4 Advantages of using a Stand Mixer As a Chocolatier

Planning to buy a stand mixer for yourself? Not sure if it is worth the cost? A lot of people use hand mixers for mixing dough or whisking eggs as it is cheap and easy to use.

However, a hand mixer requires a lot of effort on your part and can be quite messy sometimes. This is where a stand mixer rescues you, it performs the mixing without requiring additional effort from your side and provides you a mess-free mixture in just a few minutes.

Still not convinced about it? Then, read on to know about the 4 major advantages of using a Stand Mixer:

1. Hands-free experience

Everyone who has ever cooked a meal for their family knows that cooking is not simple and easy and doesn’t involve just one task to be accomplished. There are a series of tasks and methods one needs to perform before they can prepare something decent to eat for their friends and family. There are so many steps involved in cooking like dicing the vegetables, mixing the ingredients, preparing bread dough, and so on. If you were to focus on one task at a time, then you would end up spending half a day in preparing food itself.

This is where a stand mixer can help you. Since this mixer runs on electricity and is automated, you just need to pile your ingredients together in a bowl, use the appropriate attachment and switch on the mixer. It will do the rest of the work itself and you don’t have to slave for hours, mixing and whisking.

2. Versatility

Another advantage of using a Stand mixer is that you can perform a variety of tasks with this small piece of equipment. A lot of people think that a stand mixer is only good for preparing cakes, doughs, bread, etc. but in reality, one can perform a lot more tasks apart from these. With the proper attachments, you can prepare juice, dice vegetables, prepare pasta, prepare bread dough, whisk eggs and so on with your stand mixer.

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3. Efficiency and Consistency

A stand mixer will efficiently perform all the task with appropriate power and performance and you don’t have to worry about the ingredients or mixtures of being inconsistent. You can prepare consistent batter and cake with the help of your stand mixer and not tire your arms in this process. Just combine your ingredients in a bowl and use the beater at an adequate speed to give you a consistent and voluminous mixture.

4. Powerful and Controllable

This is yet another advantage of a stand mixer, they are quite powerful for heavy mixes and can be easily controlled with the help of a few buttons. Since a stand mixer comes in all shapes and sizes, you can easily find a high-power motor stand mixer whose speed and settings you can adjust accordingly to ensure a complete and a consistent mix. You also would never have to worry about spilled or spattered batter ever again.

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CHOCOLATE CHIP PECAN COOKIES

I didn’t set out to find a fantastic chocolate chip cookie recipe when I decided to organize my cooking magazines a few days ago; I set out to group Bon Appetit’s with Bon Appetit’sFood and Wines with Food and Wines, and Cooks Illustrated’s with Cooks Illustrated’s.  In the mess of magazines, I found one lonely copy of Midwest Living, and a single copy of a magazine not entirely devoted to cooking has no place in my cooking magazine collection.  Before adding it to the recycle pile, though, I flipped through the pages to make sure that there was nothing contained within that I couldn’t live without.  As it turns out, I can’t live without an article on the Midwest’s best cookies.

Did I mention that the article contained six recipes for chocolate chip cookies?  Because it did, and I felt that it was my obligation as a food blogger to try one of those recipes to share with you.  I opted for the Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies from a bakery in Wisconsin and judging by the results, I find it hard to believe that any of the other five are better than this one.  However, in the interest of fairness, I should probably do further research.  In the meantime, you should make these cookies.

CHOCOLATE CHIP PECAN COOKIES

Krista’s Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

from Midwest Living, April 2010

(Amounts listed below are for 1/2 of the original recipe.  The halved recipe yielded about 20 3-inch cookies.)

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cake flour*
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla
  • 12 oz semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups pecan pieces

*Cake flour substitute: 1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch + enough all-purpose flour to reach 3/4 cup

Note: My two favorite things about these cookies were the large pieces of pecans and the high ratio of chocolate to cookie.  I’d recommend not chopping the pecans much (or just using a bag of pecan pieces and not chopping at all) and using Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate chips because the disc shape pretty much ensures a mouthful of chocolate in each bite.

 

  1. Preheat oven to 375. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, salt, and baking soda.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter for 30 seconds.  Add the sugars, and beat until combined.  Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat well after each addition.  Add the vanilla, and mix to combine.  Add the flour mixture, and beat on low until combined (you might need to stir in the last bit by hand). Add the chocolate chips and nuts, and stir by hand until they’re evenly distributed.
  3. Using a cookie or ice cream scoop, drop balls of dough onto ungreased or parchment-lined cookie sheets.  (I wanted larger cookies, so I used an ice cream scoop to form mounds slightly larger than golf balls.)  Bake for 11-14 minutes, or less for smaller cookies. The cookies are done when they’re slightly browned around the edges and the centers are set but still appear slightly under-baked. Cool on the cookie sheets for one minute before transferring to a rack to cool completely.

Best served with a cold glass of milk.