The idea is to use a dough whisk where a normal balloon whisk would get clogged and a wooden spoon won't get the mixing job done. The wire loops cut through stiff doughs and thick batters, integrating the ingredients without creating extra gluten.
Bakers use these special whisks to mix everything from choux paste to no-knead bread dough.
We've never used one, but have heard enough positive feedback from people like Clotilde of Chocolate and Zucchini that we're considering giving one a try. What do you think?
• The dough whisks pictured above are available for $14.95 from King Arthur Flour.
(Images: King Arthur Flour)