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When to use Ankarsrum Assistant Original Mixer's dough hook and when to use the dough roller?



I love my Ankarsrum Assistant Original Mixer by Sweden, but always wonder when I should use the dough hook and when I should use the dough roller. Apparently, it boils down to personal preference*, although below is a general guide.

* According to Lynn Junk, https://youtu.be/g03vzFqZ8dA, it is really up to your personal preference.

Personally, I prefer to use the dough hook. I use the dough hook most of the time as I find that it can handle even very small batch i.e. only 2 cups of flour. What about you? Which one do you use more?

In general, use the dough hook for:

1. Yeast dough recipe with low hydration/stiff dough
2. Thin dough
3. Mixing mincemeat

In addition, the mixer's manual recommends the dough hook along with the recipe for:

- Vastervik Sourdough bread
- Sourdough baguetties
- Danish rye bread
- Gotland bread
- Dark bread
- Ankasrum bread

In general, use the dough roller for:

1. Yeast dough recipe with higher hydration dough
2. Softer dough
3. Creaming butter or margarine
4. Thick/stiff cookie dough with oatmeal, nuts, seeds, chocolate chunks and fruit
5. Cake dough
6. Whipping cream
7. Meringue
8. Mixing mashed potatoes
9. Mixing minced meat, saugage meat, pate
10. Cake batter such as pound cake
11. Cheese cake
12. Pate A choux or cream puff dough
13. Whipping cream (large volume)
14. Whippnig egg white (large volume)

In addition, the mixer's manual recommends the dough roller along with the recipe for:

- White loaf bread
- Graham rolls
- Lemon bread
- Challah
- Brioche
- Naan
- Butter
- Focaccia
- Healthy apple muffins
- Cinnamon rolls
- Saffron rolls
- Mashed potatoes
- Pasta dough
- Pizza
- Ginger snaps

Use the double beaters for:

1. Light mixtures only, best for recipes which require beating air into the food
2. Whisking and whipping cream (smaller volume)
3. Whipping egg whites (smaller volume)
4. Whipping light icings (glazes)
5. Meringue
6. Mashmallows
9. Cupcakes
10. Cookies
11. Filling

In addition, the mixer's manual recommends the double beaters along with recipe for:

- Red velvet cupcakes
- Muffins
- Sponge cake with cardamon
- Chocolate chip cookies
- Meringue
- Koldskål

Use the single beaters for:

1. Cake batter
2. Pancake batter
3. Muffin batter
5. Brownies
6. Soft cookie dough
7. Danish short bread
8. Butter cookies
9. Biscuit dough
10. Scones
11. Pie dough
12. Pasta dough

In addition, the mixer's manual recommends the single beaters along with recipe for:

- Scones with Graham flour
- Danish biscuits
- Toffee biscuits with ginger
- Finnish sticks
- Broccoli pie with cheese

Page 14 of the English product manual has a summary table.

Ashley McCord is possibly the best video that shows how to use the mixer.

References:

English Product Manual

https://s3.amazonaws.com/cdn.rootsandharvest.com/downloads/product-manuals/1367%20Ankarsrum%20USA_English%20Manual.pdf

https://www.christinascucina.com/ankarsrum-assistent-review-in-one-word-brilliant-original-mixer/

http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/42755/would-love-hear-other-ankarsum-assistant-users

http://www.realbakingwithrose.com/blog/2014/07/02/special_tips_for_using_the_ank

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