1. Mini Stollen Bites: Tastes Like Christmas!

    Mini Stollen Bites: Tastes Like Christmas!
    First question: What is Stollen? Some people think it's fruitcake, but it's not. Neither is it a fruit and nut loaf. The best way to describe it is like a light, buttery scone packed with bits of dried fruit and powdered with icing sugar on top. It also has a strong, scented almond flavour thanks to loads of almonds and marzipan going into the dough. This wonderful recipe is made using a Kenwood Chef, which is perfect to chop your almonds, combine your ingredients and give you a smooth, elastic dough to work with. Second question: What is marzipan and where do I get it? Marzipan is a confection consisting primarily of sugar or honey and almond meal, sometimes augmented with almond oil or extract. It is sometimes known as almond paste. You can get marzipan in more international supermarkets or e-grocers.


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  2. 5 Easy Bread Recipes to Give Your Mixer that Workout it Needs

    5 Easy Bread Recipes to Give Your Mixer that Workout it Needs
    It’s a common conundrum faced by home bakers: wanting freshly baked bread made with love, but dreading that arm workout and the process it comes with. We get it, there’s really nothing like homemade bread - it’s healthier than the mass-produced bakery stuff and cheaper than the artisanal options you find out there. While a bread maker solves all these problems and offers you a freshly baked loaf at the press of a button, it’s another space-consuming appliance you need to have on your countertop. So here’s a compromise - we’ve got a way to give your mixer that workout it needs, while giving you a sense of accomplishment at the end of it. Imagine this: your trusty Kenwood mixer doing the kneading, pulling and (of course) mixing for you, and you get to do the fun, easy part - shaping it, adding your favourite stuffing, and popping it into the oven to get that fresh bread smell filling up your house. We’ve picked 5 easy, yeasty recipes for you to try. Read also: Making your first loaf of bread? We've got you.

    Homemade Loaf - Plain and Simple

    Let’s start with the basics. This recipe gives you a good old tin loaf bread - one that is perfectly sliceable for that morning PB&J sandwich the kids love. Pop on the dough hook on your Kenwood Titanium XL, throw in the key ingredients and wait. Your work comes when the dough is ready to be shaped and baked! Ingredients:
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 3 tbsp sugar
    • 2 tsp salt
    • 3 tbsp butter
    • 4.5 tsp bulk active dry yeast
    • 1 1/2 cups warm water
    • 5 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
    1. Combine the milk, sugar
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