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Bosch Compact Mixer

alabubba's picture
alabubba

Bosch Compact Mixer

Just got an email from Pleasant Hill Grain confirming that the Bosch Compact is available again.


http://www.pleasanthillgrain.com/bosch_compact_mixers.aspx


And in stock.


As someone who has owned and used one I can tell you that for the money they cant be beat.


If you need a strong, compact machine for up to 2 loaves I would strongly recommend checking this little unit out. Plus, It doesn't take up your whole counter.


 

plevee's picture
plevee

I mix 5-6# of dough in mine every weekend & it doesn't even get warm! Very highly recommended. Patsy

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swtgran

I love mine so much that when I heard they were no longer making them, I kept an extra one I had purchased as a gift.  I knew if mine broke I would want to replace it.  Now, I am just glad I have it because I got it for $150 less than they are selling them for, some places.

alabubba's picture
alabubba

149.99 at pleasant hill! I finally managed to kill mine a few months back, and as I was unable to find a replacement I got a hobart/KA, All in all i would rather have the Bosch.


 

LindyD's picture
LindyD

...all of our discussions and wishful thinking and searches through cyberspace.  What a great company!   That's wonderful for anyone looking for a compact high quality mixer.


I'll confirm every positive statement made here - I love mine because it's such a great little workhorse and I can pick it up and easily carry it with one hand.  

Niashi's picture
Niashi

Or at least my Universal Mixer is. That was a big driving decision in my purchase of the Bosch myself. I can actually order most of the parts at my local Bosch Authorized reseller auto store.


 


 

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berryblondeboys

I'm wondering if this is what I need/want instead of a big beefy Hobart. I basically want a mixer to knead bread without me having to constantly babysit it. I want to turn it on, let it knead while I play with my son, prepare somethng else, or whatever. I could buy 15 of these for the price of one hobart N-50. I just have to trust it would do the job!!!


 


How does it do with batters? cookie dough? pizza dough? typical whole wheat dough?

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belle

My KA mixer just went bust on me while I was making pizza dough...I had 5.5 cups of flour and kneaded it for 4 minutes..I stopped the machine, let it rest and then went to knead it on number 2 again for two minutes and the bowl popped out of position on me...would this happen with the Bosch?


 


Thanks so much...

LindyD's picture
LindyD

If you have the Artisan model, perhaps the bowl wasn't set in tightly?  Only reason I mention that is because I used to mix bagel dough in my Artisan.  Two pounds ( 7 1/2 cups) of high gluten flour and 1 pound 2.6 ounces (2 3/8 cups) of water.  A three minute mix at speed 1 and six minutes at speed 2.


Never had the bowl pop, although I did keep an ice pack on the motor head to keep it cool.  For the record, the KA mixer did a good job mixing that dough just about weekly for over a year - and still runs fine.  


I did get a Bosh compact because I knew that mixing such a stiff dough with the KA was pushing the motor more than I wanted to, so I use the Bosch compact now.  The way the bowl sets into the base, it's impossible to pop it out.  The mixer head and hook have to be lifted up in order to release the bowl (after you put it in "park" - the "P" is on the dial.  German engineering, I guess - which is pretty darn good engineering).

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rhomp2002

I cannot imagine this happening with the Bosch.   If you use the Compact it is tightly clamped and if the Bosch Universal Plus it is mounted at the bottom and very tight ly hooked in.   Would not happen.   And you can mix the doughs for far longer with no problems.

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campman

Hello Bread Fans,


I'm new to bread baking and after reading all the good reviews I decided to get a Bosch Compact Mixer for my bread making.  My first couple of loaves have been very mealy and what I have been able to garner from other posters is that I possibly had over kneaded my dough.  I called my seller and the girl on the other end told me to knead the dough on number 3 for 5 minutes.  I did that but still it came out mealy.  Is there someone out there that has experience using the compact mixer that can tell me how long to knead and at what level.  Any help will be appreciated.


 


Thanks in advance.

mrfrost's picture
mrfrost

Recipe? Brand and type of flour(s)?


Following recipe exactly? Variations?


Tried recipe with other mixers, methods(by hand)?


Why so quick to suspect the Bosch?

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plevee

What do you mean by mealy?


When I use my Compact for bread, I mix then autolyse for ~1hour, then knead on 2nd speed for 5-9mins. So unless you are using the high speeds, I doubt that you are over kneading.


Otherwise, agree with Mr Frost.

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campman

mrfrost,


Like I said, I'm new to bread baking. The Bosch is great, no problems there.  I'm us KA AP flour.  l follow the recipe exacty.  What I mean by mealy is that it is very crumbly and breaks aprart very easily.  


 


campman

alabubba's picture
alabubba

Is it dry?


Your going to have to post the recipe for us to troubleshoot this.


allan

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LindyD

The Bosch compact is a terrific mixer and I know you'll be very pleased with its performance.  I sure am happy with mine.


Your description of your mixed dough sounds as if you have some hydration issues.  Are you scaling your ingredients?  As suggested by others, it will be most helpful if you give details on the formula you are using.  It could be something as simple as mismeasuring or misreading the amount of liquid in the formula.

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campman



  • I use a Oxo digital scale to scale my ingredients.  I use active dry yeast.  I place all the ingredients in the bowl of the mixer and place the mixer on number 3 until all the ingredients are mixed together.  I then move to number 2 on the mixer for 5 minutes.  The following recipe is from King Arthur Flour for Oatmeal Bread. I follow the directions explicitly as directed by King Arthur.

  • 12 3/4 ounces King Arthur Unbleached Bread Flour

  • 3 1/2 ounces rolled oats (old-fashioned oats)

  • 1 ounce butter or margarine

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar or honey

  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast OR 1 packet active dry yeast*

  • 10 ounces lukewarm milk

  • 3/4 cup raisins or currants (optional)

  • *If you use active dry yeast, dissolve it in the warm milk before combining with the remaining ingredients.


thanks
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LindyD

Hi Campman.....


Not sure why you selected speed three for the initial mix, but speed one is used to incorporate the ingredients, no matter which mixer you use.  


Using the dough hook, you want to bring the ingredients together slowly at first speed, till they reach the shaggy mass noted in the recipe, then move to speed two.


Naturally you should check the dough and make any adjustments if you feel it's dry.


Let us know if slowing down the initial mix makes a difference.

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swtgran

I have to agree with LindyD about your speeds.  If you are using 3 to incorporate your ingredients, it is probably difficult to tell how much final flour to add. 


I always hold some of the final flour called for back, to add "as needed", to get the dough to clean the bowl.  I always add my flour on 1 and actually never use speed 3 for bread dough.


Reserving some of the flour from the recipe until you are sure it is necessary, is a good way to make sure your dough is hydrated enough.  Terry R.


 

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campman

I will use all your suggestions on my next batch of bread and will let you know how it works out. I will use speed 1 for combining my ingredients and will hold out 1/4 cup flour and add as necessary to get dough to be removed from sides of bowl.  After finishing my dough I will let it autolyse for 1 hour and after autolysis I will add the yeast to the mixtrure and knead on speed 2 for 7 minutes.


campman