THE JOY OF BAKING

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THE JOY OF BAKING

THE JOY OF BAKING

The joy of baking can be felt by anyone who has the desire. When it comes to baking, there is always something for everyone, from the well seasoned baker to the beginner who still has a lot to learn. Some of the best and most simple baking recipes include the use of a mixer for the preparation. You can even use a mixer in bread making!

Making bread is fairly easy and very affordable. Using a mixture makes it even easier though! The worst part of people who make homemade bread is kneading the dough. It really takes away from the joy of baking. So instead of doing it all by hand, cut out this annoying aspect of bread baking and use a mixer to do the kneading that you need! (Pun intended) If this sounds good to you, the best mixer to use for this purpose is a classic standup mixer that has a dough hook attachment included. You also want to make sure that the mixing bowl is made of 100% stainless steel for the best results and easiest cleanup. Mixers like this have motors that are super powerful so they can knead and mix even the stickiest dough. They also include several speed levels so your dough will have the perfect texture for you! The joy of baking bread has just gotten that much more joyful!

The joy of baking cakes is also enhanced by using a mixer. Everyone loves cake but not everyone loves to stir cake mix by hand for 2 to 5 minutes. With a mixer you cut down your mixing time significantly so that you can enjoy your cake ever faster. Then there is the added bonus of being able to lick the mixing attachments! The same goes for brownies! Do you also make your own cake frosting? If so, you can use a mixer for this as well! Homemade frosting is so much better than store bought and if you have a good mixer (like with the bread dough, a stand up mixer is best) then you can make frosting till all your cakes are iced. If you are like me, you will love making frosting so much that you will run out of things to put it on!

Last but not least, you can use your mixer for cookie baking. All types of cookie dough can be made using your mixer. Whatever your favorite cookie baking recipe is, the joy of baking will be tripled by using a mixer that cuts your cookie baking time in half!  So, to sum it all up, use your mixer to bake cookies, cakes, frostings and breads. In fact, use it for all your baking needs even if the recipe calls for hand mixing! Follow my advice and the joy of baking will stay in your heart (and your kitchen) forever.

For more information on using a mixer to make homemade bread, go check this review .

Homemade Frosting Recipe:

What you need-

One stick of softened butter

One pound of powdered sugar

Two teaspoons of vanilla

One teaspoon salt

Four tablespoons milk, evaporated or regular

To begin, if you have a standing mixture with a whisk attachment, attach it now. If not, you can use a traditional hand mixer with beaters. Put the butter in the mixer or bowl and beat it on medium until it is fluffy and light. Every few minutes, stop to get the butter from the sides of the mixing bowl. Beat for about five minutes. Next, mix in the vanilla and the salt in a small bowl until the salt has dissolved. Add this mix to your bowl and mix on low. The mixture should be looking pretty fluffy by now! While keeping the mixer going on low speed, slowly add the sugar until the whole pound has been mixed in well. Turn up the speed to medium and add the milk one spoonful at a time. Put mixer on high and keep going until it is the perfect texture!

*Tip- you can substitute any flavor you want in place of the vanilla!

 

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