I know, I know, it's been three weeks since my one and only post in January so far. But it's Monday, so let's start with the Monday Must Have and then if you want to know more about what I've been up to, I'll give you the scoop.
I've had my eye on this kitchen gadget for a few months now. I've read some reviews, kept eyeing it at the store and hoped that it would go on sale. It didn't, but after reading positive reviews and promising to treat myself after the busy holidays, I finally purchased a Beater Blade for my Kitchen Aid mixer.
I use the paddle attachment (see the attachment on the left in the above picture) for most of my mixing needs; cakes, cheesecakes, cupcakes, some types of frosting, muffins, cookies and more, and I've always been pleased with the results. What really intrigued me with the idea of the Beater Blade, is that it is supposed to scrape the sides and bottom of the mixer bowl, so you don't have to scrape as often with a spatula. And the fact, that it looked like a very cool gadget. So last week, I finally purchased one and the first chance I had, I used it.
The package lists a few claims that the Beater Blade can do to make the mixing process even better:
1) Scrapes the dimple at the bottom.
2) Virtually eliminates hand scraping and batter build-up.
3) Cuts mixing time by as much as 50%.
I wanted to know if the Beater Blade claims were going to be as fantastic as they sounded, so I tested it on three different 5-inch cakes that I made for a Wedding Consultation for the bride to sample. Each of the cakes have very specific mixing methods and all needed to have the bowl scraped down from time to time during the mixing process.
The first cake batter that I mixed, was completely mixed in about half the time and because I didn't have to stop and scrape the bowl several times, it really was much faster! I used it on the second and third cakes and I was very happy with the results--less mixing time, and the batter was mixed completely and my cakes turned out the way they were supposed to.
The biggest test was the bottom of the mixing bowl, where the butter in these types of mixing methods, tends to collect and I always need to be sure to scrape it very well and make sure it gets incorporated in the batter, especially with larger amounts of batter. Every time I checked that problem spot it was clean and all the ingredients were uniformly mixed into the batter. *Note the bottom part of the Beater Blade and how it is set up to scrape even that hard-to-reach area when using the regular paddle attachment.