In the Fuss Free kitchen we are not food snobs, I have been known to eat in chain restaurants (like everything in life they vary in quality – both from chain to chain and location to location) and I shop in the supermarket – although I mainly buy the (relatively small amount of) meat I eat from the butcher.
I also frequently bake with baking margarine. It is good enough for Mary Berry and it is good enough for me. Some baking really is better with butter (and I always use it in buttercream), but often there is not a huge difference in taste, and regular Stork is less than half the price of butter and can be mixed straight from the fridge.
So when I was offered a sample of the new Stork Easy To Mix Baking Liquid I was curious enough to say “Yes please!” and to try it out.
The premise behind the baking liquid is that it is easy to mix, does not need softening and can be poured from the bottle to the bowl. There is a handy measurement guide down the side so you do not even need scales. Simply pour 100g or 110ml of Stork liquid for every 100g of butter in the original recipe.
Unlike Stork in a tub the new baking liquid is dairy free and vegan, once opened it needs to be kept in the fridge. It is thick and yellow, like a slightly runny salad cream, and smells fairly strongly of margarine.
I made two batches of muffins, one with egg and one without. I strongly believe that if you cannot buy free range eggs, then simply do not buy any and adapt your baking not to need them.
Recipe: Stork Baking Liquid Cranberry and White Choc Chip Muffins
60g Stork Baking Liquid (or butter or baking margarine)
60g White Granulated Sugar
100g Plain Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 Egg (Free range please)
3 dsp Milk
20g Dried Cranberries
20g White Chocolate Chips
Bung all the ingredients into a bowl and stir with a spoon for about 20 seconds.
Dollop into a well greased silicone muffin pan.
Bake at GM6 / 200C for about 25 minutes
To make the egg free muffins omit the egg and add another couple of spoons of milk.
Both muffins were rather good, the margarine smell of the liquid disappears and they were light and cakey, with a light crumb. The egg containing ones rose more. Both batches were incredibly fragile, it was really hard to get them out of the pan, despite the fact I had greased it well
Review: Stork Easy To Mix Baking Liquid
- It is so so easy to mix, literally 10 seconds with a wooden spoon, no electric mixer needed
- Baked goods taste just fine with a good texture.
- Dairy free and vegan
- Great for children to use in mixing cakes.
- Great for holidays – weigh the dry ingredients into a jar before you go and add the baking liquid (and egg).
- Cakes are very very fragile and crumble, you need to use bun cases. A beginner could find this off-putting.
- The top of the bottle gets messy, and there was some drippage.
- Costs 60% more than regular Stork – but is still cheaper than butter
On balance this is not something that I would buy for regular use, but I am pleased to have tried it and can see that it is ideal for some.
Stork Easy Mix Baking Liquid is available from major supermarkets, price £1.59 per 500ml bottle.
Many thanks for the sample of Stork Baking Liquid.