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Best recipe book for a stand mixer (kenwood chef kmc560 )

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Initial post: 17 Jan 2012 10:45:36 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 May 2012 20:15:36 BDT
D. Stimson says:
Hi i have just invested in a kenwood chef kmc560 as new to this machine the kids on my back to make own cakes and other things i am looking for a good baking book to use with this machine as 3 of the children have speacial needs so a good book for them to understand and the kenwood book is a bit hard for them and me to understand (single dad of 4 children )

Posted on 30 Apr 2012 14:33:52 BDT
As you are a single dad of four years old should you really be operating machinery?

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Apr 2012 17:30:41 BDT
D. Stimson says:
HI if you read this properly you would see that i am a single parent of 4 children i did`nt say there ages but if you must know i have three girls aged 18,15,and 12 and a boy who is 16 so where is the 4 year old ? plus i stand over them when in use

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2012 20:07:31 BDT
I get your drift Las Bogas but not everybody has read books about thecwondervthat is the apostrophe and they don,t all appreciate your sense of humour like Susie does, she,s a hoot that girl.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2012 20:13:45 BDT
D. Stimson says:
What you going on about ?????????????????????????????????????????????

Posted on 21 Sep 2012 02:06:27 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 Sep 2012 02:39:22 BDT
Hi there, D. Stimson,
Yes, I'm afraid I am 'the Susie' that Cookingdiamond refers to! It's probably a bit late in the day for this now? But aside from all the usual silliness we get up to on here sometimes, I noticed that no-one has really answered your post? It is very hard to tell how basic you need the cookbook to be? 'Special needs' could mean so many things - and can bring so many different challenges too. If they are quite childlike in their cooking and baking abilities though, then for what it is worth, I can personally recommend any of these. I've found them all to be very good and you could use your mixer with most of the recipes they contain?.....

Childrens' Book of Baking
Ultimate Children's Cookbook (Dk)
Children's Cookbook
Children's Quick & Easy Cookbook
100 Yummy Things to Cook and Eat,

There are also these, that I have just come across, but I think that the recipes are probably repeated from the last book that I mentioned. However, the reviews are great and they are very practical, thick good quality, and wipe-clean card sets and maybe much easier for your kids to manage than a cookbook? -

30 Yummy Things to Make and Cook (Usborne Cookery Cards)
30 Yummy Things to Bake (Usborne Activity Cards)
30 Christmas Things to Cook and Eat (Usborne ).

If these are too basic, especially for your older children, you could try searching on here for a basic cookbook for adults, maybe one aimed at complete beginners? Good Housekeeping books are always a very safe bet for tried and tested recipes that really work, with good methods explained in full? - Good Housekeeping: Step-by-step Cookbook: Over 650 Easy-to-follow Techniques and Triple-tested Recipes. And any book by Mary Berry would be great for learning cake and baking techniques. Some of her other books may lack pictures to each recipe, but the recipes in this one are accompanied by colour photos at every stage, and they also have clear, fail-safe and easy-to-follow methods too - Simple Cakes.
And you might also like out of interest to look at - 'My Daddy Cooks: 100 Fresh New Recipes for the Whole Family' - ?
I really hope that some of this is of some help to you? :o>

Posted on 27 Sep 2012 20:22:45 BDT
Charlie says:
Suzy, I think you're lovely!!! Xxx

Posted on 27 Sep 2012 20:55:53 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Sep 2012 20:56:29 BDT
Charlie says:
By the way Mr.Stimson I use my kenwood all the time with my children (2,3 and baby although he's not interested yet lol) all the books Suzy recommended are great, my 2 also love picking out recipes from The Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days: Recipes to make every day special Cupcakes From the Primrose Bakery and Love Bakery- Cupcakes from the Heart it doesn't really matter about the recipe, they just like decorating them and some great pictures in these books to inspire their artistic abilities. Maybe get some colours for icing and sprinkles too? As Suzy said special needs is quite a broad term so only you will know what aspects they will enjoy most ( I assume eating the results is a given) please post again with specifics as to what you want to make and I'm sure we can tailor recommendations to suit! I think between us on here we have most of the books out there.
P.S the humour on here is a somewhat acquired taste at times but is not meant to be offensive

Posted on 30 Jan 2013 20:48:29 GMT
Look at Kenwood Restore - they have some older cookery cooks - one I use all the time is 1972 The Mixer Book. For some reason older (1950 - 1970) cook books seem to have simpler recipes. The Dr May's Fruit Cake using table or hand mixer from that book is easy - and not expensive to make.

Posted on 17 Mar 2013 07:08:40 GMT
D. H says:
I find my kids like the American style of baking in cups and spoons better than the weights and measures. Jim fobels (old fashioned baking) barefoot contessas books are clear and concise, though with American books come a few (not many)hard to find ingredients. And some name changes I.e:

Oatmeal = porridge oats,
Soda / baking soda= bicarbonate of soda
Kosher salt = fine grade of sea salt (or half that again if you use tablesalt)
Confectioners sugar = icing sugar
Molasses = treacle.
Half and half = half milk half double cream
Shredded coconut is desiccated coconut.

You will need a set of measuring cups for these recipes (tala are good and cheap you can buy them from here or your local morrisons, or wilkinsons usually have them for a couple of quid)

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Mar 2013 20:34:12 GMT
Charlie says:
Thats a brilliant idea DH why had I not thought of that???????
Want to get them up to baking now

Posted on 24 Mar 2013 21:00:07 GMT
D. H says:
It's easier for the children to have hands on experience Charlie, they get board when they have to wait until moms got her act together fiddling around with pinches out or spoons in to get the weight right.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Mar 2013 21:19:14 GMT
Charlie says:
You are so right. Have been trying to get ellie to watch the numbers on the digital scale but she's too young really and max has no chance. I think some tuppaware for the flour etc thdn they can really get involved. I'm so excited. Thank you. Love this forum, you guys are ace xxxxxx

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Mar 2013 21:53:03 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Mar 2013 22:00:11 GMT
D. H says:
You're welcome honey. It's nice to share baking tips with people who share the same interests as you. I know several people who are too stuck up their own butt, to share tips, I also know the ones who would go out of their way to sabotage someone else's efforts, just so they can say "look at me, I'm better than you/them." I personally don't care, knowledge is meant to be shared it makes the world a happier place. especially when there is something edible at the end of it.

Ellie will get there. Just show her how easy it is. Once she gets the hang of cups n spoons and finds that fun she'll progress. Scales are even too much hard work for me the majority of the time, I was taught in pounds and ounces when I grew up. You stopped looking at the scales after a while and started judging by sight. once I got to that level (Grandma and grandpa's level) I never wanted to look at scales again.

Posted on 25 Mar 2013 16:18:06 GMT
Bearman says:
Your kids might be able to cope better with old fashioned balance scales - you add the weights, then they add the ingredient until it matches. This worked well with our boys - balance scales are more of a game than any digital readout.

Posted on 26 Mar 2013 10:25:30 GMT
pixie says:
I Llove to hear that kids are cooking! They are far more inclined to eat what they a great thrill of achievement...xxxx

Posted on 26 Mar 2013 10:43:13 GMT
D. Stimson says:
Hi all
love the posts seems kids are getting into baking one of my children did a cooking thing at her specil needs school called let`s get cooking it was nice food she brought home and also the recipes which we use at home and found a great cook book
step by step baking by Caroline Bretherton plenty of pictures to follow

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Apr 2013 13:58:55 BDT
Mrs C says:
Years ago I bought a Mary Berry book "Mary Berry's Ultimate Cake Book (Second Edition): Over 200 Classic Recipes [Paperback] and it is brilliant book, lots of fantastic cakes from little fairy cakes to larger family cakes, have a look at amazon..

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Mar 2014 14:25:26 GMT
Ruth Gill says:
I cant find my recipe book with Dr Mays Fruit Cake. Just had myKenwood refurbished with Kenwood Restore. Brilliant.
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