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Flora panel - Baking Activity Feedback

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AngelieMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 25-Feb-14 14:45:42

This thread is for the Flora panel members participating in the Flora Buttery baking task.

Here's what Flora have to say, "Flora Buttery is brilliant for baking the fluffiest of cakes, and it’s super easy to mix too, even straight from the fridge. We love to use it for icing, as well as in the cake mix (we have loads of great recipes on our website), and it’s a great all-rounder, perfect for everything from spreading on your sandwiches to melting on your spuds. We’d love you to make space for a tub in your fridge and see how versatile it is!"

Panel members were given a voucher to buy Flora Buttery.

Please answer the questions below and add any other comments you may also have. We'd love you to take a picture of your creation and post it on this thread. Please note any pictures and/or comments on this thread may be used by on Flora's pages on MN and possibly elsewhere so please only post if you're happy with this.

- What did you bake using Flora Buttery?
- How did the end result compare to what you usually use to bake with?
- Would you be likely to use Flora Buttery to bake with again in the future or not? If so, why? If not why not?
- If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Flora Buttery to a friend or relative? If so why? If not, why not?

All panel members who post on this thread will be entered into a prize draw to win a £200 John Lewis voucher.

Thanks and good luck,

MNHQ

Belo Tue 25-Feb-14 14:54:22

I've received my voucher! I have to say I had completely forgotten about it. Thank you.

I will bake this weekend.

nobutreally Tue 25-Feb-14 14:58:46

My voucher has arrived finally - do you know if all retailers/which retailers will accept the voucher? There isn't a list on the voucher... Thanks!

yvonne14 Tue 25-Feb-14 15:06:11

Hi recieved my voucher a week ago me and my grandaughter made some lovely little cakes they turned out really well but were not around for long as time she had her friend for tea and hubby ate some they were soon gone
THe flora was lovely for baking will definetely be using again and my daughters also buying it so thankyou for my voucher .
We also used some flora buttery on these we made for tea very nice mice

treaclesoda Tue 25-Feb-14 15:12:19

I just received my voucher the other day. Haven't been to the supermarket yet, but wil, be back ASAP with feedback!

JS06 Tue 25-Feb-14 15:32:29

Have used our voucher to make a birthday chocolate cake at the weekend with a standard sandwich recipe and substituted Flora for the butter. It tasted lovely, nobody commented adversely just the usual scrum for more!

It was easy to use straight from the fridge and mixed really well without any problems.

I've used it for lunchtime sandwiches too and whilst I only ever use a thin sliver of spread I enjoyed my sandwich just the same.

FloraTester Tue 25-Feb-14 15:43:01

Received voucher towards the end if last week. Hope it's ok to name change because of the photo.
Dc and I made chocolate brownies - sorry there is no photo of the finished product, but as you can see dc enjoyed themselves.

End result was really tasty. I usually use butter when baking and soften it in the microwave first, but no need to do that with Flora Buttery.
Dc commented that it was nice and easy to stir.

We use Flora a lot but usually the light version and that can't be used for baking. Pleasantly surprised and will no doubt use again. I was expecting some sort of after taste, but can honestly say there was none.

Many thanks Flora!

- What did you bake using Flora Buttery?
Muffins
- How did the end result compare to what you usually use to bake with?
They were nice but didn't have as much squidge as butter ones
- Would you be likely to use Flora Buttery to bake with again in the future or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Might do if it was on offer - normally use butter and default to buying butter in the end
- If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Flora Buttery to a friend or relative? If so why? If not, why not?
I would to those watching cholesterol.

hytheliz Tue 25-Feb-14 17:17:24

I baked some vanilla cupcakes with Flora and I will definitely be using it again and also recommend it to all my baking friends. The cakes came out super fluffy, light and moist! I've tried using other spreads but my cakes don't come out as good as with Flora! It is now my preferred choice for baking! Thanks Flora!

I baked a chocolate cake with Flora following my usual recipe of sugar, butter, eggs, SR flour, cocoa and soured cream. It was light and moist, with no real difference noticed from my usual butter. I did use butter for the buttercream though!

No picture, sorry - I am a Luddite with technology. The cake didn't stick around for v long either!

aristocat Tue 25-Feb-14 19:51:46

Myself and DD made a chocolate fudge cake with our Flora Buttery. The end result was good - I usually use butter but substituted with Flora for this trial.
Yes, we would happily use this again and would recommend to a friend/relative.

The cake was divine and we will make it again soon. Our second picture was after we had all had a slice!

poopoopoo Tue 25-Feb-14 21:42:31

What did you bake using Flora Buttery?
My children made a sponge cake with raspberries and blueberries

- How did the end result compare to what you usually use to bake with?
It was lighter than using butter and really tasty.

- Would you be likely to use Flora Buttery to bake with again in the future
Yes, it is healthier than butter and it tasted great.

- If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Flora Buttery to a friend or relative? I would recommend Flora, it is a healthier option and you get good results in cooking anything you would normally use butter for. I use it for sauces, cakes, and sandwiches of course! smile

chocolateshoes Thu 27-Feb-14 08:50:37

yippee I have now had time to go shopping and use the voucher!

The baking on this thread all looks fantastic - will use for inspiration for the next birthday cake I make.

What did you bake using Flora Buttery?
I made a chocolate and vanilla marble cake using the recipe from the Comic Relief book last year.

- How did the end result compare to what you usually use to bake with? I usually use 'I can;t believe its not butter' in cakes as it creams well with sugar. The Flora was just as good. However I still used butter in the chocolate butter cream on the top because I like the slightly salty taste.

- Would you be likely to use Flora Buttery to bake with again in the future or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Yes I certainly wold. The cake had a good texture and taste and the Flora was much easier to 'cream' than butter would be.

- If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Flora Buttery to a friend or relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Yes I would. It is much healthier than butter. I would use it as a butter substitute for most things.

thanks for the voucher! It will be on 'my usuals' on the Sainsburies delivery from now on!

mcec Thu 27-Feb-14 09:14:56

I received my voucher last week and popped to the shops to buy some Flora Buttery.
I normally use a generic butter for my baking so it will be interesting to see how Flora Buttery would compare.

What did you bake using Flora Buttery?
Brownies

How did the end result compare to what you usually use to bake with?
I liked that it could be taken out of the fridge and used instantly. The brownies tasted lovely and were eaten quite quickly. Didn't last every long!!

Would you be likely to use Flora Buttery to bake with again in the future or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Yes I would. It is healthier compared to other brands. Hopefully it will be a reasonable price as well.

- If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Flora Buttery to a friend or relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Yes I would recommend to friends and family. The final taste of the brownies was very a scrummy. Also when baking they normally would like a healthy butter to use so when eating their final cake not too many calories will be considered naughty!!

rightsaidthread Fri 28-Feb-14 10:43:55

What did you bake using Flora Buttery?
I confess that I didn't bake with it but left that to dd aged 15
She baked fruit scones

- How did the end result compare to what you usually use to bake with?
Dd thought the scones had a better rise using Flora Buttery

- Would you be likely to use Flora Buttery to bake with again in the future or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Yes we definitely would. Easy to work with straight from the fridge and yummy results

- If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Flora Buttery to a friend or relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Yes we already have when they tasted the scones!

Hopezibah Fri 28-Feb-14 17:24:32

What did you bake using Flora Buttery?

We baked some savoury muffins using root veg (celeriac and golden beetroot). See photo - for some reason I felt compelled to turn them into 'noughts and crosses' muffins after seeing them all lined up like that on the plate.

How did the end result compare to what you usually use to bake with?

We have made this recipe before using butter, other types of maragarine and also rapeseed oil. In terms of how well it 'baked' it performs at least as well as these alternatives that we've used in the past.

They tasted great using Flora Buttery! Flora Buttery tastes so amazing as a spread that I had to go out and buy more straight away.

- Would you be likely to use Flora Buttery to bake with again in the future or not? If so, why? If not why not?

Yes i would use it again, I am very happy with how the baking turned out and I'd feel confident in using it for cakes and sweet baking too.

I have also used it as an alternative to butter in the bread maker.

- If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Flora Buttery to a friend or relative? If so why? If not, why not?

Yes i would. It is great value (I bought some more of it on offer after using my voucher) and tastes great both as a spread and for baking.

treaclesoda Fri 28-Feb-14 18:02:37

- What did you bake using Flora Buttery?
Sponge fingers
- How did the end result compare to what you usually use to bake with?
I was pleasantly surprised. I usually use butter and whilst I still think butter has the edge when it comes to taste, Flora actually gave a lighter result.
- Would you be likely to use Flora Buttery to bake with again in the future or not? If so, why? If not why not?
I would definitely use Flora again for general baking. The big plus point for me is that I can decide to bake on the spur of the moment and not have to worry about getting the butter up to room temperature before I can start, as the Flora is soft straight from the fridge. If I was making something very special, I would still go back to butter as I think it does taste a little bit better, but for everyday stuff, for a cake to go with a cup of tea, or a snack for kids, Flora is fine.
- If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Flora Buttery to a friend or relative? If so why? If not, why not?
I think I would, I've been very pleasantly surprised, having previously turned my nose up at anything that wasn't real butter.

snowymum12 Sat 01-Mar-14 11:44:46

We made some fairy cakes using Flora Buttery.
I was actually quite pleased with how they turned out. The Flora Buttery gave the cakes a light texture and did not affect the quality of the taste.
I would certainly use Flora Buttery again if my usual butter brand was unavailable. It's not quite the same as 'proper butter' in terms of taste but is more than adequate.
I would recommend Flora Buttery to occasional bakers as it is really easy to use and gives decent results.

I made a chocolate cake with salted caramel icing using Flora Buttery.

I was really pleased with how the cake turned out -I even used Flora in the icing & it was delicious. The cake rose well, had a lovely texture and most importantly, tasted great.

I would definitely use flora again. With my cake having strong flavours, there was absolutely no difference in taste & it was so easy to mix straight from the fridge.

I would recommend this to others for the reasons listed above.

It looks like a great big chocolate mess there - that's all to do with my icing skills and nothing to do with flora blush

TheOnlySeven Sun 02-Mar-14 13:50:55

- What did you bake using Flora Buttery?
Scones

- How did the end result compare to what you usually use to bake with?
Just as good as using normal Flora.

- Would you be likely to use Flora Buttery to bake with again in the future or not? If so, why? If not why not?
I usually use normal Flora but would use again if it was on offer.

- If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Flora Buttery to a friend or relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Yes as the results were just as good.

Floralnomad Sun 02-Mar-14 14:05:00

We made chocolate chip cookies , they taste equally as good as our usual buttery ones . I will use it for baking again because I already use it as a spread so I've normally got lots in my fridge . I would definitely recommend it and it is often on offer in the shops so relatively inexpensive .

Princessdivaaa Sun 02-Mar-14 15:05:05

I made pastry with flora buttery.. (Brie and caramelised onion tart) it got eaten before I could take any pictures.. I've also been using flora as a spread.

I like the taste better than my normal spread and the results in my baking so will definitely be using it again..

eteo Sun 02-Mar-14 17:24:23

- What did you bake using Flora Buttery?
We made cupcake

- How did the end result compare to what you usually use to bake with?
It is very buttery and delicious from normal butter.

- Would you be likely to use Flora Buttery to bake with again in the future or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Yes, they are so delicious

- If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Flora Buttery to a friend or relative? If so why? If not, why not?
yes, definitely.

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