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How to use the bread hook on the DLX2000?

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berryblondeboys

How to use the bread hook on the DLX2000?

I got this machine secondhand off ebay about 3 years ago and mine didn't come with a dough hook. Even though it says you don't need it, I was able to get one cheap on ebay a couple months back. I just tried to use it on a double batch whole wheat oatmeal bread and so much of it got stuck to the bottom (and stayed there) and I had to keep "helping" it. I finally ditched the hook and put on the usual spatula and roller.

Since the directions for this machine are vague and since it's not an overly intuitive machine (steep learning curve), maybe I wasn't using it right? Like, am I supposed to tighten the middle hook? Am I supposed to use it with the spatula (I'm assuming that the two holes on the side hook are to hold it)

Can someone enlighten me?

Melissa

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qahtan

 

Heres a picture of the dough hook ready set up to go......qahtan

 

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y58/qahtan/dlx.jpg

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berryblondeboys

Oh Great! Now, am I supposed to center the hook in the bowl? Does your ever stick? Once I went to the scraper and roller it worked fine (after I pried up all the stuck dough).

Melissa

                                     Sweet Melissa's
Custom cakes made from scratch using organic ingredients
http://www.sweetmelissas.net/     http://sweetmelissas.blogspot.com/

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ehanner

Melissa,
I use the hook on stiff mixes for bagels and multi grains or any time I am mixing anything larger and slightly stiff. All of my rye mixes are done with the roller and blade, even an 8 pound batch which I often do.

The hook should be held in the position as far as it will easily be moved(away from center) and locked down with the knob as in the photo above.

The DLX is the best mixer I have ever used. I'm sure you will enjoy it if you give it a little time.

Eric 

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berryblondeboys

Oh, I use this machine and HAVE been using this machine at least weekly since I got it. I LOVE it. I tried two kitchen aids afterwards and couldn't stand them (the artisan and the 600 Pro). I use them for cake batters (small bowl) cake frosting (large bowl) and breads.

Mine is an AEG, wonder when it was made? When I first got it, I thought, "this thing has never been used" as it looked untouched, but 4 years later (nearly) and a lot of use, and I STILL think it looks new. It cleans up SO WELL too - one of the things I hated about the KAs.

 

                                    Sweet Melissa's
Custom cakes made from scratch using organic ingredients
http://www.sweetmelissas.net/     http://sweetmelissas.blogspot.com/

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berryblondeboys

I haven't opened this yet, but thanks for the source. I have the manual for the machine, but it's pretty vague... When I get a chance I'll open up the linked manual.

 

                                    Sweet Melissa's
Custom cakes made from scratch using organic ingredients
http://www.sweetmelissas.net/     http://sweetmelissas.blogspot.com/

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berryblondeboys

Ah, there's the video. I remember seeing one eons ago, but couldn't find it, thank you!

Melissa

 

                                   Sweet Melissa's
Custom cakes made from scratch using organic ingredients
http://www.sweetmelissas.net/     http://sweetmelissas.blogspot.com/

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dougal

If the roller is working for you on (that quantity of) that particular dough, then, hey, use the roller!

I think the hook comes into its own with larger quantities of dough. I don't think it wants to play when small quantities (like for a single loaf) are involved. (Not saying you must use the hook for large quantities, just that the roller seems better for small quantities!) 

 

If you have any sort of broadband internet connection, its well worth watching the sales demo video linked above - and spotting exactly what the ultra-capable demonstrator lady does.

For example, I spotted that she loads the meat grinder with individual strips of meat rather than the "cubes" most recipes talk about. That technique makes a heck of an improvement with any small meat grinder!

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ehanner

Dougal,
Do you have the grain mill attachment? If so what do you think about how it works?

 I go back and forth on the hook vs roller. Today I made a batch of SD with a 500g preferment that I used the roller on to break up the 100% pre-ferment with the water from the dough. I used the roller again to incorporate the dry ingredients. When it came to the kneading the scraper blade was getting in the way so I switched to the hook and everything was fine. That was a 65% hydration mix mostly AP flour.

Eric 

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bonnie1345

Although I don't have the DLX, I am very familar with it due to belonging to a yahoo group called mixer-owners for years. Most on there say they find the roller scraper better for bread then the dough hook. It would be well worth your time to join the yahoo group if for no other reason but to read the archives regarding this mixer. I have a Bosch Universal and like it very much, but believe me if I didn't and had to start over, i would buy the DLX....