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What mixer for using Peter Reinhart's artisan breads every day

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callie22

What mixer for using Peter Reinhart's artisan breads every day

So I'm looking at getting a new and larger mixer, but I couldn't find out any information about this.  I mosting bake using Peter Reinhart's recipes.  Artisan breads everyday and Bread Bakers Apprentice.  I have a 300w Kitchen Aid, which is going to die on me anytime.  I can smell the motor buring.  I'm thinking of the Bosch or Magic Mill, but I'm worried that I wont be able to use these recipes in this type of mixer.  I'm not sure.  Does anyone have any thoughts?  Is it a different process?

I don't want to invest in one, when I should have maybe just got the KA pro series.  But I've heard such bad things about them in regards to bread baking.

I also usually double a batch of whatever I am making whenever possible or if my mixer can hold it.  Right now I can only get about 6 - 7 cups in without it really going crazy on me.  

Any help would be amazing!  Thanks so much!   Callie

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Floydm

Yeah, the MagicMill DLX is pricy but seems to be the one folks universally rave about.  There are lots of posts from happy owners here, and you can also check out the nice mixer throwdown on Sourdough Home.

-Floyd

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callie22

Thanks for the info!  I know there is so much info about the mixers on here.  But with these recipes specific recipes/process, I wasn't sure if they would mix it properly or if it would be different all together.

 

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Janetcook

I bought a KA when I first started baking a couple of years ago.  It got returned in less than a month when I purchased a Bosch.  I used the Bosch for about a year but replaced it with a DLX because I didn't like the way it couldn't handle small amounts of dough or wet doughs.  It was pretty temperamental on what kind and amount of dough it liked to work with and all I was using it for was bread.

Somehow I learned about the DLX and after a lot of research I bit the bullet and purchased one from Pleasant Hill Grain.  I have loved it since day one.  I have used it daily now for almost 2 years and it handles anything I toss into it.  I love how it looks on my counter too which is important because it is too heavy to store in a cupboard and lift every time I need to use it.  It is a snap to clean.  Controls are manual and consist of 2 dials only.  It has a timer and variable speeds that I can control. 

One draw back is that there is only one shop in the US that does warranty work and it is located in New Jersey.  If mine ever breaks it will cost a bit to send it in for repairs so I bank on it not breaking.  

Good Luck in your search.

Take Care,

janet

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callie22

Thanks so much!  I bit the bullet and purchased the Ankarsrum Original (Formerly Electrolux/Magic Mill/Verona).  I purchased from Pleasant Hill Grain as well!   I can't wait to get it and try it out.  Thanks for all the info.  I really liked the video on Sourdough too!  Thanks everyone! :)

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Janetcook

Always fun to get some thing new to help with breads :-)

If you have any questions about use feel free to ask me.  Took me a bit to learn how to best use it with the doughs I work with....The usual learning curve with anything new.

I know you will be pleased expecially when you see how well it is made.

Take Care,

Janet