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BorisYeltsin's picture

Creaming Butter is something that is just harder for me than it should be. We use a large Kitchen Aid stand mixer, and even with the Paddle Attachment, all the butter does is get smeared to the outside of the bowl, as the Paddles go round and round.

It seems I have better luck with a hand mixer pointing the blades where they need to be.

That Kitchen Aid should be able to do the trick, but it is just so large and clumsy.

Any tips?

Regards,
Boris

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RheaS's picture

(post #63286, reply #1 of 7)

It helps for the butter to be at room temperature. However, if it's not quite warm enough, I usually increase the speed on the mixer and that usually does the trick. Also, stand mixers aren't so good for small batches. My Kenwood mixer does fine with only a stick of butter, but it does much better with more.

Biscuits's picture

(post #63286, reply #2 of 7)

Start with cool - not cold, not warm - butter, and start on slow, then increase the speed.  Also - you need to scrape down the sides of the bowl once or twice.  You scrape down the side of the bowl before each addition of ingredients, too.

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KyleW's picture

(post #63286, reply #3 of 7)

I agree with Rhea and Biscuit. Stand mixers tend to work a little better with larger amounts ans scraping down is key. I find that I have a little better luck if I put the fat in first and then add the sugar on top of it. This seems to help give the mixer a little traction. For really small batches I use my trusty hand mixer. I checked and this won't disqualify you from being a bona fide cookie baker :-)

 


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Biscuits's picture

(post #63286, reply #4 of 7)

I used to have an instructor at culinary school that was known for being absolutely rabid about "scraping down the bowl".  Of course, we were using those humongous Hobart floor mixers, so you had to get your entire arm in there, but still - he was nuts about it.  He would even fail your work for the day if he didn't see you scrape down the bowl before each addition and several times during creaming.  (rolling eyes...)  So we were all VERRRY careful to make sure we did it.  Now it's just habit for me.  I hate admitting it, because he was a crappy instructor, but making sure you scrape down the bowl often is one of those tiny details that seems insignificant but makes a huge difference in the final texture and quality of the product.


Sometimes I still long for a Hobart.  I swear, one day, I'm getting myself a reconditioned Hobart.  First, I'll need a new kitchen to put it in, though...


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Astrid's picture

(post #63286, reply #5 of 7)

With my KitchenAid stand mixer I find that a bit of butter will always stick at the bottom of the bowl when creaming, the paddle clearance needed leaves a gap, so I use a scraper to be sure to get it all incorporated.


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(post #63286, reply #6 of 7)

Astrid? Did you get a piece of mail from me? Just curious whether it got there.


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(post #63286, reply #7 of 7)

Yes I did, and thank you. I've been meaning to let you know I got it but have been very busy with all kinds of things that have needed doing- I finally got the kitchen door knob replaced this morning, with the help of a neighbor. The card was a blessing and a nice suprise, thanks again. :-)


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