my kitchen aid can eat yours alive

I put the new Kitchen Aid to the test yesterday. One of the main problems I encountered with my 4.5-quart Ultra Power model was its inability to knead dough efficiently. The flour would not only fly out and all over the counter but the dough would creep up onto the dough hook and then become jammed in the coil where the hook meets the mixer. It would also start pushing the dough out and over the lip of the bowl. Needless to say, I didn’t make bread very often (and yes, I could always knead dough by hand, but that’s another story).
I got out Baking with Julia and made the white sandwich bread. The 6-quart mondo mixer took that dough and showed it who was boss! Here are the remains of the results:
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And today I made Cranberry Banana Bread, recipe courtesy of Loose Ends Melissa. The mondo mixer seemed to handle the smaller quantity just fine, which leads me to the latest thought, brought forth by the oh-so-wise Claudia: Do I really need two mixers? Hmm. Maybe not! I’m going to do some more experimenting to see if my 525 watt mondo mixer can deal with everything my 300 watt standard mixer can, and if it passes, well, maybe I will let my standard mixer go …

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12 Responses to my kitchen aid can eat yours alive

  1. melissa says:

    lucky you! that new mixer looks fancy. i love the other fabrics you bought too. i can’t wait to see what you make with them. i’m sure it will be something cute!

  2. Jessica says:

    Ah, Baking with Julia. What a great book. We wanted to make the streusel topped muffins for Christmas but the book is packed up in storage right now.
    I was trying to think if I ever made anything that was too much for my 5 qt. KitchenAid and the only thing I could think of was the time I made a 3 inch full-sheet cake. The batter sloshed out a bit. But other than that it’s served me well.

  3. kerrie says:

    cranberry banana bread?? Yummy, have never heard of that but it sounds divine! Glad you had a happy holiday with fun gifts. That’s exactly what they should all be like!

  4. Silvia says:

    I can just see you next xmas asking for that huge commercial mixer that they make 60 dozen bagels in…okay we’re good now…I like that super fancy model, and if it makes such yummy looking bread what more can you want. Then you can sell the small one and use the cash for more yarn and fabric…hint…

  5. alison says:

    That mixer is HOT! Oh, how I miss my appliances! We’ll meet again someday, Breadmaker! Hang in there, Mixer! I’ll rescue you from that storage space in about eight months, Juicer! We’ll all be a big happy kitchen again!

  6. Susan says:

    Wow, what a good looking loaf! I have a Kitchen Aid too and love it! Enjoy your new toy!

  7. JColdslabs says:

    You can always skip the kitchen appliance thing entirely and, you know, KNEAD IT BY HAND!
    Works for me. But, well, that’s me.

  8. June says:

    If you’re really lucky, you will find someone who is willing to trade you your standard mixer for a spare 6 qt bowl and flat beater! I have an older 5 qt (350 watt) KA that I adore, but I do occasionally wish I had a second bowl.
    Just for fun, check out the 2 HP, 60 qt Hobart mixer!

  9. claudia says:

    If I ever get a mixer (can we say, puny hand held?) I will hire you as a Mixer Consultant.

  10. carolyn says:

    since no one has updated (nope not me either!) i am relegated to looking at parts of everyone’s sites i don’t normally pay any attention to. thus if you now receive something in the mail that you did not order, don’t be surprised! ha ha!! merry christmas……………

  11. Kerstin says:

    Go mondo mixer! I must have the smaller one ’cause I’ve never been satisfied. ;) Whenever I spoon the flour mixture in to the wet batter, it flies EVERYWHERE. I kind of miss my mom’s old Sunbeam mixer where the bowl moved and the beaters were stationary. :)

  12. How did the cranberry bread turn out? I have the world’s best recipe for chocolate chip cookies, if you are interested (but no mixer required).
    I love my Kitchen Aid and am impressed with your industrial model.

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