Favorite thing to make with a stand mixer
Two years ago, for Christmas, I received a beautiful, candy apple red stand mixer. I'm ashamed to say I've never used it. I do bake bread occasionally, but prefer to knead my dough by hand (it's a great form of therapy) and for anything else that needs mixing / beating, like egg whites, I use my dilapidated old hand mixer.
Yet I know stand mixers are loved -- passionately -- by some. For those of you who use one, what do you make with them that's so good? Please inspire me!
Hmmm, the fun things that come to mind are marshmallows, mousse, meringues-- things that benefit from all that high powered whisking. I also can't do without it for creaming cool butter into delicious baked goods.
A stand mixer will do soooo much better with those eggs than your hand mixer!
I love to knead dough by hand, too, but the dough hook makes pizza dough a snap. Dump in bowl, let mixer thwap ingredients into dough (it really is a marvelous sound, the dough hitting the wall of the bowl), throw in fridge to rise overnight, make instant pizza the next day. YUM.
Oh man, I use my mixer so much. I only grew up with a kitchenaid, and never had to live without one. I have, on occasion, had to use hand mixers at friends' houses, and that lead me to understand why they don't like to cook. Hand mixers do have a few uses--beaten, cooked icings come to mind--but any time anything needs to be mixed, I use the kitchenaid.
I love to bake, so I make cakes, cookies, gingerbread houses (wouldn't want to make that dough in anything else!), royal icing, buttercream (eek, just imagining a Swiss meringue buttercream without a stand mixer makes my arm hurt), fondant, pizza dough, and much, much more. I also love using the juicer attachment for squeezing lemon and orange juice from the trees in my backyard.
Gosh, there must be more. I'm just so used to using my mixer all the time that I don't even think of it as an unusual or must-have tool. It's just normal for me!
Baking! I can't imagine backing w/o my Kitchenaid. In fact, my baking muse, my maternal grandmother, is the one who gifted me my own Kitchenaid for my bridal shower. She was an amazing baker - always w/the Kitchenaid. I turned out 9 different kinds of cookies this year w/my little powerhouse.
I only use a hand mixer for making very simple buttercream frosting.
Marshmallows!!! Homemade marshmallows are to die for. Rice Krispies Treats made with homemade marshmallows deserve a national holiday.
For my kids' parties at school, I make colors. For my mom, I make Amaretto and roll them in toasted, ground almonds. For me, I make cardamom and black pepper and sometimes curry. For teachers, I make cafe au lait.
Double the vanilla.
You may be surprised to see how well mashed potatoes come out in the KA steel bowl helps keel them warn, so just add the potato and whatever else you add, put on low and by the time you have everything else plated they are ready to go. i use the attachments a lot in particular the juicer and the pasta rollers.