Dough Whisk: Perfect for Blending Muffins, Pancakes and Quick Breads
Muffins are easy with Dough Whisks
Make either muffins or quick breads from flow-through batter and a Danish dough whisk.
Dough Whisks Are Tough Hand-held Mixers
This is the famed Danish Dough Whisk, although most imported to the U.S. are made in Poland, not Denmark. I bought my first ones - the mini version (11" ) and the 15" full-sized dough whisk - in 2006 from King Arthur Flour Co., Inc.. I love to make - and eat - muffins and made them according to one of the first of my mother's axioms, "The more you mix muffins, the tougher they'll be."
Initially publicized as the perfect tool to use for flow-through batters, I thought dough whisks would make the blending stage easier and guess-proof. They have now become my "go-to tools" for light batters.
According to the King Arthur Flour web site, over the years KAF has sold thousands of them. These are not easy to find in brick and mortar stores, but other dedicated baking web sites are advertising them. According to word going around on internet baking forums, home cooks are also finding dough whisks good for kitchen jobs like folding beaten egg whites into batters and prepping yeast dough all the way up to the kneading stage.
This lens is an introduction to a tool little known except to dedicated bakers, information on how to clean dough whisks, sources on where to buy them, and because I mostly bake muffins information about easy-to-prepare muffin and quick bread mixes.
Photo: Georgene A. Bramlage
Danish Dough Whisks Made in Poland
Originally called Danish dough whisks, these simple and sturdy baking tools are now made in Poland. I've never been able to find out why they've been called "Danish Dough Whisks." However, I was delighted to find such a useful tool made in Poland.
There are some versions made in China. Handles on the Polish ones are usually formed from beech or birch wood. Most of the Chinese versions do not label the handles.
Blogger Katie Walsh includes the Danish dough Whisk on her recently posted list about the relatively inexpensive joys of having the correct whisk for specific cooking jobs. I wholeheartedly support, in this instance, having tools dedicated to one kitchen job - that of lightly mixing delicate batters.
Photo: Georgene A. Bramlage
Dough Whisk with Cracked Handle
Wash Dough Whisks By Hand to Avoid Cracks in Handle!
Clean dough whisk by soaking stainless steel portion only in cold water - warm or hot water solidifies proteins in dough adhering to coils - use brush to remove dough. Soaking entire whisk or cleaning in dishwasher allows cracks to develop in handle even though it is shaped of hardwoods.
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Dough Whisks on Amazon
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Online sources for Danish Dough Whisks
- King Arthur Flour Company, Inc.
KAF Usually has both the large and small whisk in stock. Prices and shipping here are higher than at most online sources.
- Bread Tools
Baking items for all things pizza and Italian.
- Lee Valley Tools
Lee Valley is a family-owned business providing tools for woodworkers, gardeners and now bakers since 1978.
- Fante's Kitchen Shop
Scroll down through this amazing list of whisks to reach the Danish Dough Whisks. Fante's has specialized since 1906 in kitchen utensils for both professional chefs and home cooks.
- Breadtopia Bakers Store
Breadtopia looks forward to creating and developing a community of home-based bakers.
All muffin mixes are not created equal.
Choose your favorite brand of muffin mix by experimenting and taste testing. Consider taste, texture and sweetness. You might discover that there are regional differences within brands as well as regional brands that cater to local tastes. A great example is northern-style corn muffins versus southern-style corn muffins!
My Favorite Mixes Originate from these Companies - There are many companies here in the United States that sell mixes.
These just happen after my almost a half-century of baking to be favorite brands. I grew up baking in Ohio and Massachusetts, so King Arthur and Betty Crocker mixes are at the top of my list. I discovered Martha White mixes while visiting in the southern U.S. And at one point when I did a lot of baking for charity events, Krusteaz brand was the only large quantity mix that I could buy at my local warehouse club. They seem to have diversified for the supermarket trade.
- King Arthur Flour Company, Inc.: Norwich, VT
An employee-owned company located in Vermont that provides flours, mixes and baking ingredients and utensils.
- Betty Crcoker Muffin Mixes
The Betty Crocker site lists many mixes and recipes in which to use these mixes.
- Martha White: Memphis, TN
Provides baking products from cornmeal and flour to mixes for biscuits, cornbread, muffins, brownies and more.
- Krusteaz Muffin and Crumb Cake Mixes
The site lists approximately 15 mixes and a service to locate retailers.
King Arthur Muffin Mixes from Amazon - My favorite line of mixes because of texture and taste.
King Arthur Flour, founded in 1790 in Boston, MA to provide imported high-quality flour, moved to Norwich, Vermont in 1984. The company was sold to employees in 1996, and continued to enlarge offerings with diverse flours, mixes and baking equipment. They've recently started offering a diverse line of gluten-free mixes and flours.
What is your favorite kind of muffin?
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Do you enjoy baked goods or avoid them all-together?
Here is one of my favorite brands and flavors of muffins:
Martha White mixes are inspired by decades of southern cooking. They include old favorites like corn muffins.
Bake or Buy?
Do You Bake Your Own or Buy Muffins?
Save Money - Stock up on Muffin / Cupcake Papers
Watch for muffin / cupcake papers coupons to use at supermarkets or craft stores. Most stores also have seasonal promotions or end-of-the-season sales where prices might be 40 to 50 percent off regular prices. Watch newspapers for advertisements.