BakingCalGal -- Thursday, July 04, 2002 -- 07:35:57 PM
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Cal's link has the KitchenAid Metallic Chrome Professional 6-quart Stand Mixer on sale for $350 (regularly $430). Get it or not? Is it a good deal? Which is the better model, the Professional or the Artisan? Is the 6-quart bowl big enough?
The 6-qt. is the biggest one, isn't it? I have the Professional. It's very powerful and the bowl is certainly big. I got it as a gift, but I think that price sounds pretty good. Do you have enough counter space to keep it on? Because it's a bitch to drag out if you don't. It's too big you just want to whip two egg whites or a quarter cup of cream, but for major baking, it's excellent.
(Deleted message originally posted by mollyT on Monday, February 21, 2005 -- 07:12:52 PM.)
I'm craving chocolate layer cake. It's snowy and I have the day off, so I have no reason not to make one. Except for the 90 million calories then sitting on my kitchen counter.
But I also kinda want to make the honey almond crunch cake that melisub posted in Only Recipes.
Maybe I'll make both. They serve different purposes, right?
I have the counter space, but frankly I'd rather not have it sitting out. How much of a bitch is it to drag out? I have the necessary storage space for it.
And what do you mean by "major baking?" I bake fairly frequently, but only average-size things like one loaf of banana bread or one batch of cookies. It's true that one of the things I'm hoping to achieve by buying a KA is that I'll start baking yeast bread again, but I doubt I'll be baking more than one loaf at a time. Would a batch of dough that size get lost in the big bowl and just get smeared over the sides of the bowl instead of getting really mixed?
It's heavy. I have to drag it from a bottom cabinet in the breakfast room into the kitchen proper, and I'd keep it out on the counter (with one of those nifty little covers) if I could.
You won't have any problem with small batches of cookies or bread dough. You will have to scrape down the sides, but I think that's true even if you have a smaller mixer. It will get adequately mixed though, for sure.
Jillian, I probably do have more of a tolerance for the dark squishy bananas than you do, because it can be icky. Sometimes I let them thaw all the way in the peel and just squeeze the banana pulp out. The bananas usually get thrown in the freezer by my husband, which is why they don't end up getting peeled. I'm sorry it didn't work well for you, but it sounds like the banana bread turned out good in spite of it all.
My KA is a heavy bugger and I'd hate to drag it out all the time if I needed it. And it's only the 5 qt. model. If you bake once a week or more, I'd leave it out if you have the room.
Oh, it was no big deal. I was just scraping off the mushy skins thinking "I MUST be doing something wrong here!" Hehe.
Ditto on the KA being heavy. I keep mine on the bottom shelf of my kitchen island, and it's a real pain to pull out because while there's sufficient headroom on the SHELF for the KA, there's a bar that runs just under the island counter which means I have to tip the KA to get it out from under the bar and THEN lift it out. Plus, there's just not a good hand-hold for picking it up from that height. I'm considering just removing the bar - it's for hanging things, but I don't use it. I wish I could just leave it on the counter, but there isn't enough space between the counter and the cabinets.
Jillian, get rid of the bar and put in one of these!
Well, the fudgy brownies I made from a recipe on recipezaar are not what I would call fudgy. They are good, not too sweet, and very chocolatey, but not gungy in the middle the way I like them. Crap.
I have not yet found a recipe for brownies that I like well enough to try more than once.
Alice, according to the Kitchen Aid site, the stand mixer weighs 22.8 lbs. Plus, as Jillian states, there's no handle on it so it's cumbersone to lug around. Mine resides on the counter. Besides, it's beautiful to look at.
I keep mine under the counter -- have to; no counter space to spare -- and it is a serious pain in the neck (or, more specifically, in the knees) to get it out. I still use it once a week or so.
Anne, you might want to try the Ghirardelli brownie recipe I posted recently, too. They were nice and fudgy when I followed the baking time on the package (granted, that's probably slightly undercooked in anybody else's oven -- mine tends to run slow).
I forgot to mention also that the only "apparent" handle are the arms that wrap around the bowl, but mine is a lift-and-lower the bowl model, so I'm always lifting it by the arms and then the lever jsut gives way and I almost drop it on myself. I really don't learn on that one.
I like that shelf, Curie, but I don't have a place to put it. The island doesn't have any power to it, so I have to lift the mixer and then put it on one of the counters next to one of the few kitchen outlets I have.
molly, the honey almond crunch cake is EXCELLENT, and yes, an entirely different beast than a chocolate cake.
I don't mind lifting something heavy. Also when we did our remodel I put in deep drawers nearly everywhere you'd normally expect to see cabinets, because I was so fucking tired of bending down and peering into the backs of cabinets. One drawer has only a few, easily re-locatable, things in it, so the KA can even have its own drawer. I could turn it into a KA shrine, or -- since I'll probably have to lay it down on its side -- a bed of the sort Snoopy makes for her dolls, with blankies and pillows and stuffed animals and a cup of water in case it gets thirsty.
Or, you know, maybe it will end up living on the counter. We'll see. Off to place my order now. And I'll look around for one of the cover things Curie mentions.