I’ve been focusing on my stats a bit more recently and realised my most highly viewed post is my review of a shampoo and conditioner from Poundland. You can find this here if you haven’t read it yet. I’m genuinely a bit gobsmacked as I’ve posted about my thoughts on much bigger brands and products. The last thing I thought people would be looking for on the internet is a review on some £1 products if I’m honest. But hey, I’m not complaining as it’s getting me many views on the daily!
From this I thought maybe it’d be a good idea to try some more Poundland products if that’s what people are interested in seeing on here. I had a look at the beauty section and not much caught my eye at this moment in time. I’ve been saying for a while that I want to expand the variety of subjects I write about so I thought I’d pick up these super cute looking baking mixes. The bottles reminded me of the old fashioned milk bottles that some people get delivered to their doorsteps. The brand is called “Farmhouse Kitchen” and I picked up the muffin mix and the triple chocolate shortbread cookie mix.
Farmhouse Kitchen Triple Chocolate Shortbread Cookies
The bottle contained what I can only guess was a layer of flour, sugar and then a mass of dark, milk and white chocolate chips at the top. The instructions tell you that all you need is 60g of creamed butter. You combine the ingredients in the bottle with the creamed butter in a bowl, separate the mixture into 8 servings and pop them in a pre-heated oven. However I found things being this easy really wasn’t the case.
I spent a VERY long time bringing together the mixture and the butter but it all just stayed really powdery, as if it was screaming for more moisture. The only thing I could think to do was to just gradually add splashes of milk. After I’d say around 4 tablespoons of milk, the mixture came together to a consistency I would deem acceptable for a general cookie mix. But would this affect the taste and the ratio of all the other ingredients?
Leaving them in the oven for a little longer than instructed, I took them out after around 18 minutes. They looked a bit crumbly although the texture was actually really soft upon biting into it. Unfortunately the milk definitely took its toll and they didn’t really taste of anything at all. The only taste I could pull from it was a hint of bitterness which I can only assume was the chocolate chips and it wasn’t very nice at all. This mixture definitely gets a big sad face from me.
Farmhouse Kitchen Milk Chocolate Muffins
This bottle contained pretty much the same as the cookie one apart from it being solely milk chocolate buttons rather than an assortment. The needed ingredients for this recipe were 40g of melted butter, 75ml milk and an egg. It states you need to mix these with the provided ingredients, put into muffin cases and pop into the pre-heated oven for 25-30 minutes.
This recipe was actually a lot simpler and more successful despite the extra ingredients. It was really easy to mix everything together with no lumps and everything went really smoothly, quite literally. I left the muffins in for around 28 minutes as that’s when they looked just about done.
They didn’t really rise that much which really surprised me as I thought surely it would’ve been self-raising flour in the mixture. I would definitely not call them “muffins” because of their size. They’re definitely much more suited to the name “tea cake”. Despite this they were actually really pleasantly fluffy inside but they did lack a bit of taste. I would recommend a drop of vanilla essence or two just to spruce them up a little. Jake and I definitely enjoyed eating these though.
My overall verdict on Farmhouse Kitchen
In all honesty, I wouldn’t waste your time on these. You can pick up mixtures from other brands for a little more money that are guaranteed to be MUCH nicer than this. I think the idea behind them is brilliant, the design is adorable and the way the mixture is displayed is really inviting. The practicality of them unfortunately needs a little more thought though to avoid disappointment.
Have you ever used any baking bits from Poundland?