Not yet at the Vic-Sponge lockdown stage, but have yet reached the point where you want more interactivity from your desserts than the Iceland Party Food range can offer?
We’ve rounded up restaurants, cafes, bakeries and market stalls sending DIY kits to keep your hands busy and your face sticky.
Biscoff is a sticky fist of dough, which you slide with a thick layer of caramel, top with chocolate sauce, fill until puffed with Biscoff spread, and top with additional cookies. If that sounds like too much for you, then for sure it is: the description is pale next to the gloopy reality.
You will need: maybe a shower afterwards: this stuff is everywhere.
How: £ 20 for a kit, makes four donuts.
Delivery: free on orders over £ 30, delivery across UK on weekdays only.
Crazy Pizza, one of Flavio Briatore’s brilliant Italian restaurant international chains, really makes things easy for you when it comes to DIY. Their tiramisu delivery kit includes everything you need: an apron, a cocoa powder sieve, a small pot of coffee prepared for you, some vanilla cream already stuffed in a pastry bag (alcohol free in this one) and a little rambunctious – but relatively silly – instructions.
At £ 30 for the adult-sized kit, the cost per fluffy and rich fork is steep – but the kit comes with enough ribbons, flourishes, and lasting keepsakes to make a great gift.
You will need: just a serving plate – everything else is in the kit, right down to the apron and the sieve to sprinkle the cocoa on.
How: £ 30 – makes two servings.
Delivery: within a radius of their rooms in Marylebone and Knightsbridge.
cheers Laboratories – the toasted cookie dough mixture
This one is more of a liquid-style baking mix – think Betty Crocker’s prepackages – than an interactive DIY extravaganza. Such limited customization, but a brilliant and pretty silly end result, and you can peacock your way with different ice cream / sour cream / stuff-that-isn’t-even-cream toppings. Notable home efforts we’ve seen on Instagram include a freshly baked cookie topped with a pile of whipped Dalgona coffee.
You will need: vegetable oil and an oven, and any additional frills like ice cream that you want to add.
How: £ 8.95 (£ 1 of each kit goes to charity supporting UCLH staff affected by coronavirus)
Delivery: £ 3.95, across London.
It is, against strong contenders, the most OTT dessert on this list. The Kings of Pleesecakes Frozen Cheesecake have come up with a DIY delivery kit that matches the hyper-intense, heavily loaded sumptuousness of their homemade creations.
When you arrive frozen, all the DIY is in the decoration, without cooking. The options are the Pick ‘n’ Mix version, which comes with a white chocolate ganache filling and lots – lots – of Haribo-y toppings, or the fully loaded version, with a milk chocolate gananche, a jar of chocolate crumble and so many of the all chocolate toppings we only managed to use 2/3 and our cake was still threatening to curl nicely under the weight of it. We’ve seen more loaded efforts than ours on Instagram, so the problem is with our topping placement / counterweight choices rather than the structural integrity of the cake.
Choose between a classic and digestive vanilla base, or if you’re worried that something might pass your lips that doesn’t involve chocolate in some way, a double chocolate and salted caramel version.
You will need: no equipment, but ideally 12 to 14 people to help you eat it.
How: options from £ 28 to £ 32.
Delivery: £ 8, through London.
Shuk – the babka
These borough market stalwarts make a DIY chocolate, hazelnut and cookie babka (and apparently a date, pistachio and dark chocolate version is also in the works). Tougher than some of the frozen and take-out desserts on this list, but the payoff is food that smacks of fresh baked pastry and warm Tel Aviv evenings. Babka is also quite a high reward for the effort involved – she looks ornate, but is actually within the grasp of anyone who can braid anything.
You will need: an egg and an oven. Everything else (rolling pin, rolling pin, etc.) you can probably improvise.
How: £ 20 for a babka or £ 32 for two, with free delivery.
Delivery: Free on the M25, with delivery slots available Wednesday through Saturday. Delivery slots are made available online seven days in advance.
You know what it is: you wait years for a do-it-yourself babka kit, then two arrive at the same time. This one takes a bit more effort than Shuk’s: more ingredients / equipment needed, more mixing and elbow grease involved. If you are there for the sake of cooking for yourself, that should be fine.
You will need: milk or milk substitute, a bread pan, baking paper, an oven.
How: £ 24 for a kit.
Delivery: £ 7.50, delivery slots across London.
Pancake like a pro with these chilled kits, containing everything you need for a big North American-style stack (although buttermilk is replaced with keffir). Each kit includes the ingredients for the pancake mix itself and a promising amount of toppings – bananas, bacon, blueberries, and maple syrup. It’s good DIY kit territory, simple if you just want to follow the rules but still easy to throw in some extra big flourishes if you’re feeling flamboyant.
* Peanut butter is what we’re trying to say. You can add your own peanut butter.
You will need: bowl, pan – just the usual cooking stuff.
How: £ 29.50, makes about 6 servings.
Delivery: Delivery across London – price varies depending on location.
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