If you’ve been around here long enough to remember back when we built our kitchen, you’re probably also aware, that I am not the gourmet behind the meals that are made here. I have never been very good at cooking – thankfully there are other things I have skills at. AND, I have a husband who is a great cook (are you listening, Mads?), so I am happy to leave the territory to him. Just realised, I don’t even have a blog post category that goes with me writing something about – well, anything food-ish, really – does it go well in “Family”? :)
Baking, however – that is something I have enjoyed doing earlier, and it is coming back. Don’t worry, this is not turning into a foodblog – I wouldn’t presume – but for the past 6 months I have been baking morning rolls most weekends as well as trying out other types of bread. A month ago, we decided to get a kitchen machine. I had a look around on the internet, and looked at KitchenAid, Kenwood (my better half’s favourite), and a few others, but when a good friend recommended Ankarsrum, I was sold! Now, I am the type of person, that reads lots of reviews, but this machine is also just straight up beautiful, if you ask me. So, I really wanted this one, and taking the matter into my own hands, I wrote to the company, asking if they were willing to make me a good deal if I told you guys a bit about it as well. Which I would probably have done anyway. One week later, this beauty arrived.
I have been using this a bit now, and it just does what I want it to. I am probably not going to use the wide array of accessories (but you can have many, if you’re into that), because kneading dough really is my primary purpose for it. And while that may sound kind of limited, the machine has made my life easier.
Ankarsrum (also known as Assistent) is different than other machines in the sense that it has a turning bowl instead of a turning hook. It is actually fascinating to watch the way the bowl is stretching the dough around the hook, and I imagine it comes quite close to kneading by hand. Also, since the hook is fixed, as opposed to it being thrown all over the place, it’s easy to add ingredients while it’s working. But hey, who am I to talk, I don’t have any frame of reference. I’m just really happy with it.
Here it is at work. For this weekend’s rolls I actually tried a new recipe for cold rise rolls, that I found over here on Ann-Christine’s blog - really easy, and really good. Oh yeah, and in Danish – sorry about that.