You guys know that my blog turned one just a little over a week ago.
When KitchenAid said they wanted to give me a 7qt mixer in my color choice to celebrate.
Seriously I did. Ask my sister Jamie. She and I took the kids out for ice cream on the lake when my phone went off with the email from KitchenAid. I read it about 300 times before responding.
Really? They want to send me a mixer?
So what do you say when you are contacted by KitchenAid to try out their latest mixer?
Heck yes! Send that baby to me in Candy Apple Red please?!?!?
Exactly 3 weeks later I came home to find a rather large box waiting for me courtesy of the FedEx man.
Now can I just say this is the prettiest thing I've seen in all my life! (with the exception of my kids of course)
When I posted this picture on facebook you all were "WHHHHAAAT you have 3 mixers?!"
Well know I now I have 2 soon to be just 1 (I'm giving the black one to my Mom.)
You see the white one is my mom's 20+ yr old mixer. I think she bought it in 1990. I grew up using that mixer. Growing up Grandma cut hers by hand... mom used her trusty KitchenAid pasta attachment. I'm not sure they even sell the same attachment she had back then. It was one you pushed the dough through the top without rolling it out. So you just pushed it down with this wooden thingy and it pushed out strands of pasta. Well after using her mixer for that for 20+ yrs.... her poor baby is on it's last legs. You can use it for basics anything that doesn't require being put on high for to long (like the pasta) because she smokes! Yep smokes.
The black on is the one I received for my 21st birthday a hand full of years ago *cough*.
I'm still 21 deep down.
Ok. Yes instead of going out on a bender for my 21st and partying it up I was using the "black beast" . (Please note he shares the same pet name as Ollie). Back then I was not into baking. At. All. The extent that it got used for was boxed brownie mix and mashed potatoes.
Do you use your mixer for your potatoes? You get perfect fluffy whipped mashed potatoes lump free!
Eventually over time I started baking my famous Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting.
Then slowly over time I increased my baking skills and learned to love it.
In 2009 I started Wicked Pies.
Allot of you don't know this do you?
Yes I started a little pie company selling pies and tarts for holidays and small events. I baked for a couple small weddings doing dainty desserts and treats. During Christmas and Thanksgiving I would make the traditional pies, apple, pumpkin, custards, pecan... Easter I would do fruit tarts and berry pies.
After becoming pregnant with Mads in 2011 I stopped selling pies for $$. It was allot of work and frankly took the fun out of baking after chasing 2 little boys around and being up to my eye balls in flour I burnt out.
That's when I started Bakeaholic Mama. A way to bake for fun but doing something more with it.
Back in my Wicked Pies days my favorite thing to make were fruit curd tartlets. They are pretty easy to make. Look fancy and are very dainty.
I only thought it'd be appropriate to break my mixer with a recipe that kinda started it all. This recipe doesn't really use the mixer to it's full capabilities, but they match the mixer in that brilliant red color!
This Vanilla Bean Raspberry Curd is amazing. It's a party in your mouth. So fanflippingtastic good. I may have a jar sitting in the fridge right now just waiting for me to eat it with a spoon.... shhh!
For the crust I always turn to my trusty Julia Child recipe for her Pâte sablée. Julia recommends making the crust in either by hand or in a food processor. I use my KitchenAid mixer with it's paddle attachment. It works like a dream. The dough comes together easily.
This sugar crust is perfect for fruit tarts. It's slightly sweet very buttery almost like a shortbread cookie.
I love this crust so much I could skip the filling. The crust is always my favorite part.
Paired with my Vanilla Bean Raspberry Curd it's decadent.
Vanilla Bean Raspberry Curd Tartlets
For the Curd,
3/4 cup raspberry juice (about 2 cups of fresh berries)
1 tbs of water
1 cup of sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 vanilla bean
1 tbs of cornstarch (optional)
For the Crust:
(Recipe Adapted from The Art Of French Cooking by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, and Simone Beck)
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
3 tbs of sugar
1/8 tsp baking powder
7 tbs chilled butter
2 tbs vegetable shortening
1 tsp cold water
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
For the Whipped Cream
1 cup of heavy whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbs of confectioners sugar
Directions for your curd:
In bowl split your vanilla bean length wise scrape your vanilla bean into the bowl. Whisk together with the eggs.
In a medium sauce pan add berries and water with the vanilla bean pod bring to a low simmer until all the berries have broken down. Remove pod and run the berries through a fine sieve saving all the juice and discarding the pulp/seeds.
In a double boiler add 3/4 a cup of your raspberry juice, sugar, eggs and the vanilla bean scrapings. Whisk together continuously. Add 1 tbs of butter at a time. Wait for the butter to melt each time before adding the next tbs. Once mixture has thickened to coat the back of a spoon remove from heat.
If you desire a thicker curd you can whisk in cornstarch while still over the heat. Whisk until thickened. Refrigerate for 4 hours before using.
Directions for your crust:
Preheat oven to 375.
Add all of your ingredients into your mixing bowl. using the paddle attachment mix on medium speed until dough comes together.
Press dough into tart pans.
Spray pieces of foil with non stick cooking spray to lay inside each tart shell. Fill with beans or rice to weigh the shells down.
Bake for 5-7 minutes. Remove beans/foil and return to oven for an additional 7-10 minutes or until shells are golden brown.
Directions for your whipped cream:
In your electric KitchenAid Stand Mixer add heavy cream and whip with the whisk attachment on medium/high speed until it starts to thicken and gets foamy. Add in your vanilla and sugar. Return to medium/high speed until you have stiff peaks. Remove from mixer and refrigerate until ready to use.
Fill cooled tart shells with cooled curd. Top with whipped cream and garnish with a mint leaf or a raspberry.
Now what you all REALLY want to know about. My KitchenAid 7Quart Bowl Lift Residential Stand Mixer.
Everyone say hello to Lucy.
Do you know how many cookies Lucy can make in her 7 quart mixing bowl? 14 dozen. 8 1/2 loaves of bread and a staggering 8 1/2 pounds of mashed potatoes.
Can you say WOW?
I have been contemplating for sometime getting Wicked Pies back up and going perhaps joining some local farmers markets and getting my name back out there for events and catering. This mixer is just the tool I need to do large quantity baking.
KitchenAid has made it possible to have a commercial size mixer brought into our residential kitchens.
Not only am I wowed by Lucy's size. She's quiet.
Like super quiet! My KitchenAid Professional HD was so loud. It was my only complaint about the Black Beast. It was so loud in fact I can not use it during nap times. That's a major bummer since I'd rather bake with as few kids calling my attention every second.
Here is a little video I made staring two VERY handsome men comparing the old to new mixer.
You can definitely hear the difference right?!
Quiet mixer means sleeping children!
The other thing I love...
This handle. See the nice rounded contoured grip?
The old mixer bowl's handle used to give me calluses on my hands. I tend to use the mixing bowl for other things, not just in my stand mixer. When I am hand whipping something I tend to hold that handle tight.... after a while it does a number on your hands!
The new 7 QT mixer also has robustly designed handles and nobs. They look much nicer and sturdier than the older ones.
Take a look at this 11 wire elliptical whip. The whip, dough hook and paddle are all dishwasher safe. Even though the size is much greater in size they can do jobs both big and small. So no worries you don't have to bake 14 dozen cookies at once in order to get use out of this mixer!
Just look at how tall and red she is! So pretty!
Remember how I said my mom's old mixer smokes? After many many years of using it with her pasta attachment and running the mixer on full speed she wore the thing out. This new bigger better 1.3 HP is designed to run longer with optimum torque with little heat build up. Even when my mom's mixer was much younger, when we would make pasta leaving the mixer running for any length of time it would heat up so much causing the pasta dough to gum up and get much to soft. Well now there will be no worries of that happening with this mixer!
Overall I am over the moon excited about this newest member of my kitchen family. As you can tell even the boys are having fun with it!
The 7 QT Bowl Lift Residential Stand mixer comes with a 2 year hassle free replacement warranty. Not only that... it's made right here in the U. S. of A!
If you are interested in checking out this mixer your in luck, it's sold at Williams - Sonoma click HERE to find the exact one I have. If you are interested in other products KitchenAid has to offer. Please click HERE to check them out!
(Disclaimer: KitchenAid has provided me with this 7 QT Stand Mixer, at $549 value. I have been given no monetary compensation to write this post. All opinions are my own)