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There’s no better time than now to bake.

In these anxiety-ridden times, it’s good to find something that can help you cope, and we find baking a particularly meditative activity. It forces you to become completely focused while you’re at it, which in turn distracts you from all the bad news that’s been going on. Besides, there’s always something about the wafting aroma of a freshly-baked batch of cookies and bread that puts your mind at ease.

One can always head online for some courses on how to bake, but not everyone has the luxury of time to gather ingredients at the supermarket.

This is where baking kits come in handy. Other than being a great entry point for novice bakers, baking kits are extremely convenient for busy individuals as well. They take the stress out of adding to your burgeoning grocery list, making it hassle-free baking for all.

If you’re looking for a stress-free, enjoyable baking experience, baking kits should definitely be on your list. Read on for all our favourites.

(Main and featured image: Brooke Larke)

This story first appeared in Lifestyle Asia Singapore

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Bakestarters

Bakestarters come with baking kits fit for any amateur baker. Each kit contains individually pre-portioned quality ingredients so that you don’t have to spend time weighing them out, as well as specific items like baking paper and paper loaf pans so there is zero commitment to new equipment. Their easy-to-follow recipes are mouth-wateringly delicious, and you can find key technique videos on their site too in case you need it.

Bakestarters has 50 recipes spanning a whole range of bakes, including bread, cookies, brownies and cakes, so you’ll never be bored. Standard shipping comes at a flat rate of S$3, with free shipping for orders above S$42.

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Janice Wong

Award-winning chef Janice Wong is bringing her treats into your home with the launch of Bake at Home. It seeks to inspire families and individuals to get creative and spend some time at home learning something new through step-by-step baking recipes.

The website stocks premixed cake packs, baking ingredients, equipment and accessories that will replicate some of Janice Wong’s all-time favourites and classics at home.

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Bakein1

Bakein1’s baking kits specialise in cookies and cupcakes, so if that’s up your alley, you might want to give it a try. To start, head over to their website and choose a recipe that you’d like to attempt.

Send over your order, and you’re done — all you need to do is wait for them to deliver the baking kit, complete with all the ingredients, directly to your doorstep and follow the easy instructions to start baking. Note that Bakein1’s kits reduce sugar by 40 percent, so if you prefer bakes on the sweeter side, feel free to add your own.

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Bob’s Red Mill

Gluten-free bakes are hard to come by, so if you’re looking to dish out one at home without the hassle, you might want to consider Bob’s Red Mill. The American brand champions natural, certified organic, and gluten-free milled grain products, driven by a passion to create healthier food for the rest of the world. Today, you can find their baking kits in stores at Cold Storage, or online via iHerb and Lazada.

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Phoon Huat

Phoon Huat, also known as Red Man, is the local baker’s playroom, complete with just about every single baking essential and ingredient needed to whip up your creations in the oven. They also have a collection of bread and cake mixes, complete with instructions at the back.

What sets Phoon Huat apart from the rest are its localised recipes. Apart from the regular cornbreads and yellow cake mixes, the brand has thoughtfully included mochi, snow skin and huat kueh (Chinese palm sugar cake) premixes for a bit of local flavour.

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