Thursday, 3 October 2013

Easy Recipes for Your Stand Mixer

If you're like me, I have a stand mixer that's well...standing. I try hard to use it often, but just run out of ideas. One thing that has helped me is to look at what foods I buy in a jar, box or can. Sauces, dough, soups and even ice creams can be made very easily with your stand mixer when you have a recipe. Luckily, there are literally thousands of recipes available on the internet and in books for this exact appliance. If you too own a stand mixer that's just sitting idle, here are a few jump-start recipe ideas for you to consider.

Stand Mixer Pancakes

What You Need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter

How To Make It:

Begin by mixing all your dry ingredients together and place it in the stand mixer bowl. Allow this to mix slowly with a flat beater and then add in your wet ingredients little by little. You will then want to beat them together on a medium setting for about 15 seconds, or until the mixture is smooth.

Take the griddle or skillet you have and coat it with non-stick spray or oil. Place 1/3 cup of batter onto the cooking surface and then allow the mixture to cook until bubbles form. That's how you know it is ready to flip. Flip once to brown on the opposite side. Serve warm with butter or peanut butter.

Stuffed Cheese Shells

What You Need:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 package ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons parsley
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Jumbo pasta shells
  • 3 cups marina sauce

How to Make It:

Begin by taking all of your ingredients, except the marinara sauce and shells and place them into your mixer. Turn on the mixer to a medium setting and allow the mixture to mix thoroughly. Then take 3 tablespoons of this mixture and fill each shell, placing them in a baking pan. When filled, pour your marinara over them. Bake in the oven, covered in foil, for 35 minutes at 350 degrees.

Fantastic Whipped Frosting

What You Will Need:

  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups heavy cream

How to Make It:

Place your cream cheese, vanilla, almond extract and sugar into a mixing bowl and allow it to mix slowly until smooth. When that is done, increase the speed of the mixer to medium and add in your whipping cream slowly. Begin to scrape the sides of the bowl as it mixes and remove the bowl when peaks begin to form in your frosting. Your fantastic frosting is done and ready to top your favorite cupcake or dessert.

These are just some starter recipes to give you ideas on how to use your stand mixer more often. I hope you will go explore and find more recipes for sauces, fillings, dough (think cookies!) and much more.

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