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

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 blender, 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.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Sound of Bread

I was out of my bread and decided to bake after I got home from work Friday night.

Just my basic baguettes.
Got started just after I got home and the bread came out of the oven around  10:00. 

Took just under five hours from start to finish.

The bread was singing so loud I had to video it.


Love the sound of bread when it "sings".
It is like everything has come together just right to create
the perfect conditions.



This smaller size baguette is the perfect size.
Can be sliced or split horizontally.

And freezes well.

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