Let’s start with the anniversary… March 1st marked the first anniversary of The Food In-Laws! I can’t believe it has already been a year since we first officially opened our doors. We started out knowing little about how to set up and run a blog, but we have sure come a long way since then!
There is still much to learn, but I am proud of what we have achieved so far and I look forward to another year of adventures. We have met a lot of friendly and supportive people along the way, and that certainly helps to keep us motivated. Thank you to our followers and to those who just stop by from time to time to read, like or comment on one of our posts. We appreciate every one of you!
On to the birthday… My birthday was several weeks ago – I had a great day and was given extra special treatment by my family. They always treat me that way, but they somehow manage to go the extra mile for my birthday! One of my gifts was a new kitchen toy – a KitchenAid bread bowl with baking lid.
What a fun toy it is! For those of you with a KitchenAid mixer, it is basically a ceramic, oven safe version of the mixing bowl with a lid. While you can use it as a spare mixing bowl, the main intended use for the bowl is to make amazing artisan style breads. The beauty of the bowl is that the whole process can basically be done right in it from start to finish, mixing to oven.
The bowl attaches to the mixer, which allows you to easily mix the dough right in it using the dough hook. The recipe that comes with the bowl calls for a 1 hour rise, after which you take the dough out of the bowl for a brief knead before returning it to the bowl for a second, and final, 30 minute rise. After the second rise, you gently turn the risen loaf out onto the lid of the bowl for baking. For the first 30 minutes, the bowl itself is used as a lid which is then removed for the last 8 to 10 minutes to allow the loaf to become nice and brown.
I knew after making my first loaf that I wanted to share this fun item with you all, but I wanted to give it a few more test runs first. It is so easy to use and right from loaf one, I turned out one of the best loaves of bread I have ever made!
I was amazed at how much it looked and smelled like something that had just come from the bakery. It also tasted like a bakery fresh loaf! It was nice and crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside and the flavor was great.
It wasn’t long before I tested the pot out again… three more times! The gallery below shows more of my results which included a second white loaf, one wheat loaf and one rye loaf. Each time I followed the same basic recipe that was included with the bowl and each variety came out just a nice as the first loaf.
If you are someone who enjoys baking bread and would like to take your artisan bread creations to a new level, I would definitely recommend giving this bowl a look. From ease of use to the delicious end results, I couldn’t be happier with it. I’m sure my family loves it too – I was given an awesome gift for my birthday, and they are enjoying eating my creations!
One important note if you do decide to give the bread bowl a try, as of this writing, the bowl is only designed to work with specific sizes and models of the KitchenAid mixer, so please read the specs carefully before buying.
In closing, to my family I say thank you – for your love, for the gift, for always supporting what we are doing with the blog and for being my honest taste testers! I couldn’t do it without you!
Until next time, I hope you all have a great weekend!