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

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Electric Motor Experts -- KitchenAid K5A Modification

March 31, 2015 - 2:09pm -- mixinator

 Electric motor experts:

This is a jam only I could get myself into. Someone posted a modification for the Hobart-era KitchenAid K5A mixer on a Yahoo group devoted to electric mixers. It replaces the speed control on the K5A with a more modern speed control for the later-model K5SS. Sounds like a worthwhile modification.

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Success using bread machine dough cycle and Romertopf clay baker

March 30, 2015 - 5:06pm -- flouryhands

Just wanted to share this as it worked really well for me today, resulting in the best and easiest 50% wholemeal loaf I've baked.   I have the medium sized unglazed oval Romertopf.

I did the 50% wholemeal dough recipe on wholemeal dough cycle of my Panasonic bread machine, with the addition of some seeds.  It took 3 hrs and 15 minutes.  This resulted in just over 1kg of dough but I only used 800g of this for my loaf in the Romertopf, the remainder i used for rolls.

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n50 repair

March 29, 2015 - 5:58pm -- jhonjhon

Hello, I'm very new here and I picked up a hobart n50 mixer that needs work. It seems to bind up in the gears at times. I was told it had a dead spot on the motor but don't think that is the case. And help on repairing the old girl and parts locating would be greatly appreciated. Would anyone also have a service manual? Thank you, john

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Options for steam injection bread oven for 10-15 loaves

March 28, 2015 - 1:20pm -- brian944

Hi guys, 

I'm trying to take my production output to the next level and get a semi pro or professional grade steam injected deck oven. 

Looking to be able to bake 10-15 loaves at a time. Could anyone give me a few solid options for model numbers or brands to look into? 


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Aluminum Loaf Pan with brown non-stick coating?

March 26, 2015 - 9:31pm -- joecox2

Has anyone used these old school type pans?  They look like standard aluminum 9x5 loaf pans but they have a brown painted non-stick coating inside.  Was this a precursor to Teflon coated pans?  I have 4 of these pans and would like to pick up a few more (found the ones I have at thrift stores).

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Dough Breaker

March 25, 2015 - 4:14pm -- Ruu

Hello again bakers,

I have got another questions. So i have been learning a recipe (W African bread) for the past few months.

My biggest concern is that this recipe calls for a very silky smooth dough. To accomplish this result, they use a machine called a "milling machine".....I think its called a "Dough breaker" here in the United states. Its looks like a dough sheeter but not the same.

This machine create a very smooth, silky elastic dough. I am unable to use this machine due to its safety concern in the united states.

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Dutch Oven?

March 25, 2015 - 5:16am -- adventuress-in-...

Having never baked bread in a dutch oven before, I decided to purchase one (along with some bannetons) so I bought a Lodge which won't get here for a few days.  Then I had a "lightbulb" moment.  I have a Calphalon 3 qt dutch  oven in anodized aluminium.  Its not as thick and heavy as I expect the lodge to be, and can only be used for a fairly small loaf, but its oven safe and was wondering if it would work as well.  Any thoughts?


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