Wednesday, July 13, 2011
A new KitchenAid and say Holla to the Challah bread
So I got back very recently from Michigan where I had the most amazing time! Visiting Mackinaw island was a lot of fun and I got to ride around the island in a horse-driven carriage.
But the best part was when I got home only to find a box outside my place.
When I opened the box, this is what I got.
A brand new KitchenAid stand mixer! Tears welled up in my eyes - it was so beautiful. Kind of like when you see a newborn. So sleek and so shiny. I spent an hour just playing around with the different attachments.
I am excited because now I can take my baking to the next level. And it begins with one of my most favorite breads.
Here's what I baked:
It is so delectable and amazing - a kind of bread that is mildly sweet and has a great yeast flavor from the baking. You can pull it apart, slather a little butter and it is oh-so-good.
I made it, and it's pretty easy, but keep in mind that the recipe in Smitten kitchen is for 2 LOAVES
Remember to divide everything by half if you want to make one loaf. I accidentally forgot and made 2 of them (not that I'm complaining).
You can make it with or without raisins and Smitten Kitchen does a fantastic job of explaining how to make the braid. It's all about bringing the string to the center.
I'm looking forward to hearing your experiences. Is there a favorite tool in your kitchen that you wouldn't be willing to part with?
I'm also really excited to try new amazing recipes with my KitchenAid - stay tuned to find out.