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I'm not sure why so many negative reviews. Those people either have no idea how to bake or they just want to keep the item and get their money back also. The press is very sturdy and very easy to use. Plenty of disc shapes to chose from and the whole process is actually very relaxing. Click click and before you know it you have delicious warm homemade biscuits or cookies in front of you. Cleaning a bit fiddly but i refuse to complain just for that. Here's a recipe also, for those who keep complaining. 400g plain flour 250g soft butter 100g icing sugar 1 egg Vanilla or lemon extract 1/2 tsp salt
Mix everything together (i use a stand mixer) and voila! Perfect cookies every time. If you want chocolate cookies, add 40g cocoa and 1 extra egg to the mix,
I bought this as I make a LOT of dog treats and sometimes want a fancier shape than the rectangles I make with the pizza cutter.
What I loved Once you get used to the size of 'sausage' you need to fill the barrel it is so quick and easy Oh my word this is so darned quick, I was rattling out a tray after tray of beautifully shaped treats in no time at all Easy to take apart and clean Even when loaded it didn't weigh too much If you want bigger biscuits some of the shapes can be double clicked - you will lose a little of the definition but you gain more biscuit As long as your dough isn't too firm clicking the handle doesn't take too much pressure, young kids could easily do it with the mix I used
Points to Note If you are doing a large batch plan on refilling it fairly regularly - not too much of an issue as you can fill it so quickly Dough should be a dryish texture and not too firm. If it is too wet or sticky I would think using the press would be a waste of time as it would clog up if too sticky or not hold shape if too wet, and if it is too firm you could break the press. (This is the only reason I've given a 4 star rating instead of 5 star because with the right texture of dough it is 5 stars all the way) Consider what you will be baking the biscuits on - I started trying to use silicon baking sheets on my baking tray and the mix didn't stick so I couldn't get the shape. Took the sheets off and it worked just fine direct onto the cookie sheet baking tray
Word of Warning You may be so disappointed when you realise you have run out of dough and can no longer press the pretty cookies that you whip up another batch just to keep going :oD
I enjoy using the press it makes biscuit making fun and having all the biscuits the same size is good. Disappointingly on the third time of using it the top white screw on piece on the tube cracked open, due to the design it is impossible to put extra pressure on it so it seems to be a fault in the design as this white piece is fixed onto the trigger. I did get a replacement, and have used it a few times without problem so far. I do wish though that I had gone for a more expensive robust cookie press.
Easy to assemble. Nice variety of shapes. Hard to get the click and press to work - ended up having to redo half of the cookies I tried to make. Maybe will eat better with practice or different dough? Good value for the price though.