6 years ago I had my kitchen redesigned using Ikea cabinets and appliances. I love functionality and smart use of space- it makes cooking a pleasure; baking my bread, especially. So, when I stumbled upon a new (to me) kind of mixer that is especially good for bread baking (ding! ding!), I was beyond intrigued. It seemed daunting at first- you have to re-learn the proper order for adding ingredients with this mixer. All of the burned-in-your-brain methods that we users of Kitchen Aid Mixers (and the like) must be erased from your head. Re-programing is required. Yikes. And yet, the more I read and watched (lots of how-to video's on You Tube) the more I wanted one. And my dear husband got me one for my birthday (there is a reason we've been married 37 yrs!) Introducing The Ankarsrum Assistent (yes it's spelled that way) :
You can read about the company/history on their website here: Ankarsrum
This baby holds a LOT of dough and is a workhorse plus it is so much quieter than my KA. There is a learning curve with it, no doubt. I have been making a lot of loaves of bread to get the technique down. Being a visual person, I had to rewrite my recipes in the order/method required with this mixer. Then I had to test and tweak and make some more! But I do believe I've got it down. I will share one of my converted recipes below.
Anyone else out there have one of these? If so, how do you like it?
Bread Recipe Adapted For Ankarsrum Mixer:
3 C milk or water, room temp
1/3 C oil
1/4 C honey
5-8 C bread flour
2 C semolina flour
4 1/2 tsp instant yeast
3 tsp salt
Mix water/milk, honey and oil. Slowly add 1/2 of flours. Add yeast. Add rest of flour. Mix well. Let rest for 5 minutes. Knead for 7 minutes. Cover and let rise about an hour. Turn out dough and slap out air bubbles. Form into 2 loaves and place in pans. Cover and let rise for about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 and bake 40 minutes.