This post is sponsored by Baker’s Secret.
Ah holiday baking. We have a love hate relationship. I love to do it, but I sometimes I really hate the work involved. I tend to overcommit myself to baking and that’s no good because it means shortcuts. By shortcuts I mean going to the grocery store bakery. And that’s okay. But sometimes, just sometimes, I want a shortcut I can do in my kitchen, that I can take to a holiday potluck, and I can feel good about it.
Enter the new Baker’s Secret Colored Metal Bakeware. It’s bright and cheerful, goes from oven to table and it’s perfect for gift giving. Which means you can not only bake your yummy holiday bread, but you can gift it right in the pan.
I’ve seen a lot of variations on box bread mix hacks. Adding ingredients, swirling them, making delicious crumbles on top. Sometime in the past year I saw a few pins involving surprise cakes. Basically the cake or bread, if you will, is all unassuming when you look at it, but when you slice into it, there’s a rainbow or some sort of fun shape.
It being the holidays, I decided to grab two of my favorite boxed bread mixes and give it a ago. Remember, this is about keeping things simple. Sort of. I baked a pound cake according to the instructions and allowed it to cool. Then, I cut it into slices and using a cookie cutter, I carefully cut a shape out of each and every piece. Even the ends. At this point I sure this would be an epic fail, because the shape I chose wasn’t super sturdy. Word to the wise.
Then, I mixed up a gingerbread mix and poured about 1/3-1/2 of the batter into the pan. I carefully lined up all of my cookie cutter pound cake pieces in the batter length wise. Then I covered the pieces with the remaining batter and baked the gingerbread according to directions.
I will confess, I was a little worried that the batter didn’t cover the pound cake fully, but I counted on batter rising enough to take care of that. Luckily, I was mostly right. I think next time around, I’ll make some sort of pecan or walnut glaze so the lumps aren’t as obvious. It borderlines on Pinterest Fail, but that’s okay, right?
Now more about those cute pans!
Baker’s Secret Colored Metal Bakeware Features and Benefits:
Allows for oven to table usage
Great for gift giving during seasonal times
Premium Non-stick coating
Dishwasher and Metal Spatula safe
Full Lifetime warranty