Baking From A Bottle: Farmhouse Kitchen From Poundland!

2nd March 2018

Hey everyone!

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?

’Til Next Time,
BTB Xx

38 responses to “Baking From A Bottle: Farmhouse Kitchen From Poundland!”

  1. Andrew says:

    I wouldn’t have been looking to buy these and now I definitely won’t! Good review ?

  2. Ashton says:

    Wow this is so interesting. I love to bake and this looks so different and fun. The results also look so yummy

  3. Gemma says:

    When I came across this post I thought how amazing they were!! But I am definitely a little disappointed. I thought they were going to be amazing and well worth the money. This is such an unusual product, to unusual to work, unfortunately.

    Gemma | http://www.anoceanglimmer.wordpress.com

  4. Julia says:

    It’s such a shame they’re so disappointing. I really think it could be a hit if they spent a bit more time designing the recipe inside the bottle rather than the packaging. It’s a cute idea and I hope Farmhouse Kitchen can improve their game!

    Julia xx
    theglassofclass.com

  5. Melanie says:

    I have seen these bottle mixes in various places and often wondered what they were like as thought the kids might like making them. Thanks for the honest review I think I will stick with the traditional method of making cakes ?

    Melanie | http://www.frasersfunhouse.com

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Oh really!? Yeah I thought they’d be perfect for rainy days but you can get some other fab quick mixes! X

  6. Perrine - Ola Banana says:

    I have to admit I love Poundland lol so when I saw your post I was buzzing, but then I read it haha it’s a shame they aren’t as good as we wish them to be 🙁 these look so cute and inviting!

    Perrine
    http://www.ola-banana.com

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Poundland is the best haha! I love having a browse round there, it is such a shame as they are adorable!x

  7. Bexa says:

    The packaging is super cute and the idea is really good, it’s a shame it didn’t meet expectations! Thank you for your honest review Alice ?. I really like these Poundland review posts, it’s such a fab idea, I’m always on the lookout for bargains so looking forward to see what is next! ? xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  8. Sabrina says:

    I never would have even known you could buy these mixes from Poundland but it doesn’t sound like I was missing out on much! Great review!

  9. Such a shame that these turned out disappointing, the bottles look super cute and they sound like a great idea for quick and simple baking. Thank you for sharing such an honest review.

    Emma x
    emmarollason.com

  10. Anu says:

    I love the idea behind these and the bottles are so cute! It’s such a shame that they didn’t work that that well. We once received a brownie version my cousin had made herself and it was really nice 🙂 x

    Anu | Based On blog

  11. Such a shame as it’s such a great concept and the design of the bottles are super cute! Now all I want are cookies and muffins…. xo

    Char | http://www.charslittleblog.co.uk

  12. Ashton says:

    No way that is such a different concept. Petty that they did not work out

  13. Love the packaging and can’t say I’ve spent too much time mooching around the pound shops for a while and wouldn’t think to look for something like this!
    Inspired to go and have a mooch now!
    Great post lovely! x

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Nah well I wasn’t looking for anything food related to be honest but thought it’d be fun and something a bit different! I find pound shops so fun, you can find some proper bargains in them! X

  14. Yes Alice loved this post as much as your shampoo and conditioner ones! I wouldnt be able to eat these anyway but it makes me laugh that they call the tea cakes muffins! Thanks for sharing!

    Emily

    http://www.isobellejane.com

  15. Leslie says:

    Oh my all of these look so delicious! They look so fluffy and delicious!

  16. Francesca says:

    Oh dear, these sounded like such a good idea! They still look yummy though!x

    Francesca | Francesca Alice ?

  17. Ashton says:

    My aunt actually bought me a bottle the other day and i forgot about it. Now i cant wait to make it

  18. Meg says:

    Need to try these! What a bargain!

  19. Meg says:

    Oops! (feel free to delete my previous comment) I got way to sucked into your photos aha!
    Such a shame you didn’t enjoy them, would of been great if they were a success, especially for a pound!

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Haha that’s okay girl! I’m glad you liked the photos hahaha, hopefully I’ll find something else for a bargain 🙂

  20. Alice says:

    Definitely not big enough to be muffins! Haha. These are a cool idea in theory but it’s a shame that they fell flat. I love these post ideas though, helps to figure out which things are actually worth buying and using! x

    Alice | http://www.accordingtoalicex.com

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