**UPDATE: two giveaway winners have been chosen - find them announced below!**
It's time for the giveaway you've been waiting for! When Hamilton Beach offered me both a stand mixer and a 6 speed hand mixer to review AND giveaway to my readers, I was barely able to contain my excitement! I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to try these out for myself and treat two of you.
There was no better time than December to try these mixers. Between my daughter's birthday; school parties; holiday gatherings; and family meals, I got to try out all aspects of these mixers so that you know my personal experience with them.
First, a little about each mixer:
I've felt a little behind in the baking world over the last 10 years as every member of my family + every cooking TV show host has obtained a coveted stand mixer. I am thrilled to say that every recipe I tried with my new stand mixer so far has been a success.
With the stand mixer you get:
- 3 different mixing attachments: a dough hook, whisk, and flat beater
- A stainless steel, 4 quart bowl which is dishwasher safe
- A splatter shield
- Non-slip feet
- A tilt-up head for easy bowl access
- 7 speeds for true versatility
The mixer also has a 300 Watt motor for complete bowl coverage and hands-free mixing.
Hamilton Beach 6 Speed Hand Mixer:
This hand mixer was clearly designed for convenience. It has:
- 6 attachments: twisted wire beaters, a milkshake mixer, dough hooks, and a whisk
- A snap-on storage case
- A pulse function for extra mixing control
- A burst button for peak power
I wanted to start my review on the easy side of baking. My first test recipe was my daughter's 6th birthday cake. I made a red velvet cake from a box mix, and used the hand mixer. Simple, smooth, and as expected - my batter turned out well (and I LOVE the detachable storage case for the mixing attachments).
For my next recipe it was time to turn it up a notch: homemade cream cheese frosting. For the cream cheese frosting I used the flat beater because I was working with something a little tougher: butter and cream cheese.
In order to mix the homemade cream cheese frosting evenly, I first blended the cream cheese and butter, and slowly added the milk, powdered sugar, and vanilla.
I can't believe it but I forgot to take a picture of the finished cake at the party. I guess I was too busy lighting candles and singing.
After my daughter's birthday it was time to prepare for Christmas. I always make my homemade sugar cookies and amazing buttercream frosting. It's my most popular blog post by a long shot, so I think most readers agree that this recipe is no joke. You can find the recipe here.
Again, I used the paddle beater to create the dough from scratch. Now this is why I wanted a stand mixer. I love the idea of baking almost as much as I love the end product, but what I don't love is the mixing and mess. Having this stand mixer has already improved my attitude towards baking - making these cookies was a breeze!
For the frosting I thought it was time to try out the whisk. Buttercream frosting does not require a difficult amount of mixing as long as the butter is softened. As always, I beat my butter with milk and vanilla, and slowly added powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time. I found that periodically I needed to pause the mixing and scrape down the side of the bowl; however, it's not hard with the tilt-back mixer head.
Finally, I wanted to use the dough hook attachment. During the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve I made 2 loaves of my family recipe for kolache/poppy seed roll.
As with the cookies, I tend to view making dough as a chore, but the stand mixer has changed everything! I used the dough hook to do the work for me: after mixing ingredients, all I had to do was let the dough rise.
Baking for the holidays was never easier.
**This giveaway is now closed! 2 winners have been selected: Amber S. has won the stand mixer, and Brenda C. has won the hand mixer. Please check your email to confirm you are able to accept your prize! Thanks! **
Guess what? Now it's your turn to get cooking!
TWO lucky blog readers will win one of two Hamilton Beach mixers!
Prize #1: a Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer (view here). The winner will be chosen at random from all entries, and the first winner drawn will win the stand mixer.
Prize #2: a Hamilton Beach 6 Speed Hand Mixer with Pulse and Snap-On Case (view here). Winner #2 will be chosen at random from all entries, and the second winner drawn will win the hand mixer.
To win: enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter form below. You may choose just one, favorite entry method, or all entry methods below. You must be a U.S. citizen and age 18 or older.
The winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter, and I will contact the winner via the email they used in the signup form. This giveaway closes at 12:00 AM on 2/2/16.
Okay, now good luck!
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