These three pieces of equipment on Baking Basics were must haves at the bakery and are in my home kitchen.
Mixer – Today there are so many brands of really good mixers on the market. When I was learning to bake the only stand mixers was the KitchenAid. They were mini professional machines and I first saw one on Julia Child’s, “The French Chef”. It took me forever to track it down because the only stand mixer available had two beaters used in tandem for everything. I was awed by the paddle, whisk and dough hook as well as the 5 quart bowl of the Kitchen Aid. I know there were others all over America looking for this mixer. When I finally found it, I couldn’t afford it. So I bided my time until I finally got one and treasured it all the more. My first one was, are you ready for this? Harvest Gold! It was as bad a color as it sounds. Looking back, I wonder what we all found so attractive about this color. My current cream color machine has been with me since I wrote my first book, “The New Pastry Cook” in 1985. The other thing I love about this mixer, is it’s very long life. Continue reading