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October 5th, 2009 (01:02 am)

...of the literal kind. I finally got around to trying out the new stand mixer and its dough hook attachment and... ^o^ I suspect I might be tempted to make bread more often now that I don't get the 15 min+ workout with accompanying mess. As much as I like making bread by hand (and I *finally* found some of my bread pans again), making it with the stand mixer is so simple and no fuss. The buns I made today were a bit heavy and big, and I think I should've given them more time on their second rise. I was a touch stingy and knew I was cutting it a bit short. Still. Homemade bread. Yum! Next time I might try the French bread recipe in the mixer's destruction manual. I'll also have to check my bread book and see what sort of instructions it gives. (Don't remember if it had food proc destructions or stand mixer or...? I believe the newest edition has those two plus by hand.)

I really must sit down and do some translations. >.> On a plus, the beginnings of a plot bunny has started poking at the brain for NaNo. Shall see where it leads me in the next while and if it might be workable. ^^;


Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: October 5th, 2009 12:03 pm (UTC)

I imagine it's not too hard to convert instructions to work with the stand mixer. I'll bet the t00bz can tell you.

Yay, bread! I'm sorely tempted to get a stand mixer myself. Yeah, bread machines are pretty handy, but stand mixers are more versatile.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: October 6th, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)

Yeah. The worst will probably being to figure/find out how long to let the dough knead.

Apparently, FSU used the bread machine for a whole year before it got relegated to the basement. I've only seen it come out once or twice since then, so between the two, I'd definitely say stand mixer. If it weren't for the fact that the thing is so darn heavy and a pain to move (it sits on the microwave stand when not in use), I'd probably be even more tempted still to use it. As it is, I'm still contemplating French bread but have to wait until buns are munched. ...or at least mostly munched. :P

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: October 7th, 2009 01:22 am (UTC)

The very great advantage that bread machines have is the feature of waking up to fresh-baked bread. Fortunately, I haven't yet spoiled myself that much, or I'd have a hard time giving it back to my mom as arranged.

How's the French bread countdown? (Really, I don't see why you have to wait. Variety is good--go with it!)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: October 7th, 2009 07:25 am (UTC)

*laughs* I can definitely understand that feeling. ^_^

I'm figuring tomorrow might be a good day to make French bread. ^o^ The bread recipe I made the buns from was a two loaf recipe, and since we weren't planning on freezing any of it, I at least wanted to get through most of it before making something else.

BTW, completely unrelated, have you checked knitty .com lately? There's a sock pattern there that looks pretty nifty by Cookie A (I think it's called Clandestine). ^_^ Unfortunately, FSU laughed at me when I said I wanted a zozo. (It was after Mokkun died, so I wanted something to cheer me up. She said I should have some chocolate instead. ^^;; )

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: October 7th, 2009 11:03 am (UTC)

A zozo?

I have indeed seen Clandestine. I covet Cookie socks with a mad covetous coveting. I'll be knitting that sock sometime soon, yes I will.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: October 8th, 2009 02:16 am (UTC)

It's at the bottom of the pattern list page. ^^; I was in a silly mood at the time. :P

I dug out a couple of sock projects (Cookie's German stockings and the second set of Scherherazade's slippers) that have been in limbo to work on now that Mokkun died. Shall see how far I get with them before figuring out what to get next. ^^;

Edited at 2009-10-08 02:17 am (UTC)

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: October 8th, 2009 12:03 pm (UTC)

Hee hee. Zozo is cute. I haven't knit any toys/amigurumi. My time is all taken up with wearable things.

You must finish those socks and then take pictures and put them on the internet, and I will praise them. (Sorry, channelling Lady Catherine there. Lalala!)

Posted by: wanderingdreamr (wanderingdreamr)
Posted at: October 5th, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)

I actually like kneading bread when I make it but I'm always so glad we have a stand up mixer, you get such a workout with the hand held ones!
And I have multiple plot bunnies running around right now, gah, first I can't think of one plot and then I think of too many! They're breeding like rabbits!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: October 6th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)

:P There's a reason why they're called plot bunnies. I'm going to have to give my concept a bit more time to stew, but I might have the inklings for an original NaNo. I still have to read through IW and find my two notebooks for its continuations and see if I want to do fanfic instead.

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