That Sunbeam mixmaster lasted waaaay longer than the marriage (that lasted only eight years) and, truth be told, I did covet the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixerlike Giada, Ina , Anna, and all those other great TV chefs had. So it really shocked me that the day the Sunbeam died, I burst into tears...and I could still cry today. It was that magical attachment to my mother who died way to young (55) way back in the '70s.
Cuisinartis much easier to deal with) and I never, not once, used the dough hook. Until a month or two ago, I never made a loaf of bread other than the tradition of making challahs with my daughters and their friends.
Toastmaster Bread Machine hand-me-down. Now I'm hooked too. Which finally leads me to the real story....
The thing I love most about fresh breads is the crust, not just the crispness but the shape and color. Challah looks a certain way, as do sourdoughs and baguettes and...well, the list is as long as there are types of breads. Needless to say, a bread machine, while taking the work out of kneading, does nothing for the esthetics of bread. So a number of people, including my daughter told me to use the breadmaker to knead, and then to remove it and shape it myself and bake the bread in the oven.
And several others told me about a fantastic book, perfect for me who likes immediate gratification with little work....Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day. Naturally, the first thing I did was take my KitchenAid out of the cupboard and....where's the dough hook????? Somehow, in the move from Toronto to here in Halifax, the dough hook went missing. It figures, now that I actually (3 years later) want to use it...it's nowhere to be found! Finding a replacement is not as easy as it sounds. Few stores that sell KitchenAid actually carry any attachments. And all the new ones come with the three main beaters - whisk, paddle & dough hook, so I went on line and I could buy one for $20 plus shipping...plus $18 for shipping (unbelievable!). Instead I found a local kitchen appliance service store here who would get it for me for just the $20 and have it here in a couple of days.
As soon as I have it in my hot little hands, I'll whip up something wonderful and share it. In the meantime....check out the lovely
(pictured at the top of the post) I made with the help of my trusty bread machine.