As we walked the aisles of the 2015 International Housewares' Show (which we consider the ultimate Disneyworld for cooks), we stopped to admire a unique exhibit, a feast for our eyes, where all of the displays were filled with beautiful retro designed appliances. We saw toasters, blenders and electric kettles in luscious colors; styled to look just like we were in our Bubbie's kitchen. But, trust us, these are not our Bubbie's appliances. The colors and design attracted us, but now the functionality has made us fans. The gorgeous stand mixer that we received from SMEG shines in our newly designed kitchen. It is silver, and fits beautifully on our counter. But yes, of course, we knew that we would love the look. But, how about the ease of use?
We decided to make our new mixer dairy friendly. As in many kosher homes, often times we show precedence to our meat side and give the dairy side the leftovers. In fact, some of our dairy utensils and appliances were dollar store and discount store purchases.
Our Smeg stand mixer shines front and center on our counter for use in our dairy baking and cooking. We tested it with some of our favorite recipes. We used it to make cheese cake (our copycat kosher Cheesecake Factory cheesecake with a touch of lemon in the whipped cream topping) and tested it when we made our new recipe for Sock it to Me Cake with a classic vanilla buttercream frosting- made with real butter.
Yumm. Not only was mixing a pleasure, but the rotating blades work their way around the perimeter of the stainless bowl and did not leave even a smidgen of unmixed batter. Needless to say, our dairy side is mixer-happy now!
We are sharing some of the dairy recipes we mixed, whipped, creamed, beat and kneaded in the past few weeks with the help of the Smeg stand mixer:
Cheesecake Factory Copycat Kosher Cheesecake
Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
Sour Cream Coffee Cake
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Aliza's Easy Pizza Crust
Dairy Noodle Kugel for a Crowd
Nellie & Joe's Key Lime Pie
Whole Wheat Honey Bread
Aunt Sue's Famous Pound Cake
About the Smeg stand mixer
• Die-cast aluminum body with enamel finish.
• Dishwasher safe 5 Qt stainless bowl w/ergonomic handle
• 10 variable speeds with smooth, soft -start function
• Safety lock when the head is tilted up
• Anti‐slip feet for stability when mixing
• Overload motor protection
• Accessories included: Stainless steel wire whisk, aluminum flat beater, aluminum dough hook, plastic bowl cover
• Available stand mixer colors: Red, Black, Silver, Pastel blue, Cream
• Capacity: 99 ounces cake batter; 46 ounces dough; 32 ounces whipping cream
• Optional accessories (available for purchase): pasta roller and cutter set, meat grinder, additional stainless bowl
Italian-based SMEG is known for their '50s retro-look appliances- designed in collaboration with top architects. This stand mixer combines mid-century style with contemporary functionality. Smeg was founded in 1948 by Vittorio Bertazzoni, Sr. from Guastalla, a town in Northern Italy, and now one of the country's leading home appliance manufacturers. The mixer was won the 2015 iF design seal of excellence award selected from 5,000 entries representing 53 countries.
SMEG and the Stars:
Celebrity entrepreneur Richard Branson has selected the Smeg Mini Fab5 Refrigerator as the minibar star in each room of his Virgin Hotel Chicago.