One Loaf Kitchenaid White Bread Recipe That’s Great for Sandwiches

Most bread recipes are for two loaves, which is way too much for one person to eat.  I have another super-easy bread recipe, which is great for dipping in olive oil or eating on the side, but not ideal for a sandwich.  This Kitchenaid white bread recipe makes a single loaf of bread that’s light, soft, and perfect for peanut butter and jelly, tuna salad, or your favorite sandwich fixing.

I got the recipe from the original Kitchenaid cookbook that came with my mixer.  I cut the recipe in half (for one loaf) and I have also added instructions on how to shape the loaf of bread.  Follow these simple tips and you’ll get a perfect loaf of fresh bread that looks like it came from a bakery.

The other key to the success of this Kitchenaid white bread recipe is my loaf pan.  When I made the bread for this post I completely forgot to grease and flour the pan! I figured I would end up with a horrid mass of bread stuck to the pan. Nope! It came out perfect and popped right out of the pan!




Tools and Ingredients for This Recipe


Norpro Stainless Steel Bread Pan

I call this my magic bread pan.  It looks as clean and shiny six years later as it did when I bought it. It’s not a standard non-stick pan, but whatever they did to it, the food does not stick. It cleans up from banana bread, apple bread, meatloaf, potato bread—doesn’t seem to matter. Which is great when you don’t have a dishwasher and don’t want to spend all day cleaning pots.

Saf Instant Yeast, 1 Pound Pouch

This is so much better than buying tiny, expensive packets of yeast.  Those packets cost a dollar each and after three loaves it’s all gone.  With this big bag, you can bake dozens of loaves rather than just three, and it’s far more economical. Keep the bag in the freezer so it stays fresh.  Also, since it’s instant yeast you don’t have to wait for it to activate. Just add your ingredients and keep going.


J.K. Adams FRP-1 Maple French Rolling Pin

Most rolling pins have tiny handles on the ends, that somehow make them harder to hold and roll, especially if when your hands get sticky.  This one is different. It’s long and tapered, so there’s more surface area to roll out and shape the bread dough. It’s much easier to use than the old, carved one I had.

Norpro Bench Scraper/Chopper

I admit, it took me a while to get one of these. But it’s really fantastic for getting your dough into the bowl to rise. It’s also great for scraping bits of dough and flour off the counter . Or, use it to scoop up chopped veggies and toss them into your pot.

More Kitchenaid White Bread Recipes

kitchenaid honey oat bread recipeKitchenaid Honey Oat Bread Recipe

Slightly sweet, with oats mixed right into the dough, with more sprinkled on top.  Great for toast, especially cinnamon toast.

 

single loaf bread recipe kitchenaidSingle Loaf Bread Recipe Kitchenaid Stand Mixer

Just about the easiest loaf of bread you can make. No shaping, or rolling required. And the ingredients are simple: flour, water, yeast, salt, and a little sugar so the yeast don’t go hungry.

 

single loaf challah recipeSingle Loaf Challah Recipe for Kitchenaid Stand Mixer

A single golden, round loaf of challah. Perfect for the holidays. If you haven’t heard of this bread before, it’s a kissing cousin to brioche.

 

kitcheanaid potato bread recipeKitchenaid Potato Bread Recipe

Why potatoes? It’s not just flavor. The potatoes also make the bread moist and tender. You get the softness of store-bought, without having to go to a store. And since you made it yourself, you know exactly what’s in it. You also can enjoy that wonderful fresh bread smell as it bakes.




Single Loaf Challah Recipe for Kitchenaid Stand Mixer

Most recipes for challah make two loaves, which is way too many for one person.  This one is different. It’s a single loaf challah recipe, made in the Kitchenaid.

If you’re not familiar with challah (pronounced like the “ch” in “loch”), it is a sweetened bread that is somewhat similar to a French brioche.  The difference is that challah is usually made with vegetable oil instead of butter (so that those keeping kosher can have it with a meat meal).  Incidentally, the leftovers make fantastic French toast.

Challah is traditionally served every Friday night as part of the Jewish Sabbath observance. The bread is usually braided, into three, six, or even twelve strands. I read recently that it might be to emphasize unity; another post suggested that the three strands represent truth, peace, and justice.  Poppy or sesame seeds are manna falling from heaven.

Usually, the braided loaves end up long and narrow (a bit like an Italian bread).  However, on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we make them round, to symbolize unity (no beginning and no end), unending blessings, and maybe even “the circle of life.”

This particular recipe was originally by Joan Nathan, which made two loaves. That recipe was then adapted by Deb Perlman (of Smitten Kitchen). Deb’s version was then revised to a single loaf by Jenny at Cuban Reuben and slightly adapted again by me. It’s almost biblical, isn’t it: Joan’s recipe begat Deb’s, Deb’s begat Jenny’s, and Jenny’s begat mine!

I did make a few changes.  First, I used instant yeast instead of active dry yeast. And second, I found that I didn’t need four eggs, plus a yolk.  Three plus the yolk were plenty.




Single Loaf Challah Recipe Substitutions and Variations

  • For an extra-sweet new year, mix 1 cup of raisins into the dough before you braid it.
  • Or, swap out the sugar and sweeten the recipe with honey instead
  • Top the challah with sesame seeds, poppy seeds, or salt

Tools and Ingredients for this Recipe

Norpro Bench Scraper/Chopper

A bench scraper is especially helpful for challah. First, it makes it much easier to divide the dough into equal parts for braiding. Secondly, there are measurements printed right on the edge, so you can make sure you are cutting the pieces evenly.  Use this for challah, for chopping, or for transferring diced veggies from your cutting board to a pot.

Saf Instant Yeast, 1 Pound Pouch

Buying those individual yeast packets costs a fortune. This is much more budget-friendly. It’s an entire pound of instant yeast.  That means you can make dozens of loaves out of one package.  And, since it’s instant yeast, it starts to work right away. You don’t have to let it sit in warm water waiting for the yeast to activate.

More Kitchenaid Bread Recipes

single loaf bread recipe kitchenaidSingle Loaf Easy White Bread Recipe

New to making bread? This one is super-easy.  It has only five ingredients, and you don’t have to shape it.  Plus, there’s no need for a special pan. Just use a regular baking sheet (like for cookies).

 

kitcheanaid potato bread recipeKitchenaid Potato Bread Recipe

Adding potatoes ensures that this bread is moist and tender, like the bread you’d buy in a package. Except this has no preservatives or additives.  Plus, you get to enjoy the smell wafting through your home as it bakes.  Nothing like that fresh bread smell!

kitchenaid white bread recipeOne Loaf Kitchenaid Sandwich White Bread

Perfect for sandwiches, this bread is light, tender, but still sturdy enough to hold up to a pile of meat and cheese, chicken salad, or good old PB and J.

 

kitchenaid honey oat bread recipeKitchenaid Honey Oat Bread Recipe

A bit sweet, with oats mixed in and sprinkled on top. That makes it more nutritious and adds body to the bread. This is great for toast (especially cinnamon toast).

 

kitchenaid homemade breadKitchenaid Bread Recipes

Still want more?  Here’s a  whole page full of bread tips and recipes, including baguettes, Italian bread, and sandwich bread.

 




Kitchenaid Honey Oat Bread Recipe

This Kitchenaid honey oat bread recipe is adapted from the cookbook that came with my mixer. The oats add body and texture, so the bread can hold up to mayo, a big stack of cold cuts, or even just some plain old peanut butter and jelly.  It also makes wonderful cinnamon toast.  And, the honey adds a touch of sweetness.

The only problem with the recipe in the book is that it’s for two loaves. The bread is delicious, but this is a “single serving” blog, so two loaves is too much.

So, I’ve altered it to make just one loaf of honey oat bread. I also used instant yeast (and adjusted the quantities) to speed things up a bit.  And, because I discovered that a big bag of instant yeast is a much better value than a few little packets of the regular kind!

The original recipe in the Kitchenaid cookbook calls for quick oats, which are simply ordinary oats that have been ground up.  Grinding makes the oats smaller (obviously) so they cook faster. Don’t worry if you don’t have them (neither did I).  That is easily fixed by taking some standard rolled oats, popping them in the mini-chopper, or a food processor, and grinding them for a few seconds. You can do this when you make oatmeal too. Then you have oatmeal in a lot less time.

As noted in the recipe, you can add an egg white to the water glaze for a shinier crust.  I was low on eggs, so I didn’t bother.

Tip:  Rinse the measuring cup with water before you measure out the honey. That way, it won’t stick and will pour out easily.

 




 




Tools and Ingredients for this Recipe


Norpro Stainless Steel Bread Pan

I just love this pan. I know, in love with a pan?! What? But it’s wonderful. There’s no coating, but the food pops right out. It’s super-easy to clean (and I love cooking, but hate the cleanup). Whatever I use it for: sandwich bread, apple bread, banana bread, meatloaf it wipes right up.  Still looks brand new too.

 

Norpro Bench Scraper/Chopper

It was the pie that did it. Last Thanksgiving, my brother insisted I make apple pie (which I did). But getting that dough off the counter was a real pain. I told him that going forward I wanted a bench scraper.  This little wonder tool picks the dough right up off the counter.  You don’t get messy, and you can grab every bit of it.  Works for moving chopped veggies from the cutting board to a pot too.

Saf Instant Yeast, 1 Pound Pouch

A great, and much more budget-friendly, alternative to those tiny packets. Those things cost a fortune (over a dollar each), and only make three loaves. This large bag lasts for months and months.  I keep it in the freezer (so it stays fresher longer).  There’s another bonus: it’s instant yeast. That means it starts working right away. You don’t have to wait for it to dissolve.

J.K. Adams FRP-1 Maple French Rolling Pin

Most rolling pins are short and chunky. This one is long and has tapered ends. It’s a lot easier to handle and roll out your bread dough.  I find it’s also easier to hold on to when my hands are floury and requires less pressure.

More Kitchenaid Bread Recipes

single loaf bread recipe kitchenaidSingle Loaf Easy White Bread Recipe

If you’re nervous about making bread, start with this one. It’s super simple. There are only five ingredients to worry about, and you don’t have to shape it.

 

kitcheanaid potato bread recipeKitchenaid Potato Bread Recipe

Just as moist and tender as the bread in a package. The secret is adding potatoes. The extra starch attracts moisture, so the bread is softer and more tender. That also makes it easier to shape, so your bread will both taste and look better.

 

kitchenaid homemade breadKitchenaid Bread Recipes

A whole page full of bread making tips and recipes, including challah, French bread, Italian bread, and sandwich bread.

 

kitchenaid white bread recipeOne Loaf Kitchenaid Sandwich White Bread

Crusty bread is great, but sometimes you need something better suited to a sandwich.  This is just the thing. It’s soft, rises well, and holds up to meat, tuna, and PBJ.

 

single loaf challah recipe

Single Loaf Challah Recipe for Kitchenaid Stand Mixer

Challah is traditionally served on Friday nights, as part of the Sabbath meal. The usual version is long and braided. However, for the High Holidays (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) we make them round to symbolize the fact that the years go around and around, repeating the seasons.

 




Single Loaf Bread Recipe Kitchenaid Stand Mixer

This single loaf bread recipe is just about the easiest loaf of bread ever.  I adapted it from the King Arthur recipe site (which is a treasure trove of baking know-how). They call it hearth bread. That recipe, however, makes two loaves, which is just too much for one person.  So, I reduced the quantities and made one single loaf recipe instead.

A Kitchenaid stand mixer makes the whole process much easier and faster. If you don’t have one, you can do it the old-fashioned way and knead it by hand.

At its simplest, bread is flour, water, yeast, and salt, with maybe a bit of sugar to give the yeast something to munch on. You can get crustier bread by brushing it with water or egg white. Make it softer with milk, or add new flavors (like honey or sesame seeds).  However, those basic few ingredients are all you really need. It may seem intimidating if you haven’t done it before, but it’s really not. After a while, you get a “feel” for how the dough should look and feel and can correct any mistakes.

 




The bread is easy, but the instructions in the original recipe were a bit confusing. They gave several different variations on how to bake the bread (depending on how crusty you like it) and was a bit tricky to navigate through all the different options. So,  I have shared the version/combination I found works best for my taste.

Update: King Arthur eventually decided that the original instructions were both too confusing, and were causing many people to end up with burned bread! The new method ditches the pan of water, and leads to a delicious, crusty loaf of bread. I tried it out and the results were much better. If you want the bread to be extra-crusty, let it cool in a turned-off oven (instructions are in the notes section of the recipe).

They also say to make it a long “Italian bread” shape (which makes it a bit crustier), but I left it round because I liked the way it looks.




Tip:   Use Saf Instant Yeast to make your bread. It’s a one pound package, which will make a lot of loaves of bread! Much more economical than the little packets. It also starts to work right away.  You don’t have to wait for it to proof.

Tools and Ingredients for this Recipe

Norpro Bench Scraper/Chopper

I’d been making do with a knife or using my hands to  pick the dough up off the counter. Then I decided I’d had enough. This bench scraper is not expensive, and it’s worth every cent. The dough comes right up.  It’s easy to divide or measure (sometimes I make two mini-loaves) and a lot less messy.

Saf Instant Yeast, 1 Pound Pouch

If you’ve been getting those pricey individual packets, just stop. This is a much better solution. It’s a lot cheaper per loaf, you save time, and you can make dozens of loaves of bread.  It also works faster than standard yeast.  Win-win.

More Single Loaf Kitchenaid Bread Recipes

kitcheanaid potato bread recipeKitchenaid Potato Bread Recipe

Once you’ve mastered simple bread, move on to a shaped loaf. Potato bread is light, airy, and hides a secret serving of vegetables (vitamins!).

 

kitchenaid homemade breadKitchenaid Bread Recipes

White bread, whole wheat, French bread, multigrain, and lots of other recipes all together. With links to bread videos and special pans for making those baguettes.

 

kitchenaid honey oat bread recipeKitchenaid Honey Oat Bread Recipe

It’s breakfast in a bread! The oats increase the protein and add vitamins too. But you won’t feel deprived, because it tastes great. Smells wonderful too.

 

kitchenaid white bread recipeOne Loaf Kitchenaid Sandwich White Bread

Perfect for sandwiches, this bread is light, tender, but still sturdy enough to hold up to a pile of meat and cheese, chicken salad, or good old PB and J.

 

single loaf challah recipe

Single Loaf Challah Recipe for Kitchenaid Stand Mixer

Challah is traditionally served on Friday nights, as part of the Sabbath meal. The usual version is long and braided. However, for the High Holidays (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) we make them round to symbolize the fact that the years go around and around, repeating the seasons.

 

milk and honey whole wheat bread

Milk and Honey Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

Rich, slightly nutty, and soft too. The honey and milk tenderize the bread, help it brown, and of course, add lots of flavor.  It’s easy to make as well. Just dump everything in a bowl, stir, knead, rise, and bake. This is two mini-loaves (in the photo), but you can make just one if you prefer.

 

 




Kitchenaid Potato Bread Recipe

One of the joys of a Kitchenaid is how much easier it is to make bread, cookies, and cakes.  This recipe for potato bread comes out moist, soft, and rises beautifully.  If you like Martin’s potato bread, you’ll like this too.

I have adapted the recipe from All Recipes.  First, I reduced the recipe to make one loaf instead of two. I have no room for two loaves. I also exchanged the shortening for butter.

Measure the flour over the surface you want to use to shape the bread.  Any extra flour will pre-flour the counter.

The Kitchenaid makes the whole dough preparation process faster.  You don’t have to mix the dough as long as the original recipe.  And, there’s no need to keep scraping down the sides. You also don’t have to stand and knead the bread for 10 minutes.  Just swap out the paddle for the dough hook and let the machine do all the work.

Check to see if the dough is kneaded enough by poking it with your finger.  If it is, it will bounce back when you poke it.

After it rises, poke the dough again. If it stays indented, it is ready to bake.

The rising times are approximate since the speed will depend on conditions in your home that particular day. Sometimes it takes a bit longer.

Here’s one before baking

potato bread unbaked

And here it is out of the oven

potato bread baked



 




Tools and Ingredients for This Recipe


Norpro Stainless Steel Bread Pan

I admit it, I’m hard on my pans.  Not this one. I’ve had it for years and it looks brand-spanking-new.  The food doesn’t stick, no matter what I make in it: bread, meatloaf, apple bread (full size recipe), you name it. Whatever I do, it cleans up easily.  Yay! Because I love cooking, but not cleaning.

Norpro Bench Scraper/Chopper

You may not have heard of a bench scraper. Or think you need one. But, if you’re going to bake bread, or make noodles, or pastry, you need one.  It lifts the dough up easily, so you can get it all into the bowl without struggling.  Or, use it to chop veggies, and then transfer them to a pan or pot.

Saf Instant Yeast, 1 Pound Pouch

I confess I got tired of buying those silly little packets of yeast. They were a dollar each, took longer to proof, and I kept running out.  Plus, some of them had cornstarch in them. I wanted yeast, not cornstarch. This is much better.  It’s much cheaper per use, you have enough to bake dozens of loaves of bread, and there’s nothing in there except yeast. The instant yeast works faster than the standard variety too.  Store it in the freezer so it lasts longer.


J.K. Adams FRP-1 Maple French Rolling Pin

A French-style rolling pin with no handles. You’d think handles would be easier to well, handle. Turns out they’re not.  It’s easier to hold on to this rolling pin because it’s longer and the ends are tapered. So. you have better control over what you’re doing and it’s easier to roll out the dough.

More Kitchenaid Bread Recipes

kitchenaid homemade breadKitchenaid Bread Recipes

Find out how to make all sorts of homemade breads, includes links to recipes for whole wheat, whole grain, French bread and more. Plus videos showing you how it works with your Kitchenaid mixer.

kitchenaid honey oat bread recipeKitchenaid Honey Oat Bread Recipe

Sweetened with honey, instead of sugar, with added oats for a more robust, richer flavor.  And oats add extra nutritional value too.

 

single loaf bread recipe kitchenaidSingle Loaf Bread Recipe Kitchenaid Stand Mixer

This possibly should be called “super easy bread.” You don’t have to shape it, and there are only a handful of ingredients.  It’s a crusty, rustic loaf, ideal for a cheese platter or dipping in olive oil and grated parmesan.

kitchenaid white bread recipeOne Loaf Kitchenaid Sandwich White Bread

An all-around basic white bread, that’s light and high enough for sandwiches.  It’s made with milk (to make it softer), but it will still support whatever sandwich fixings you pile up on it.

 

single loaf challah recipeSingle Loaf Challah Recipe for Kitchenaid Stand Mixer

One perfect golden brown challah for the holidays. This one is round for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, but you can make it braided for other times or Shabbat dinner.  If you’ve never heard of challah, think brioche, with lots of egg and no butter.




Kitchenaid Ice Cream Attachment Recipes

There’s nothing like a big bowl of ice cream on a hot summer day. It’s even better when you’ve made it yourself. Luckily, the Kitchenaid mixer makes that pretty easy to do. Whether you like vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, or something more exotic (like fig!), just follow the Kitchenaid ice cream attachment recipes below to learn how to make fresh ice cream right in your own home.

Kitchenaid Mixer Ice Cream Maker Attachment

You can make about 2 quarts of ice cream, sherbet, or sorbet in only 25 minutes or so. Freeze the bowl, make the ice cream recipe, put it together, turn the mixer on, add the ice cream mixture, and mix until it starts to freeze. Then transfer to your freezer to freeze more solidly.

Oh, but first, before you do anything else, do as the first reviewer recommends and carefully black out all the calorie and fat information in the recipe guide!

(One more important note, this attachment is designed to fit US mixers made after 1990).

How to Use Your Kitchenaid Ice Cream Attachment

Watch this video to see how the ice cream attachment works.




Kitchenaid Ice Cream Attachment Recipes for Vanilla Ice Cream

French vs. Philadelphia Ice Cream

The difference between the two styles is that French ice cream is cooked first, and uses eggs to make a custard. On the other hand, Philadelphia style requires no eggs and no cooking.

Kitchenaid Attachment Chocolate Ice Cream Recipes

Ice Cream Recipe Cookbooks

ice cream recipesThe Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments

David Lebovitz was once the pastry chef at Chez Panisse, and his expertise comes in handy here (so does a long-ago summer job as an ice cream scooper). There are recipes for ice cream, gelato, sorbets, and frozen yogurt.

It tells you both what to do, and why you’re doing it (which helps reduce mistakes). There are lots of familiar flavors, such as fudge ripple, coffee, and French vanilla. Then he throws in a few curves: green tea, fig, and egg nog.

The Best Ice Cream Maker Cookbook Ever

Recipes include butter pecan, strawberry, and even double ginger. Plus, there are also recipes for toppings and ice cream with swirls (like fudge or caramel).


Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book

Make your own classic Ben & Jerry’s flavors: Heath Bar Crunch, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and Fresh Georgia Peach. And remember their two rules of ice cream making:

 

ICE CREAM RULE #1

You don’t have to be a pro to make incredibly delicious ice cream.

ICE CREAM RULE #2

There’s no such thing as an unredeemingly bad batch of homemade ice cream.

Kitchenaid Strawberry Ice Cream Recipes

  • Strawberry ice cream  A delicious way to eat strawberries in season (or even not in season). Omit the lemon, add a bit of Grand Marnier if you like, or try it with a mixture of different kinds of berries.
  • Strawberry ice cream from Pinch My Salt  Heavy cream, egg yolks, vanilla, and strawberries.
  • Homemade strawberry ice cream  – She has a good tip here about getting creamier ice cream: dry the strawberries thoroughly before using them.
  • Strawberry Balsamic Ice Cream  This one has a bit of a twist. Balsamic vinegar and strawberries may seem a bit odd, but it’s actually quite good. If you’re skeptical, try the same combination (strawberries and balsamic vinegar), with some fresh strawberries. If you’re really daring, add a bit of cracked black pepper. This recipe also has helpful step by step photos.




 


Ice Cream Containers

Once you’ve made your ice cream, you’ll need something to store it in. These are narrow and stackable, so they don’t take up a lot of space in your freezer. They’ll fit right in the door. Easy to clean and they come in several colors so you can pick your favorite.


Ice Cream Scoop

This is going to be my next present to myself. It’s heavy duty, so it won’t bend, and the tip is pointed to make it easier to get the ice cream (or sorbet) out of the container. You’ll easily get a perfect scoop, no matter how thick your ice cream is. Since it’s OXO, it’s also easy to hold and has a lifetime guaranty.

Kitchenaid Ice Cream Attachment Recipes for Coffee and Oreo Ice Cream

More Kitchenaid Recipes

fresh pasta
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Kitchenaid Pasta Recipes

Got the pasta attachment? Here’s how to use it to make your own fresh, delicious pasta. It’s more toothsome and cooks up in minutes (unlike dry pasta).

 

 

kitchenaid homemade breadKitchenaid Bread Recipes 

You don’t need a special attachment to make bread. Just use (depending on the recipe) the paddle and the dough hook that came with your mixer. And really, there’s just nothing nearly as delicious as fresh, hot bread slathered with butter.


Using Your Kitchenaid Mixer and Attachments

A guide to using the grinder, strainer, and slicer/shredder attachments. Use them to grind your own meat, easily prepare applesauce, or make your own salsa and coleslaw. Plus links to recipes and tips for doing all of that.

 




Kitchenaid Pasta Recipes

I just love pasta. My friends and family like to joke that I think it’s a food group. Well, isn’t it? And, of course, fresh is much better than the regular kind. It can seem a bit daunting, but with the pasta attachment for your mixer and a few basic Kitchenaid pasta recipes, it’s pretty simple.

Once you’ve tried it, you may never want to eat the dried stuff again. A standard recipe only requires four ingredients, and they’re ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen: flour, eggs, oil, and salt.

My great-grandmother used to make noodles by hand, rolling them out, cutting them, and waiting for them to dry. Lots of hard work, and it took forever. With the Kitchenaid pasta attachment, you don’t have to hurt yourself rolling out all that dough. Great-grandma would have loved it.

Kitchenaid Pasta Recipes Demonstation

Not sure exactly how this works? Here’s a video that will show you exactly how it’s done.




Easy Kitchenaid Pasta Recipes

You’ll need both the standard (paddle-shaped) beater and the dough hook to make these (they both come with your mixer).

Semolina  – Use this easy recipe for linguini, fettucini, or ravioli dough.
Fresh Pasta Dough  – Make your own pasta with just four ingredients: flour, oil, eggs, and salt.  There are also directions for variations such as spinach pasta, tomato pasta, and squid ink pasta.
Spaghetti Recipe  – Good for about 1.5 pounds of spaghetti. There’s an excellent tip here:  if you don’t have a pasta rack to dry your noodles, use plastic hangers instead (just make sure to flour them first so the noodles don’t stick).
Homemade Noodles – This recipe is taken from Kitchenaid, but it’s worth visiting as the page has step-by-step photos, as well as extra tips  for using the pasta attachment.
Thousand Layer Lasagne  – My cousin came back from school in Italy with a recipe very much like this one. Delicious!!

Don’t Overcook Your Pasta

Homemade, fresh pasta cooks much faster than the dried version. It should be ready in a minute or two. Don’t overdo it!

Kitchenaid Pasta Roller Attachment

Make thick or thin sheets of delicious fresh noodles or lasagna. It’s got eight thickness settings so you can adjust the size to suit your taste and your needs. There are recipes included in the user guide. Just follow them. You can even use the attachment to roll out pizza dough.

Kitchenaid Pasta Cutter Companion Set

Now that you’ve got your sheets of freshly made noodles, it’s time to cut them. You could do it by hand, like my great-grandma used to do (ugh). Or, you could just slide them through this cutter attachment. So much easier. Just trim them to the length you want.




How Kitchenaid was named

When the executives at Hobart were testing the consumer versions of their commercial mixers, one executive’s wife remarked, “This is the best kitchen aid I’ve ever had.” And that’s how the mixer got its name.

Kitchenaid Ravioli Recipes

Ravioli Recipe  – Tyler Florence’s recipe for ravioli dough.  Note this is just for the dough! Also, if your dough is too dry, try adding a tablespoon or two of water to the recipe.

Ricotta Ravioli – Made with ricotta, spinach, and parmesan.  This post has lots of photos, as well as a quick video showing you how it’s done.

Meat ravioli – My dad just loves meat ravioli, and it always seems to be really hard to find. Finding a recipe was tough too!

Butternut Squash and Ricotta Ravioli – This is a great combination, served with a sage butter sauce. There are step-by-step photos to go with the recipe.

Spinach and mushroom ravioli – Ravioli with spinach and mushroom filling, topped with a roasted red pepper cream sauce (anyone else getting hungry?)


KitchenAid KRAV Ravioli Maker

The reviews on this are mixed – HOWEVER – on closer reading, the reviewers with negative comments weren’t using the machine correctly. Put it on setting “3” and watch the Peter Pasta video (see below), and you should be fine.

Making Fresh Ravioli


KitchenAid Recipe Collection

This cookbook has 512 pages of delicious recipes for pasta (and lots more). It’s in a ring binder, so it lays flat, and you can pull out just the recipe you want to follow (and set the rest of the book aside so you have more space to work).


The Pasta Bible

A cookbook with recipes for everything from plain pasta, to Cantonese noodles, spinach pasta, gnocchi, even chocolate (!) pasta. It also includes a bit about the history of pasta, and the recipes are illustrated with plenty  of photos (over 1,000 of them) so you can see exactly what everything should look like.

The Pasta Machine Cookbook

Many of the pasta cookbooks on Amazon presume you are either a professional chef, or have a huge pantry (or both). Lardons? Peekytoe crab? 9 egg yolks for one batch of pasta? No no and no. This cookbook, on the other hand, keeps it simple, and easily within the reach of a hungry home cook.

More Kitchenaid Recipes

bowl of ice cream
image thanks to JessicaFM

Kitchenaid Ice Cream Recipes

Make your own fresh ice cream in lots of wonderful flavors with the Kitchenaid ice cream attachment. Vanilla, chocolate, oreo, whatever you can think of! There are instructions, as well as links to recipes and “cookbooks”.

 

kitchenaid homemade breadKitchenaid Bread Recipes

No special attachments needed. And you can use your Kitchenaid to make potato bread, white bread, whole wheat, even baguettes. Links to instructions and recipes included.

 

Using Your Kitchenaid Mixer and Attachments

A general instruction guide to using the grinder, strainer, and slicer. Also includes tips on putting everything together, and links to recipes and cookbooks for making your own sausage, cookies, and more.

 




Kitchenaid Bread Recipes

Of all the food smells in the world, nothing beats the smell of freshly baked bread. To make bread with your Kitchenaid mixer, you don’t even need a special tool or attachment. Just use the paddle and the dough hook that came with your mixer.

This post has links to videos with instructions, plus recipes for French bread, Italian bread, wholegrain (and multigrain) bread, and white bread. All made right in your Kitchenaid. There are also cookbooks with even more recipes, and special pans for making pullman loaves and French bread.

How to Make Bread with Your Kitchenaid Mixer

Kitchenaid French Bread Recipes

  • French bread recipe – Reviewers say this recipe is “delicious” and “to die for” —even a “dude” can do it. (Hey, we know men can cook)
  • French baguette  – Easy to make, but some reviewers felt the loaves weren’t crusty enough. If you want it crustier, follow reviewer Julius’s suggestion and spray the loaves with water (or just brush it on) before baking.
  • Julia Child’s French bread recipe – Step-by-step instructions, plus photos.

Don’t worry if your bread isn’t picture perfect.  When asked what she did with recipes that went wrong, Julia Child said, “I feed them to my husband.”

Making Bread with Your Kitchenaid

The Mixer Bible: 300 Recipes For Your Stand Mixer

This book should be included with the mixer. Lots of bread (and other) recipes, including cinnamon rolls, chocolate chip macadamia bread, farmhouse white bread, and cheese bread. Each recipe is marked so you can see which attachment to use and what speed to run the mixer.

Whole Grain Breads by Machine or Hand: 200 Delicious, Healthful, Simple Recipes

Recipes ranging from sourdough to coffee with cardomom. The book includes wheat recipes, as well as breads made with spelt and buckwheat. Some recipes mix whole grains (like rye) with white flour – this is because you need the gluten, or the bread won’t rise properly. Instructions are given for making bread in the mixer, a machine, or even by hand.


KitchenAid Baking Companion Cookbook

Easy recipes (whether you’re a beginner or an expert. Includes recipes for breads such as whole wheat and chili corn bread.

Freeze Your Dough for Later

If you don’t want to eat your bread all at once, you can freeze one loaf for later. Let the extra loaf rise once and punch it down. Then wrap it tightly in foil and put it in the freezer. Defrost the loaf in the fridge, place in a prepared pan, and let it rise (the second time). Then bake as usual.


KitchenAid Recipe Collection

This cookbook includes recipes for bread, biscuits, scones, and much more (because, after all, you might want to eat something with your bread). Each recipe has a full-color photo, so you can see how the finished dish should look.


KitchenAid 3 Cookbooks in 1: Pies & Tarts; Cakes & Cupcakes; Breads

Recipes for breads, pies, and tarts, with photos of each one. The recipes use common cupboard staples you probably already have in your cupboard, so you won’t have to go hunt for exotic ingredients. Recipes include dinner rolls, garlic pull-apart bread, and caramel walnut banana torte (oh my!).




Whole Wheat and Multigrain Bread Recipes Made with Your Kitchenaid

  • Milk and honey whole wheat bread – Moist, tender, and slightly nutty. Milk and honey add richness and a sweet (but not too sweet) flavor.
  • Multigrain bread made in the Kitchenaid – Made with honey, oatmeal, and hot cereal mix.
  • Honey oatmeal bread  – Directly from the Kitchenaid Recipe cookbook (that comes with the mixer).  It calls for white flour, but you can use half wheat and half white if you prefer. I’ve cut this in half to make one loaf instead of two.
  • Whole grain bread – An unusual recipe that uses cooked cereal, which makes it very light and soft, more like white bread, but nutritious.

Make Your Own Quick Oats

If you don’t have quick cooking oats, but do have the regular kind, just toss them in a blender or mini chopper and grind them up for a few seconds.

Kitchenaid White Bread Recipes

  • Basic white bread – A simple white bread recipe from Epicurious; includes speed settings for your mixer.
  • Rapid mix, cool rise white bread – Instead of waiting for this bread to rise, you just prepare the loaves, put it in the fridge and let it sit overnight, or while you’re out.  Then just take it out and bake it.
  • Cinnamon raisin bread – I just love cinnamon raisin bread (you think you’re eating cake).
  • Challah recipe  – Perfect for dipping in honey on the Jewish holidays. If there are any leftovers, they make great French toast.
  • Potato bread – Hearty, soft and great for sopping up sauce or gravy
  • Single Loaf White Sandwich Bread – a nice, high loaf that’s great for sandwiches; and the recipe makes one loaf, which is great for one person!
  • Easy single loaf of white bread – adapted from King Arthur Flour’s recipe, this uses a mere five ingredients.




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Bread and Loaf Pans

Bread pans for pullman loaves, french bread, and long sandwich size breads.

You can make simple bread recipes in a standard loaf pan, but if you’re going to branch out into more complicated recipes, you’ll need a specialized pan to make it.


Chicago Metallic Commercial II Non-Stick Perforated French Bread Pan

French (or Italian) bread won’t come out right unless you use the right pan. The holes let moisture escape, and help you get bread that’s crusty on the outside and soft on the inside.


Norpro Sandwich Bread Pan
Most bread pans turn out a loaf that’s quite a bit smaller than the packaged loaf you’d get in a store.  This one is long enough to make a full-size sandwich size loaf. It’s non-stick and the sides are straight (rather than angled like most pans), so the bread will fit better in a sandwich bag.


USA Pullman Loaf Pan With Cover

The lid ensures you get a nice, square loaf. The pan is nonstick, and has a special coating that makes cleanup easy. Just wash it by hand (do not put it in the dishwasher, as that will remove the coating). Made in USA.

Kitchenaid Italian Bread Recipes

  • Cheesy Italian bread – Romano cheese is baked right into the bread.
  • Italian bread – It doesn’t specify this in the recipe, but mix this bread on speed 2.
  • Foccacia bread  – Tyler Florence’s focaccia recipe.
  • Ciabetta bread recipe – Just perfect for sandwiches. You may find yourself finishing the first loaf before the second one comes out of the oven.

More Kitchenaid Recipes:

 

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Kitchenaid Pasta Recipes

Use the pasta attachment to make your own fresh pasta. You know what’s in it, and it tastes sooo good. It’s lighter and more tender than the dried kind and works beautifully with light, creamy sauces (think cheese, butter, and herbs) or a tomato cream sauce.

 

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Kitchenaid Ice Cream Recipes

Fresh, homemade ice cream (i scream, you scream…). Make whatever flavor you want! If you always wanted chocolate rum raisin chip and can’t find it, or want to play with oddball flavors (like tea), you can. Or go for the classics, like chocolate or oreo.

 

Using Your Kitchenaid Mixer and Attachments

If you just got your mixer and aren’t sure how to use it (or the attachments), here are tips and instructions. This includes assembly, recipes, and videos so you can see exactly how the strainer, grinder, and slicer work.

 

 




The World’s Best Cheesecake Recipe

The Best Cheesecake Recipe

My mom got this recipe for New York cheesecake from a family friend in the cream cheese business. It’s a home kitchen version of the original Lindy’s cheesecake – which has been a New York institution since 1921.

In fact, Lindy’s (along with Junior’s) made New York cheesecake famous. It’s got sour cream, cream cheese, and heavy cream, so it’s very rich and very creamy. Everyone who has tried it (friends, family, co-workers) says it’s the best cheesecake they ever had! When my brother got married, this recipe was the first one his wife asked for.

A few years ago, when I was visiting my friend Betsy, she served me cheesecake for breakfast. It was the best breakfast ever!

I had originally posted this recipe on Squidoo, but now that Squidoo is gone and I have my own blog, I have republished it here.




Use a Kitchenaid Mixer!

This cheesecake is thick and rich. You’ll need a Kitchenaid mixer or other powerful mixer to make it. A low-powered or hand-held mixer won’t work.

KitchenAid Five Quart Stand Mixer 

The reason this mixer works so well is because it has dual spinning action (planetary motion), which means it spins both on the beater’s axis, and around the bowl.  That means it mixes faster and you get more mixing power than ordinary mixers.  You also don’t have to keep scraping down the sides of the bowl. You spend less time mixing and more time enjoying your cheesecake.

Some poor fellow tried to make this recipe by hand. It took him two days to mix it! I bet his arm was awfully sore.

If you don’t already have one, you’ll need a springform pan. This one, by Calphalon,  is perfect for cheesecake. It’s extra thick to distribute heat evenly, so your cheesecake will cook properly. The fluted base means it won’t leak. Makes cooking cheesecake easy (and a lot less messy).

Best Cheesecake Recipe Toppings

You can eat your cheesecake plain, garnish it with fresh berries, or go all out and make a topping.

Blueberry Cheesecake Topping

1/2 C sugar
3 T cornstarch
1 pint fresh blueberries (or use frozen)
2 T lemon juice
1 T butter.
Combine everything except the butter in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until it gets thick. Add the butter and let cool.

Raspberry Topping

2 C raspberries
1 C sugar
1 T cornstarch
Combine berries, sugar, and some water. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 3 minutes. In a separate, small bowl, mix the cornstarch and a little water. Add to the berry mixture. Cook, stirring, for five minutes, or until the sauce thickens.

Temperature control is critical when baking cheesecake. Too high, and your cake will be hard and dry, more likely to weep (pull out all the moisture) or crack; too low and it will fall apart. Get this thermometer to check your oven and make sure your cheesecake comes out perfect!

Chocolate Ganache Cheesecake Topping

1 C heavy cream
8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
Melt chocolate and cream over very low heat (or use a double boiler). Stir constantly until smooth and thick. Pour it over a chilled cheesecake. Spread quickly before it hardens. Once the cake is covered with chocolate, return to the fridge to set. Keep any leftover ganache in the refrigerator, covered. If you want to reuse it, reheat it gently.

Strawberry Topping

1 pint strawberries
1/3 C sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Chop the strawberries. Set aside about 1/3. Add the remaining berries to a saucepan with the sugar and vanilla. Cook over medium high heat. Stir occasionally, until it thickens. Puree the mixture with an immersion blender (or use a regular blender). Then add the uncooked berries, and serve over your cake.




(Topping recipes adapted from Baking 911)

Cheesecake Baking Tips

Keep the oven door closed and it shouldn’t crack.
Cheesecake keeps well in the fridge and freezer.
Make it ahead and defrost when you need it.

 A Note on Measurements

For anyone confused about the measurements (why 1/2 pint instead of 1 cup), it’s because pints and cups are different depending on whether it’s a liquid or solid volume of measure (yeah, it’s confusing), so a half pint of sour cream is not the same quantity as a 1/2 pint of heavy cream.

It’s also easier to measure that way, since the heavy cream comes in half pints and the sour cream comes in pints (just pour the entire container of cream, or half the container of sour cream, into the mixture).

If you don’t have sour cream where you live, you can use crema salvadorena instead.

Cheesecake Cookbooks


Junior’s Cheesecake Cookbook: 50 To-Die-For Recipes of New York-Style Cheesecake

After Lindy’s, there’s Junior’s, born in Brooklyn, and now famous worldwide. This cookbook has recipes for all of Junior’s best-selling varieties, from Strawberry Swirl to Cappuccino to Peanut Butter and Jelly!


125 Best Cheesecake Recipes

Become the king or queen of cheesecake with the recipes from this book. One reader on Amazon said her cakes used to come out burned or grainy, but now, they’re perfect every time.


A Passion for Baking: Bake to celebrate, Bake to nourish, Bake for fun

Marcy Goldman’s book on everything from cheesecake to muffins and cookies. Who could resist a recipe with a name like Chocolate Eruption Cheesecake?

The Cook’s Illustrated Baking Book

This guide to all things baking tells you not only what to do, but why. For example, it explains how the temperature of your ingredients can affect the final result (particularly important in baking), and when to use different fats (oil, butter, shortening). Each step is easy to understand and follow, whether you’re a beginner or an expert.

More Ways to Use Your Kitchenaid

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Kitchenaid Pasta Recipes

There’s just nothing like making your own fresh pasta. It’s more tender than the dried version, and cooks much faster too.  It’s ideal for creamy or buttery sauces. Use it for alfredo, but skip the bolognese.

kitchenaid homemade breadKitchenaid Bread Recipes

The smell of freshly baking bread is enough to make anyone immediately hungry (even if you just ate). And, you don’t even need special tools.  Just use the beater (and/or the dough hook) packed with your mixer.  Instructions for baguettes, whole wheat, potato, challah, and more at the link.

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Kitchenaid Ice Cream Recipes 

Commercial ice cream is easy to buy, but it also tends to have fillers and thickeners (to keep the costs down). But, if you make your own, you don’t have to wonder exactly what’s in your ice cream. You’ll know, because you did it yourself. And you can make the exact flavor you want (like oreo, or double ginger).

How to Use Your Kitchenaid Mixer and Attachments

Just got your Kitchenaid, and not sure how to use it? This page will show you exactly what do to to make sausage, grind meat, bake cookies, and puree or shred your own veggies.