Suddenly, we’re all budding bakers! Who would have thought? The days of your mates posting Instagram pics of their pets are over. Now it’s all about banana bread and home-made loaves.
If you want to be part of this great British bake off, you need the proper equipment. And a good food mixer is pretty essential. It does all the hard work for you, and gives you better baking results. Choosing the right mixer can be tougher than an unkneaded lump of dough, so here’s a handy guide…
Is a food processor the same as a mixer?
Food processors are great pieces of kitchen equipment, but they’re not made to help you bake. Think of them as a more of a general tool to cut down prep time in the kitchen, by doing lots of chopping, slicing and blending.
On the other hand, a good food mixer takes the hassle out of baking. Whipping eggs, folding in flour and kneading can be hard work, and food mixers can do the lot.
What’s the difference between a stand mixer and a hand mixer?
When you’re choosing a food mixer, you can choose a stand mixer or a hand mixer. Stand mixers are perfect for serious bakes and family-sized batches, whereas hand mixers are handy helpers for little jobs. Let’s take a closer look at each option…
Stand mixers are designed to take the hassle out of big baking jobs. They usually come with different speed settings and functions like whisking, mixing and kneading. So, if your recipe calls for ‘slow mixing’ or ‘folding’, your stand mixer will do it perfectly. You’ll usually also find extra attachments for grating, slicing or blending ingredients. Stand mixers typically have large capacity mixing bowls, great for making big batches. They also let you work tidily without leaving flour, sugar and butter on your worktops.
Check out the Kitchenaid Artisan stand mixer. It’s a popular choice with serious bakers and cake makers. With its quiet and powerful direct drive motor, it makes speedy work of large batches of dough, cake mix and even mashed potatoes. And its huge 6.9 litre bowl comes with a splash guard, so you can mix dry and wet ingredients without any mess.
For smaller baking tasks, hand mixers are your go-to kitchen gadget. They take up much less space than traditional stand mixers and are usually much cheaper. If you’re baking a cake or whipping cream, a good hand mixer does the hard work for you, in a fraction of the time.
The Kenwood True HM535 hand mixer is a good option. With five adjustable speeds including a pulse function – plus a couple of different attachments - it lets you do anything from whisking eggs to mixing up cheesecake. And its compact enough to be stored neatly away in your kitchen drawer.
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