Fall Baking Kick-Off: Win a KitchenAid Stand Mixer

Last weekend, we hosted our annual pie social and over sixty of our friends showed up on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

Guests who love to bake came bearing pies of all kinds, until my table was filled with fifteen homemade creations. Some were bursting with local fruits such as blueberries, apples, pears and raspberries, as well as rhubarb. Others featured nuts like pecans or coconut, and a towering Banoffee pie held sliced bananas under a mountain of whipped cream.

We had classic pumpkin pie, too, as well as a huge pot of hot spiced apple cider to accompany the desserts. It was an afternoon to remember.

Surveying the spread, one thing was apparent: my friends are as excited for fall baking as I am.

Maybe we’re psyched about baking because we can turn the oven on without heating up the whole house, or perhaps it is because we’ve finally settled into a fall routine. My recent flurry of baking was brought on by a string of rainy, grey days that inspired pumpkin spice muffins, chewy oatmeal cookies and apple pie. You know, the classics.

Whether you are a pie maker, cookie shaper or cake baker, there’s something about this time of year that urges us to pull out the butter, spices, sugar and flour and get to work. And while a mountain of dirty dishes can’t be helped, there is one kitchen workhorse that helps make fall baking much easier: the KitchenAid stand mixer.

The KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer has a 5-qt Stainless Steel bowl with handle and 10 different speeds, which means whipping cream to stiff peaks and smashing butter and sugar into fluffy mounds is just the beginning of the mixer’s prowess. I mix up all my pie crusts with the paddle attachment (here’s the tutorial) and knead the dough for my whole wheat buttermilk dinner rolls with the dough hook.

When I prepare my Winter Fruits Pavlova, the egg whites are carefully whipped to perfection with the whisk attachment. And the After School Gingerbread Project would be a chore without the mixer to beat our Royal icing into peaks.

I hope you are feeling lucky, because my friends at KitchenAid Canada wish to gift one of my Canadian readers with their very own Artisan® Series Tilt-Head Stand Mixer!

(American readers, I do apologize that this is a Canadian exclusive, but I must remind you that my last giveaway was also a KA stand mixer, and it excluded Canadians. So it’s only fair! )

And that’s not all! Because I just launched a cookbook, because you are the best readers on the planet, we’re also giving away the KitchenAid ® Ice Cream Maker Attachment! Homemade ice cream to accompany all that pie? Yes please.

I love to use this awesome attachment for my homemade ice cream and sorbet. It makes up to 2 quarts of fresh ice cream, sorbet and other frozen desserts in 20-30 minutes. It’s super easy to clean and I love that I don’t have to store a whole other small appliance.

Fall baking recipes

Before we get to the giveaway, let me give you a few ideas of what you could bake up this fall. Here’s a sampling of seasonal sweets that are beloved by all and guaranteed to make your home smell incredible.

That’s a good start, I think, don’t you?

GIVEAWAY

 

One winner will receive a KitchenAid® Artisan® Series Tilt-Head Stand Mixer! This beautiful mixer has 10 speeds, a 5-quart mixing bowl, and will be in White, as pictured above. (MSRP: $599.99)

BONUS PRIZE! The KitchenAid ® Ice Cream Maker Attachment.  (MSRP: $159.99)

Total giveaway value today? $760. 

KitchenAid Canada will ship both the stand mixer and the ice cream maker attachment to the winner’s front door. Please note that this giveaway is exclusively for my Canadian readers.

To Enter the giveaway: Leave a comment on this post and answer the following question: “What is your favourite thing to bake in fall?”
Giveaway ends Sunday, October 15 at 11:59PM EST.

Good luck to all and Happy Baking!

** This giveaway has ended. Big congratulations to Tricia of Calgary who had this to say about fall baking: “I love to bake bread and muffins…anything with the fall spices..apples ..pumpkins..squash!!! YUM!” **

Tricia, your fall baking just got a whole lot more fun.

KitchenAid has generously provided the stand mixer and attachment for this giveaway, but all opinions are my own and based on a decade of working with KitchenAid appliances in my kitchen.

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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Comments

  1. Mmm, cinnamon buns. . . !

  2. A pumpkin velvet cake is a favourite, amongst many other cakes that I love to make without over heating my AC free home!

  3. Banana cream pie with fresh whipped cream!

  4. Alexandra George says:

    My favourite thing to bake at all times is cinnamon buns, by the fall makes me feel more creative and excited to try new things! This mixer would help!

  5. Pie and crumble, especially with all our yummy Qc. apples right now.

  6. Anything with a crumbly topping.

  7. Pie! Especially apple, but also pumpkin, French silk, and so on. Thank you for the giveaway!

  8. Sarah Campbell says:

    Definitely apple crisp!…. Oh and pumpkin muffins!

  9. Heidi Yohanna says:

    My favourites to bake are Cranberry Loaf, Apple Pie and Date Squares – so delicious!

  10. I love to bake banana bread! Such a simple, yet always delicious treat.

  11. Hearth bread, fruit crisp….

  12. Linda Nelson says:

    I adore apples in the fall and love baking them up in pies, crisps, scones and more. I think apples are the ideal fall fruit 🙂

  13. My favourite thing to bake in the fall is apple pie.

  14. Oh yum ! Absolutely anything anything involving apples and spices The smell of the apples cooking permeates the house An age old olfactory invitation to home and love

  15. Bianca Varricchio says:

    I love to bake anything with apples, apple cake, apple crumbles, apple pies, apple muffins, etc. with fall spices – gives that all around warm feeling as fall temperatures cool down outside.

  16. I love to bake apple crisp and chocolate cobbler.

  17. Apple pie
    Your pies look amazing! Now I want to have an afternoon pie tasting!

  18. I love to bake pumpkin bread in the fall.

  19. My kids enjoy my pumpkin pie and cinnamon buns. Perfect for this time of year!

  20. Apple crisp or chocolate cake with boiled icing.

  21. Heather morgan says:

    My favourite thing to bake in the fall is apple pie made with northern spy apples and lots of cinnamon and brown sugar

  22. Baking all things apple or pumpkin are family favourites. They smell divine while cooking. The pumpkin layer cake with maple icing was particularly well received.

    Barbara

  23. Pear and mincemeat crisp,and ginger cookies:)

  24. Pumpkin spices cookies! Anything with pumpkin spices in fact. 🙂

  25. I start with bread because it’s been too hot to bake, and after store bought bread all summer we miss it. I’d like to try your pastry method because I make awful pastry.

  26. Apple crisp and pumpkin scones – they fill the house with wonderful scents of fall.

  27. I love to bake a loaf of Irish soda bread to go with some soup, chili or stew, all of which are so comforting at this time of year.

  28. Fall is the perfect time for pumpkin pie!!

  29. I love to bake banana bread in the fall.

  30. I love to make apple crisp in the fall! Fall is also perfect for stews, soups and chili’s of all kinds with homemade bread.

  31. Classic apple pie, mmmm!!

  32. Darcy Gaudette says:

    My favourite thing to bake in the Fall is apple crisp 😀

  33. Christy C. says:

    I love to bake gingerbread and soft ginger cookies 🙂

  34. Heather Walkus says:

    I volunteer with our small towns club for adults with unseen disabilities. The members love to bake all winter long using the fruit and berries put up during the summer. One of the club members favourites is Cream and Fruit filled doughnuts which they also sell to raise money for the club. Baking together teaches patience, math, chemistry, team work, friendship, respect and business skills. These are great life skills and they hope to upgrade from hand held electric beaters and do more baking and of course, more eating doughnuts with ice cream on top!

  35. One of my favourite things to bake (which feel especially suited to fall, with their melt-in-your-mouth cozy caramel-esque flavour) are chocolate chip cookies with dates. I got the recipe from a Cooks Illustrated article years ago, where they were trying to figure out the ideal chocolate chip cookie recipe, and I’ve been hooked ever since. <3

  36. My favorite thing to bake in the fall is cookies! I give away a cookie tin every Christmas and I try out new recipes in the fall. It’s a great excuse to bust out all my baking doodads and my co-workers love being my guinea pigs!

  37. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity! I enjoy baking my mother-in-law’s hearty whole wheat bread as the weather turns cooler. There’s such comfort in the smell and warmth of the fresh bread.

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