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KitchenAid Stand Mixer - What A Kitchen Aid

Updated on October 12, 2014

Testimonials Get My Attention

" It makes cooking and baking so much easier and enjoyable. "

"Best mixer you will ever buy. A little pricey but that's how much they are in every store. It is worth the money and it will last forever."

"I absolutely adore my KitchenAid stand mixer. My fiance's grandparents bought this for me as a gift and I have not stopped using it since. I am an avid baker, and this mixer makes baking so much more enjoyable for me..."

(KitchenAid group photo from KitchenAid Facebook page.)

The KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer

The KitchenAid stand mixer stand's at the top of its class (in this owner's opinion). It is a substantial piece of equipment: with plenty of mixing power, enough to make a simple task of creaming butter (or cream cheese for my famous Cheesecake), kneading dough, or just about anything you can think of to throw into a mixer.

All you have to do is give one of these mixers a chance and will love how it makes child's play of mixing up a batch of chocolate chip cookie dough.


Three attachments come with every KitchenAid stand mixer:

  1. a flat beater for making all types of batter, as well as tougher jobs like mixing meat loaf (no more handling of gross ground meat, yuk)
  2. a wire whip for the lighter jobs like meringue from egg whites, souffles, and all other mixtures that infuse air (home-made mayonnaise..hint)
  3. a hook for mixing and kneading yeast doughs

All three attachments are well-made and are simple to switch with an easy twist.

One great benefit of the KitchenAid tools is their appearance. They are solidly built and beautiful in looks. You will want to keep this mixer in plain view on your kitchen counter to add to the décor, and allow it to generate some natural conversation (maybe a little envy, too).


25 colors to choose from!

Author's KitchenAid Stand Mixer
Author's KitchenAid Stand Mixer

The KitchenAid Mixer Stands Tall

In order to understand just how useful this mixer is, we will take a look at some of the ways you can use your new kitchen tool.

Recipes are an excellent way to showcase the power and versatility. As you continue to view this article, you will see some unique recipes that you will want to try in your own kitchen. Recipes are also a way to showcase the special attachments for KitchenAid Mixers.

(photo is of the author's KitchenAid Mixer)

Vintage Hazelnut Torte

This recipe uses the KitchenAid Mixer, Flat Paddle and Wire Wisk

This recipe is from the KitchenAid Recipe book circa 1987.

It was shared by homesweethome on the TasteOfHome website.


(Image from roboppy's photostream on Flickr)

Ingredients

6 eggs, separated

3/4 c. sugar

1/3 c. plain bread crumbs

1/4 c. all-purpose flour

2/3 c. finely chopped hazelnuts

What To Do

Place egg whites in bowl. Attach bowl and wire whip. Turn to Speed 8 and whip until soft peaks form. Continuing on Speed 8, gradually sprinkle in 1/4 cup sugar, whipping until stiff peaks form. Remove from bowl and set aside.

Place egg yolks in clean bowl. Attach bowl and flat beater, Turn to Speed 8 and beat 2 minutes, until thick and lemon colored. Reduce to Speed 6 and gradually sprinkle remaining sugar, beat 1 minute. Stop and scrape bowl.

Add bread crumbs, flour, and nuts. Turn to speed 2 and beat 30 seconds, until well blended. Fold egg white mixture into egg yolk mixture.

Pour batter into a greased and floured 9-inch springform pan. Bake at 325ºF for 40 to 45 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes. then remove and cool completely on wire rack.

When cool, slice cake in thirds to form 3 layers. Frost with Creamy Mocha Filling.

Yield: One 9-inch torte.

Creamy Mocha Filling

2 sq. (1 oz. each) semisweet chocolate, melted

1 c. butter or margarine, softened

2 c. powdered sugar

2 t. instant coffee

1 t. vanilla

Place chocolate and butter in bowl. Attach bowl and flat beater. Turn to speed 4 and beat 2 minutes. Sift sugar and coffee into bowl. Add vanilla. Turn to Speed 2 and mix 15 seconds. Stop and scrape bowl. Turn to Speed 6 and beat 2 minutes, until light and fluffy.

Yield: 2 cups.

Pork Sausage

Uses KitchenAid Mixer With Sausage Stuffer

Pork and Scallion Sausage:

- 1 pound ground pork belly

- ½ tablespoon kosher salt

- ¼ tablespoon Pierre Poivre (or black pepper)

- ¼ tablespoon toasted fennel seed

- ½ tablespoon chopped scallion

- ½ tablespoon red pepper flakes

- natural hog casing


Image from KitchenAid.com.au

Mix all in a well chilled bowl and then stuff into casing using sausage stuffer.

Twist off every 4 inches to form links. Poke a couple of holes in each link with a needle and let hang for at least 24 hours.

This sausage is great for making traditional Sausage and Peppers.

Tip: You will want to use natural casings, and they are available from better quality butchers. Also, before using, make sure they have been soaked in cold water for about 30 minutes. After soaking, rinse well.

Iron Chef Mark Forgione Makes Sausage and Peppers With KitchenAid Mixer

Use the sausage recipe above along with your KitchenAid mixer and the Grinder attachment.

Using My KitchenAid Stand Mixer for Cheesecake
Using My KitchenAid Stand Mixer for Cheesecake

KitchenAid Stand Mixer Cheesecake Recipe

This is a recipe from my personal stash. I obtained it from an adult gourmet cooking class I took years ago. I call it my Cheesecake - WOW recipe because everyone I have served it to has the same reaction... "WOW!! This is great!"

Using a mixer is a must, and a KitchenAid Stand mixer is an absolutely perfect match for this recipe.

Two reasons a KitchenAid Stand Mixer is perfect for my cheesecake recipe:

  1. A stand mixer with lots of power will make easy work of creaming the cream cheese from its original block form.
  2. Since the recipe calls for mixing the ingredients for a looong time, a KitchenAid mixer is perfect because you can work on other tasks while your cream cheese is becoming a beautiful souffle.

First Things First:

Preheat the oven to 325°

Butter the inside of an 8" souffle dish, then sprinkle it with cake or cracker crumbs

Cheesecake WOW Ingredients:

* 1/2 cup dried cake crumbs (I personally use graham cracker or shortbread cookies)

* 2 pounds cream cheese (Philadelphia brand recommended after personal disappointment with the store brand)

* 4 whole eggs

* 1½ cups vanilla sugar (see Cheesecake tips below)

* Juice and zest of 1 whole lemon

* 4 T dark Rum (optional, but don't skip it)

Here is a picture of the ingredients alongside the KitchenAid Stand Mixer.


(I posted this image on the Amazon.com website.. you can see more customer images by clicking on the photo.)

Preparation of the Cheesecake recipe:

Place softened cream cheese in mixer bowl with the eggs and begin to mix at a low speed. Once eggs and cheese are incorporated together, begin to add the sugar slowly and increase the mixer speed. When all sugar has been added, add the lemon and lemon zest. Continue mixing at high speed for at least 5-6 minutes (this may sound like a long time, it is the secret to success for this particular cheesecake recipe, AND it is where your KitchenAid stand mixer will shine). The goal here is to achieve a very light, creamy consistency.

Add the rum and mix for another 30 seconds.

Time To Bake:

Pour the batter into your prepared souffle dish.

Place a large cake pan with at least 2 inch sides into the oven and put your souffle dish into the larger pan. Add about ½" of boiling water to the large pan. Bake at 325º for 1½ - 2 hours. At the end of the baking time, turn off the oven, but do not remove the cheesecake from the oven for an additional 20 minutes.


The finished Cheesecake... Yumm

Lift the Cheesecake out of its water bath and place it on a rack to cool. Allow it to cool to room temperature. Don't rush this process.

Turn a large plate upside down and place it over the souffle dish. Invert both to turn the cheesecake out onto the plate. Now turn your cake serving plate upside down over the just released cheesecake and turn the plates "right-side" up to that the top of the cheesecake is now on top.

Lightly cover and put into the refrigerator overnight.

Next day, add your topping and refrigerate for another hour or so before serving.

Share Your Thoughts ~ We Would Love To Hear Them!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      They work so nice, and are a great help in the kitchen! :)

    • LittleLindaPinda profile image

      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      Kitchen Aid makes such quality products. The cheesecake looks so yummy.

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      tricomanagement 5 years ago

      Great Lens on a favorite subject!

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      I love my Kitchen Aid stand mixer. Thanks for the recipes!

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      Wayne Rasku 5 years ago

      @TreasuresBrenda: Thanks to all for stopping by and leaving your great feedback!!!

      Brenda, you are correct. I just checked and KitchenAid has 16 of the top 20 spots in the Best Sellers list on Amazon for Stand Mixers. That is a hint at how much respect they have as a manufacturer of Kitchen Appliances.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Wonderful recipe and article! Thank you for sharing it with us. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I don't have one but it looks like a must for the kitchen

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      duslan 5 years ago

      I love my Kitchen Aid! Thanks for the recipes!

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      The KitchenAid mixer must surely rank amongst the most coveted small appliances in the kitchen!

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      DIY Mary 5 years ago

      This mixer looks like a really handy all-purpose gadget for when a blender just doesn't cut it. And that cheesecake recipe looks delicious!

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      Einar A 5 years ago

      Sounds like a useful device, and I really like the looks of your cheesecake recipe, too.

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      JEMArtistry 5 years ago

      Looks like a great tool to have in th kitchen. Maybe when I start making some money here on Squidoo, I can get one! lol......... Those recipes look great too. :)