New Electrolux Assistent user
Greetings from New Zealand. This site is a great introduction to serious bread-making. I've read many posts on this website about various topics and especially about the Electrolux Assistent/Bosch mixers then lo and behold, an Electrolux came up for sale a week ago in New Zealand (who knew they were sold here years ago). I bought a 400W model and am now very keen to make some bread. For US$75 I got a barely if ever used mixer, new mincer, new blender, bowl lid, scraper, manual etc but no dough hook. Is a dough hook vital? I watched a youtube video in which a lady said not to use it but I'm happy to buy one from the US if necessary along with the beaters/bowl. I'm also really keen to buy the grain mill attachment to mill my own flour but then again the capacity is so huge - it may be better to buy bulk freshly milled flour. Any ideas on which recipe a beginner like me should try out first? I do love sourdough, also loaves with sunflower seeds and oats. I've only made bread by hand before (kneading & no knead) but am excited about learning how to make fantastic bread (+ mince, cakes, cookies) in this piece of art that will sit proudly on my bench. It is a beautiful machine, very solid and simple. I was very keen to buy a Kenwood Titanium mixer as Kenwood is the main brand here for mixers, but really don't like the design - I have no idea how people get ingredients into the bowl without getting them everywhere or raising the mixer head. It seems much more intelligent to put the power underneath & leave the top open so you can see inside/add ingredients. I only wish Electrolux would make a large capacity food processor & centrifugal or masticating juicer to fit where the bowl sits but I'll have to look elsewhere to fulfill those needs!