It looks like Christmas has come early in our household (and on the blog, this is my second Christmas post and it’s only the beginning of Nov!) I opened the door last week to find the postman standing there with a rather large, rather heavy box for me, of which even he, a big burly postman struggled to lift. We both pushed and pulled the box through my door together with confused expressions on our faces as to what it could be. Opening the packaging I saw a gleaming bright white Kenwood kMix Stand Mixer and yes, I can definitely confirm – it’s amazingly heavy, but what a surprise to wake up to on a chilly and grey Thursday morning!
So, you might be wondering where this amazing surprise parcel came from? Well, a few weeks back I chatted with the lovely people at AO.com, who had organised a Secret Santa project for bloggers in the run-up to Christmas. Our challenge was to pick each other a gift from the top ten most popular products predicted this Christmas and surprise each other with an early present!
So, I paired up with one of my fabulous blogger friends, Lauren (who writes Scrapbook Blog) to chose each other a gift to receive. It was so difficult to chose, although I had a pretty good idea on what Lauren would like as we’ve known each other a good few years now!
After a few days of excitedly texting each other every morning saying ‘Any news?’ Lauren told me that a parcel had arrived for her! She couldn’t believe her luck as I managed to guess her dream product from the list (plus, I was quite relieved that I’d chosen well too!) Head over to her blog to find out what I chose for her!
However, a few more days passed for me and there was no sign of my AO delivery – what a tease! My day soon came though and let’s just say…. she was worth the wait.
Now, I have a tiny confession to make at this point. As much as Lauren had my gift choice spot on – I had always wanted a stand mixer, there was a slight spanner in the works here in that I don’t actually know how to bake! So as fabulous as this gift was, I did feel very out of my comfort zone giving it a go. However, I have been saying for years that I’m going to teach myself how to bake, so I’m taking this as a sign that it’s my time to learn and a new and exciting hobby is about to begin.
I really couldn’t have asked for a better product to give me a head start as a new baker either, could I? Plus, the Kenwood kMix Stand Mixer looks absolutely stunning on our kitchen worktop too! Also, let’s face it, if it’s good enough for the contestants on The Great British Bake Off – it’s good enough for me.
Opening the box, included within the kit was:
- kMix Stand Mixer in Cool White
- Dough Tool
There is everything you need to get going and make your first cake! Luckily, V is a dab hand in the kitchen so that evening (we were too excited to wait!) we made our first cake using her Grannies traditional recipe, which I have to say turned out a treat and I felt on a roll with baking already! I could get used to this…. (and maybe so will my waistline)
The Kenwood kMix does everything you want it to and more when it comes to baking – the incredible 1000W output means it’s one powerful beast that whips your ingredients into shape in no time at all – with the beater perfect for creating light and fluffy cakes, the whisk allowing you to create delicate buttercream and more for your creations. I haven’t yet made bread but the dough hook looks like a handy tool to save all that effort with kneading too.
The kMix also has multi-speed functionality, which is really handy to have total control over your recipe and also to avoid covering the kitchen in cake batter (luckily a tip I was told BEFORE using my mixer was to start off slow!). The kMix does come with a splash-guard though too, so don’t worry too much about any mess.
One of the best features of the kMix is the large, glass mixing bowl – fully transparent, so there is no need to peek over the top at your mixture, you’ll have a full view during the whole process of creating your cake.
The kMix just feels powerful, luxurious and a breeze to use. The attention to detail is just second to none, plus it’s good to know it’s a trusted British brand we all know and love too.
Feeling more confident, a few days later I decided to put the kMix to the test and make a chocolate cake, by myself. I was all alone in the house too, so it was just me against the mixture, with google as my only best friend….
It turned out AMAZINGLY! The Kenwood kMix Stand Mixer made things SO simple, the recipe I followed just stated to pop all the ingredients into the mixture and blend, so the kMix did the hard work and I just watched it all come together. I then went on to make a chocolate buttercream icing too as I felt so inspired by my first two bakes. If I do say so myself, the cake was delicious, something I didn’t think I’d be making for a long time of teaching myself to bake. I’m so inspired, I can’t wait to get making treats aplenty in the run up to Christmas!
So, if you love the sound of the kMix and want to add one to your Christmas list (do!) then take a look at AO’s website here, where you can find the Kenwood kMix Stand Mixer for £399, plus – if you wait patiently for Black Friday (24th Nov!) you might be able snap up a bargain too!
Don’t forget to check out Lauren’s post and find out all about the Secret Santa present I chose for her too.
Big thanks to AO for having me for their Blogger Secret Santa Challenge – I’ll pop you a slice of cake in the post!