My friend Caitlin sent along this photo of the Apple Tea Cake with Lemon Glaze. “It was a huge hit,” she wrote. “So light a fluffy! But it made me realize that I REALLY need a Kitchenaid mixer. The hand-held one is not cutting it.”
Funny she should mention that. There’s a cookbook writers forum on Facebook and this week they’ve been discussing whether or not it’s fair to write recipes that suggest or recommend a standing mixer. I tend to write along these lines: “Combine egg whites and salt in the bowl of a standing mixer (or, if using a hand-held mixer, in a large mixing bowl).” The stand mixer is preferred but if you don’t have one, here’s an alternative. But I wonder how many readers actually own a Kitchenaid or Bosch or the like. They’re relatively expensive and they take up counter space. Is it fair to recommend them? On the other hand, the results are so good and they make baking so easy. If anyone has thoughts to share, I’d love to hear them.