Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Stand-up Mixer

While I was baking a "pumpkin" cake for a birthday, my electric mixer somehow just broke and was just waiting to break because of it's age. It was a disaster... sort of, well it just made it harder. I managed to finish the cake and then the day after that we went to go buy one of those stand up mixers, with the big b owl and everything. After a while of figuring out which one to get we finally chose one and went home. When we got home I was looking at the box to see what it had said on there and i found out there was like 10 attachments to go with it, a meat grinder, a fruit/vegetable strainer, even a grain mill. I was surprised and thought that was pretty amazing. Obviously when we cleaned everything up and placed the mixer I decided to bake with this new machine. So I made cinnamon swirl bread (my own recipe, it came out delicious!) I started baking and mixing and it was just amazing. at first the flour splattered out of the bowl a little but then it got easier. It was very easy and aside from that one mess it doesn't make a big mess at all. The day after when I got home from school I decided to make my first pie, I should say my first lattice pie. I won't give you the recipe because I am going to use it in the cookbook but I'll give you the technique for making the lattice top. on top of a floured surface with a floured rolling pin roll the dough into a sort-of rectangle. With a knife cut out 8 as neat as you can strips of dough. Place 4 of the strips of dough on the pie. For now let’s number them 1-4. Pull down let’s say 2 and 4 to nearly the bottom of the plate, place a new strip of dough over 1 then under 2, over 3 and under 4. Repeat with the other strips of dough. Then if the strips are too long cut them, and then with the entire strips pinch to the dough on the pie plate and with fork press onto the pie. With the beaten egg brush it over the finished pie. There you go a lattice pie. In this picture I accidentally messed up the lattice top but here it is anyway:  

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