"Recipes are meant to be shared"...Ann Thibeault

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Bread Pictorial

  This bread was started last Tuesday.   After mixing the flour and water, the dough was left to rest for 20 minutes. 
 Then the yeast and salt were added and left to rest again for 20 minutes.  Then I let the Magic Mill do the kneading. 
 Using the roller attachment, not the dough hook.
This is what the dough looked like at the start.


After about five minutes the dough
is starting to clear the bowl.


After another five minutes or so
the dough is ready for it's first rise.

Placed in an oiled container, covered and  refrigerated

Taken out of the fridge in the morning and
left on the counter to come to room temperature.

Tipped out on to floured board.

Divided in half.
Careful to not degas.

 and then into quarters.

Shaped into four loaves
and placed on a floured linen canvas (Couche).

Proofed and ready for the oven.


Fresh Baked Bread.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

New Kitchen Toy

Breville All-In-One 

My 15 year old Kitchenaid hand mixer died last week and my 
13 year old Braun Immersion blender bit the dust the same day. 
 How does that happen?

Since I use the immersion blender more often than the hand mixer, I decided to replace it first. Did a little homework and decided to go with a Breville Immersion Blender. The one I wanted came with a whisk and a small food processor/chopping bowl. The local shop that carries Breville did not have the one I wanted in stock, but they had the Breville All-In-One. An immersion blender with a number of extra options. I wasn't familiar with this model, so while in the store, did a quick Google search on my phone. Got great reviews and it was on sale. How could I resist.

I've been using it now for about 10 days and I'm really happy with it. I've used just about all the attachments and I'm very impressed. The whisk whipped up heavy cream, no problem. The slicer can be adjusted from 0.5 to 6.0 mm. I've Sliced paper thin potatoes to make potato chips.

 And adjusted it to make thicker potato slices for a potato gratin. 

 I even sliced the leftover strip loin  for a  French Dip Sandwich. I really wasn't expecting it to work that well with roast beef, but it did a great job.

And it can even slice salami 

Paper thin.

No need to get out the commercial meat slicer.

 The disk for grating is reversible. One side for fine and one for coarse.

 I've grated cheddar cheese on the coarse side and Parmesan on the fine side. 

 It even has a potato masher. Haven't had a chance to try it out yet.

It is really a food processor without the bulk. 

So far the Breville has done everything that my big Kitchenaid Pro FP 
can do, so the Kitchenaid will probably remain on the shelf.


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