Mini footprint, mighty power!

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The KitchenAid Mini Stand Mixer made its way into my kitchen this weekend for a little trial ahead of its Today’s Special Value debut on Wednesday 8th November. I was greeted with mild panic and nerves (I know, I know, my reputation precedes me when it comes to baking!), coupled with a frisson of excitement as I opened the box and the oh-so-familiar sidekick of chefs, baking connoisseurs and design-lovers alike came into view.

I wiggled my new companion out of its box. It sure looked like the iconic KitchenAid and it sure felt like the KitchenAid, with its solidity and quality build. But wait… this is the bambino KitchenAid! 25% lighter and 20% smaller, would you believe?

Now, as previously stated, I am no baker. I’m not even a natural recipe-reader, preferring instead to miss out instructions in favour of others I prefer the sound of. That, ladies and gentlemen, is why my ‘showstopper’ is more akin to a ‘doorstopper’, with many of my attempts prompting Dan’s favourite chant “can’t cook, shouldn’t cook”. Hmm… cheeky young man.

Maddie and I had watched Nigella caressing her very own KitchenAid only the other evening on At My Table whilst whipping up her ’emergency brownie’ (as you do… or do you?). So surely with the right tools, I too could do it.

So, it was time to put this baby to the test, perhaps it could be the secret to success…

OMG… it seriously is.

Turns out, I am brilliant at baking. I knew it! I can bake! It’s official! Quick, how do I apply for The Great British Bake Off?!

Pavlova… boom! First time! I’ve made a good one before but only after three failed attempts as I simply would not be beaten.

Chocolate Swiss roll… perhaps more of a fold than roll, but still, it tasted amazing and looked it too!

Plus, check out the fabulous cake Tom made for his Grannie’s birthday. I rest my case.

The KitchenAid Mini Stand Mixer is mighty, magnificent and magical (well, to have turned me into a successful baker, it jolly well must be).

I’ve absolutely loved using it. It’s super easy, smooth, powerful and yet so quiet. There’s no fiddling necessary to make it work or even to change the attachments. In fact, it comes complete with an instruction manual and I felt very little need to read it.

This trial came at the perfect time. Momie’s birthday celebrations, my brother Neil coming over from Singapore, bringing his lovely girlfriend to meet us all and James, Neil’s youngest celebrating his 17th after Grannie’s birthday.

Everyone came to ours and we had a houseful of 21 people – a full house (both in number and the fact that everyone could make it)! Maddie was rehearsing for a panto and had a presentation day for her dance school so arrived a little late, shattered, but sporting an award for her ballet prowess.

It was truly a brilliant day filled with laughter, chatter, delicious food and… wedding plans! My niece Pip is marrying her lovely, handsome beau next summer. In fact, the scariest thing was Pip commenting that since my six egg Pavlova was so brilliant I could make her wedding cake (she wants a huge layered Pavlova apparently). She’s already asked her Grannie, but quite rightly Momie isn’t sure, as all the ‘what if’s’ are at the forefront of her mind – way too much responsibility! Anyway, Pip said, and I quote, “you could do it Auntie Claire, but I need you for other important things”. Phew, let’s not get too carried away! But still… get me!

Tom proudly presented the cake he had made amidst a hearty rendition of Happy Birthday, and basked amongst the abundance of compliments. As for my Pavlova and Swiss roll? There were empty plates all round.

Oh, what a great feeling! Certainly one I haven’t felt that often during my baking career, let me tell you!

On that happy note, I’m off to peruse the cookery books we have in the house. I’m a changed woman!

On your marks… get set… BAKE!

Claire
xxx

12 Comments

  1. Denise H November 7, 2017 at 3:40 pm -  Reply

    Wow well done Claire I’m impressed! I love to bake but as there’s just hubby and me and both of us trying to be healthy I no longer bother. I do though watch programmes like Bake Off longingly and sigh! Having said that I am in need of a new mixer and now having a little grandchild I may have to indulge and invest in this item. You’ve certainly whetted my appetite and your bakes look stunning.
    Happy Baking.
    Love Denise xx

  2. Susan November 7, 2017 at 6:16 pm -  Reply

    Beautiful claire! The pavlova looks divine! And so do the Swiss roll and tom’s cake! Love your blogs. Lovely occasion to bake for too. Gorgeous family you all are!! Btw how’s your back and hips? I asked Jackie for help with supportive shoe brands. Have you got any?? And I wish we all worked for qvc to get Physio! It’s so expensive! Hope Tom is doing well with his road safety by the way x

  3. Christine November 7, 2017 at 6:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire
    Look at all the goodies you have made for the family. Hope they enjoyed it all.

    Take care x

  4. Josephine Jennings November 8, 2017 at 8:53 am -  Reply

    Congratulations Claire! I have never attempted a pavlova .
    My youngest niece is amazing
    ,she is a gifted cook.

  5. Claire Sutton November 9, 2017 at 6:29 pm -  Reply

    Denise…did you succumb? With a little grandchild it does seems a perfect opportunity…Bake off is a lovely watch isn’t it?
    I’m so pleased my baking worked! Maddie had made cookies when I got home from work too:-)
    Happy Baking xx

  6. Pauline wilson November 10, 2017 at 9:22 pm -  Reply

    Wow Claire what a beautiful picture of your family and you all look so happy……….enjoy the love which surrounds youxx

  7. ShopaholicWarwick November 13, 2017 at 10:58 am -  Reply

    Looks mouth-wateringly fabulous Claire! I couldn’t resist the pink bambino and am now counting down the days until its arrival!

  8. Claire Sutton November 13, 2017 at 6:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan,
    Lovely to hear from you…I know Physio is such an expense, tho amazingly my hips and back are fixed, I’m just trying to retain mobility there with Pilates and stretching .
    Vionic is our most supportive specialised shoe range really and offers lots of good looking choices, with boots and shoes , even slippers….
    Take a look on the website .
    Tom completed his first SOLO bus journey today …amazing ! He’s so proud of himself too:-)))
    Much love,
    Claire x

  9. Claire Sutton November 13, 2017 at 6:13 pm -  Reply

    Christine…not a crumb left!!! Xx

  10. Claire Sutton November 13, 2017 at 6:15 pm -  Reply

    Josephine,
    MAddie is a good little all rounder, we were discussing her school Options, she said she’s good at all the unimportant things…UNIMPORTANT…I think being able to cook is amazing.
    Pavlova…or Eton mess ( when it fails!) it all tastes deeeeelish ! Xxx

  11. Claire Sutton November 13, 2017 at 6:16 pm -  Reply

    Thankyou Pauline, it was a lovely lovely day xx

  12. Claire Sutton November 13, 2017 at 6:18 pm -  Reply

    Pink bambino ….perfect colour I loved it…how exciting …hope you get it soon xx

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