LAST WEEK, when my partner and I visited Charleston, West Virginia, we stayed at the drop-dead gorgeous home of our new friends Gary and Gary. I found it hard to believe that Gary-x-2 are not cooks. For on their kitchen counter was a Kitchen Aid standing mixer in a glowing shade of tangerine. That colorful mixer, or at least the new one I felt compelled to purchase the moment I arrived home, is the subject of this week’s random drawing.
I use my own Kitchen Aid mixer (a basic-black model) for simplifying all kinds of dishes. For instance…
Pain de Mie. The standing mixer, which comes with a dough hook, kneads the ingredients for this beautiful, buttery, easy-to-slice French Sandwich Bread in just minutes. Here’s the recipe.
Raised Doughnuts with Orange Cognac Glaze. Wanna make these adults-only doughnuts? The standing mixer will do almost all of the work for you. Have a look.
Souffles. Need to whip egg whites for souffles both savory and sweet? The mixer will beat those whites to stiff peaks in only seconds, as proved in my recipe for this so-delicious-you-will-swoon Strawberry Souffle.
Queen Victoria Cake. This easy but elegant tea-time dessert is composed of layers of sponge cake, with great gobs of whipped cream spread between. The mixer’s whisking attachment will accomplish hands-free whipping in the time it takes you to dash off a nasty email to your ex-boyfriend. The recipe.
Decadent Cream Cheese Frosting. And I do mean decadent. This lusciousness contains butter, cream cheese and Cointreau (an orange-liqueur), all blended to fluffy perfection with the standing mixer’s paddle attachment. I dare you to read the recipe.
Chocolate Layer Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting. The paddle attachment will also cream butter, sugar, and (gasp!) molten chocolate for this perfect-for-a-birthday-party dessert. My step-by-step instructions.
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