With the new university term just around the corner and the return to our screens of student favourite The Great British Bake Off this August, the new Aldi Bake Off range couldn’t have come at a better time for avid bakers!
Aldi’s super-stylish Bake Off range (in stores and online from 14 August), includes everything you need to get creative in the kitchen and will add a touch of class to any student pad. But are the products as good as they look? Our student reviewer Emily from Sheffield gave a few of the products a whirl. Here’s what she thought…
I was lucky enough to review some items from Aldi’s new Bake Off range and received some really cool baking stuff – a large blue mixing bowl, a cooling rack and a range of baby pink silicone baking utensils. What better excuse to get into the kitchen and make a Victoria sponge!
First thoughts were that the mixing bowl looked really stylish and is a good size… bound to fit loads of cake mix in it! It’s a nice weight as well – very solid and easy to hold in one arm as you mix all the ingredients together. I don’t have a lot of storage space in my student flat but this bowl looks so pretty that I wouldn’t mind leaving it out on the worktop if I couldn’t find room in the cupboard for it.
The silicone mixing utensils were also good. I tried out a whisk, a regular spatula, a knife spatula and spoon to make my baking masterpiece! I think the spoon is more a ladle but you could use it for mixing and as a serving spoon. The utensils feel like they are good quality and were easy to clean when I’d finished with them. It was great to have specific utensils to make my cake with as normally I just compromise and use a large metal spoon for everything, so it was much easier to have spatulas to get all of the mix out of the bowl and into the cake tin and for putting the icing on top of the cake.
I also received a pastry brush from the range but haven’t had a chance to use this yet. It looks like it would be perfect for glazing cakes as well as for brushing the tops of pies before they go in the oven. Again, these utensils look so nice that I’d be happy for them to be on show in the kitchen rather than away in the drawer.
The cooling rack was a good size for resting the Victoria sponge as it cooled down, and would be perfect for student kitchens as it takes up very little space. It would easily fit a batch of cup cakes or muffins on it – I’ll have to try those next!
Overall, I was pretty impressed with the products I tried from the range. The colours are bound to cheer up any kitchen, which is a definite bonus in student accommodation. Looking at the prices of the items, I think they seem very reasonable and student friendly, and I can’t complain about the quality. I’d give the items I tried 8.5 out of 10.
Interested in the Aldi Bake Off range? Click here for details of the full range, which is in stores and online from 14 August, while stocks last.