I have a small hand mixer that I use occasionally. I don't do a lot of baking but when I do, I will take out this hand mixer. It works for most of what I do, but there are times that I wished I had a mixer that stands on its own and comes with a bowl, like a metal bowl. For example like the
Hamilton Beach® Stand Mixer which is an all metal stand mixer.
I have two preschoolers in the house, and they use the bathroom at the most inopportune time! Imagine there you are mixing your favorite banana bread recipe, and someone is screaming from the bathroom for you to come and clean him up! You will have to put down your hand mixer, attend to your child, wash your hands thoroughly and go back to mixing your banana bread!
These are the times when I wished I had a Hamilton Beach® Mixer! You can leave your mixer to do its own thing, attend to your child's needs, and come back to where you left off. In fact I have been looking at these stand mixers at the stores but have not made up my mind as to the size and the brand.
I do have some other Hamilton Beach products, like the juicer, and have been very pleased with it. I will most definitely consider getting the Eclectrics® Mixer, especially now in view of the upcoming holiday season where I will be doing a lot more baking than I normally would.
Here's the banana bread recipe that I got from a fellow blogger recently, and which turned out really well when I made it. My children love banana bread and since we often get some over ripe bananas, banana bread has become the family's favorite baked item.
1 1/2 cup of flour
1 tsp of baking soda
1/2 tsp of baking powder
1/4 tsp of salt
1 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of melted butter (1 stick)
2 large eggs
3 ripe bananas - mashed
1 tsp of vanilla
zest of 1 lemon
2 tbsp of milk
A handful of chopped walnuts
1) Pre-heat oven to 325 degree F and lightly oil a loaf pan.
2) In a mixing bowl sieve flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
3) In another bowl, mix melted butter, sugar, bananas, eggs, milk, vanilla and lemon zest
4) Fold the flour into the banana mixture and mix well. Add in the walnuts.
5) Pour into the loaf pan and bake for 45-50 min until the bread is done.
6) Allow to cool for at least 30 min before removing from pan.