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Kenwood's Titanium Chef Patissier XL is a luxury piece of kit with plenty of useful additions. Read on for our full review.
The sophisticated Titanium Chef Patissier XL has been designed for the home-baker who wants a lot more from their humble stand mixer. Although it is a stand mixer first and foremost, the Patissier XL features a range of additions that can transform this mixer into your own personal sous chef.
Aesthetically, there’s not much to get excited about unless you’re into the industrial look. Kenwood’s focus is purely on performance. And perform it does.
To begin with, all the technical additions on this stand mixer can make it feel like an intimidating piece of kit. But all the features aim to make life much easier.
But what are the additions? As well as all the classic accessories (5-litre bowl, K-beater, dough hook, balloon whisk) this model comes with a creaming beater and 7-litre EasyWarm bowl. The EasyWarm function can be used for a variety of different patisserie tasks, including making Swiss meringue or melting chocolate and prove dough. Like some of the other Kenwood models we’ve tested, the Patissier XL comes with inbuilt scales, which even work with Kenwood’s optional attachments, like the blender and food processor. Plus there’s a touchscreen control panel that features a range of different key baking pre-sets, including all-in-one cake, egg-white whisking, and the aforementioned EasyWarm bowl functions. Keep the manual on hand until you’re fully acquainted with the machine as there are lots of functions to familiarise yourself with. Thankfully many are clearly labelled and intuitive to use.
If we had to describe the way the Patissier XL works in one word, it would be methodical. When kneading the enriched dough for cardamom buns, we watched as the planetary mixing function carefully and thoroughly gathered all the ingredients into a plump, soft ball. We employed the bowl warm function and allowed the dough to prove for an hour. We also used the integrated timer, which beeped to signal it was time to bake the dough. Buns were soft and bouncy: the perfect consistency.
This stand mixer has capacity for up to 16 egg whites, but we tested it out with just four. The 1400-watt motor made light work of this simple whisking task, producing a glossy and crisp meringue once baked.
To ensure the smoothest results we used the creaming beater to make chocolate fudge cake. All the ingredients were fully incorporated into the mix, resulting in a smooth and glossy batter and beautifully risen, light cakes.
This is a serious stand mixer for serious bakers. It’s an expensive purchase but offers a wealth of additional functions we’ve not seen available on any other stand mixer. Kenwood are leading the charge when it comes to innovative and versatile pieces of kit. It’s clear to see that the user experience is at the forefront when it comes to designing cutting edge technologies.
This is a specialised stand mixer, not for everyone – it's expensive, especially if you only need it to carry out basic functions. However, if you’re a fan of gadgets and are looking for high performance, the Kenwood Titanium Chef Patissier XL is a great choice.
Kenwood Titanium Chef Patissier XL specifications
Product weight: 8.5kg
Size (cm): H 35 X W 38 X D 28.5
Speed settings: continuous
Capacity of bowl(s): 7L, 5L
Attachments included: K-Beater, dough hook, balloon whisk, creaming beater