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Kenwood Chef or Kitchenaid?

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FoxyRoxy Thu 14-Feb-13 10:02:20

I know this has probably been done before, did have a quick look but 5mo baby means not much Internet time! I've wanted a kitchenaid for years but now it's come to actually getting one I don't want to be taken in by the looks and end up with a mixer I can't use for what I need it for (cakes, bread, meringues etc)

The Chef seems to be more sturdy and better made (metal gears instead of plastic, for instance) please help me decide mnetters!

Nitts Tue 05-Mar-13 16:40:13

Hi there... I have Kenwood chef at home ...and it's fabulous. Have it for two + years. It's great to have it. No idea about the other stuff.

GwendolineMaryLacey Wed 27-Feb-13 10:41:23

It is candy apple red. It's a bit more sparkly than boring old empire red grin

TomArchersSausage Wed 27-Feb-13 09:42:02

Lol grin I've just remembered when my mum got that orange mixer in the 70's. It seemed like the height of modernity. She planned her new kitchen around it too which had orange cupboard fronts also.

TomArchersSausage Wed 27-Feb-13 09:38:30

I love my KC and have no complaints. KA's are ok but I'm a KC girl at heart.

Like mackerella I grew up around my mums KC. She also has the orange and brown one. It's still going strong (my mum has always made cakes every week) it must be nearly 40 yrs old. That old KC is part of my childhoodgrin

FoxyRoxy Wed 27-Feb-13 09:28:04

But was it candy apple red gwen?

GwendolineMaryLacey Tue 26-Feb-13 16:48:14

I look at the Kitchenaids and I've got one! There's always a colour you think you should have got purple instead of the safe colour you did get red

FoxyRoxy Mon 25-Feb-13 11:41:15

Updated now I've made a banana loaf, some wholemeal bread and some chocolate muffins.

All came out fantastic! The bread had quite a close crumb but wasn't stodgy, I think next time I might leave it kneading a bit longer than the suggested time. I used the recipe in the kenwood cookbook.

Really happy with it but I do still look wistfully at kitchenaids when I see them grin

MothershipG Wed 20-Feb-13 11:33:29

Bacon you are probably right but I still love my KC!

Foxy OOoooh! Exciting! Have fun! If you use the all in one method for your cupcakes mind you don't over mix - all too easy with a stand mixer!

FoxyRoxy Tue 19-Feb-13 20:24:28

Well my KC arrived this morning and I used it this afternoon to make a fatless sponge, I was really pleased with it. I've only used the whisk so far but will be making bread at the weekend and probably some cupcakes in the next couple of days so I'll see how it goes with those.

bacon nothing is made as well as it used to be, I seem to buy a new laptop every year!

bacon Tue 19-Feb-13 14:34:15

I dont think anyone should confuse a new model with one they've had for over 10 years. I went on a course recently to Squires Kitchen they have KAs but they dont think they are made to the same standard as they used to be are are slowly dying and need replacement. The KC - the same really - sadly no longer made to in the UK and arent of the same quality. As really they didnt think there was a difference its just the aesthetics.

FoxyRoxy Mon 18-Feb-13 17:01:37

No I don't, will have a look for it! Thanks smile

MothershipG Mon 18-Feb-13 10:41:45

Foxy when I got my Kenwood I told my MIL I would marry it if it wasn't for her son...fortunately she understood as she was still in mourning for the loss of hers which had served her family of 4 boys, so I think I may be sadder than you! grin

Have you got the Dan Lepard "Short & Sweet" book? I adapt his method of kneading and use the Kenwood and I've had some great results.

FoxyRoxy Mon 18-Feb-13 10:02:57

mothership that's a fab tip, thank you! Will definitely try that. I've only made my dough by hand up until now so I'm quite excited to use a machine (saddo alert)

mackerella that is good to hear, I think DH would kill me if I spent so much on a mixer and then it conked out after a year or so!

mackerella Sun 17-Feb-13 22:17:15

Bit late now you've actually ordered your KC, but I was going to agree with everyone who says how sturdy they are. We have one that's about 8 years old and gets lots of use - but my mum also has a vintage orange and brown model that is at least 35 years old and still going strong! She's had it serviced/repaired a couple of times (there's a list of service agents here) and I think that's one of the points in its favour - you literally can keep them going for decades.

MothershipG Sun 17-Feb-13 18:39:20

Unfortunately Gwendoline is not wrong! Have fun Foxy, the Kenwood is great for bread dough as well as cakes.

The best tip I ever read (which applies to hand kneading as well) is to roughly mix your dough and then leave it to stand for 10-15 mins before you knead to allow the flour to autolyse.

From Wiki...
Autolyse is an optional dough process. It refers to a period of rest after the initial mixing of flour and water, a rest period that occurs sequentially before the addition of yeast and other ingredients.[8][9] This rest period allows for better absorption of water and helps the gluten and starches to align. Breads made with autolysed dough are easier to shape and have more volume and improved structure.

GwendolineMaryLacey Sat 16-Feb-13 16:44:04

Oh and you'll put on about a stone grin

FoxyRoxy Sat 16-Feb-13 16:41:20

Thank you Gwen smile

GwendolineMaryLacey Sat 16-Feb-13 16:37:41

I have a toy KA next to my KA smile

Enjoy your new big toy Foxy smile

FoxyRoxy Sat 16-Feb-13 16:13:13

I've bitten the bullet and ordered a Kenwood Chef Premier smile will update when it's here and I've used it! Thanks all for your imput it was much appreciated.

TomDudgeon Sat 16-Feb-13 12:31:29

I have a wonderful 70s workhorse of a kenwood chef
About to use it to make sausages

I always wanted one from a child when I had a toy one. I have a photo of my toy one sat next to my real one somewhere. They sit next to each other on a shelf in my kitchen

GwendolineMaryLacey Sat 16-Feb-13 12:16:12

Yes, I have a bread maker so tend to use that more but I've made bread dough in the last few weeks. Am a novice but they've been ok so far smile

FoxyRoxy Sat 16-Feb-13 08:51:22

gwen do you make bread doughs with it?

GwendolineMaryLacey Fri 15-Feb-13 20:29:39

Depends what you need it for. I have a KA and bought the grating and slicing attachments to go with it. That's all I need, don't need to blend etc. I use it daily and love it to bits, but it's only 7 months old so can't comment on its longevity smile

FoxyRoxy Fri 15-Feb-13 20:17:53

I'm swaying towards a KC, if only they were as pretty!

lougle Fri 15-Feb-13 14:37:51

I have inherited my Mum and Dad's 30 year old KC. It's still going strong! They had one in the UK, took it with them to Brunei for 2 years and sold it over there for enough money to buy one with all the accessories back in the UK again!

Then, two years ago, they got a new one and gave the old one to me. It's my pride and joy.

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