Monday, June 22, 2009

Buying a New Kitchen Mixer

DeLonghi Mixer
A few months ago, our very old, but trusty Kenwood finally died. So, we lived for awhile with storebought bread, storebought pizza, storebought treats. And - we could not grind meat because the meat grinder goes on the mixer. Yuck. To add insult to injury - all those things cost about 4X more than what they should at the store. A good mixer is really a money saver if you use it! If you just let it sit on the shelf and collect dust - not so much. Anyway - I now have a new mixer! This one: - it is much bigger than my old mixer - so I have to start experimenting with increasing the recipe because the mixing bowl looks pretty empty when you make just 1-2 batches of something. And with an 1100 watt motor - I think it will stand up to some serious use!
Here is a photo of my NEW K-hook compared to the old one. Yup - the new bowl is huge!

So far I've only made honey oatmeal bread and cinnamon rolls and then more cinnamon rolls - yum! Then again, it did just arrive only the other day! I haven't even had a chance to start some sour dough starter.
I never made cinnamon rolls before but my son loves them and I got to thinking - how hard can they be to make. OK, sure you have to let them rise and then rise again (like bread), but since I make bread already I can just make the 2 at the same time. Here is a photo of my very 1st batch of cinnamon rolls -which were absolutely yummy. BUT - the recipe never said what size pan to put them in and I put them in a small pan - oops!

They disappeared anyway and I made another batch using a Pyrex rectangle pan.
Here's some photos of how I made them... 1st I let the dough rise for 1 hour before rolling it out into that rectangle, brushing with butter and brown sugar/cinnamon.

Roll longways and slice. My end pieces are a bit funny looking, but trust me, they taste fine.

Lots of space left in the pan before the 2nd rising! See why I used a small pan the 1st time around?

After rising - ready to go in the oven.


Oh yes, I think I am really going to love my new mixer for years to come! And my son? He loves Momma's cinnamon rolls!


Brenda said...

I have been thinking of getting a big mixer.......... Hmmmmm, I just might have to look at this one!
Cinnamon buns look very yummy!!!
Hubby is always bugging me to make them, eh, I just haven't because I won't be able to leave them alone and that is not so good for the waist line!!! But, when I bake, I love to make alot so I don't have to make up mixes all the time..... you have me thinking here.... Thanks alot!! lol!! I like the way this mixer looks too - like it's made for working and is going to be around for awhile...... thanks for the info on it!!

Darcie said...

Ah...sleek and shiny too. Like a sports car for your kitchen workspace! ;-) Enjoy its capabilities.

And enjoy the rolls!

Tanya said...

I have my grandmother's recipe for cinnamon rolls and they don't require a mixer, all I have is a hand mixer but I really don't have the counter space for that monster but I'm sure you will enjoy it and your rolls look yummy.

andsewitis Holly said...

Ah, there's nothing like homemade cinnamon rolls from scratch, warm out of the oven with glazed frosting oozing in the cracks! Enjoy your new mixer.

Vicky said...

Good grief, those buns looks good! I'll take those ends if no one else wants them! LOL.