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.
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.
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
- 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
- RASPBERRY SAUCE
- 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.
- RASPBERRY SAUCE
- 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!
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
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.