This weeks Works For Me Wednesday post is a little different than usual. It’s more of a “this didn’t work for me” post. Or even a “don’t let this happen to you” post. And it’s in story form. It will be fun, I promise.
If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know that I’m semi-obsessed with my KitchenAid. (anyone else out there with me on that?) I use it for pretty much any and all baking that I do – using it to knead bread, mix cookies, and even mash potatoes. And I attribute much of my baking success to that wonderful machine.
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Well…on Saturday I was using it to mix up some of my favorite ciabatta bread. The recipe calls for the dough to be kneaded for 7 minutes in the mixer. So I turned the mixer on, set the timer, and went downstairs to start some laundry.
I had been downstairs for 5 minutes or so when all of a sudden I heard a huge thud from upstairs! Imagine my shock and horror when I raced up the stairs to see the following:
Yes, my KitchenAid had kneaded itself right off the counter and onto the floor! And the amazing thing was that it was just laying on its side still kneading the bread dough! I just stared at it for a second, calmly picked it up and put it back on the counter to finish the job. The dough was fine, the mixer seemed fine, I just pretended it didn’t happen.
beautiful loaves of ciabatta bread kneaded by the errant mixer
It was only later that I saw (ok, Mike searched for and found) the following gouges in our wood floor.
Those mixers are heavy! Unfortunately at that point I also realized the locking switch on my KitchenAid was bent as well. My mixer may not have emerged completely unscathed, but the fact that it had only a minor bruise after a huge fall to the floor is pretty impressive. Although, I do still have the ask the question – it shouldn’t have been able to knock itself off the counter in the first place, right?
And so, my Works For Me Wednesday tip is this: Learn from my mistakes. Don’t leave your KitchenAid unattended on the counter while kneading bread!