Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A stand mixer test drive


This week, I'm housesitting for my parents and spending time with the puppers, Hannah.


I even brought along my cat, Bella, since it seemed cruel to leave her alone in my apartment for a week. She secretly loves it here anyhow.

And as you can see, the girls love lounging on the furniture.

Anyhow, now that I'm at my parents I decided take this thing for a test drive:

Stand mixer

I'm toying with the idea of putting a mixer on my Christmas list this year. I was planning to just register for it when I get married.. but let's be honest - I'm no where near getting married.

BUT - they're pricey. It would be my one and only Christmas present. Am I willing to forgo the gift unwrapping extravaganza for a mixer? I don't know.

First up on the test is pizza dough. I have an ancient bread machine that mixes up dough in a flash, so I was interested to see how the stand mixer compares.

It handled the dough OK. Overall, it was quicker to do the dough by the mixer than to do it in the bread maker, definitely. It might be all in my head, but I swear everything that comes out of the bread maker tastes the same.. even if the recipes are different.

The downside? Getting the dough to rise. In my drafty apartment it's tough to find a warm place. The bread maker solves that because it keeps it a warm and constant temp.

Still not sure I only want a mixer for Christmas, but it's tempting me.


Anonymous said...

Hey, did you do something to your blog? It looks so much sharper and clearer in the past couple of days. Your food and pet pix look great.

Jen said...

Nope. Haven't done anything different. Glad it's looking sharper and clearer, though!

Lauren (Healthy Delicious) said...

I have a KitchenAid and to be honest I rarely use it. It's a huge pain to clean, heavy to move, and doesnt' really save a ton of time. Unless I'm making a huge batch or something or a weird mood strikes, I usually just go with the good ole bowl and whisk.