They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so these mixers will come in handy when you’re whipping up decadent desserts to surprise your partner with this Valentine’s.
Pick from over 20 colours in Kitchenaid’s Artisan Series to match your kitchen style. With the help of the 4.7-litre stainless steel mixing bowl and 10 speeds, baking batches of your favourite cakes and cookies will be a cinch. Attachments, such as food grinders to your power hub, are also available.
The Kitchenaid Artisan Series mixer retails for $1,018. Find it at all Mayer showrooms, leading department stores and authorised dealers.
Armed with a 1,500-watt motor and a 1.5-litre detachable glass blender jug, this mixer was designed for both seasoned bakers and budding novices – and especially for those who just have no time. It’s easy to control with an electronic knob, six mixing speeds, and a pulse function.
The Brandt die-cast stainless steel mixer costs $799 at selected retailers and dealers.
Here’s an unconventional mixer – the Le Patissier mixer by Magimix. It’s a three-in-one food processing bowl that’s not only for baking, but also for everyday cooking, such as processing meat or blending soup. It features a 4.9-litre stainless steel bowl and an induction motor of 1,500 watts. A cleaning spatula, a special patisserie spatula, and two recipe books are included.
The Magimix Le Patissier retails for $1,398 at Robinsons The Heeren, and Tangs at Vivocity. Visit www.magimix.sg.
Combining style and power in one machine, the new Smeg small stand mixer – with a motor of 800 watts and a gorgeous retro finish – might be just what you need to get your ciabatta dough into a fluffy batter. Using the smooth start function will ensure ingredients don’t splatter as your dough is being mixed. It also comes with a pasta roller set.
The mixer is available in black, red, cream, pastel blue, pastel green, or pink. The Smeg stand mixer is priced at $798 at Tangs. Visit www.smeg.sg.
The Chef XL stand mixer is functional and durable, featuring a 1,200-watt motor and a 6.7-litre stainless steel bowl. Equipped with high and low speed options, and an easy fit splashguard, it provides the same mixing results for both large and small quantities. It also includes an illuminated control knob and a one-touch release feature.
The Kenwood Chef XL mixer retails for $1,099 at all major stores. Visit www.kenwoodworld.com/en-sg.
Make your dough work for you with the Bosch MUM59340GB. With a powerful motor of 1,000 watts, even the most demanding dough will be processed with little fuss. The professional patisserie set makes it multifunctional, and easy and safe to use. It also comes with a meat mincer.
The executive chef of SPRMRKT shares his favourite souffle recipe.
SAVOURY CHEESE SOUFFLE
150g softened unsalted butter.
120g semi-coarse breadcrumbs (or Japanese breadcrumbs).
150g plain flour.
600ml fresh or UHT milk.
6 whole eggs, yolks and whites separated.
90g cheddar, grated.
90g Parmesan, grated.
1 teaspoon wholegrain mustardd.
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper.
Pinch of rock salt.
Pinch of cracked pepper.
TIP: Use a mixer with a large, deep bowl. Reduce the mixing speed when adding flour-like substances to minimise mess.
1. Preheat the oven to 200 deg C in fan mode.
2. Lightly grease six ramekins with some butter, and coat the insides with breadcrumbs. Dust off the excess.
3. Melt butter in a saucepan and stir in flour. Cook for 2 minutes.
4. Switch off the heat, and stir in milk to get a thick, smooth sauce. Switch the heat back on, and bring to a boil while continuously stirring. Simmer gently for 10 minutes to cook the flour before removing from heat.
5. Beat in egg yolks, cheddar and parmesan cheese, mustard and cayenne pepper, and season well with salt and pepper.
6. Whisk egg whites until they are at the softest stage, and fold them into the cheese mixture with a large metal spoon. Do this in batches.
7. Divide the mixture evenly between the ramekins, and place them on a baking sheet. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes until well risen and golden. Serve immediately.