I was living abroad and came back to Kenya some years ago. The one thing I noticed in most homes is that not very many people do a lot of home baking. When I asked some people why; they mentioned that they may have to buy a very expensive oven to be able to bake at home. Fortunately for everyone, there are various more economical options out there for anyone who has the interest, or for some of us, the passion to bake at home.
When I came back and wanted to bake at home, my mum heard of a gentleman who makes charcoal ovens; she purchased a commercial one (36 loaf capacity) and it costed her Kshs. 30,000 (fairly decent for a commercial size oven). There are smaller sizes also available; Cookswell Charcoal ovens have a small bachelor size that is Kshs. 10,000. They also have a blog that can be very helpful if anyone wants to buy a charcoal oven or discover their benefits, you can check out Cookswell Energy Savings Jikos, their charcoal ovens are the original, energy-saving charcol ovens. So one option people could use can be charcoal ovens.
Another option, which I personally took when I moved to Nyeri to work after staying for a year; and I couldn’t move with my charcoal jiko, was to go searching for an even smaller alternative, I was happy to find an Electric Mini Oven, it was a Westpool model I purchased from Tuskys Supermarket and it cost me around Kshs. 5,600 – very reasonable for anyone on a budget. It served me faithfully for two years. They range from around Kshs. 8,000 to 12,000 currently.
|Small & Compact-good for small scale baking|
Another alternative for homes which already have electric or gas cookers is to use the oven area for home baking once in a while.
|Gas oven with oven area-these are found in some Kenyan homes, but are not so utilized.|
As for baking tools, such as whisks, measuring cups, mixing spatulas, mixing bowls, queen cake pans, loaf pans and electric mixers, they are readily available in most supermarkets, and are of very good quality – if you’re willing to spend a fair amount of money. You can also get those baking tools from cake accessory & supplies shops such as Topserve Ltd or vituzote.com. If you are on a slightly lower budget, loaf pans can be purchased at Jua Kali at far more reasonable prices.
|Stainless steel mixing bowls|
|Set of measuring cups|
|simple mixing whisk|
When it comes to ingredients such as all-purpose and self-rising flour, baking powder, sugar, margarine, butter – to name but a few, are all readily available at any supermarket, neighborhood store or wholesale shop.
My feature recipe today is Buttercream frosting:
|Picture perfect isn’t it?|
Does anyone bake at home? If so what do you use for baking? Share some of your ideas! ^_^