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Mothers Day Competition – Win Mum a KitchenAid Artisan Deluxe Hand Blender

26/04/2013 | By

KitchenAid Vanilla Ricotta Hotcakes

KitchenAid appliances have an enviable reputation for form, function and durability and I was treated to a slightly shocking demonstration of that last quality while mixing up some cookie dough just the other night.  Leaving my KitchenAid Stand Mixer quietly doing it’s thing on the bench, I turned my back to go to the pantry.  Apparently unable to cope with my absence, my handsome blue mixer had something of an existential crisis and I walked back into the kitchen just in time to watch it hurl itself from the bench, onto the floor.  I’m pretty sure the look on my face wasn’t pretty, and neither was the ugly gouge in my kitchen flooring.  After scraping up the biscuit dough and chucking it in the bin (call me fussy, but I prefer my baking sans dog hair), I hefted the mixer back onto the bench, plugged it in, crossed all my digits and turned it on.  Miraculously, it sat there whirring and purring like a kitten.

KitchenAid Hand Blender

This sturdiness and durability is clearly not limited to the stand mixer, as I found out this week when I received one of  Kitchenaid’s new Artisan Deluxe Hand Blenders to road test.  This perfectly weighted hand-held blender with a powerful five speed motor is as tough as they come and lifts the traditional stab-mixer to the next level.

Unlike my old version, the KitchenAid comes with a detachable blending arm, stainless steel blades, a whisk attachment, a chopper, a pan guard and a one litre jug with a splash protector – all of which packs into a very handy storage case.  I’ve used the blender to chop nuts, herbs, and breadcrumbs, make a salsa verde, whip cream and make sauces and I’m particularly taken with the attention to detail in the accessories.  All the blades have blade protectors and both the jug and chopper have a thin rubber ring on the base to prevent slipping and are made of strong, BPA-free material.

KitchenAid Spiced Raspberry Sauce

I used the blender to make these gorgeous Vanilla Ricotta Hotcakes with Spiced Raspberry sauce.  In case my loving family are at a loss for what to make me for breakfast on Mothers Day I thought it best to include the recipe – that way there will be no confusion or guilt-inducing maternal disappointment. 😉

Vanilla Ricotta Hotcakes with Spiced Raspberry Sauce

Whiz these up in just a few moments with the new KitchenAid Artisan Deluxe Hand Blender
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Author: Amanda McInerney of www.lambsearsandhoney.com


  • 1 cup SR flour
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of fresh ricotta broken up with a fork to avoid large lumps in the hotcakes
  • 1 tsp bicarb soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste
  • 1 good pinch of salt
  • Butter to fry
  • 2 cups frozen raspberries
  • grated zest of 1/2 orange
  • big splash of Cointreau
  • 2 Tbsp caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • splash or two of water


  • Combine all hotcakes ingredients, except ricotta, in jug with splash-proof lid fitted and blend on speed 3 with frothing/beater blade for 30 seconds. Add ricotta and stir through with a fork to break up any lumps. Refrigerate batter for 1/2 hour.
  • Heat a heavy frypan over low-moderate heat with a small amount of butter. When butter is foamy add batter in small amounts and cook until the top surface is pitted with small bubbles, then turn over and cook until other side is golden.
  • Keep warm in a low oven.
  • Combine all ingredients in saucepan over low heat for 5-10 minutes, stirring until berries are completely softened and juices have been released. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes, then place in chopper, attach blender and whizz until as smooth as desired.
  • Serve sauce over hotcakes, with a big dollop of yoghurt or whipped cream (using the whisk attachment) if desired.


Filtered Media and KitchenAid have generously provided one of these Artisan Deluxe Hand Blenders (of your colour choice), valued at $249, for me to give away to one lucky reader of my blog, but this competition is limited to residents of Australia.  For your chance to win this, simply tell us all what your favourite special occasion breakfast is and head over to KitchenAid on Twitter and “Follow” them.  You can earn extra chances to win by “Liking” Lambs Ears and Honey on Facebook and/or Twitter and Tweeting about this post.  I will draw this competition on Wednesday 8 May 2013 and all the terms and conditions are below, as is the entry link – good luck my lovelies!


1.  This competition is open to Australian residents only and will be drawn on Wednesday 8 May 2013.
2.   Log in to enter, using the entry form below, and click on each task to view the instructions.
3.   The first two tasks are mandatory and must be completed to enter the competition.  Subsequent tasks are optional, but will gain you more entries, thus more opportunity to be a winner.
4.   Make sure you record your entry to be counted.
5.   I have ONE KitchenAid Artisan Hand Blender valued at $249 to give away.
6.   The lucky winner will be drawn at random.
7.   The winner will be notified by email and their name will be posted here.  They must reply within 48 hours or the competition will be redrawn.
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Lambs Ears and Honey was kindly supplied the KitchenAid Artisan Deluxe Hand Blender to road test by Filtered Media.

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  1. April Jane

    My special breakfast is a good old BIG breakfast with bacon, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes, vienna’s and toast Yum!

  2. Melanie Taylor

    mmmmm, your hot cakes and raspberry sauce look divine and colourful but my favourite breakfast would have to be savoury and I would go for an avocado smashed on sourdough toast with a sprinkling of Udder Delights feta and a side of mushrooms and depending on the ‘girls’ a poached egg on the side

  3. Linda Hynson

    I amke my kids homemade bacon and egg muffins-yum!!!

  4. kerry santillo

    I love pancakes, whipped cream and honey :))) yum

  5. Margaret Pritchard

    My favourite breakfast (preferably cooked by someone other than me) is bacon, eggs, tomato, a couple of slices of cooked banana and a thick piece of buttery toast.

  6. Catherine Bedson

    My families special occasion breakfast is a thick slice of sourdough toast topped with avocado, squeeze of lemon juice, drizzle of olive oil, dodoni fetta and topped with a poached egg. All eaten with everyone piled on our bed!!!

  7. S Armstrong

    Love pancakes with Jam & Fresh Cream

  8. Kyrstie @ A Fresh Legacy

    We have a special occasion breakfast for the kids each Sunday. It is always pancakes – sometimes we do banana, or apple ones. The current favorite is pumpkin pancakes serves with free range bacon and maple syrup.

  9. Jessie Morris

    Anything with smoked salmon makes for a pretty special breakfast in my books! Coffee is mandatory of course.

  10. Narelle Rock

    I love an omlette filled with mushrooms and chillies, capsicums and tomatoes, with a side of sour dough..

  11. Glenda Andreassen

    Ooh very hard to decide ultimate favourite but I think I would have to go with eggs benedict. However I have to go out for breakfast to have that.

  12. Peggy Bright

    Every now and then, I splurge and make my favourite breakfast—eggs, bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions and toast.

  13. Stephanie Veljanovska

    I Love French Toast with Sundried Tomato and Bulgarian Fetta

  14. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    I’d like to make waffles with whipped egg whites folded in to the batter. Then I’d top them with butter and real maple syrup and swoon.

  15. Val C.

    Gluten-free pancakes the whole family can enjoy, especially with a hint of home-made raspberry jam and clotted cream! Scrumptious!

  16. InTolerant Chef

    They must be very special appliances if they would rather commit suicide than be parted from you!
    My favourite special breakfast is definitely hot cakes or pancakes with berries too. I get this every mothers day 🙂

  17. Anna mum of one

    Anything I don’t have to cook or clean up myself! Toasted home mad bread, scrambled eggs and juice.

  18. Kate

    Banana pancakes with butter and maple syrup and lots of them – no skimping -would be my dream breakfast !! I can but dream !!

  19. Hotly Spiced

    Wow! What a great giveaway. Last year on a freezing cold day, Carl was helping a mate survive a 14km ocean swim by being in a kayak beside him. It was blowing a gale and there was sheet rain and the swell was so bad most of the participants were vomiting in the water. Anyway…tucked up in home, I had no idea how bad things were and I texted Carl to let him know I was enjoying eggs on a bed of wilted spinach with crispy bacon and creamy polenta for breakfast. He nearly cried. My best breakfast on a cold day, ever. xx

  20. Tracy Boulter

    My favourite breakfast is pancakes and maple syrup, perks me up for a special treat.

  21. Rebecca Bird

    The boiled eggs and soldiers my Grandad used to make me when I was little! He always got the eggs just right and used fresh crusty homemade bread. No matter how hard I try I still can’t get it to taste anywhere near as good as his!

  22. Celia

    Amanda, I shuddered when you tweeted about your kamikaze mixer! I’m glad it’s ok. My favourite breakfast would have to be something savoury – at the moment, it’s Egyptian ful medames I’ve been making from a Food Safari recipe! xx

  23. celia

    PS. is it KitchenAid USA that we’re meant to follow on twitter in order to enter? Thanks x

  24. Sarah Flew


  25. Natasha Andrews

    I love rolled oats, either as oatmeal or with yogurt and fruit. Filling and tasty breakfasts that I look forward to each morning.

  26. Chloe

    Peanut butter waffles 🙂

  27. Jennifer B.

    I don’t mind what comes for breakfast as long as I have at least one mug of hot, strong brewed coffee!

  28. Tandy

    This blender is going on my wish list!

  29. melanie w

    Bacon, eggs and mushrooms on toast with a scrummy fruit smoothy or for extra special breakfasts an iced mocha.

  30. Lizzy (Good Things)

    Great post, Amanda. I am impressed that your KA still works after taking a dive off the bench. I have some of that rubber matting under my stand mixer to stop that from happening. Good luck everyone!

  31. Hannah

    French toast with caramelised figs and homemade ricotta.

    This beautiful dish is a family favourite and something my mum gets up early to prepare when we all get together on cherished long weekends. It will be the feature of our breakfast menu this Mothers Day but we’ll be the ones up early in the name of spoiling her.

  32. Elizabeth A

    My fall-back for special breakfasts is always buttermilk pancakes. They’re very simple to make and you can just jazz up the toppings if you need! Your raspberry sauce looks lovely, I must give that a try 🙂

  33. Pam

    A special breakfast I just cannot resist is Bill Granger’s Ricotta Pancakes with Honeycomb Butter – so light and delicious. I serve it with banana slices and a dusting of icing sugar. Another special breakfast standby loved by my family are Poffertjes (mini dutch pancakes) served with a sprinkle of sugar, a squeeze of lemon juice and a dusting of icing sugar….. so delicious and moreish. Looking forward to trying your special breakfast recipe .

  34. Alex

    I’m very keen on ham and cheese toasties – not just for breakfast, either! Not exactly special but you can jazz them up no end by adding either sambal oelek or hot lime pickle!

  35. Kellie S

    Banana Pancakes with fresh berries, almond butter and maple syrup, YUM!

  36. Jodi C

    Waffles with blueberries, cream and a dusting of icing sugar

  37. Corinne

    A big breakfast fry up – the works! Pancakes/waffles, sausages, bacon, baked beans, grilled tomatoes, scrambled eggs, mushrooms, toast with butter. I love hot breakfasts!

  38. Kathryn C

    I love my belgian waffles smoothered in maple syrup

  39. Angie Boylan

    If I ever happen to be in a restaurant for breakfast I love to order Eggs Benedict, delicious soft poached eggs, smoked salmon and decadent hollandaise sauce YUM!

  40. Benjamin T.

    As long as it is served with a big and strong cup of coffee then it’s special.

  41. jacinta

    Pancakes, strawberry jam and cream. Yum!

  42. @Fireflychef

    I don’t think I managed to successfully post my special brekky when I entered, so here it is. 🙂 French Toast made from home made brioche, topped with caramelized banana, Belgium chocolate sauce, and double cream. Garnish with fresh strawberries. If I win I will share the recipe 😉 bribery & corruption lol. Enjoy with an espresso & sparkling water, and plan for a large dose of doing nothing afterwards!

  43. Julie Morello

    Pancakes with lashings of butter and maple syrup. It’s a real once a year treat because I know it’ll go straight to my hips!!!

  44. Simone N

    May sound gross but I love sunny side up eggs on toast smothered in tomato sauce. My partner thinks its wrong I LOVE it!

  45. Kelly Walker

    Raisin Toast with sprinkled cinnamon sugar and nutmeg on top. Tastes like a yummy warm healthier donut lol.

  46. Gerri B

    Grilled grapefruit sweetened with melted honey followed by poached eggs and bacon – in bed !

  47. Judy

    Nothing quite so involved here as I can’t eat a big breakfast. If it was brunch then that’s a different matter but we are talking breakfast here and my favourites are either a poached egg or tomato slices on toast. What makes any breakfast special for me is taking it back to bed with my cuppa and iPad .

  48. Ross

    Anything with smoked salmon!

  49. Vicki S

    Has to be wholemeal pancakes with honey and whipped cream….oh and a nice hot mug of milo…..yummo!

  50. Jasmine

    Porridge as always

  51. Barbara

    I love toast and fruit

  52. Sarah Morrison

    I love a poached egg, toast and a little bacon with a grilled tomato… mmm yum it really is great anytime of day but best first thing in the morning with a nice hot tea 🙂

  53. Kate

    My favourite special occasion breakfast has been French toast with bacon and maple syrup since my American flatmate made it for me one Christmas morning many years ago, when we were share-housing in Japan. It is both a scrumptious combination of flavours and, for me, a delicious memory!

  54. Suzie Elo

    I love pancakes, butter, jam and icecream combined puts me in a bright and happy mood for the whole day.

  55. Kat Parsons

    My favourite special breakfast is scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, hollandaise sauce and spinach leaves on lightly toasted english muffins. Sooo good with a nice strong cup of tea! 🙂

  56. Karen Turner

    I love poached eggs with fresh salmon

  57. Kate Evans

    Blueberry pancakes made by the kids, we do that Christmas morning as well. They make quite a mess but they have fun making them and I have fun eating them

  58. Carla Trudgett

    Crossaints with raspberry jam

  59. Jessica Blundell

    I love cinnamon toast!!

  60. Laura C

    At the moment I am so into cada- chopped up coconut, almonds, dates and apple, topped with yoghurt and fresh fruit. Mind you, it would be a lot quicker and simpler to make with the help of a hand blender!

  61. Natalie Stoute

    Homemade bircher muesli with freshly squeezed juice. Mmmm…. 🙂

  62. Mel @ The cook's notebook

    My favourite breakfast for a special occasion would have to be blueberry pancakes with lashings of real butter, maple syrup and beautiful smokey bacon. I really don’t know why I don’t make it more often…

  63. Ling

    OMG I think my favourite special occasion breakfast would be ricotta hotcakes. There is something very tasty about them that makes them different from the normal pancakes that I make. It’s light, fluffy, thick and it feels very indulgent. You also have to pick up the fresh ingredients like ricotta as it is not something I normally have in the house.

  64. Jacqui Guglielmino

    My favourite special occasion breakfast is Corn Griddles with avocado and balsamic dressing. Delicious!

  65. Kristina S

    Homemade cinnamon swirl & raisin toast, store bought cant touch it. I make 3 loaves a fortnight.

  66. Sacha P

    I know it sounds odd but vegemite on toast with sliced tomato, salt and pepper and fresh basil. YUMMY!

  67. Kirsten W

    French Toast. My ex made the most wonderful French Toast – it must have been the only reason I married him as he didn’t have any other redeeming qualities!

  68. Jodie Farnsworth

    Bacon, eggs, hash brown and muffins yumo

  69. Alma G

    Raspberry and white chocolate hot cakes with homemade choc chip ice cream. My mother’s day breakfast, I only eat it once a year, takes me the rest of the year to burn off the calories 🙂

  70. Kati W

    Collect eggs from the hens, bursting with colourful freshness, and make the most simple omelette with just onions, mushrooms and cheese. The simpler the better with such divine little packages of sunshine.

  71. Courtney Dettman

    Thanks for the chance – love your blog.

  72. Paul M

    My ‘special’ breakfast is pancakes shaped into whatever our 2 daughters want. I use a squeezee bottle for the batter and so far have covered nearly every animal imaginable, and most tv charecters. While the outcome sometimes is not identifiable, my daughters love it.

  73. Lauren


  74. Marian Paleologos

    My most favourite brreakfast of all time is a recipe (peculiar to our family we have found) that we call Greek Pancakes. They are made from a flour and water dough, cooked in a frypan in olive oil until beautifully golden brown. To serve the pancakes are torn into ragged pieces and tossed in a gorgeous warmed honey. A huge platter is put into the middle of the table for all present to dig into – they don’t last long! It is our family’s tradition to serve these with wedges of Farmers UnionRomano cheese. A shot of whisky or brandy completes a most sumptuous breakfast! We all need a sleep afterwards!

  75. Dannielle Jackson

    Our current “special breakfast” is toasted waffles with a generous spread of Nutella, topped with banana, strawberries and drizzled with chocolate syrup.

  76. Elizabeth

    Crepes filled with caramel bananas and served with whipped cream

  77. Marcia Coventry

    Curried scrambled eggs, nothing like a little spice at breakfast. It’s my husbands specialty!

  78. Annie

    Croissants cut open then filled with slivered almonds and chocolate (with a little drizzled on top) then heated in the oven until the chocolate melts. Mmmmmm, chocolate for breakfast.

  79. Amanda Gorton

    Eggs Benedict on toasted english muffin – oozing yolk and smooth creamy hollandaise is a skill to be mastered

  80. Kim R

    My husband cooks a “breakfast concoction” on special occasions like birthdays and Mothers Day. It includes fried bacon, eggs, kransky sausage, garlic, mushrooms and tomatoes…it’s sooooooo delicious!

  81. Amanda McInerney

    CONGRATULATIONS – Stephanie Veljanovska! You are the winner today. Please contact me immediately so your prize can be sent out to you.
    Thank you to all of my lovely readers for participating.

  82. Elyse

    My mum is an amazing single mother who loves cooking for my younger brother and sister and I. I would love so much for her to be able to win a hand blender as we dont have much money but mum deserves one and would really appreciate it. Thankyou for your consideration and giving mum a chance 🙂