Meet Big Red
As I have gotten older, I have come to realize that I am like my mother in many ways. However, there is one matter where my mom and I definitely diverge. Cooking gadgets, utensils, pots and pans, anything for the kitchen really, are ALWAYS at the top of my Christmas wish list. My mom, not so much.
The workhorse in my kitchen was one of those gift items that I had coveted for many, many years. My wish finally came true about 14 years ago. Let me introduce you to Big Red, my KitchenAid stand mixer.
Big Red and I share many kitchen success stories. When I need power to mix and knead loaf after loaf of chocolate bread for Christmas, Big Red is there. When I need a light and tender cake, Big Red is up to the task of creaming butter and sugar and beating air into the batter. And when I need to whip meringue powder, water and confectioner's sugar for a batch of royal icing, Big Red steps up to the plate and gets it done.
All joking aside, stand mixers really are the workhorse in the home baker's tool box. If you want to give yourself the best opportunity for success with whatever you are baking, a stand mixer is essential. Why? One word - power. There are some recipes, like a cake, where you need air to achieve the desired texture in the final product. A hand mixer simply does not have the wattage necessary to do the job.
I know that stand mixers are an investment. They can run into hundreds of dollars. But a good stand mixer will serve you well for many, many years. So if you want to treat the one you love (or even yourself!), consider adding a stand mixer to your kitchen.