I think I have admitted this before (just can’t remember which post) but I have had a KitchenAid mixer sitting in a box, unused, for several years. Ahhh, it’s been almost 8 years.
All I needed was a little nudge. Well, a nudge and free counter space!
A friend came over a few weeks ago and we made some cheddar cheese. This was the first time she had been to my house and during one of the waiting periods during the cheese making we were walking around the house and she spotted the KitchenAid box. We hauled if downstairs and took the mixer out of the box and set out to made some bread.
We made a basic white bread just to get me started. I have posted here about the no-knead bread that I made, but this process is completely different. When I make the no-knead bread I use one bowl for each loaf of bread. When we used the KitchenAid I used a pan to heat the milk mixture and another bowl for proofing the yeast.
When I make no-knead bread I mix it up in the evening and bake it the next day when ever I have time (or remember). With the KitchenAid I have bread in a few hours. So there are definitely advantages and disadvantages to each method. More pans and less time using the mixer. More time and less dirty dishes with the no-knead process.
The texture of the bread was also completely different. The no-knead bread is much more dense and heavy (I use either a white/wheat or white/spelt mixture) where the KitchenAid bread I made up was all white flour and the loaves were lighter and more airy. I don’t ever use only white flour in our bread. Typically the flour mixture I use is 3/4 wheat or spelt to 1/4 white. The bread texture is also more soft and airy because of the way I baked it – in pans. When baking the no-knead bread I use a pre-heated crock and the oven is at 500F. When I have baked the no-knead bread in pans it also turns out lighter and less dense.
One thing I will like about the mixer is whipping up some dough for pizza crusts the same day I decide I want to make pizza. With the no-knead dough I always have to be thinking a day ahead of time.