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Any questions or recommendations dealing with stand mixers, baking stones, or any other baking equipment.

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Hobart A120 help

October 8, 2015 - 4:40am -- pjkobulnicky

I have a reconditioned 12 Qt. Hobart A120. I bought it about 6 months ago. Just recently it stopped turning in first speed. The motor hums but I cannot get the shaft to turn. I have tried manually turning the dough hook back and forth while the motor is running (with proper caution to where my hands are so I can get them out of the way) to see if I can get the gears to engage but no luck. I have also tried tweeking the position of the speed lever with no success. . The mixer engages just fine on second and third speed.

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Any experience w/ Kitchenaid range w/ steam tray (not steam assist)

October 1, 2015 - 3:46pm -- CalBaker

We just got a new Kitchenaid range that has a steam tray.  This isn't proper steam assist, just a tray that slides like a little drawer under one of the oven racks that can be filled with water.  Ambient heat produces steam, presumably anyway.

Does anyone have experience with this model?  I have been making Lahey bread, and Forkish's bread w/ starter in a dutch oven but I was going to try to graduate to baguettes.  Recipes I've read advise water soaked rags and other techniques, but since I have this tray all built in I'm going to start with that.  

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Cast Iron vs. Stoneware Loaf Pans

September 26, 2015 - 11:53am -- GranolaMom

New to "The Fresh Loaf" and so happy to have found you all!  I'm exploring cast iron vs. stoneware loaf pans for making whole grain bread.  I'm a "seasoned" cast iron user and it's all I use for cooking however I do have a stoneware muffin pan that has worked well.   You can't beat the price of cast iron over stoneware.  What do you prefer and why?  

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Bowl for dough rising

September 25, 2015 - 3:12am -- gotbread


So my boyfriends dad bakes all the time and his 60th birthday is coming up. Upon discussing his passion, he mentioned that he used to bake when he was a kid with his grandmother using a 'ceramic bowl; red on the outside & varnished and cream on the inside unvarnished' unfortunately that bowl broke last year. I didn't see it and so thought it would be a great idea to buy him one for his birthday. 

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deck oven success with 100% sourdough

September 20, 2015 - 4:04pm -- amber108

So I thought Id share with you guys, my baking episodes with my deck oven, as I told someone here a while back I would :)

Its a bit of trial and error, but its worth it. Rather than post ten pics here I thought Id just share my fb page

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dough climbing mixer hooks help

September 11, 2015 - 2:30pm -- Mr dough

Hello I'm new to this website but I have a big problem and need help. So I bought myself a new mixer (it is a breville compact twin motor hand and stand mixer) for making bread but the dough just climbs up the hooks and gets clogged up inside the mixer and doesn't knead, I've tried adding the water gradually, oiling the hooks and changing ingredient quantity please help I dont want to put this in the back of my cupboard and never use it again!!


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