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Old 08-29-2003, 05:22 PM   #11
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Darn - BW just bought a new one - our old one was 16 yrs old but worked just fine. Women! Anyway, she gave the old one to a neighbor - wish I'd known!

You're right -$250 is a piece of change!

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Old 09-01-2003, 08:41 AM   #12
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yeah, for sure. those mixers get really expensive, but they are amazing. ours at home its still one of the presents my parents got for their wedding, 23 years ago. the new ones are much quieter than ours. but they have all these attachments; it actually knead the dough for you!
its worth while and it will last.

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Old 01-12-2004, 05:38 AM   #13
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Good Ol'e Beer Bread..

Baking soda and Baking Powder act as leaveners, to replace the lack of yeast in your formula (to bakers and pastry chefs, there are only formulas...it's all about the balance...chemistry folks..gotta love it)

This is similar to a quick bread formula (ie- muffins, danishes, etc) which don't use yeast, but instead use a chemical leavener (baking soda or baking powder or sometimes even baking ammonia).

As far as your bad tasting bread, it sounds like you're adding too much baking soda or baking powder, thus giving it a chalky taste (usually)

The rule of thumb is:

1 teaspoon of baking POWDER to 1 cup of flour
1/4 teaspoon of baking SODA to 1 cup flour

If you're using both in a recipe (formula), make sure that you've got no more than 1 teaspoon TOTAL of both baking soda and baking powder combined per cup of flour.

Happy Baking :)
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Old 01-12-2004, 11:41 AM   #14
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Oh, this is yet another reason why baking and I just don't get along - I am getting ready to do "something" with my kitchen and actually, all these baking tips I could just handpaint on my cabinet that holds all my baking supplies!! Actually, I kind of like that idea!

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Old 01-13-2004, 06:01 AM   #15
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I am insanely jealous! I am what is referred to as 'flour challenged". Now, it is NOT that I can't bake. I have baked and the results are always good. However, I can measure out an amount of flour get to the mixer with the WHOLE amount and STILL manage to cover myself, the kitchen, two dogs, a soon and a cat in flour. As a result...I have been BANNED from baking by my spouse. Now...is that fair? I do clean up!

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