View Full Version : Best Bread Book for Stand Mixer
04-26-2011, 01:54 PM
I haven't baked much bread in the last few years due to lack of room in my kitchens. However, I now have a stand mixer that can do most of the kneading for me and would like to get back into it again. As someone who is terrible at adapting recipes, I would like opinions on the best bread baking books for stand mixers.
Right after I got the KA, I ordered "Secrets of a Jewish Baker" based on reviews. While all the recipes come with instructions for stand mixers, they all make HUGE batches of bread. There are only two of us and I would like recipes that just make one or two loaves.
In the past, I've owned Reinhart's Bread Baker's Apprentice but gave it away because it wasn't as straightforward as I would like. Does anyone have any recommendations?
04-26-2011, 03:23 PM
If you like learning the underlying whys and hows, and really detailed instructions ... The Bread Bible by Ruth Levy Berenbaum.
Bernard Clayton's Complete Book of Breads is a good one and the recipes are written primarily for mixer but also for processor or wooden spoon/hand where appropriate. He also gives you a good variety of recipes and explanation of the precess and histories. It was one of my earliest books and had some favorite recipes. You would be fine getting a used copy of an older edition or a newer one.
04-27-2011, 09:16 AM
It's not a cookbook, but I have found that the recipes on the King Arthur site tend to be very straight forward and tell you how long to knead in your mixer and at what speed. My two favorites are
Classic White Bread (http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/king-arthurs-classic-white-sandwich-bread-recipe)
I only have their whole grain baking book but I would imagine that their other cookbooks are good. I just love their blog postings that walk you through the bread and those are only linked on their site.
It's not a lot of help but my fave cookbook is Reinhart's but I also like funniegrrl's suggestion of The Bread Bible by Ruth Levy Berenbaum.
05-02-2011, 02:16 PM
Thank you for the suggestions. I ordered The Bread Bible and it was EXACTLY what I was looking for. The detailed instructions are perfect for me and I was successful in making one of the hearth bread recipes this weekend.:)
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