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Electrolux DLX - WOW!!! It CAN do things other than make bread!

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Mike Avery

Electrolux DLX - WOW!!! It CAN do things other than make bread!

This weekend I was teaching a Sourdough Quickbreads class and for the first time in a class got out my mixers.  I'd never used my DLX for anothing other than making bread, but today it was time to make cupcakes, cake, muffins and frosting - LOTS of frosting.

 

After a bit of hunting I found the smaller bowl, the beaters, and the drive extension rod.  WOW!!!  It was GREAT!!!\

 

It didn't have any trouble with a whole bowl full (3 packages of cream cheese and 14 cups or so of confectioners sugar).

 

I'd been using my KitchenAid for everything except making bread, but now I know that the new kid on the block CAN do it all!

 

Mike

 

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dougal

The DLX mincer (in English English) makes the KA "grinder" attachment look like a plastic toy...

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Janedo

OK, I want one! But it isn't sold in France :-(

Jane 

 

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Mike Avery

Just one word for you.... smuggle

 

Have fun,

Mike 

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dougal

I got lucky. VERY very lucky. (Daniel, thank you yet again!)

But I'd previously established that:

in Europe its called the Assistent (really, that's not a spelling mistake) N24. Not a DLX. I think the former 450 watt model was called the N22, but I could be wrong there.

And you can get it (basic DLX  with bowl, roller, scraper & hook only) in Luxembourg, for about €315 ...  for example:

http://www.thilman.lu/thilman.taf?IdCat=1&IdLang=UK&PageType=list&SearchKeyword=ELECTROLUX  

It may also be known as a Lux Royale in Germany...  

 

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Loaves2WheatOrganic

  Once you get this, you will never go back to anything else!  It is touted as being the #1 mixer in Sweden for 50 years.  Two years ago, when I decided to upgrade from a KitchenAid, because I was having a problem with "walking" (and I baby my appliances) I decided to do a little research.  I looked at all kinds of mixers, through their reviews.  I discovered that every one of them had people who said bad things about them-except for the DLX!!!

  I thought, "No way!" These reviews can't be for real.  After all, the mixer doesn't look all gadgety or like it's worth enough to justify the price. 

  So, I decided to do a backwards review search.  I looked for bad reviews.  It took me  several days, but I found one.  Apparently, a woman who taught bread baking classes, and reviewed appliances and gadgets for various companies, was sent one to use and review.  She had the most detailed explanation of any of the reviews I had read over the past several weeks. (Yes, weeks!) She explained how she tried it and just couldn't figure it out, thus sent it back, and gave a hands down to her sponsers, and then didn't think anything more about it.  Some time later, she came into contact with it again ( I can't remember why, it might have been available in the class she taught, or perhaps someone in her class asked if she knew how to use it, and offered the use of theirs) 

  At any rate, she determined to finally figure it out, so she sat down , and worked with it.  She realized that she had been making it too complicated.  It was a very simple machine to use, she just had to "unlearn" the way she had been mixing before.  She then proceded to detail (and I mean DETAIL) how to use the DLX, and what each attachment does.  I agree with her, if you have used a KithenAid, Bosch, Viking, or the like, the DLX does have a learning curve.  You have to "unlearn" the way you did things before, since the roller and scraper combine ingredients differently, and develop the dough in a different way. The bowl doesn't move, the arm above the bowl can move instead, while the bowl always remains stationary.  And let me add, it is SOME bowl-as in, virtually indestructible! 

  The European way of doing things is very simple.  Ease of use and life-long durability are very important to them.   The American idea is to make something that is pretty, appears durable, and make sure you have a large customer service center, and warehouse for repairs and returns-cause you're gonna have a LOT of them!  Europeans want something that will last them their whole life, and they don't want to have to consider having to return, AND they realize they have to pay for it-just once. 

   Bear this in mind when purchasing most European appliances.  They should last forever, and are notoriously built for the quality-conscious consumer. 

  The DLX comes with two mixing bowls, one metal, which can hold up to 21 lbs. of dough, and a unique roller and scraper that replicates hand rolling and kneading, instead of the typical dough hook.  The other bowl is plastic, with wire whips for mixing lighter doughs like cakes and frostings, and yes, they can get REALLY fluffy!

  I absolutely recommend it hands down-you will never need another mixer!

Happy Baking!!!

Melina ;)

 

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RigoJancsi

Hi Melina,


Could you please tell me where you found that review? I would like to read it.

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Loaves2WheatOrganic

Hello!

  While commenting earlier on the DLX bowl, and describing the lack of motion, I was interrupted and side-tracked, thus crossing over the description of the bowl's lack of motion with the other mixers, such as KA, Viking, Bosch, etc. 

  The bowl DOES indeed move, and the arm above is positional as well.  The bowl's movement "throws" the dough against the paddle and roller, simulating a human hand kneading the dough.

  It is a cool thing to watch!

Melina ;)

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berryblondeboys

I have had this mixer for two years. I got it to knead bread for me because doing it by hand, while I love it, is too time consuming iwth a kid underfoot.

 In the meantime, I got into cake baking (have my own out of home mini business) and I belong to a cake decorators site and NO ONE has heard of it and EVERYONE is die hard KA fans. So, when I could get an artisan for a steal, I tried it. OMG so small... I was used to making 6 lbs of powdered sugar frosting in teh big bowl of the Assistent. So, I sold that (for what I bought it for) and got the Pro 600 KA, and again, I was like - this stinks compared to the Assistent and I sold it (for profit actually) and have vowed never to listen to others again when it comes to the KA mixers.

 The assistent is easier to clean, has a timer and can do ANYTHING. I use the smaller bowl with whisk for up to a double batch of cake batter and then I make a triple batch of frosting at a time in the big steel bowl (and store the extra).

 And breads and cookies are so easy in the Assistent. I got mine off ebay for a steal (it was misspelled in teh listing) and after using it for a year, I told my husband that if anything ever happened to it, I would pay full price to replace it and he agrees.

 Pleasanthillgrains sells a few cookbooks for the assitent, especially geared for bread. Does anyone have these? I keep meaning to get them as I think I still might not know how to use this mixer to it's best ability (I can't walk away and hope it will do it OK).

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mikeinnyc

I have a DLX as well and am really enjoying it. I bought it for bread, but I live in small place and don't have room for another mixer so I'd like to use it for other things as well. A cake that I tried this weekend turned out beautifully, but I'm not sure of how to translate recipes written for a kitchenaid to the DLX. Does anyone have tips on when to use the plastic mixer v the stainless bowl for tasks like creaming sugar, whipping etc, etc? Any preferred techniques for making pie crusts? The manual is a bit ambiguous. We need to recruit a few Swedish housewives to this board ....