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Dough Whisk: Perfect for Blending Muffins, Pancakes and Quick Breads

Muffins are easy with Dough Whisks

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Make either muffins or quick breads from flow-through batter and a Danish dough whisk.

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Dough Whisks Are Tough Hand-held Mixers

This is the famed Danish Dough Whisk, although most imported to the U.S. are made in Poland, not Denmark. I bought my first ones - the mini version (11" ) and the 15" full-sized dough whisk - in 2006 from King Arthur Flour Co., Inc.. I love to make - and eat - muffins and made them according to one of the first of my mother's axioms, "The more you mix muffins, the tougher they'll be."

Initially publicized as the perfect tool to use for flow-through batters, I thought dough whisks would make the blending stage easier and guess-proof. They have now become my "go-to tools" for light batters.

According to the King Arthur Flour web site, over the years KAF has sold thousands of them. These are not easy to find in brick and mortar stores, but other dedicated baking web sites are advertising them. According to word going around on internet baking forums, home cooks are also finding dough whisks good for kitchen jobs like folding beaten egg whites into batters and prepping yeast dough all the way up to the kneading stage.

This lens is an introduction to a tool little known except to dedicated bakers, information on how to clean dough whisks, sources on where to buy them, and because I mostly bake muffins information about easy-to-prepare muffin and quick bread mixes.

Bon Apptit!

Photo: Georgene A. Bramlage

Danish Dough Whisks Made in Poland

Two Sizes of Dough Whisks (King Arthur Flour)

Two Sizes of Dough Whisks (King Arthur Flour)

Originally called Danish dough whisks, these simple and sturdy baking tools are now made in Poland. I've never been able to find out why they've been called "Danish Dough Whisks." However, I was delighted to find such a useful tool made in Poland.

There are some versions made in China. Handles on the Polish ones are usually formed from beech or birch wood. Most of the Chinese versions do not label the handles.

Blogger Katie Walsh includes the Danish dough Whisk on her recently posted list about the relatively inexpensive joys of having the correct whisk for specific cooking jobs. I wholeheartedly support, in this instance, having tools dedicated to one kitchen job - that of lightly mixing delicate batters.

Photo: Georgene A. Bramlage

Dough Whisk with Cracked Handle

Dough Whisk with Cracked Handle

Dough Whisk with Cracked Handle

Dough Whisks on Amazon

Time for Muffins!

Tray of Muffins

Tray of Muffins

Online sources for Danish Dough Whisks

  • King Arthur Flour Company, Inc.
    KAF Usually has both the large and small whisk in stock. Prices and shipping here are higher than at most online sources.
  • Bread Tools
    Baking items for all things pizza and Italian.
  • Lee Valley Tools
    Lee Valley is a family-owned business providing tools for woodworkers, gardeners and now bakers since 1978.
  • Fante's Kitchen Shop
    Scroll down through this amazing list of whisks to reach the Danish Dough Whisks. Fante's has specialized since 1906 in kitchen utensils for both professional chefs and home cooks.
  • Breadtopia Bakers Store
    Breadtopia looks forward to creating and developing a community of home-based bakers.

My Favorite Mixes Originate from these Companies - There are many companies here in the United States that sell mixes.

These just happen after my almost a half-century of baking to be favorite brands. I grew up baking in Ohio and Massachusetts, so King Arthur and Betty Crocker mixes are at the top of my list. I discovered Martha White mixes while visiting in the southern U.S. And at one point when I did a lot of baking for charity events, Krusteaz brand was the only large quantity mix that I could buy at my local warehouse club. They seem to have diversified for the supermarket trade.

King Arthur Muffin Mixes from Amazon - My favorite line of mixes because of texture and taste.

King Arthur Flour, founded in 1790 in Boston, MA to provide imported high-quality flour, moved to Norwich, Vermont in 1984. The company was sold to employees in 1996, and continued to enlarge offerings with diverse flours, mixes and baking equipment. They've recently started offering a diverse line of gluten-free mixes and flours.

Favorite Muffins

Muffin Ingredients

Muffin Ingredients

Let Hear it for Baked Goods!

Here is one of my favorite brands and flavors of muffins:

Bake or Buy?

A tray of freshly baked muffins

A tray of freshly baked muffins

Favorite Baked Goods

Wilton Baking Cups from Amazon - Perfect muffins and cupcakes are enhanced by traditional, modern and holiday-theme grease-proof paper cups.

Cinnamon-clove Muffins

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Let's Hear It for Baked Goods!

Georgene Moizuk Bramlage (author) from southwestern Virginia on September 11, 2012:

@SusanDeppner: Hi Susan, Personally, I think a dough whisk works better because of air is left in the batter while mixing, and although still cumbersome to wash, it is easier than a regular kitchen whisk.

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on September 11, 2012:

I'm thinking pancakes. I just use a regular whisk for those. Wondering if a dough whisk would work better. What do you think? I've never had a dough whisk, but any excuse for a new kitchen gadget is a good excuse!

Georgene Moizuk Bramlage (author) from southwestern Virginia on September 09, 2012:

@SpenceG: Coffeebean is a new place for me...is it local for you? Chocolate chip muffins always remind me more of a desert type pastry than a 'true" muffin. However, I do have some relatives that love them almost as much as you appear to do so...I make them some. Thanks for commenting :+)

SpenceG on September 09, 2012:

All I can say is "Yum". My favorite baked goods is chocolate chip muffin. Coffeebean has a great selection that I buy 3 times a week. I really should learn to make them.

Georgene Moizuk Bramlage (author) from southwestern Virginia on September 08, 2012:

@Funkysi: Thanks so much for visiting and for your comment :+)

Funkysi on September 08, 2012:

Great lens. I like chocolate muffins

Georgene Moizuk Bramlage (author) from southwestern Virginia on September 08, 2012:

@mumsgather: How very interesting...perhaps she had one of the original "Danish dough whisks."

Georgene Moizuk Bramlage (author) from southwestern Virginia on September 08, 2012:

@Diana Wenzel: Yes...muffins are almost the perfect food group! So great for an on-the-run breakfast or lunch.

Georgene Moizuk Bramlage (author) from southwestern Virginia on September 08, 2012:

@IsakRimon LM: Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks!

IsakRimon LM on September 08, 2012:

just a great lens

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on September 07, 2012:

Thank you for introducing me to this very cool dough whisk. I'd love to have one. Muffins... the perfect food group.

mumsgather on September 07, 2012:

I remember my mum used to use this kind of whisk when I was little.

Georgene Moizuk Bramlage (author) from southwestern Virginia on September 05, 2012:

@Michey LM: Ah...Lady after my own heart :+) Thanks for commenting.

Michey LM on September 05, 2012:

I like everything which is bake at home, for the fun of it, but also for the quality I like to bake a loaf of bread from time to time.

Georgene Moizuk Bramlage (author) from southwestern Virginia on September 03, 2012:

@JoshK47: Wow! Thanks for stopping by and for the blessing! I'm glad you learned something new. Here's a virtual muffin for tomorrow's breakfast!

Georgene Moizuk Bramlage (author) from southwestern Virginia on September 03, 2012:

@VspaBotanicals: Thanks a million! Here's a virtual muffin for your afternoon snack...

VspaBotanicals on September 03, 2012:

I love bakery goods and I love to do my own baking as well. This is a yummy lens!

JoshK47 on September 03, 2012:

Very cool - I'd never seen a dough whisk before! Thanks for sharing - blessed by a SquidAngel!

Georgene Moizuk Bramlage (author) from southwestern Virginia on September 03, 2012:

@DLeighAlexander: Happy breakfast! And I do hope you'll investigate these dough whisks! Thanks for the squidlike and the Blessing :+)

DLeighAlexander on September 02, 2012:

Homemade muffins are definitely a favorite of mine. I enjoyed reading this lens.

I make my own muffins and have created many different flavors. I especially like to add oatmeal and cranberries.

I have never seen a dough whisk before, seems like a very handy tool. Will have to get one sometime.

Your muffins have got me thinking . . . think I know what breakfast will be tomorrow :) Angel Blessed

Georgene Moizuk Bramlage (author) from southwestern Virginia on September 02, 2012:

@captainj88: Leah, Thanks so much for visiting and commenting on these polls. They re a lot of fun for me to see what readers enjoy eating and doing :+)

Georgene Moizuk Bramlage (author) from southwestern Virginia on September 02, 2012:

@captainj88: Yes, Leah, they do work very well for those batters as well. I just don't make quick breads much any more...a muffin seems easier to grab!

Leah J. Hileman from East Berlin, PA, USA on September 02, 2012:

I love breads like banana nut bread or zucchini chocolate breads. This tool would work perfectly when preparing those batters.

Leah J. Hileman from East Berlin, PA, USA on September 02, 2012:

I love breads like banana nut bread or zucchini chocolate breads. This tool would work perfectly when preparing those batters.

Georgene Moizuk Bramlage (author) from southwestern Virginia on September 02, 2012:

@futureme lm: I hope you are able to get a little time soon - that's all it takes! Especially with quality mixes :+)

futureme lm on September 02, 2012:

Rely on supermarkets, these days. Will get back to cooking when I get more time.

Georgene Moizuk Bramlage (author) from southwestern Virginia on August 30, 2012:

@Rosaquid: Hi Rose...Glad to have you visit and glad to know I've made a convert! Thanks a million for commenting.

Rosaquid on August 30, 2012:

I love to bake and I do bake quite often, though not as much now that the children are grown. I do believe I need a dough whisk now, though

Georgene Moizuk Bramlage (author) from southwestern Virginia on August 21, 2012:

@flycatcherrr: Hi, Thanks for visiting and commenting! I am so glad that you found this lens useful.

flycatcherrr on August 21, 2012:

I had never heard of a Danish dough whisk! I've seen similar tools in museums and auctions but had no idea what they were until now. You're right that over-mixing will ruin the texture of muffins, and this is clearly the perfect tool for the job. I'll be getting me one!

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