for fear of the batter overflowing and coming out of the sides of the mold and running down the machine. It comes with a scooper for the batter, but I wanted to use a spoon instead for more control.



The instructions say to periodically check the cooking process. The total cooking time is about 4 minutes, so it's easy to forget to check and burn your treats. I checked only about twice and they were done very quickly.



Not too bad for my first time doing this, right?



Even though I greased the molds I still had a small bit of trouble getting the muffins out. It says not to use anything sharp on the molds so I had to use a small rubber spatula to guide the muffins out. They all came out intact too, no broken pieces. For cleaning the unit, it comes with a special brush to get any food out that is left in the molds after baking.. You can rinse the molds out with water first and then clean it with the brush. It works pretty well.

There are so many possibilities of foods to make with this baker. You could make little mini chocolate birthday cakes and frost them with vanilla icing. You could also make coconut heart shaped brownies layered together and then frosted with chocolate icing and topped with sprinkles. Be creative!







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