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The Perfect World >> Domestic Sphere >> Baking

Baking

CalGal -- Thursday, July 04, 2002 -- 07:35:57 PM

How-tos, tips, recipes.

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mollyT -- Monday, February 21, 2005 -- 07:14:15 PM -- 4779 of 13465

I'm craving chocolate layer cake. It's snowy and I have the day off, so I have no reason not to make one. Except for the 90 million calories then sitting on my kitchen counter.

But I also kinda want to make the honey almond crunch cake that melisub posted in Only Recipes.

Maybe I'll make both. They serve different purposes, right?

Alice CK -- Monday, February 21, 2005 -- 07:23:32 PM -- 4780 of 13465
the glass in the toilet is quite a pretty blue

Do you have enough counter space to keep it on? Because it's a bitch to drag out if you don't.

I have the counter space, but frankly I'd rather not have it sitting out. How much of a bitch is it to drag out? I have the necessary storage space for it.

And what do you mean by "major baking?" I bake fairly frequently, but only average-size things like one loaf of banana bread or one batch of cookies. It's true that one of the things I'm hoping to achieve by buying a KA is that I'll start baking yeast bread again, but I doubt I'll be baking more than one loaf at a time. Would a batch of dough that size get lost in the big bowl and just get smeared over the sides of the bowl instead of getting really mixed?

Curie Tournesol -- Monday, February 21, 2005 -- 07:30:14 PM -- 4781 of 13465
They are better than stars or water/Better than voices of winds that sing/Better than any man's fair daughter/ Your green glass beads on a silver ring.

How much of a bitch is it to drag out?

It's heavy. I have to drag it from a bottom cabinet in the breakfast room into the kitchen proper, and I'd keep it out on the counter (with one of those nifty little covers) if I could.

You won't have any problem with small batches of cookies or bread dough. You will have to scrape down the sides, but I think that's true even if you have a smaller mixer. It will get adequately mixed though, for sure.

Anne L. -- Monday, February 21, 2005 -- 07:45:20 PM -- 4782 of 13465
"Failure is not falling down, it is not getting up again." - Mary Pickford

Jillian, I probably do have more of a tolerance for the dark squishy bananas than you do, because it can be icky. Sometimes I let them thaw all the way in the peel and just squeeze the banana pulp out. The bananas usually get thrown in the freezer by my husband, which is why they don't end up getting peeled. I'm sorry it didn't work well for you, but it sounds like the banana bread turned out good in spite of it all.

My KA is a heavy bugger and I'd hate to drag it out all the time if I needed it. And it's only the 5 qt. model. If you bake once a week or more, I'd leave it out if you have the room.

Jillian PlicPlic -- Monday, February 21, 2005 -- 07:55:22 PM -- 4783 of 13465
Hey, I'm flossing here! You don't fuck with flossing - that's a safety issue.

I'm sorry it didn't work well for you, but it sounds like the banana bread turned out good in spite of it all.

Oh, it was no big deal. I was just scraping off the mushy skins thinking "I MUST be doing something wrong here!" Hehe.

Ditto on the KA being heavy. I keep mine on the bottom shelf of my kitchen island, and it's a real pain to pull out because while there's sufficient headroom on the SHELF for the KA, there's a bar that runs just under the island counter which means I have to tip the KA to get it out from under the bar and THEN lift it out. Plus, there's just not a good hand-hold for picking it up from that height. I'm considering just removing the bar - it's for hanging things, but I don't use it. I wish I could just leave it on the counter, but there isn't enough space between the counter and the cabinets.

Curie Tournesol -- Monday, February 21, 2005 -- 08:05:52 PM -- 4784 of 13465
They are better than stars or water/Better than voices of winds that sing/Better than any man's fair daughter/ Your green glass beads on a silver ring.

Jillian, get rid of the bar and put in one of these!

Anne L. -- Monday, February 21, 2005 -- 08:18:46 PM -- 4785 of 13465
"Failure is not falling down, it is not getting up again." - Mary Pickford

Well, the fudgy brownies I made from a recipe on recipezaar are not what I would call fudgy. They are good, not too sweet, and very chocolatey, but not gungy in the middle the way I like them. Crap.

I have not yet found a recipe for brownies that I like well enough to try more than once.

Agnes Day -- Monday, February 21, 2005 -- 08:36:42 PM -- 4786 of 13465
I'm in with the In Crowd, baby. I go where the In Crowd goes.

Anne, you need to undercook them to get the fudgy aspect.

Ellie Mayhem -- Monday, February 21, 2005 -- 08:44:48 PM -- 4787 of 13465

have you tried both the cooks brownies and the katherine hepburn ones?

devillishious -- Monday, February 21, 2005 -- 09:03:54 PM -- 4788 of 13465
tiny sugared crab

Alice, according to the Kitchen Aid site, the stand mixer weighs 22.8 lbs. Plus, as Jillian states, there's no handle on it so it's cumbersone to lug around. Mine resides on the counter. Besides, it's beautiful to look at.

Serin McDaniel -- Monday, February 21, 2005 -- 09:08:58 PM -- 4789 of 13465
Detail orientated

I keep mine under the counter -- have to; no counter space to spare -- and it is a serious pain in the neck (or, more specifically, in the knees) to get it out. I still use it once a week or so.

JennyD -- Monday, February 21, 2005 -- 09:38:17 PM -- 4790 of 13465

Anne, you might want to try the Ghirardelli brownie recipe I posted recently, too. They were nice and fudgy when I followed the baking time on the package (granted, that's probably slightly undercooked in anybody else's oven -- mine tends to run slow).

Jillian PlicPlic -- Monday, February 21, 2005 -- 09:44:58 PM -- 4791 of 13465
Hey, I'm flossing here! You don't fuck with flossing - that's a safety issue.

Plus, as Jillian states, there's no handle on it so it's cumbersone to lug around.

I forgot to mention also that the only "apparent" handle are the arms that wrap around the bowl, but mine is a lift-and-lower the bowl model, so I'm always lifting it by the arms and then the lever jsut gives way and I almost drop it on myself. I really don't learn on that one.

I like that shelf, Curie, but I don't have a place to put it. The island doesn't have any power to it, so I have to lift the mixer and then put it on one of the counters next to one of the few kitchen outlets I have.

Curie Tournesol -- Monday, February 21, 2005 -- 09:46:47 PM -- 4792 of 13465
They are better than stars or water/Better than voices of winds that sing/Better than any man's fair daughter/ Your green glass beads on a silver ring.

Well, that sucks.

Krista -- Monday, February 21, 2005 -- 09:48:03 PM -- 4793 of 13465
And time yet for a hundred indecisions,/And for a hundred visions and revisions,/Before the taking of a toast and tea.

molly, the honey almond crunch cake is EXCELLENT, and yes, an entirely different beast than a chocolate cake.

mollyT -- Monday, February 21, 2005 -- 10:05:17 PM -- 4794 of 13465

Oh good, because the chocolate cake layers are in the oven and the honey almond crunch cake is up next.

As soon as I lick all the chocolate cake batter out of the bowl.

Alice CK -- Monday, February 21, 2005 -- 10:15:00 PM -- 4795 of 13465
the glass in the toilet is quite a pretty blue

I don't mind lifting something heavy. Also when we did our remodel I put in deep drawers nearly everywhere you'd normally expect to see cabinets, because I was so fucking tired of bending down and peering into the backs of cabinets. One drawer has only a few, easily re-locatable, things in it, so the KA can even have its own drawer. I could turn it into a KA shrine, or -- since I'll probably have to lay it down on its side -- a bed of the sort Snoopy makes for her dolls, with blankies and pillows and stuffed animals and a cup of water in case it gets thirsty.

Or, you know, maybe it will end up living on the counter. We'll see. Off to place my order now. And I'll look around for one of the cover things Curie mentions.

Anne L. -- Monday, February 21, 2005 -- 10:25:46 PM -- 4796 of 13465
"Failure is not falling down, it is not getting up again." - Mary Pickford

I always undercook my brownies, and they still weren't gooey. I'll have to try one of the recipes suggested here.

Oh well, my older son really likes them, so he and his dad will finish them off in no time.

I thought something was wrong when my younger son didn't want any, but it turns out that he's running a slight fever, so it's probably that, and not the brownies. He loves chocolate so much that I was surprised he turned them down.

It's been a crappy day all around, and dry brownies and a kid with fever just top it off.

Jillian PlicPlic -- Monday, February 21, 2005 -- 10:27:04 PM -- 4797 of 13465
Hey, I'm flossing here! You don't fuck with flossing - that's a safety issue.

I'll probably have to lay it down on its side

This would be very awkward, I think. It's not really readily side-lie-able.

It's occurring to me that I think there is space under the wall cabinets, but there's an edging thing tacked on to the bottom that the KA doesn't fit under. Wonder what it would look like to just knock that stuff off...

Alice CK -- Monday, February 21, 2005 -- 10:27:56 PM -- 4798 of 13465
the glass in the toilet is quite a pretty blue

Okay, one more question, not specifically baking-related but I might as well keep my requests for advice to one thread: if I get a microplane grater along with my KA order, which one should I get if I mostly plan to use it for zesting? Fine, medium, or coarse?

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