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will a mixer help significantly with wet dough? Help!

September 11, 2009 - 12:22am -- liseling

I am really bad at getting acceptable results with wet dough. I'd like to improve and start making baguettes etc. It seems to me that my problems have to do with mixing the dough without it sticking to everything and never seeming to get it to the point where it can be an actual cohesive piece of dough. Another problem that I always have is getting it to rise properly. Instead of rising into nice loaves anything I make with wet dough just flattens out in a puddle as soon as I start getting it ready to go into the oven.

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Planetary mixers and heavy dough

July 15, 2009 - 4:13am -- jroden

I've had a couple 5 and 6 quart home mixers over the years and have had mixed luck making bread.  I make bread most every day, about 5 pounds of dough total at about 50% hydration using mostly high gluten pizza flour and grinding in some wheat flour.  I also make pasta dough from time to time with semolina which makes a heavy doughball.


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I <3 my Magic Mill Mixer

June 27, 2009 - 12:58pm -- loydb

I finally got tired of making my Kitchen Aid mixer smoke, and ordered a Magic Mill DLX 2000 (Electrolux Assistent). I made a variation on the New York Deli Rye from _Breadmaker's Apprentice_ (I didn't use the onion or caraway), using 100% of a mixed rye/white flour barm instead of the sponge. Based on what I'd read online, I started with the liquid ingredients in the mixer, then added dry slowly. It did a beautiful job of kneading, I think I'm in love.

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How do I replace the Drive Coupling on my Bosch Univeral Mixer Blender Attachment?

March 31, 2009 - 12:13am -- Susan-MN


I need to replace the Blender's Drive Coupling on my Bosch Univeral Mixer.

Before I go ahead and order the replacement part, I want to know how to go about replacing this part, because I haven't been able to figure out how to take it apart on my own, and I can't instructions anywehre online. 

I do know how to replace the high speed drive part - that part just slips on and off, with a tiny bit of help... 

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Electrolux DLX in Canada

February 17, 2009 - 2:53pm -- damnbaker

So I'm taking back my Cuisinart 7QT stand mixer to Sears tomorrow with a tear in my eye.  At least they'll still have to take it back because of the 30 day policy.  So my next problem is what to get to replace it.  I've been reading some of the posts here as well as elsewhere and the Electrolux DLX sounds like just the ticket.  The only problem, I live in Canada and it is not available here. I can buy it from the US and ship it up here for about $800 CDN or get it from one Canadian Web site for about $900 CDN. 


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Straight or spiral hook?

December 12, 2008 - 3:13am -- bakersteve


I'm just getting to grips with a 20-quart Hobart (nicknamed 'Godzilla'), standard hook. I need this machine as I bake for a local market and they keep crying 'More bread, more bread!'. I'm getting variable results, with some breads not rising as much as expected and others fine. I have read the threads here and seen that people mirror my own experience re. hydration levels; that at lower hydration (say below 62%) a medium-size stand mixer can just push the dough around (and wind it up the hook).


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