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Dec 31, 2013 06:27 AM

Santa brought me a new Kitchen Aid Pro Mixer...what to make with it?

Although many consider me a capable cook, I've never really done much baking. I've made a few good cheesecakes in the past. I successfully dabbled with biscotti this Christmas. Everything I've made has been done with a crummy 30 year old hand mixer or by hand. So I'm dying to run this baby to it's limits. I made my first ever bread with it, a nice airy ciabatta loaf.

So I'm looking for ideas and recipes to use this awesome machine. Doesn't have to be limited to baked goods. What do you think Hounds?

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  1. My daughter-in-law just posted on facebook that she uses the regular beater blade to shred cooked chicken. I love making yeast rolls but it took a friend to tell me if I used the dough hook I didn't have to knead the dough (7 minutes seems like forever when hand kneading). Since we have a wood stove it's inexpensive for me to steam old fashioned brown bread. Try cinnamon rolls for New Year's Day breakfast? I started making too many cookies. If you have a peanut butter cookies recipe, you can add very mini peanut butter pieces (Trader Joe's) or chopped up mini Reese's PB cups.

    Have fun!

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    1. re: dfrostnh

      The #1 use of my mixer - shredded chicken. It works like a charm!

    2. Well if you really want to run it to it's limits I'd say do a double batch of bagel dough.

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        1. re: CapeCodGuy

          The KAF one is decent and it's on their website.

        2. re: rasputina

          Though that isn't actually a smart thing to do.The machine is nice but hardly invincible. The motor will last a lot longer with prudent use rather than "testing limits" with too much dough, plus two years of weekly bread baking was all it took for the fail-safe gear to fail me...

          1. re: tcamp

            +100. I can count on one hand the number of Pizza's I've bought in the last 2 years since getting my mixer.

            Oh, and the choice for homemade vs ordering out is not usually my choice.

            1. re: redips

              I've got about 50 pizza dough recipes bookmarked on my computer. Care to add your fave to the list?

                1. re: tcamp

                  I use a variation from Bittman's Food Matters cookbook. I frequently freeze half the dough but I might smarten up and make a couple of batches at once to have some in the freezer for those busy days.
                  1/2 tsp yeast
                  1 tsp salt
                  1 1/2 cup ww flour
                  1/2 cup semolina flour (nice flavor addition)
                  1 c bread flour
                  1 1/2 C water.
                  The dough should be sticky. Make in the morning and let rise in warm place/room temp all day. As I understand it, the dough improves because of long rise.
                  More flour gets added when I roll it out. Not a lot.

                  We like a crisp crust so I roll it pretty thin.

          2. A great batch of chocolate chip cookies with as many mix ins as you'd like. No more arm exhaustion trying to stir in those damn pecans. :o)

            1. Add 2 feet to your countertop. Because if it is in a base cabinet, that heavy sucker will not be thought of, let alone used, as often as it should.

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              1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                Lol...funny you mentioned that. When I asked for it, my wife said no problem as long as I didn't further clutter up the counter with it. I promised her I'd make a spot with my other large pots and small appliances, (crock pot, panini press, food processor, rice cooker, etc. in the garage). As soon as I saw it I knew that wasn't going to fly so I traded my spot for my cookbook rack for a permanent spot for the mixer. (An easy trade as I use mostly the internet these days and my ipad). Had I had to keep it in the garage, I could see where it would rarely get any use.

                1. re: CapeCodGuy

                  LOL. Good luck with that! :P As things go though, they make a pretty awesome (and useful) decoration! :)