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Cooking glossary

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Electric mixer

A large worktop piece of equipment which has the capacity to mix large amounts of bread, cake, biscuit and pastry dough. Food mixers also often have useful extra attachments such as a blender, juice extractor, pasta maker or coffee grinder.

Electric hand mixer

A hand held mixer which usually comes with various attachments including a whisk attachment for whisking cream, batters and egg whites and sugar. Dough hooks are also available for some models to mix and knead yeast mixtures.