Baking is a marvellous skill to have, helping you to create tasty treats from scratch that will tantalise the tastebuds of all comers.
It’s possible to make just about anything from raw ingredients including bread, cookies, cakes, muffins, crumpets, tarts, gingerbread, shortbread, crumble, doughnuts, cupcakes, pudding, brownies, quiche, bakewells, scones, pretzels and even pizzas!
Yes we know your mouth is watering right now at the possibility of that doughy goodness, flavoured with sugar and spices and jams and more than a few sprinkles of chocolate. It’s foodie heaven, and it’s all right at your fingertips.
But if you’re still intimidated by the idea of getting that oven on, even after watching six seasons of The Great British Bake Off then you should know that help is on hand from your loyal kitchen appliances.
Getting the best ingredients is up to you (lots of sugary stuff is a must!) but the rest doesn’t have to be a chore. When it comes to mixing and kneading, a food processor can take the hassle out of the traditional hand kneading method and can get it done much faster and more efficiently.
The KitchenAid Artisan Food Mixer features a range of different attachments including a dough hook to get your bread or pizza making off to a great start.
In the box you’ll also find a beater for getting those eggs into shape and a handy splashproof guard for adding more ingredients and easily mix with the dedicated head. And you can make more every time with a large 4.8 litre bowl.
The mixing is done and the ingredients are ready to meet for the magic of baking. For that, you need to add heat – typically to activate that yeasty goodness and get the products to rise in a most attractive manner.
A quality oven is essential to the baking process, and you can’t go wrong with the Bosch Serie 8 oven. This model features 4D hot air which ensures that the temperatures are evenly distributed throughout the entire chamber, making it ideal for careful bakes.
You also get total control with a LED display and sensitive control ring, allowing you to finely tune the baking environment. And even better the EcoClean coating means you’ll have less cleaning to do, which is something that’s always welcome.
As with any task in life, the right tools make even the most complicated jobs easier and baking can be a breeze with the best kitchen appliances on hand to help you create your next masterpiece at home.
Quick & Easy Cookies
Take the hassle out of making cookies with the KitchenAid Artisan Cook Processor.
Just add your ingredients (details here) and ensure that you have the MultiBlade accessory attached. Mix well until the texture is just right, then fold in the all important chocolate bits.
Divide up the mixture into 20 balls of tastiness, flatten them out a little and toss on a little more chocolate. Then bake for 15 minutes in your Bosch oven, until they’re just short of perfect crispiness. Remove to a wire rack for cooling and enjoy!