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Old 03-06-2007, 03:49 AM   #11
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I also own the Electrolux Assistant, which comes with an 8-qt. SS bowl to make large batches of dough.

That one might be the one for you if you plan to do very large amounts of pizza dough on a daily basis.
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Old 03-06-2007, 09:20 PM   #12
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Heyas,
I'm looking to pickup a stand mixer for home use. I believe it will help me with alot of my baking stuff as well as other desserts. I have a unit that I've seen online and at the local Canadian Tire store. It's a Kitchenaid 5qt 300W mixer. It comes with a Dough Hook, Whipping head, and a Pattle Beater. I was wondering if anyne has experience with these machines and could recommend a brand or let me know if the one I have already seen will be sufficient. My budget for this uint is $500 CAD. Any advice you guys can offer would be greatly appreciated :)

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Yes! I just bought mine a couple weeks ago and love it. My mom has had one for years, and I wanted to get more into baking. So far I've only used it for a batch of cookies and some pizza dough, but both were a snap and turned out well. I'm sure you'll love it.
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Old 03-06-2007, 09:26 PM   #13
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Can any of the current batch of bread machines be trusted to prepare pizza dough? (they are a WHOLE bunch cheaper, and, as a single, I doubt I'd ever find another use for a monster mixer on the counter).
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I use my Welbilt bread machine to make pizza dough all the time. I've been doing it for almost 6 years with no problem. In fact I have two bread machines, one of which I bought at a thrift store for $3. It's a Welbilt, too, and sometimes both of them are in use at the same time.

I have arthritis in my right hand, as well as carpal tunnel, so I use my bread machines on the DOUGH cycle to do the kneading and first rise for me. What a breeze!!!
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Old 03-06-2007, 09:59 PM   #14
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I Picked The Mixer Up!

Hey,
Just wanted to let everyone know I grabbed the mixer today. Used it for the first time to mix a french bread dough, which is proofing right now. Thanks everyone for all the advice. I love the machine and can say without hesitation I'd recommend it to anyone.


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Old 03-07-2007, 12:43 AM   #15
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Thanks for telling us, and good luck with it!

I know that I was as happy as a 5-year-old with a new toy when I first got mine back in '86!!
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Old 03-07-2007, 04:58 AM   #16
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For pizza dough, many use a food processor to do it.
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Old 03-07-2007, 07:03 AM   #17
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True, but it doesn't hold as much.

And if you try to do more than one or two, the motor's overload switch will kick in, shutting the machine down for about 15 to 30 minutes, making you wait even longer before the dough is ready to be used.
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Old 03-07-2007, 09:31 AM   #18
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I use my Welbilt bread machine to make pizza dough all the time. I've been doing it for almost 6 years with no problem. In fact I have two bread machines, one of which I bought at a thrift store for $3. It's a Welbilt, too, and sometimes both of them are in use at the same time.

I have arthritis in my right hand, as well as carpal tunnel, so I use my bread machines on the DOUGH cycle to do the kneading and first rise for me. What a breeze!!!
Thank you all for your advice - I need all I can get!

And thank you Katie for the good news re pizza dough in a bread machine - I get the impression that these are another of those "it sounded like a good idea at the time..." items - I've been checking thrift stores (anybody know of a modern waffle iron that:
a. Makes old-fashion skinny waffles - NOT the "Belgium" variety?
b. Has the same build quality of the irons from the 1940's through the 1960's?)

Anyway - still haven't found one of the great old beasties with the cast iron grids, but bread machines are all over the place and dirt cheap.
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