Help with Kenwood

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Marlene 15

Help with Kenwood

Please can someone help me to get using my new Kenwood 331,i treated myself to a new Kenwood Chef as i can no longer use my hand mixer due to arthritis but think i may have done the wrong thing! i haven't a clue what speed to mix at or for how long to mix,i read the recipe book provided but it didn't help,my grandchildren are asking why i haven't made cakes for them so i am hoping someone can advise me.
Regards
Marlene

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Welshcookie

Kenwood

Can you be a bit more specific about what you have done wrong?

Wrong to buy a Kenwood? Very unlikely! I use mine a lot.

Wrong speed? Dough hook should be on slow, also butter and sugar until they start to combine. Slow for egg whites until they start to increase in volume, then faster.

I doubt you have really done anything wrong.

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Marlene 15

Help with Kenwood

Thank you for replying,when baking a Victoria sponge should i cream butter and sugar at a low speed and then add eggs and flour and mix at a faster speed or is it better to do all in one?

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Welshcookie

Kenwood

I usually cream at slowish speed until the butter and sugar are combined, then much faster to make it light and white. If you do it too fast at first the butter/Stork shoots about in lumps!

Or you can do all in one. I usually combine the two by adding ingredients as it's going, as I weigh or measure them out. Miss the opportune moment and chuck it on the beater and you get flour all over the place!

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Marlene 15

Help with Kenwood

I baked a Victoria sponge today but didn't get it just right,the mixture was on the heavy side and didn't rise as well as i would have liked,did i not beat the butter and sugar long enough or did i fold the flour in too long? i would appreciate your advise again.
Marlene.

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Kayb

Kenwood Speeds

Hi Marlene, I googled 'speeds for kenwood chef 331', and the site I looked at gave a whole list of FAQ's for the machine. Amongst them are reccomendations for speeds for various attachments etc. Does the recipe book not give speeds for cake mixes etc? It also gives a contact site that you can ask specific questions on.
Hope this helps - and no, you haven't made a mistake in buying a Kenwood. I sold mine 20 odd years ago (thought I could make do with a processor) soon bought another one.
Karen

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Marlene 15

Help with Kenwood

Kaybe,googled that site and got a lot of helpful answers,would you know why my sponge was heavy did you ever have that problem?
Marlene

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Marlene 15

Help with Kenwood

Kayb,googled that site and got a lot of helpful answers,would you know why my sponge was heavy did you ever have that problem?
Marlene

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Kayb

Sponges

Helo Marlene, is it a clssic Victoria Sponge that you're having trouble with? I find that if you have the butter realy soft and beaten before you add the sugar it helps a lot, if you are using unrefined caster sugar I would be tempted to give it a couple if whizzes in the processor first to grind down the grains a bit. Cream the butter and sugar realy well, you want to get as much air in the mix as you can, it should have increased in volume and turned almost white. Flour should be sifted - Jewish baking lore says sift seven times from a height, but maybe thats a bit excessive - and folded in gradualy. When you add the eggs do it one at a time and if they look like curdling add a spoonful of flour while combining them.
Think thats about it, good luck
Karen

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Marlene 15

Help with Kenwood

Hi Karen,many thanks you have been very helpful,just one more question is it better to fold the flour in using a metal spoon or using the Kenwood? Marlene

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Kayb

Folding Flour

Greetings Marlene, why the 15? with grandchildren you're a little older than that LOL. It all depends how experienced you are with using the Kenwood, if you set it to a very low speed and gradually add the flour as it's mixing you should be all right. If you're a bit unsure then by all means use a metal spoon or a spatula, using a figure of eight motion going from the centre to the outside of the bowl until it's all incorporated. The idea is to keep as much air in the mix as possible. Hope this isn't too technical, and I've made more than my share of mistakes and disasters as far as baking and sweet making are concerned.
Best of luck
Karen

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Marlene 15

Help with Kenwood

Karen put 15 my birth date because someone else was registered as Marlene and i had to change mine,add 60 to the 15 and thats more like my age ha ha,have no experience at all using Kenwood only got it last week have always used a hand mixer thats why i appreciate your help.
Marlene 75 lol

 
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