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What should I do with my Kitchenaid mixer!

iheartcooking Dec 25, 2010 10:40 AM

Poor me, my husband and stepsons got me a Kitchenaid mixer, a kitchen torch, Kevlar gloves, and a microplane. I am not trying to brag but simply awed by their thoughtfulness (I didn't ask for any of these things) and also not sure what I should make first!!!
What do you like to do with your mixer?
And what do you like to use your kitchen torch for besides creme brûlée?!

Merry Christmas Hounds!!!

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  1. mattstolz Dec 25, 2010 10:50 AM

    im actually super jealous of the kevlar glove!! i asked for one but parents didnt know where to look :-/

    anyways, what CANT you make now is the better question i think! what about baked alaska? could use the torch to toast the outside really quick! ive also seen it used for crisping skin on things like fish and stuff, or a quick brulee of things like figs and stone fruits

    1. goodhealthgourmet Dec 25, 2010 11:21 AM

      wow, someone must have been VERY good this year ;)

      mixer:
      - meringue
      - marshmallows
      - buttercream
      - 7-minute icing
      - mousse
      - cakes/cupcakes/brownies
      - bread dough
      - pasta dough
      - souffle

      torch:
      - brown marshmallows for s'mores
      - crisp fish skin
      - brown/crust scallops
      - char peppers or tomatoes
      - light flaming desserts (Bananas Foster et al)
      - melt cheese or brown crumb topping on gratin, onion soup, crostini

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        dfrostnh Dec 26, 2010 03:39 AM

        Mixer: Cookies!
        and real whipped cream.

        I have been considering pizza and bread dough once I get over my fear of yeast.

        DIL inherited a mixer and attachments but had them packed away. Last summer she used my Cuisinart food processor to shred lots of zucchini to make relish. She makes a great relish. She said she dug out the shredding attachment to her Kitchen Aid so she can use that instead.

      2. chowser Dec 25, 2010 11:45 AM

        On New Years Eve, make up a batch of cinnamon rolls or sticky buns. Refrigerate before baking. In the morning, bake hot fresh cinnamon rolls and your husband and stepsons will be in heaven.

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          nsstampqueen Dec 26, 2010 03:52 AM

          I love that cinnamon rolls idea! I second the real whipped cream - so easy in a kitchenaid! I would make a cake from scratch (that was the first thing I made when I got mine).

          To get over a fear of yeast - try a pita bread recipe (Greek style). I was in heaven when I mastered that in the kitchenaid, no more bread maker for me (it has now been relegated to making jam). I just love watching that dough knead in the machine!

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            gordeaux Dec 26, 2010 08:02 AM

            mixer = tamale masa.

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              goodhealthgourmet Dec 26, 2010 09:16 AM

              yesyesyes! great call, gordeaux :)

            2. todao Dec 26, 2010 09:29 AM

              "what do you like to use your kitchen torch for besides creme brûlée?!"
              Browning meringue, caramelizing glazes on hams and other meats, roasting peppers, melting/browning cheese.
              I recently received a kevlar (Ov-Glove) glove as a gift. I love it; but why the nice person bought only one is a question I can't ask. I do use the single glove so, up to now, I've only burned one hand when I load/remove things from the oven.

              1. chefathome Dec 26, 2010 09:57 AM

                What a wonderfully generous and thoughtful family you have! Good for you.

                My KitchenAid mixer is the best loved and lovingly treated thing in our kitchen - I practically polish it. Anyway, I strongly suggest the pasta attachments - it really will change your homemade pasta making.

                The other day when I made Tiramisu I was so happy to have my KA - my other mixer definitely would not have cut it. The mascarpone was particularly stiff. I use it for so many things from breads, buns and pizza dough, to some cookie and cake batters.

                Hopefully you have metal attachments versus the plastic - I've heard several horror stories of the plastic being of low quality and breaking.

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                  blackpointyboots Dec 26, 2010 01:02 PM

                  I acquired a KitchenAid mixer a few months ago and use it for everything.
                  Bread dough
                  Batters (cookies, pancakes etc)
                  Eggs (quiche, omlettes, fritatas )
                  I have the meat grinder and sausage stuffer also.
                  I made about 20# of bratwurst. I use it to grind hamburger and made venison bacon burgers using the bacon as the additional fat when grinding.

                  Most of the mixers come with a small book that gives some recipes but mostly ideas what you can do with it. The next attachments on my wish list is the grater/veggie slicer thing and the pasta roller/cutter.

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                    lucyis Dec 26, 2010 03:02 PM

                    Which mixer did you get? KA makes many including a hand-mixer (which i also have). I have the Professional 600. As chefathome said, I adore this appliance and would hate to do without it. I use to mix; cake batter, cookie dough, bread dough. I use it for kneading bread dough. I use an attachment to grind fresh hamburger and turkey.
                    Try the torch for a simple and nutritious breakfast treat..oatmeal brulee. Your family will never turn their nose up at this bowl of breakfast cereal. make your oatmeal the usual way, portion it into oven proof bowls and apply sugar and the torch.
                    Happy cooking!

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                    escondido123 Dec 26, 2010 04:01 PM

                    Because of the KA we got years ago when my parents stopped using it, my husband now makes bread every other day. Even though he has to pull the KA out of the hall closet, he's still has the dough made in less than 10 minutes total!

                    1. yayadave Dec 26, 2010 06:01 PM

                      Definitely start with bread just because it's so basic and every day. Try 450 g. flour, 65% water, 2% salt, and 2% yeast. That's very straight forward bread, and the dough hook makes it easy.

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