Thursday, October 25, 2007

I need a breadmaker and a food processor/blender

Any suggestions for either? Also, recipes for bread?


Muddiah said...

Checked Consumer Reports and they don't have any recommendations for a blender/foor processor combo. They recommend the Braun PowerMax MX2050 blender for $50. Also Kitchenaid KFB710 food processor for $80. All this is US numbers and dollars, but I'm sure comparable models can be had overseas. Also say that if you are willing, can use a blender for pureeing. (I know that you just have to be careful not to overfill when you do this.) If you want the food processor for chopping etc. then you need the separate appliance.

Alaskan Dave Down Under said...

My food processor is a Kambrook. Model # KFP90, or (in english) Food Processor Deluxe. Blender and food processor combo and every blade you can think of. Available in Aus and NZ, no worries. Off the shelf at Big W for Aussie$60. Hardly a day goes by when it's not used, and easy to clean. It's about ten months old.

Bread machine is from Breville, a Breville Baker's Oven. Model #BB290. Got at Harris Scarfe 3 years ago and it's going strong --also gets used almost daily, mostly for dough making. Aussie $110, but it is Breville's top of the line. It's also available in both Aus and NZ.

Both come with very good recipes.

Alaskan Dave Down Under said...

Oh, I got a ton of bread recipes. What would you like?

Suzer said...

Thanks Dave those are both extremely reasonable.

As for the bread recipes, I'd like a basic white, something healthy like a multi-grain, maybe a fruit loaf and definitely rye. I think though there are more options than I know of.

Alaskan Dave Down Under said...

First a couple of links:

My cinnamon bread recipe is here:

and cornbread is here:

Now, for a basic white bread, add 1 1/2 tsp of yeast plus 1 tbsp of sugar to a cup and a half of warm milk. Mix slightly, and let the yeast "proof" for ten mins.

In a large bowl, you want 4 1/2 cups of plain flour plus a tsp of sea salt. Slowly add the proofed milky-yeasty mix while stirring. Put the dough onto a well-floured surface, and knead for ten mins (palms of hand, no fingers), adding flour as needed.

Put the dough in an oiled bowl (olive oil) and let it rise for an hour in a warm place.

Punch down the risen dough, and divide into two. Butter and flour two breadpans, put the dough into the breadpans and let them "rest" for ten mins while the oven preheats to 375 f (190 C).

Into the oven for 40 mins or so. To test for doneness you can do the tap test --loaf should sound hollow, or the wooden skewer --if skewer comes out clean then loaf is done.

There are many variations for this, as you can guess.

I'll put the others you asked about up on my new food blog soon, no worries.

Suzer said...

Cool thanks, but I thought the bread machine took care of the need to knead;)

Alaskan Dave Down Under said...

Well... yeah, it does! I thought you'd might like something to make or tide you over till you get your bread machine :)

Need to knead... I like it.

Muddiah said...

You can also use a mixer with a dough hook attachment to knead your bread. Yeah, it takes some "might" to knead.

Suzer said...

Yeah I had thought about one of those big kitchenaid mixers, but I think I'll start smaller;)

ioyces said...

hi Suz! I've got a Kambrook Food processor (KFP80) as a birthday present last year but i definitely wouldn't recommend it cos it's quite filmsy and a hassle to clean...the only plus point is that it broke down a week short of its one year warranty so the company gave me a brand new one..
:) Go for something from Brun / Kenwood...i've got a hand blender from Braun and even though it's second hand, it works beautifully and u can feel the difference in the quality of the equipment...(made in

bread maker...haven't had one, so can't recommend...i made foccacia by hand the other day and it turned out quite well...i was extremely surprised as i thought i absolutely need a bread machine to make bread. Next on my to do list: chinese breads..

All the best in ur search!! :)

Suzer said...

hey joyces,

sounds like you and dave had/have 2 diff kambrook models. thanks for the suggestions. will also look at the braun thanks:)


Suzer said...

Now, I'm shocked you can't buy online from Harvey Norman or Target in Australia!