I love baking but I have to admit that I find baking with flour to be a little daunting. I’m fine with cooking, but baking is touch and go for me. I’m never sure what type of flour to use for which recipe and so I always resort to my regular Robin Hood flour. Sometimes, it is amazing and sometimes, it is what it is.
I was recently asked to take a look around the new Robinhood.ca website for myself and share my thoughts with you. You can imagine my happy moment when my biggest question was answered as soon as I loaded the website.
The second feature for me, and the main reason I signed up to join the Robin Hood community is their cooking/baking with kids section. You can access this area through a link at the top of the page and it will take you to a number of different resources that will inspire you and your little ones to get those aprons on and fire up the oven.
My favourite feature is the ‘Set a Baking Date’ reminder which is available to members. You can set a date to make something special with your little ones, choose which recipe to make, and choose to be reminded of the big day by email (from one day up to one week before). The reason I love this feature is because you can set the day you want to make it, but more importantly, remind yourself just before your big grocery shopping day so you can make sure you have all of the ingredients on hand. I know first-hand the guilt felt when a five year old looks at you when you tell her you are really sorry but you don’t have one (very important) ingredient on hand to make the recipe you have both been looking forward to all week.
Other features in the Baking with Kids area are:
- Newsletter Signups: stay in the know and find weekly inspirations to keep your culinary cutie(s) going all year round.
- Weekly Inspirations: find a new recipe each week or browse through all of the recipes to find that perfect creation.
- Tips for Baking with Kids: I know I can use all of the help I can get.
- Fun Downloads: including recipe ‘save the date’ reminder stickers, cookie cutter cut-outs, and a baking certificate to give to your little one for being so creative in the kitchen.
For the adults, my top features are the Bake Class where you can learn various techniques for different desserts. On the site right now is how to make perfect flaky pie crust – just in time for fall pies and holiday cooking. I’ve already saved this to my Recipe Box (a feature of being a member). One other feature I like about this is that it lets you know if you can freeze the item or not.
You would think my next favorite section would be the recipes, with all of their mouth-watering photos that make me want to chew on my iPad, but you would be mistaken. You see, as nice as a recipe is on paper, it is often the preparation that makes it perfect. My next top feature is the Tips link found at the top. Here you can find little tips for almost everything from softening brown sugar to removing air bubbles when baking cakes. I also found out that you can make a substitute for buttermilk and no, it is not adding butter and milk together.
If you enjoy baking or want to expand the activities you are currently exploring with your children, you should definitely take a look around the site, sign up for an account and check out my favorite sections along with their drool-worthy recipes, product list (including gluten-free flour), and their community where users can ask questions, start conversations or upload an image of their own.
You can also sign up for the Robin Hood newsletter and indicate (at any time) if you want to include the Baking with Kids in your newsletter or not. You will receive monthly tips, tricks recipes (including seasonal), and more and you can opt in and out at any time.
Disclosure: I have been offered compensation to facilitate this post for Robin Hood. The views and opinions expressed in this post and in my social networks are my own.
Sheri publishes, and writes at This Bird’s Day where she shares all of the thoughts in her head without the voices. Sticking mainly with content for Canadians, Sheri shares family stories, product information and anything that fits into her (and her family’s) daily activities.