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Bakers' Black Friday

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Don't let the Black Friday deals pass you by. Use this list of baking equipment for your bargain hunting. Although, the links on this page will take you to Pricegrabber for online comparison pricing, don't forget to check the ads in your local papers, too. Want better bargains, and you're not in a time crunch to find what you want, shop yard sales and thrift stores.

Stand Mixer

Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Yes, there are other stand mixers out there, but I just love my KitchenAid Stand Mixer. To some of my longtime readers, I apologize for sounding like a broken record. It's just that I find my stand mixer totally indispensable for baking. It especially makes cookie baking a snap to say nothing of how easy it is to make cheesecakes and bread, too. Plus, I can almost guarantee that you won't be satisfied with whipped topping anymore. You just pour your cream in the mixer and turn it on. You can make whipped cream while doing other things in the kitchen.

I will admit, that this year I hope Santa will bring me a new one. It's not that there is anything wrong with Ole Bluey (yes, I named mixer.) I just want one with a bigger bowl.
Price Comparisons for KitchenAid Stand Mixers
Full KitchenAid Stand Mixer Review
KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment - I make ice cream using this attachment.

Stand Mixer Recipes
Biscotti
Oatmeal Walnut Cookies
French Bread
New York Cheesecake

Food Processor

2011 Zucchini and Food Processor Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
2011 Zucchini and Food Processor Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
We have had the same Cuisinart Food Processor for at least 20 years. It is practically indestructible. I use it a lot during the busy holiday baking season. As soon as I buy nuts, I lightly toast them and then I chop them in my food processor. If I'm not going to use them right away, I freeze them. Of course, I'd never think about shredding carrots for carrot cake or zucchini for zucchini bread, by hand. I value my fingernails too much. I also like to use my food processor to mix my quick bread dry ingredients. If I haven't already chopped nuts, I can just toss them in with the flour.
Cuisinart Food Processor
How to Toast Nuts
My Favorite Carrot Cake Recipe
Zucchini Bread
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Bundt Cake Pans

Lemon Cake Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
When I'm in a hurry and I've got to make a cake-to-go, a Bundt Cake is my choice of desserts. It doesn't matter if the cake is from-scratch or from a mix, it'll still come out of the oven practically decorated. Bundt cakes are sturdy, which makes them ideal for taking them somewhere. Another cool thing about Bundt pans is that come in so many shapes. Even though I already have seven, maybe eight, there are still a couple pans I'd love to own. I've been eying the Nordic Ware Pro Form Bakeware Cozy Village. It's one pan that makes 6 different village houses at one time. I can just envision baking them, painting the outsides with different colored decorating icings, and serving them on a tray lined with coconut snow.
All About Baking in Bundts
Bodacious Bundt Cake Recipes

More Pans That Tickle My Fancy
Nordic Ware Train Cake Pan
Nordic Ware Platinum 3-D Gingerbread House Bundt Pan
Nordic Ware Pro Form Bakeware Cozy Village

Some of the Pans I Already Own
The Original Bundt Cake Pan
Holiday Wreath Bundt Pan
Rose Bundt Pan
3D Snowman
Bundtlette Pan

Crockpots and Other Small Appliances

Crockpots Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
There aren't many small appliances that aren't on sale during Black Friday. Crockpots make great gifts for a bakers. I'm down to two crockpots, and use them year-round for making desserts, breads and candies. Waffle Makers are another small appliance that will be on sale. Other appliances that will make good gifts are coffee makers, doughnut makers, toaster ovens etc.
Crockpots
---All About Baking in the Crockpot
Waffle Makers
---Belgium Waffle Recipes
Doughnut Makers
---Plain Cake Doughnuts
Toaster Ovens - I toast the nuts in mine.
---How to Toast Nuts
Coffee Makers - You've got to have coffee with your dessert.
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