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My favourite… Baking Appliances!
Welcome to my second blog post about my favourite bits and bobs for when I am baking. Last time it was cake tins, now it’s small baking appliances!
There are many different parts to baking equipment from stand mixers to blenders, and food processors to microwaves so I hope this blog post helps!
Every kitchen is different and every budget is different so I have listed below the products that I use and love, and also cheaper products that I have used and loved and will still work well. I hope this blog post helps!
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I have a few pieces of electrical equipment that I use for baking ALL of the time. None are completely essential, you can always make most recipes without them, but these are the few that I would always highly recommend if you can get them!
For stand mixers, I always love my KitchenAid mixer. I actually have two, one is quite old and one is newer, but they are both the 4.8L artisan size, and I find they are perfect for basically all baking!
If you are more of a Kenwood person, I do also have a Mary Berry Kenwood Chef and I also love that. Both types of stand mixers are incredible, but both are slightly pricier.
If you still want to look into a stand mixer but you want something cheaper, that is also totally fine. A mixer is a mixer, and I can understand that some are much more expensive than others! Something simple like a tower stand mixer can easily help you in baking.
If you want to look at something a bit smaller, an electric hand whisk is also brilliant. I do use both as I find an electric hand whisk and a regular bowl just as good and sometimes easier than a stand mixer!
You can however pick up electric hand whisks for as little as £5 in some places, and they will do the job if you don’t bake often!
One of the questions I get asked LOADS is what food processors do I use?! The main one I have used for years and years is a Kenwood 1.2L food processor that isn’t sold anymore, but this one is the equivalent.
It’s the food processor I use to grate a tonne of cheese and carrot if I need to because the attachments help, and it’s the food processor I use in all of my videos when making a biscuit base for a cheesecake!
I also bought myself the Mini Kitchenaid food processor for when I want to chop up small amounts of chocolate, nuts, and biscuits for bakes without having to get the bigger pieces of equipment out!
I also have a 3.1L KitchenAid food processor which is a beast, but so good! It can do so much more and fit so much more in because of the size.
If you are looking for a more compact and cheaper food processor, this Kenwood compact food processor is great – it’s a cheaper price point, and it can get the job done which is obviously the main point!
Blenders and food processors can often be clubbed together but I do use them for different things. I have a KitchenAid blender which I love and it is amazing for making smoothies, milkshakes, and anything like that! The power behind it is incredible.
Most of the time you can get away with a food processor to do all the bits a blender can, but I do find using a handheld stick blender really useful sometimes. It is perfect for making sauces, making coulis, and anything like that! I have a lovely Kenwood one I have had for years and it’s perfect for the job.
There are a few other bits of equipment that I have in my kitchen that I get asked about a lot on social media, or videos, or whenever people can see into my kitchen! These are not essential items at all, but I thought I would list them here as I always get questions about these bits and bobs.
At the moment I have a sage barista touch coffee machine – I bought it last year as my old sage Nespresso machine stopped work, and I love the entire bean to cup element of it! I also love how you can adapt and change settings to suit the coffee perfectly! I won’t lie though, I mainly use it to make hot chocolates.
I do however also have a Hotel chocolate velvetiser which is so good – you simply add in the satchets of chocolate that you can also buy from them, and turn it on! It creates the smoothest and most amazing chocolate drinks ever.
I also have a Panasonic bread maker – bread makers can be useful when you don’t have a stand mixer for the kneading and proving stage of bread making, but then also they come with their own recipes which can be great as well! I adore making bread from scratch, but I know lots of people prefer bread makers.
More and more I am getting requests about recipes using air fryers, in particular doughnut recipes, and I decided to finally buy one to experiment with. Whilst I haven’t posted any recipes using it yet, it was a cheap and cheerful air fryer and I really like it!
Finally, one bit of equipment that I use quite often, even if it isn’t really for baking is a slow cooker! Slow cooker fudge is becoming so popular though so if you are tempted to try it, all of my condensed milk fudge recipes work in the slow cooker too!
So I hope this list of baking equipment has helped! If you have any questions about any of the bits and bobs I recommend then let me know in the comments!
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