Sunday, 11 October 2015

Kenwood kMix - My Thoughts and a Sweet Treat.

You may have seen that a few weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend a bloggers baking event in collaboration with Kenwood (you can read my post on the event here!) Following the event, Kenwood very kindly let me borrow a Kenwood kMix Stand Mixer to test drive so today I'm sharing my thoughts.

Kenwood kMix stand mixer review - my general life, vegan recipe

There's no denying how dreamy this piece of kitchen kit is. It comes in multiple colours, both bright and more muted, meaning there's a colour out there for everyone. I personally love the brighter colours as it adds a striking pop to your kitchen. The Kenwood kMix also has multiple mixing attachments that come as standard, including the traditional K beater, a whisk and a dough hook. You can now also get the creaming beater attachment which basically acts like a spatula and gets right to the bottom of the bowl (this is my favourite attachment!), which along with their glass bowl means you can see all the action while you're getting  your bake on. 

Kenwood kMix stand mixer review - my general life, vegan recipe
Kenwood kMix stand mixer review - my general life, vegan recipe

When using the Kenwood kMix Stand Mixer it feels sturdy and well put together. At no point did I worry that I might snap something or break it (which for me being inherently clumsy is a definite positive). It was easy to figure out how to use it, without the need for pages of instructions and I found that even on the lowest setting the mixing power was brilliant - it brought together anything I put in it within a matter of a few seconds. Which is perfect for vegan baking as all the advice I've seen has sworn aware from electric mixers, however, I think that the kMix did a jolly good job without my cake being compromised.

There's no denying that this piece of kitchen kit is expensive, and for me personally, it's not something I could justify purchasing at this point in my life. It's a kitchen investment, which hopefully you'd only ever have to purchase once and it would last for many years to come. If I had the cash floating around would I buy one? Hell yes, although I feel like it would probably result in my putting on a few pounds due to wanting to use it all the time to bake all the cake. 

So anyway, with my thoughts aired, I feel it's definitely time for some cake. So here's a delicious (in my humble opinion) vegan Jamaican ginger cake. I developed this recipe from a Delia Smith recipe for Caribbean Food Week, but due to a car crash related issues I wasn't able to post it. So, in homage to the Kenwood kMix, here it is...

> VEGAN JAMAICAN GINGER CAKE <

Kenwood kMix stand mixer review - my general life, vegan recipe

What you'll need:
175g plain flour
1tbsp ground ginger
1tbsp ground cinnamon
1/2tsp ground/grated nutmeg
1/2tsp bicarbonate of soda
50g treacle
100g golden syrup
75g dark brown sugar
75ml water
75g vegan butter (I used Stork block butter - the tub Stork is not vegan)
50ml nut milk
1tbsp cider vinegar


Kenwood kMix stand mixer review - my general life, vegan recipe
Kenwood kMix stand mixer review - my general life, vegan recipe

What to do:
1. Mix the nut milk and cider vinegar together in a bowl and leave to curdle.
2. Pre-heat the over to 170°c and line your loaf tin in preparation.
3. Sift the flour and spices into your kMix.
4. Add the treacle, golden syrup, vegan margarine, dark brown sugar and water to a saucepan. Heat gently whilst continuously stirring until everything has melted. Do not let this boil!
5. Add the melted mixture to the flour and beat using the creaming beater attachment until all combined. 
6. Add the bicarbonate of soda and milk/cider mix and beat again until just combined - you need to work quickly now as the raising agent will start reacting with the vinegar!
7. Place your mixture into the pre-lined loaf tin. Give the tin a firm bang on the worktop (this gets out any bubbles forming from the bicarb/vinegar) and place in the oven.
8. Cook for approximately 1 hour or until a skewer comes out clean.

Kenwood kMix stand mixer review - my general life, vegan recipe

What do you think about the Kenwood kMix? Is it a piece of kitchen kit you'd be tempted to invest in? I'd love to hear your thoughts either in the comments below, or you could drop me a tweet @mygenerallife.

While you're here, why not check out my previous post - Finland 2015 - Part 2.



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