Can anyone comment on the Bosch mixer listed for $159 for making/kneading bread. Home use, of course.
(For reference, I'm reasonably certain that this is the Bosch Compact, model MUM 4405, having a tilt head and a 4-quart bowl.)
My impression from a lot of reading is that it's a very good choice, as long as you don't expect it to handle very large batches.
Thanks. I just make one 1 1/2 pound loaf at the most. My old KA can't seem to knead the bread - the dough climbs up the side of the bowl with whole grains like rye. Just wondering about an inexpensive model for making bread that can handle the whole grains.
Never heard of this mixer. Thanks for posting it.
"Be like water"
handles batches of dough that killed my K.A. Pro, without ever breaking a sweat!
kmspence, if you are making 1 1/2 pound loaves and whole wheat, you will love it. I mainly use 100% whole wheat ( mostly home milled ) , and the Compact works fine for what I do. It looks tiny and cheap, it is anything but. It will do a great job kneading, and will not struggle at all. All mixers have a sweet spot for what they knead well, and a range at where they don't do as well, so if you have a particular recipe and you want to see how it will come out, post it and I will try to make it using commercial whole wheat this weekend. When I saw all, I mean the ones I have used - the KA, the Bosch Universal, the Bosch Concept, the Bosch Compact, and the Ankarsrum. I just make pizza dough tonight, though it was only 260 grams of flour at 62% hydration, I have done much bigger loads, and higher hydration in the Compact without a complaint. BTW, the mixer whip on the Compact does a nice job with whipping cream and egg whites
Thank you Barryvabeach! That answers my question perfectly! My old KA - probably 45 years old, is quite near and dear to me, but it just doesn't like kneading bread doughs very much. Thanks for offering to try out my recipe. I'm thinking I can buy the Bosch for dough, and keep my old KA for all else. One recipe I tried was for pumpernickel bread:
4 TBSP butter
1/2 teas. sugar
2 1/4 teas active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups water, plus 1/4 more to dissolve yeast and sugar in
1 teas. instant espresso powder
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate melted in the water (hot)
2 TBSP molasses
1 1/2 c medium rye flour
3 cups bread flour
1 TBSP coarse salt
2 TBSP ground caraway seeds ( I substituted raisins)
This was to be cooked at 450 in a cast iron pot
For all of you who are looking for a larger mixer, but don't want the Bosch Universal, here's this machine, the Nutrimill Artiseste. It's very good!!