Thursday, September 29, 2016

Pumpkin Pound Cake, Kenwood Chef Titanium Kitchen Mixer Review

Slowly but surely we are paddling towards the busiest baking season of the year, with all the Holidays on the horizon I'm already planning what dessert I'll bake for Thanksgiving and what cookies I'll make to give to my friends and family this Christmas.

This year I'll have an extra hand - Kenwood Chef Titanium KMC010 to help me get it all done, as smoothly as possible, provided to me by Kenwood.

I'm an avid baker and a cook and I was really looking forward to trying out this new machine. I received the mixer few weeks ago and I already used it several times to whip up a batch of my sugar cookies, I whipped up 2 batches of Swiss buttercream and I used it to made pizza dough.

When I first put the mixer on my kitchen counter it appeared on a smaller size;
because of its low profile to accommodate the use of other Kenwood attachments that can be used with this unit.

Then once I turned it on to beat the butter and sugar it surprised me how quickly it creamed two together with very little effort from 750watts motor. I find the mixer is really easy to operate.

5 quart stainless steel bowl has 2 handles which I find especially useful.

It's sleek, modern with easy to clean finish - makes it a perfect addition to my mixer collection and I can't wait to give it more work so I don't have to.

I made delicious Pumpkin Pound Cake with my new Kenwood Chef Titanium Kitchen Machine.

Watch the video below to see it in action.

Pumpkin Pound Cake

2sticks unsalted butter at room temperature

1 1/4 cup granulated sugar

1cup packed brown sugar

2/3 cup sour cream

1cup pumpkin puree

6 eggs

1tbl vanilla extract

3 1/2 cups cake flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

2 1/2tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2tsp freshly zested nutmeg

1/4tsp ground cloves

1/4cup mini chocolate chips(optional)

In a large bowl sift together flour, spices, salt and baking powder. Set aside.

In a small dish combine eggs and vanilla.

Beat butter and sugar until creamy 3minutes, gradually add sour cream, and pumpkin puree. Beat for 3 minutes or until well blended together. Gradually, alternating beat in on low speed flour with eggs.

Use a bundt cake pan or divide batter into 3 portions and bake them in 3 6 inch baking pans.

If desired you cad 1/4cup mini chocolate chips to one of the cake portions.

Bake in the preheated oven at 350F, for about 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Depends on the oven. If using bundt cake pan it will take closer to 1 hour - 1 hour 15 minutes.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Pumpkin Apple Smoothie, Braun PureMix Blender Review

I have been without a blender for a few years. It all changed last week,  Braun Household Product company sent me a new PureMix Blender 7172BK to review. I jumped on the opportunity. I was especially keen on trying out Braun's Smoothie2GoCups, included in the Pure Mix Blender Set.
Smoothie2GoBlending Set is compatible with all Braun JB 7 jug blenders, type : 4142, 4142 4144.

 Blender arrived Friday, via Fedex and I was so excited to try it out.

Loving the seasonal fruits I decided to make pumpkin puree using the Braun Pure Mix Blender, and with Smoothie2Go Cups I made delicious Pumpkin Apple Smoothie.
I bought a large edible pumpkin at a local farm, and I blended it to smooth velvety texture using the puree speed setting. 

Blender has 7 pre-set blend functions

 Glass pitcher is termal resistant and can hold up to 56 fl.oz. /1.6L.
Specially designed pitcher shape and higher positioning of the blade system delivers optimal blending results every time.

 Watch the Braun PureMix Blender in action and learn how to make delicious Pumpkin Puree and Pumkin Apple Smoothie. All in my video.

Pumpkin Apple Smoothie Recipe
1 medium apple, peeled and dices
2tbl oats
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4tsp cinnamon
1/8tsp ground ginger
1/8tsp freshly zested nutmeg
1/4cup milk
1tsp honey

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