Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free
We do a lot of family cooking and baking in our home. Our new kitchen is the family gathering spot and my kids like to help out when it comes to getting creative with food. While the KitchenAid Stand Mixer is an awesome tool, the new KitchenAid Artisan Mini stand mixer makes it much easier for the kids to get involved and be a bit more independent. This mighty mini mixer is 20% smaller than the regular stand mixer and weighs 25% less. With a 3.5 quart bowl we can still make up to 5 dozen cookies at once!
Kitchenaid Artisan Mini
We checked out the newer, smaller mini at Best Buy to get an idea if it would fit the needs of our family, hoping it wouldn’t be too small. It didn’t disappoint. I was impressed by the powerful performance of this mini machine. It basically does everything the larger mixer does. Some of the features we like include:
- 10 speed control from a slow stir to a very fast whip
- Powerful 250 watt motor
- Easy tilt head
- 3.6 quart mixing bowl
- Accessories such as a dough hook, wire whip, and paddle are standard
- Dishwasher safe bowl and accessories (very important for easy cleanup)
With over 10 available attachments it is possible to mix and roll out pasta, knead pizza dough, grate cheese, slice fruits and vegetables, juice citrus, and even make burgers. The mini is compatible with all of the regular stand mixer components. And, it comes in all those fun color options.
I have to commend Kitchenaid for seeing a need for a downsized, fully loaded, stand mixer. Not only is this machine easier for the kids to handle, it takes up less storage and counter space. I think it would be ideal for someone who loves to cook and bake but lives in an apartment or home with a small kitchen.
Jaci and I decided to try making some Lemonade Scones for a tea party this weekend. The lemonade adds a touch of zingy sweetness to this non-traditional scone recipe, which uses cream instead of butter and is super quick to make.
- 1 cup of lemonade (not flat)
- 1 cup of cream
- 3 cups self-raising flour
- Handful of raisins (optional)
- Preheat oven to 425 °F
- Mix flour, a few sultanas if used, cream and lemonade. The mixture will be soft.
- Turn onto a lightly floured board. Pat down, do not roll. Use a round cookie cutter to cut scones.
- Brush tops with milk or a lightly beaten egg.
- Bake for about 10 minutes, or until tops are golden.
- When you turn the mixture out onto the kitchen bench, dust it again with more flour so it isn’t too sticky to cut up. This will allow you to get a lovely ‘scone’ shape.
- I prefer using egg to brush pastries as this makes them more golden after cooking.
- Best hot and fresh out of the oven.