So you’ve just become a proud Mum (or Dad) of a new stand mixer - “now what”?
Whether you're a beginner baker or a passionate maker who enjoys a weekend baking session, you can always rely on a KitchenAid stand mixer to last and take on any recipe in your repertoire, sweet or savoury!
Lets #BAKEITTOGETHER with loved ones and discover the joy of simple baking using your stand mixer and accessories.
We’ll be sharing tips on how to make the most of your stand mixer while whipping up the perfect buttercake and pizza dough in the form of pizza scrolls - yum!
WHY USE A STAND MIXER?
It will make life easier if you prefer to avoid the intensive work of kneading or creaming for long periods of time. Just pick a speed and work dry or wet ingredients, from kneading bread dough to whipping cream, like a true maker!
It's not all about baking! You can use your KitchenAid stand mixer for lots of other tasks! Take the effort out of mashing potato, whipping cream under 60 seconds or shredding chicken.
With over 18 different stand mixer attachments, you can make everything from ravioli, veggie noodles or gelato! Just plug them directly into the multipurpose attachment hub and away you go!
WHAT’S IN YOUR BOX?
You'll be all tooled up with the mixing bowl, wire whisk, dough hook and flat beater. These can easily be changed with a simple twist lock motion and allow you to do everything from make cake batter to whisk eggs or mix up mashed potato or bread dough!
WHICH ACCESSORY DO I USE?
Perfect for aeration and anything you need to whip air into like meringues, pavlova or cream.
The "wooden spoon of the kitchen" for anything you want to incorporate or mix ingredients with like creaming butter and sugar, mixing cake mixes or savoury dishes like meatloaf or rissoles
Replicates the kneading action, perfect for pizza, bread and pasta dough
tips for making the perfect buttercake
Here’s our top five tips for buttercake perfection. Try a few (or all) of these tips for the next birthday, special occasion or any other cake-eating day!
- Start with room temperature ingredients
In a buttercake, the butter should be soft enough to properly cream together with the sugar. This also applies to the eggs and milk. To assist with beating, take your eggs and milk out of the fridge and bring it to room temperature at least 20 mins before starting on your cake.
- Use a stand mixer
Use a stand mixer or hand mixer to make the cake batter. This will ensure your butter mixture is fluffy and all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed and combined.
- Properly cream the butter and sugar together
To make a soft and fluffy cake, you need to properly cream together softened butter and sugar. Once it is mixed until smooth, add in the sugar and increase the speed of the mixer. Once creamed, the mixture should be light, fluffy, and pale in color. Be careful not to overmix this!
- Sift the flour for a smooth cake batter
Sifted flour is much lighter than unsifted flour, which make it easier to mix into other ingredients when forming your cake batter
- Avoid overbrowing!
Cook your cake in a 180 degree oven until it springs back lightly. It is ready when it’s golden on top. To avoid over browning of the top of the cake, cover it halfway while baking with a sheet of aluminum foil ensuring the cake batter doesn’t stick to it.
ANNEKA'S APPLE BUTTERCAKE
The simplicity of this cake is what makes it so special. Easy to whip up, it's adaptable to any season – in Autumn and Winter top it with apples or pears and in Spring and Summer berries and stone fruit are a match made in heaven!
tips for the perfect dough
Always wanted to know how to knead and perfect your own dough using your stand mixer? Here’s how!
The dough hook accessory is included with all of our stand mixer models and makes mixing and kneading dough a breeze.
Designed for use at speed 1 and 2 on your stand mixer, the dough hook will become your trusty sidekick when you are whipping up heavy dough mixtures such as pizza, pasta or bread dough.
Here are a few simple steps to get you started
- Add your ingredients to the stand mixer bowl whilst kneading on low speed
- Knead for 5 minutes on low speed i.e. 1 or 2. Always ensure that you knead on low speed so the motor doesn’t overheat
- When it's ready, the dough will leave the sides of the bowl clear and gather around the dough hook
Have a go at this recipe! Fresh pizza dough is so easy to make at home, the perfect base to create these delicious lunchbox scrolls for the kids with their favourite toppings!
Or use the dough as a base to create family size pizzas and mini pizzas.