I’m not the most attentive chef in the kitchen, therefore nor am I ever going to appear on the next series of Great British Bake Off. However, I have always enjoyed baking as a little girl and with both girls asking to bake on a regular basis, it became pretty clear pretty quickly that I simply don’t have the right tools for the job. So when AO.com asked me to check out the Kenwood Chef Titanium, it was time to start researching flavour combinations and have a go at whipping up a regular supply of cakes in this household.
The Kenwood Chef Titanium comes in 2 bowl sizes and really makes the best Suez chef, purely because of all the additional attachments you can purchase, such as a food processor, mincer, juicer, pasta roller and cutter… It’s really endless. Which means just one appliance and less clutter!
To put it to the test, I whipped up one of our firm favourites, ginger & date cake. It gets such a great crunchy crust to it and super soft inside, which makes for a great combo!
Ginger & Date Cake
Ginger & Date loaf cake.
- 350 g Plain Flour
- 225 g Brown Sugar
- 2 tsp Ground Ginger
- 1/2 tsp Bicarb of Soda
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp All spice
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 30 g Chopped Dates
- 5 tbsp Treacle
- 200 ml Water
- 100 ml Vegetable Oil
Preheat oven to 180C
Add all dry ingredients first, sifting the flour as you go. Then add the wet ingredients and mixer until you have a lovely golden cake mix.
Pour into a loaf tin (or your tin of choice!) and bake for 45-50 minutes. Use a skewer to test if it's ready. The deeper your tin, the longer you may need. If you opt for a shallow tin, cut the time to 30-40 minutes.
Serve with ice cream, cream, custard.... Or just gorge on its own!
The Kenwood Chef comes with a few attachments, a dough hook, beater and whisk. I just used the whisk attachment, but equally the beater attachment would work (which comes with their signature ‘K’ integrated into the beater.
Some of the features I really praise has to be the in built light, so you can judge well how the mix is going, especially a dark mix like this. Also, if you were going to be adding liquid to a mixture, there is also a splash guard, with a section that opens to allow this easily. And as I mentioned above, there are 2 additional attachment beds, for adding those extra functions to the mixer turning it into just about any food preperation guru.
As you would expect, it has a pulse feature, as well as various speeds to deal with different tasks, which meant the batter was mixed very quickly and without fuss (my arm was grateful!)
All you have to do to release the mixing bowl is pop the spring loaded catch to bring up the arm and your mixture is good to go in the oven!
There’s really little excuse now to make a cake! I dare say the girls would love to have one on the go daily!
Disclosure: Collaborative post