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!