When walking past any glass bakery window, it’s tough to keep from drooling over all the gorgeous desserts in waiting. Unfortunately, your body goals probably chime in mid gaze, telling you to freeze and back away from the cupcake case. The good thing is, though, that sweet treats don’t always have to be such a no-no.
Instead of leaving the baking to the professionals or reaching for store-bought cookies, baking at home is actually the easiest way to get your hands on cake and eat it too—sin guilt. Controlling exactly what ingredients go into those sweet bites is the first step. KitchenAid’s newest sifter and scale mixer attachment, which will help us make healthier baked goods at home, is probably second.
Why You Should Use a Sifter + Scale Attachment
It’s time to bake. You’ve tossed on the apron, pulled out a dessert recipe and are off to the races. But, there’s actually one step of baking that we all tend to skip, though we shouldn’t. Sifting the flour—it may feel fussy and unnecessary but it actually is the key to making all of your desserts as fluffy as those in your favorite bakery. Sifters feel pretty old-fashioned though, so Kitchen Aid, the queen of kitchen gadgets, just dropped a genius stand mixer attachment to sift, weigh, and add up all the dry ingredients your recipe calls for into one bowl. The attachment plugs into the hub and is powered by the mixer. We see using this every time we bake in the near future—mainly to avoid the mess that a hand sifter brings.
Reviewers are raving about it on Amazon and we’re antsy we don’t already have it in our possession. One J. Stephens commented after his arrived: “I bake all the time and sifting dry ingredients is something I loathe doing. It’s time-consuming and messy. I’ve tried a gazillion types of sifters and wasn’t satisfied with any of them…I’ve used this attachment every chance I get, which is often.”
How to Use the KitchenAid Sift + Scale Attachment to Eat Healthier
When breaking in the gadget, which is selling for $100 at KitchenAid and $130 on Amazon, opt for waistline-friendly recipes that don’t taste like cardboard: Dark Chocolate Brownies, Homemade Cookie Dough Oreos or Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites, anyone? If those sound good, you can find their full recipes via our round-up of 20 Recipes for Almost-Guilty Pleasures.
Also consider ditching your run-of-the-mill white flour and swapping in spelt flour or a gluten-free flour like almond or buckwheat flour. As for your wet ingredients, once you’re done test-driving your fancy new sifter, try trading in coconut sugar for refined sugar. It also could only help to toss away fattening vegetable oils, too, for coconut or avocado oils.
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