I recently had a chance to test out the Perfect Bake from Brookstone and my son and I loved it! When I was in college I worked in a bakery part time so I used to bake using recipes and mixtures quite a bit. Now that I have a family I love spending time in the kitchen and baking. Some would say that baking is more of a science than an art to ensure that the ingredients are added with the proper amounts and sifted, measured and added in a scientific manner. The good news is that with the Perfect Bake you don’t have to worry about it as much!
This scale combined with your device (iOS or Android) allows you to bake with no measuring, no trying to make sure you got that “pinch of a recipe” right. Simply launch the app, pour the ingredient into the bowl and then when it’s done an alert tells you so. The package includes a scale, phone/tablet stand, 3 mixing bowls which are color coded for small, medium and large, thermometer for the oven and a 3.5 mm cable. You simply launch the app, plug the Perfect Bake into your device using the cable, and the scale listens via your device to ensure the proper amount is poured. Each of the recipes in the app excluding the ones you enter yourself has a rating ranging from easy to hard.
I loved how easy the Perfect Bake made it for me to make a batch of chocolate chip cookies with my son. Normally it’s a stressful process that involves me pre-measuring everything out to ensure we get the right amounts into the bowl. Instead, with the Perfect Bake I was able to put the ingredients out in smaller sized containers and he simply poured them into the bowl. We even made it into a math lesson saying – you need 2 cups of flour and ½ a cup of chocolate chips for this portion of the recipe. The best part, if you over pour an ingredient the scale automatically adjust allowing you to fix the recipe without having to start over. I also loved that the app would generate a list of recipes based on what you said was in the pantry allowing you to bake based on what you had on hand rather than having to run out to pick up ingredients to make a recipe. After adding all the ingredients (which are marked with a check mark when you get the perfect amount) and mixing, then you can measure out the perfect portion sizes using the scale to ensure that you have made the item the correct size.
In terms of improvements, I wish there was an easier way for you to enter recipes into the app. Currently, it’s a time consuming process to enter a recipe due to having to pick bowl size and entering in the amounts of each item manually. It would be great if there was an import feature so you could write the recipes on the computer and easily import them into the app. I also wished there was an easier way to do mixing – currently if you need to use the mixer you have to scrape everything into a bigger bowl to mix it and if you need to add ingredients to that bowl after mixing – transfer it back to the original color coded bowl. I found this made for a LOT of dishes especially with more complicated recipes and I tended not to use my stand mixer for that reason. I also wish that you could prepare a second recipe while the timer is still running for the oven for the first recipe. When I bake I tend to make quite a bit and prefer to bake in batches, but unfortunately the scale doesn’t currently allow it.
I loved how easy the Perfect Bake made it for me to make cookies and desserts with my son. He loved that he was able to help Mommy out and make recipes while learning at the same time. Our family enjoyed the baked goods and there we no “oops” moments due to too much of one ingredient. I am really looking forward to making Christmas cookies soon with my son for the holidays. Of note, I also used a sleeve to protect my iPad while baking to ensure that we didn’t accidentally have a splatter onto the iPad while cooking.
Perfect Bake: Interactive Recipe Appby Perfect Company
Category: Food & Drink
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone4-iPhone4, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 75.27 MB
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NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.
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