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Friday, 20 January 2012

Home Baking in Kenya

I was living abroad and came back to Kenya about four years ago. The one thing I noticed in most homes is that not very many people do a lot of home baking, I personally think that it's because most Kenyans think that they have to buy a very expensive oven to be able to bake at home. Fortunately for everyone, there are various 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 in Ketengela, she purchased a commercial one (36 loaf capacity) and it costed her Kshs. 30,000 (fairly decent for a commercial size oven), but they also make smaller sizes and I once saw a smaller version being sold at Nakumatt for about Kshs. 25,000. Another 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. So one option people could use can be charcoal ovens.
Example of a charcoal oven-very cost efficient

Another option, which I personally took when I moved to Nyeri to work 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, mine is a Westpool model I purchased from Tuskys Supermarket it cost me around Kshs. 5,600, very reasonable for anyone on a budget. It has served me faithfully for the last two years.
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. If you are on a slightly lower budget, loaf pans can be purchased at Jua Kali at far more reasonable prices. If you want to specialize more and are willing to spend the money on quality bake ware, you can purchase icing bags with nozzles, special shaped cake pans and other specialty baking items at a store on Biashara Street in Nairobi called Walibai Karim, they are also a distributor for Wilton, which is an American store that sells specialized high quality bake ware.
Simple electric mixer for home use
Set of measuring cups
Stainless steel mixing bowls
simple mixing whisk
Loaf pans

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 Butter cream frosting, I once saw a wonderful recipe picture for the frosting and wanted to see if I could create something as delicious, here's my version:

Mo's Butter Cream Frosting

Ingredients:
- 3 cups Icing Sugar
- 1/2 cup Unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Essence
- 2 Tablespoons Milk

Directions:
1) In a large bowl, mix the sugar and butter on low speed until well blended, then increase mixing speed and beat another 3 minutes.
2) Add Vanilla and milk and continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute, add more milk if needed for spreading consistency.
Ice your cake, bread or cup cake and enjoy ^_^

Picture perfect isn't it?


Does anyone bake at home? If so what do you use for baking? Share some of your ideas! ^_^

30 comments:

  1. Fun, I demand you make biscotti, I will be waiting to eat some...hahaha..

    I can bake scones very well, they are easy coz its just flour and sugar, yeast and time...usually use your oven to get them done.

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  2. can't stop ogling the frosting :o

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  3. can't stop ogling the frosting :o

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  4. Biscotti recipe on the way!
    Frosting is beautiful ^_^

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  5. This is such an awesome blog!! Thanks so much for plugging our Charcoal Ovens, would love to talk some more about potentially doing a mini-bakers start-up tool kit, please email us at cookswelljikos@gmail.com

    Thanks so much! Kepp up the good work

    Kinyanjui

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  6. Baked my first loaf in november and have not bought bread since. Love how the frosting looks will try it tomorrow on the fruit cake I baked in dec.keep up good work

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  7. Thanks so much, let me know how the frosting goes. I'm glad you're happy baking ^_^

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  8. Hi am a student at a local university and would want to start a mini bakery to deliver freshly baked pastry products to my fellow comrades. Kindly help me understand what equipments do i need and confirm if the charcoal oven is good for commercial purposes
    my email is aholicharles@yahoo.com.
    thank yu.
    Aholi Charles.

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  9. Good day. I'm from Philippines. Do you export the charcoal oven to the Philippines. I would like to buy. Kindly inform me through my email ferdz79belen@gmail.com.

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  10. Am really glad.I now know where to get pipping pags,thanks for your guidance

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  11. Hi, you're very welcome. Glad to be of assistance ^_^

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  12. wow soo nyce.thnx 4 the info

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  13. thanks for the info it was really helpful

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  14. You're welcome, thanks for reading the blog :)

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  15. I have a passion for baking since i was about 5yrs. i have been doing home baking for my family and they seem to enjoy it when i do. i have a strong urge to venture into baking fulltime as i am currently employed but the wage is very discouraging and its not something i am passionate about. I would like your advice on how to start on a small budget and also mentorship would be great. Please respond to my email: njoxxy@yahoo.co.uk

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  16. would like to start a home baking business.how do iknow how to bake a 500gms or 1kg cake and how to price my cakes?help

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  17. Hello, if you want to start a home-baking business, I'm hoping you at least know how to bake, so for the recipes you use, just cost each of the ingredients you use, plus the expenses you use per month (split them with the number of products you sell, or would like to sell) and then add a percentage for your profit. Also please check the post on tips on starting a home baking business in Kenya -> http://quickbreads.blogspot.com/2013/05/tips-on-how-to-start-home-baking.html

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  18. This info is really helpful. Thanks naureen

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    1. Thanks for reading the blog and you're very welcome!

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  19. great! I like, I have been thinking of learning baking and your blog is now my source of info. Follow me on Twitter @irenesconcierge

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    1. Thanks very much, follow on @AmariBakery as well thanks ^_^

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  20. AWESOME BLOG..LOVE IT

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  21. My day isnt complete if i havent gone through this blog.. thanks alot..

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  22. I like cooking but never tried baking. Guess I just found my new years resolution.

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    1. Glad to hear it ^_^ Try it out, you won't regret it!

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