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The Baker's Friend
Member Name: Qroo
Advantages: Makes brilliant cakes, reasonably price.
Disadvantages: High in fat.
I like to bake cakes every now and again so I always make sure that I have a tub of Stork margarine in my fridge as I find it is the best to use. I have the 500g plastic tub version of Stork that is recommended for baking. I bought it from my local supermarket for about £1.
--- The Tub ---
The margarine comes in a bright yellow plastic container that is 13.5 x 8.5 x 7cm in size. On the top and sides it has the large and distinctive Stork logo which makes it very noticeable and eye catching on the supermarket shelf. The sides and bottom of the tub contain all of the information about the margarine.
--- The Margarine ---
The margarine is a dull yellow colour that looks quite similar to any other margarine that can be bought. It has a slightly sweet aroma that is very similar to other margarines that I have used. It's taste is not quite as nice as other margarines that I use for sandwiches though as it is meant to be only used for baking.
Even when it has been in the fridge, I find that it never goes too hard, which makes it easy to work with straight from the fridge. It is easy to cut up and measure out accurate amounts for whatever you may be baking. On the side of the plastic tub there are some lines that show rough portion sizes (100g). I find these useful as it means I can take out roughly the right amount without having to put margarine back into the tub.
I have only ever used this margarine for cakes as that is what I usually tend to bake. I find that it this margarine makes a good cake mixture that results in very nice cakes when baked. The margarine helps to give the cakes a nice golden colour and has no real impact on the overall cake flavour. I have used other margarines and butters in the past with mixed results, but I have found this seems to make the best cakes for me.
On the side of the pack, there is a basic cake recipe that I have tried and seems to work quite well. It is: 175g self raising flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 3 eggs, 175g caster sugar, 175g Stork and ½ tsp vanilla extract. This is the recipe that I use for both large cakes and fairy cakes and it works well in both respects to give nice and airy cakes.
--- Where to Buy ---
Stork can be found in nearly every grocery shop or supermarket as it is one of the leading brands. It also comes in a paper wrapper block that is slightly different from the tub version as it is deisgned to be used for different thinks. It is worth checking on the packet which one you need for your cooking needs.
--- Overall ---
Since using Stork for my cakes, they have always turned out really nice and tasty. I am going to continue to use it until I find something better as it is well worth the money for the large amount of cakes that you can make from one tub. I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys baking.
I am going to give 4/5 as it does contain quite a lot of fat per 100g (70g fat, 17.9g saturated).
Thanks for reading.
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Summary: Possibly the best margarine to use for baking