Lately, it seems that everyone’s inner baker has come to life! We’re all stuck at home, the stress of coronavirus continues and simple desserts are providing the comfort (and carbs and sugar) we’re all craving.
Meanwhile, bakeshops around the country are finding crafty ways to serve their customers and stay in business. Many are offering baking kits that includes everything you need to bake and decorate your favorite breads and desserts at home, without the hassle of shopping for ingredients.
Mr. Holmes Bakehouse
Ships: Across the U.S.
The trendy Mr. Holmes Bakehouse in San Francisco is famous for its beautiful pastries and cool-vibe branding. Due to the changes brought on by COVID-19, they are offering a handful of Survival Kits. The Bread Starter Kit includes a dough starter to make fresh bread, as well as instructions on how to keep the starter alive for future loaves. You can also buy a Chocolate Chip Cookie Kit, or a Pasta & Garlic Focaccia Kit, which includes the ingredients to make both fresh pasta and bread.
Ships: Across the U.S.
If you’d rather skip the baking and go straight to decorating, grab a DIY Decorating Kit from the Flour Power bakery in New York. Each cookie, cupcake and cake decorating kit comes with perfectly baked desserts, frosting bags and an assortment of sprinkles and toppings. The immediate gratification makes the Flour Power kits a great project for kids.
Classy Girl Cupcakes
Ships: Milwaukee-area only
This Milwaukee-based bakery is offering a 4-week subscription box to keep your kitchen stocked with baking kits. Each week features a different dessert, including cupcakes, truffles, cookie sandwiches and even a mini cake. All you have to do is pop the batter in the oven, and then decorate with the supplied frosting and sprinkles.
Baltimore Chef Shop
Ships: Baltimore-area only.
In place of their in-person cooking classes, the Baltimore Chef Shop is selling bake-at-home kits so you can practice social distancing and create your own mini cooking class at home. The available treats include cookies, coffee cake, doughnut, and scones. We especially love that they’re donating a percentage of the proceeds to help organizations battling COVID-19. You’ll have to be in Baltimore to pick up one of these amazing kits.
Ships: Chicago-area only
Chicago’s Aya Pastry is offering a selection of frozen treats that you can quickly bake at home whenever you have a sweet tooth. The options include biscuits, croissants, cookies and even pizza dough. The dough is pre-portioned, boxed up and parchment paper is included—all you need is the oven!
It’s an important time to support local businesses; especially those in the food industry. Ask the bakery in your neighborhood about their at-home baking kit options!