Working in the kitchen has been a comforting activity for many during the COVID-19 crisis, but sometimes, you need a little guidance when trying to make something new – or you might not want to put in all of the work required to cook your favorite dish. But the new do-it-yourself kits from St. Louis' Knead Bakehouse and Provisions intend to make it both easy and fun.
Knead has been offering its DIY pizza kits for a few weeks – complete with sourdough pizza dough, tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil, Parmesan and red pepper flakes – and now, just in time for kids to make breakfast on Mother's Day, a new sourdough pancake kit is available. It comes with enough ingredients to feed about four, and includes Knead sourdough, flour, sugar, milk, eggs, oil and a blueberry compote to top your breakfast or brunch.
Chef and co-owner AJ Brown says that the team at Knead knew that people were going to be spending a lot of time at home with their families, and they wanted to provide something that was a creative activity.
"That was really the heart of it," he says. "Just trying to have some items for sale that families could get and get them cooking together."
The kits, plus the offering of select grocery items including fresh, local produce like vegetables, milk, eggs, bacon and more, are all a new step for the bake shop amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But the response has been incredibly positive. Customers enjoy the added items as a way to avoid a trip to the grocery store, but the new offerings have also allowed Knead to support many local producers that are struggling because of the temporary closings of so many restaurants and other small businesses.
"It's been a really cool, cooperative collaboration, and a way for us to serve each other throughout this time," Brown says.
If you haven't been able to get your hands on a DIY kit – the preorders often sell out quickly – don't be too concerned about them disappearing once businesses in St. Louis begin to reopen. Brown says that as long as the customers still want them, he plans on keeping them around.
"We will continue to think creatively about how we can continue to do that," Brown says. "The restaurant has always been about community, fellowship and getting around a table, so anything that promotes that, especially when it's centered around family, we'll definitely continue to think about and continue to do."
Knead Bakehouse and Provisions good are available for online ordering for curbside pickup.
Knead Bakehouse & Provisions, 3467 Hampton Ave., Lindenwood Park, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.376.4361, kneadbakehouse.com