I was so excited when the *Savisto Stand Mixer (£95.99) arrived and I've already used it a few times to make gingerbread biscuits and bread. The mixer comes in red too but the black goes with our kitchen decor more than red. It comes with three attachments - a dough hook which I use for this recipe, a whisk and a beater. The mixer has a 5.5 litre capacity bowl, it has a maximum 1260w motor and six speed settings although I've only gone up to speed 3 so far.
The mixer is plastic so it's relatively light weight especially compared to our KitchenAid mixer, it has a sleek and expensive looking design and it is so quick and easy to use. The attachments are easy to attach which isn't usually the case with the KitchenAid attachments, it's all very easy to hand wash and even though it is a little nosy, it isn't much more so than the KitchenAid. It has suction pads on the base which is really useful to keep the machine in place because when it has to work hard kneading bread dough then it can move a little. I love the mixer, I think it works so well and it's amazing value! My only little problem which it would be the lock to lift the top half of the mixer - it seems to be on a spring and it can just sprung up quickly, if that makes sense so you have to gently hold the top to release it but other than that it's amazing!
here. Here is my version which is suitable for vegetarians and you could make it vegan friendly by using margarine or olive oil/sunflower spread instead of butter.
- 400g of strong white bread flour
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 7g of dry active yeast
- 250ml warm water
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 3/4 cloves of garlic
Step One: Add the flour, salt and yeast to your mixing bowl or stand mixer. Make a well in the centre and add a little of the water and mix. I then used the dough hook on my Savisto stand mixer to start to combine the ingredients while I slowly added the water. Mix until it forms a ball of dough and kneed for another five minutes until it is smooth and springy. I used the mixer to do most of the kneading on speed 2, anything more than speed 2 and it will be a bit too much for the dough and mixer.
Step Two: Place the bowl and dough in a warm place to prove/rise for an hour or until double in size. I put the Savisto bowl into my washing up bowl filled with hot water and a tea towel over the top to help the yeast.
Step Three: While the dough is rising, lightly coat a oven safe tin with butter or margarine to stop the dough from sticking. I used a square 8 inch by 8 inch tin and I managed to get nine small rolls in it which was perfect. After one hour, place the dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into approx. 60g balls and place in your tin.
Step Four: Grate or very finely slice three or four cloves of fresh garlic and combine in a small bowl with approx. one tablespoon of butter - I used the Stork baking butter. You can add salt or lemon rind to your garlic butter if you want, I'd definitely recommend adding a little more salt at this stage. Brush a small amount onto the dough and leave in a warm place to prove/rise again for at least another hour (up to an hour and a half if you have time).
Step Five: After the second prove, pre-heat your oven to approx. 180 (for fan ovens) and bake in the tin for 30 minutes. Half way through the bake, remove the tin and brush more of the garlic butter onto the bread for a shiny finish. The bread should be a light golden brown after 30 minutes; remove from the oven and top with fresh dill or any other fresh herb of your choice.
I'm really happy with the way the bread turned out, the tear and share size is perfect and they taste so nice! The dough is fluffy and soft and the garlic butter makes it amazing. Using the stand mixer makes baking so much quicker, easier and there is less mess to clean up too. Next time, I will probably add some garlic power and dried herbs to the actual dough for extra deliciousness! I think the mixer is a great value alternative to a KitchenAid mixer. Overall rating: ★★★★☆, 4.5/5.
Have you tried making bread? What do you think of this stand mixer? Will you be trying this recipe?