Karl is my green Kitchen Aid Mixer. Karl has all of the attachments except the pasta maker and the new ice cream freezy bowl. And Karl, is my joy.
Strangely, I do name several of the inanimate objects in my house. I think that there is some sort of dollars spent paradigm that I use to determine an objects ‘name worthiness’, and Karl passed that threshold on purchase. And, despite the fact that I haven’t any space to keep Karl on display, he never fails to make my life easier.
The basic Kitchen Aid comes with two beaters, the silver one is a whipping/whisk beater, the white is more of a mixer.
Tip #1: If you don’t have a flour sifter ( I don’t) you can measure the unsifted flour into the bowl, use the whip/whisk attachment at setting 4 to work the lumps out and the air in. Just use a tea towel or an optional spatter cover to stop the flour from covering your kitchen in a nice powdery surface.
Today, I had 3 bananas that were getting ready to revolt, and needed to be dealt with immediately. As I was gathering the items to make a Banana Bread (Grandmother’s recipe the best I have ever had) I realized that my butter was frozen.
Tip # 2: You can put frozen butter chunks ( after they have been microwaved for about 20 seconds ) into the bowl, when you add sugar or eggs and set the mix speed to 5 using the white beater – the butter will cream nicely and you don’t have to wait for it to come to mixable temperature.
All of the tips – I used today. And with 10 minutes of mixing and preheating and pouring, I had a loaf of banana bread heading to the oven. An hour later, and it was cooling on the rack
½ cup (1 stick) butter – I use unsalted
1 cup of white sugar
½ tsp. salt
3 bananas mashed or overripe
2 cups of white flour, sifted
1 tsp. baking soda
½ cup chopped nuts – optional. Chopped walnuts or pecans work best.
Mix all ingredients in to creamed butter and sugar in order provided.
Bake for 1 hour in a 350 oven, or until a straw inserted in center of loaf comes out clean.
Remove from baking pan as soon as possible (within 5 minutes) and let cool an additional 40 minutes before attempting to slice.
When you are done – you get this.