Saturday, January 16, 2016

Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer and Hand Mixer Giveaway...Featuring Blueberry Muffins with Coconut-Citrus Glaze #giveaway #hamiltonbeach

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I'm so excited to share two fabulous mixers with you today -- and an equally fabulous blueberry muffin recipe! I'm a Hamilton Beach Brand Ambassador, and I was recently invited to take part in one of their promotions. They sent me two of their mixers to try out in my kitchen: a deluxe hand mixer and a powerful stand mixer. Even better, two of you are going to win one of these fantastic mixers via a giveaway! I was really excited to try out their 6 Speed Hand Mixer with Snap-On Case. This versatile hand mixer features 290 watts of power and a burst button when you need extra power. It also comes with six handy attachments: twisted wire beaters, dough hooks, a whisk, and even a fun milkshake maker! The snap-on storage case is perfect for keeping all all of the items in one place between uses. 

Photo provided by Hamilton Beach
I also received Hamilton Beach's Stand Mixer to try out. The model I received packs 300 watts of power and tons of great features: 
  • Mixing action gives complete bowl coverage 
  • Stainless steel 4-quart dishwasher-safe bowl
  • Includes splatter shield
  • Features 7 speeds for maximum flexibility
  • Three attachments offer mixing versatility -- includes dough hook, whisk, and flat beater
  • Hands-free mixing action means the mixing head spins as it rotates completely inside the bowl
  • Nonslip feet to ensure it doesn't "dance" on your countertop
  • Tilt-up head lifts out of the way for easy bowl access

I used the stand mixer to quickly whip up a batch of blueberry muffins this weekend. Not just any old blueberry muffins -- Blueberry Muffins with Coconut-Citrus Glaze. These super-moist muffins are flavored with cream of coconut and lemon extract. While the muffins are still warm from the oven, they’re glazed with a mixture of orange juice, cream of coconut, and powdered sugar. 

 Blueberry Muffins
with Coconut-Citrus Glaze
adapted from Williams-Sonoma
Ingredients (makes 16 muffins):
For the muffins:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon (preferably Vietnamese cinnamon)
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon extract
  • 1/3 cup cream of coconut
  • 1 cup blueberries
For the glaze:
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/3 cup cream of coconut
  • 2 tbs. orange juice
Step 1: Preheat oven to 400. Place pretty cupcake/muffin liners in a 12-cup muffin tin. Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon to a large mixing bowl. Stir until completely combined and set aside.
Step 2: Add the melted butter, eggs, milk, vanilla and lemon extracts, and cream of coconut to the bowl of your stand mixer. Mix on low speed just until the ingredients are combined. Add the reserved flour mixture to the mixer bowl in two additions, scraping the bowl between additions. Mix on low speed after each addition, just until the batter is combined.
Step 3: Carefully fold the blueberries into the muffin batter until evenly incorporated. Spoon the muffin batter into the prepared tins, filling each liner 3/4 full. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the muffins golden and a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean. While the muffins bake, combine the glaze ingredients in a small bowl. Poke the tops of the cooked muffins with the tines of a fork and spoon the glaze on top of each muffin. Cool completely and serve.
Everyone loves blueberry muffins, but they’ll absolutely flip for this fun variation that brings a taste of Summer to relieve the Winter Blues! These moist muffins are bursting with blueberries, and they have a subtle lemon and coconut flavor that’s amplified by the glaze. The addition of cinnamon provides a nice warm background flavor. Poking holes on top of the warm muffins lets the glaze seep inside as they cool – which adds even more moisture and flavor to the muffins. I used fresh blueberries…but frozen will work fine too. Just make sure to fold them into the batter without thawing them, unless you want purple muffins!

So...who wants to win one of these mixers from Hamilton Beach? Here's the rules: one reader is going to win one of the versatile 6 Speed Hand Mixers, and another reader is going to win one of the powerful Stand Mixers. To enter, simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below. I’ll accept entries until 1159 pm on Friday, January 22nd. The winners will be notified via e-mail the following day and will have 48 hours to respond with their shipping info. If a winner does not respond, h a new winner will be selected. This contest is open to U.S. residents only. Good luck!!

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Disclosure: Hamilton Beach provided me with a 6 Speed Hand Mixer with Snap-On Case and a Stand Mixer as part of its Brand Ambassador program. As always, all opinions expressed are solely my own.

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