21 January 2009


It may come as a shock that I am not a hand bread kneader. I rely on my 10 year old stand mixer, which also drives my grain grinder and flaker. A month ago, the mixer started making crunchy noises and shortly after quit altogether. I brought it to the appliance repair shop where it was diagnosed with bad gears. I happily had the repair done given the alternative of chucking it in the garbage. Yesterday was the big day when I somewhat less happily paid the hundred and fifty bucks to retrieve the mixer. Last night I cracked some oats for porridge and I was thrilled to have the mixer back. This morning, while trying to grind some wheat for bread, I got 10 seconds of joy until the mixer made a horrible noise and stopped grinding....gears obviously gone bad.

Sigh. The good news is that there's a 90 day parts and labour warranty on the repair. And hand kneading isn't so bad.


  1. The Mother Earth News website has a couple of tasty no-knead bread recipes if you're interested. Sorry about your mixer!

  2. I've tried both the 5 minute Artisan and dutch oven recipes and I do make them from time to time. Today, though, I kneaded two loaves of whole wheat bread by hand and was rewarded with not only good bread, but a virtuous smug feeling as well. For toast and sandwiches, I like the Laurel's Kitchen Bread Book yogurt bread. It's my everyday recipe.



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