Sunday, December 22, 2013

Holiday Baking with the Kenmore Elite Stand Mixer + How to Make Brownies Without Eggs!

In my family, like many others, I am always trying to get 15 things done at a time during the holidays. Whether it's baking, school work, gift wrapping, shopping or cooking..we are always doing at least 2 things at once!

This year, I had the help of a Kenmore Elite Stand Mixer

First off, my absolute FAVORITE feature, is the light in the bowl. Hands down. Want to know why? It seems simple, right? a light in the bowl? Well, when you are doing 3 things at once like frosting a cake, and stirring helps to look across the counter and be able to SEE into the mixer without having to walk over to it. 

Really. I could see what was inside the bowl mixing from my sink! 

The second feature I love is the timer. Right on the side, when you start mixing, you can hit start and it will tell you how long you have been mixing for! You can also set the timer to mix for a specific amount of time and it will shut off automatically. 

The Kenmore stainless steel stand mixer’s detachable pouring shield, 6 quart stainless steel bowl and mixing tools are dishwasher safe so clean up is a cinch. Perfect for a busy household or party, this hard-working mixer with metal accessories and an innovative LED lamp for better viewing is certain to last for years of delicious, creative meals.

The Kenmore Elite 6 Qt. Bowl Lift Stand Mixer comes with a Flat Beater, Wire Whip, Dough Hook. It has 10 speeds and a 5 year warranty! It's currently available at Sears for $279.99.

Last year, on Christmas Eve, I was trying to make our traditional peanut butter brownies for dessert, and realized I had NO eggs. Well, it was Christmas Eve, so my choices were limited. I decided to use mayonaise in place of the eggs and oil and crated this. 

3/4  cup All-Purpose Flour

1  tsp  Baking Powder

1/2  tsp.  salt

1  cup Sugar

1/2  cup Mayonnaise

1  tsp Vanilla Extract

1  cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, melted
1 cup peanut butter chips

1/2  cup  chopped walnuts, optional

Heat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8-inch square baking pan with non-stick cooking spray or line with aluminum foil; set aside.

Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the sugar, Hellmann's Real Mayonnaise, eggs and vanilla; stir until smooth and set aside.

Place the chocolate chips in a saucepan over another pan with water (double boiler) heated over medium heat for 3 minutes or until chocolate is melted, stirring often.

Stir the egg mixture into the melted chocolate until smooth. Stir the flour mixture and walnuts into the chocolate batter until blended. Spread batter into the prepared baking pan.

Bake on the center oven rack for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted 1-inch from the edge comes out clean. Place the pan of brownies on a wire rack and cool. Cut brownies into 16 squares and serve.

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This year, with the help of Kenmore, my baking has never been easier!

From holiday cooking disasters to proper party etiquette, holiday events often prove to be a point of stress during what should be the happiest time of the year. In fact, it turns out that that hosts spend more time in the kitchen than visiting with guests. According to a recent Kenmore survey, Americans spend 5 hours in the kitchen preparing food and drink and cleaning up for their holiday parties.

Holiday hosts aren’t the only ones with party prep issues. According to the Kenmore survey:

The no. 1 area Americans need holidays help with is finding the perfect gifts and 85 percent of Americans have struggled to find a unique gift for a holiday party host and often arrive with no gift (party foul!)

·         79 percent of Americans prefer a practical gift that they could use in their home over a trendy novelty gift. Eliminate unnecessary stress with a little gifting sensibility like a great blender or stand mixer

·              Cleaning up is one of the main holiday hosting party poopers – 85 percent of Americans have avoided making a certain food because of the cleanup associated with it

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact with any questions.

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