You’ve bought a new kitchen appliance — a stand mixer, which is one of the most useful and versatile appliances you can ever own — and you’re wondering what healthy foods you can make with it. That’s totally normal.
Most people feel that way due to the excitement that comes with opening the package of a brand new machine and wanting to get started using it right away and doing all of the things you’ve watched others do with theirs in all of the videos you watched before buying yours.
It’s also a wonderful feeling knowing you now have access to a whole new level of power and versatility that manual mixing or hand mixers cannot provide you with, thanks to the powerful motors they come with and the wide range of attachments they support.
You’ll find a few attachments in your stand mixer’s package and these usually come as standard with most models – dough hook, flat or flex edge beater, and whisk or whip. These are the attachments you’ll be using for most of your mixtures.
If you bought a Cuisinart or KitchenAid machine, you’ll also be able to purchase a wide variety of attachments to expand its versatility. Other brands may also offer these additional attachments.
What to Make With the Beater
The beater comes in two forms – the flat and flex edge beater. These are also known as paddles. They are used for creaming, and come in handy when making cake or cookies. Creaming is usually the first step to complete while making cakes or cookies and it involves mixing butter to create a fluffy cream base for your mixture.
The beater is also used for mixing cake batter and cookie dough and for mixing meat for recipes such as Italian sausage, merguez, or chorizo. If you like Swedish meatballs, you can make it too with the help of a mixer and get that bouncy texture you love.
Here are other things you can make with the beater:
- Homemade granola bars
- Basic tart dough
- Banana bread
What to Make With the Dough Hook
The dough hook is designed for making and kneading dough, but it’s not designed for moderately thick dough like cookie dough, it’s designed for kneading thick dough – the type bread is made out of. When the hook is affixed to your machine and set to a slow speed, it kneads bread dough perfectly for you.
With the aid of the hook, you can make dough for all types of bread and even add mix-ins during the process, and then bake in an oven. This means if you have an oven, your mixer and oven combination can be used in place of a bread maker.
Here’s are other things you can make with the dough hook:
- Cinnamon rolls
- Pita bread
- English muffins
- Crusty country loaf
What to Make With the Whisk
The purpose of the whisk is to beat and whip, so it will work for any recipe that requires mixing and beating ingredients to create light and fluffy mixtures with lots of air trapped in them. You can beat egg whites with the whisk for recipes such as angel food cakes, chiffon cakes, and more.
The whisk is also the perfect tool for making frostings, such as Swiss meringue, Italian buttercream, and more.
Here are other things you can make with the whisk:
- Coconut cream pie
- Mascarpone whipped cream
- Buttercream frosting
- Lemon meringue pie
- Homemade marshmallows