Personality clash with the Bosch Universal
I had high hopes for the Bosch Universal when I purchased it. It will handle large batches of whole wheat without a strain and it does seem indestructible. That being said, I wish it was easier to clean. That middle column with the fluted top catches everything. I finally found a video on how to take it apart. That is not in the manual. I tend to use solid butter and it gets smeared and caught in the lid latches every time. The dough hook, while working great, is trouble to get out of the dough and also has little nooks and crannies for stuff to hide in.
So today I had to make bread. We were out and I've been too busy working and running errands to get it done earlier. So my wife said, "Just make it by hand." Thankfully she did not see the look I gave her. So, I made four loaves of light whole wheat by hand and yes, I kneaded in solid butter at the end. Now I know why the Bosch slings it around. I'll use oil the next time I do it by hand.
Here's what the hand made loaves looked like. Very good oven rise. Looks just like the mixer kneaded loaves. I'll know more when they cool and I slice into them. So should I continue by hand? Try to make up with the Bosch? Or rob a bank to get an Ankarsrum? (I've already stripped out a 6 qt KA).