This post is sponsored by Pleasant Hill Grain. I received a Bosch Universal Plus to facilitate my review and Simply Perfect Rolls post. All views and opinions are wholly my own.
I have been a Bosch Universal stand mixer super-fan, since I purchased my first one, nearly seventeen years ago, from Pleasant Hill Grain. That mixer is still running strong, but now it’s living in our daughter’s kitchen. The very reasons I originally purchased it — durability, quality and power — are the reasons it is still my, (and now her), most essential kitchen appliance.
About a year ago, I received a gift of a new mixer — a popular name brand you would all recognize. It was large, and boasted tons of power, so, I gave my beloved Bosch to our daughter and spent a year using and testing the new mixer. While there was nothing inherently wrong with it, I never grew accustomed to the new appliance. It wasn’t as convenient to load ingredients into, it wasn’t easy to see and photograph into the bowl (critical for a food blogger 😉 ), and it was massively heavy. I had to stop every few seconds of mixing, to scrape the ingredients into the path of the beaters or my batters didn’t mix properly. It also did not have the same power I was accustomed to with my Bosch. With our large, always hungry crew, I was used to the ease of mixing 4-6 loaves of bread dough at a time. (The Bosch can actually handle mixing and kneading up to 8 2-pound loaves of bread dough, at one time.) That task was an obvious strain on this new mixer. It soon became obvious that after owning the “Cadillac” of stand mixers, I was never going to be as happy with a lesser machine. I definitely needed a new Bosch!
The 800 watt motor, and a unique high-torque transmission, transfer extraordinary power to the mixer’s dough hook, whisks or paddles. The 6.5 quart bowl is heavy duty, BPA-free polypropylene and has another unique feature — a tubular-shaped bottom which allows the whisks to pick up even small amounts of ingredients and distribute them into a recipe. No need to stop and scrape down the bowl, every few seconds. My Bosch came with both a dough hook and the whip drive with French whips. Also included was a dough hook extender, so that people with smaller families than mine can easily utilize this powerful machine for as little as one or two loaves worth of bread dough and enjoy the same success as with larger batches. The bowl has a 360º handle (Yup! It goes all the way around!), making it easy to lift off the drive or lock into place on it. The Bosch Universal Plus mixer also has a separate accessory drive that stays covered while the mixer is in operation. When the accessory drive is being used, the bowl is removed from its drive and replaced with the drive cover. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that the two part lid allows me to fully cover the mixing bowl, when it’s in operation! No rising clouds of flour poofing all around the mixer. And, I can simply remove the smaller center portion, to add more ingredients. The mixing bowl easily unlocks and lifts off the drive shaft after a slight, counter-clockwise turn, too. The mixer has four speeds and a manual pulse option.
As you can see, I’m excited to have a brand new Bosch Universal Plus stand mixer, back at home, on my kitchen counter. I’m baking more, now, and enjoying being back in my kitchen with what I consider to be the best home kitchen stand mixer on the market. I haven’t added accessories like the blender, shredder, food processor or juicer, yet, but I did purchase the cookie paddles that I loved so much with my original Bosch, and added two new-to-me attachments, the cake paddles and bowl scraper. And, I couldn’t be happier to be working with Pleasant Hill Grain, to tell you about THIS mixer and all the other fabulous tools they offer to make you the top chef in your own kitchen. They carry the best in stand mixers, grain mills, vacuum sealers and water purifiers, pressure cookers, cider presses, cookware, breadmakers, meat grinders, kitchen tools and gadgets, grain and so much more. Check out the new Pleasant Hill Grain website to see what would be perfect in YOUR kitchen.
EXCITING INSIDER’s NEWS!!! – Pleasant Hill Grain is right here in Nebraska! This March, I will be visiting their store, only 45 minutes from me, and bringing you even more information about all they have to offer. And there will be a fabulous surprise GIVEAWAY embedded in the post telling you all about it. You won’t believe how awesome! As a Mother’s Day surprise, Pleasant Hill Grain will sponsor a giveaway at Busy-at-Home for a Bosch Compact Stand Mixer!
Ok, let’s make some bread with this gorgeous machine! 36 Hamburger buns seems like a LOT, right? Well if you’re having 15 or 16 people for lunch, not really! I made them for pulled pork sandwiches, assuming everyone would have at least two. I ended up doubling this batch because we ate leftovers for supper and when fresh baked bread comes out of the oven, a few rolls are just naturally lost. lol They don’t even make it to the cooling rack. This morning when I woke up, I had 8 of 72 rolls, left. They are THAT good! This recipe also makes fantastic cinnamon rolls, hotdog buns, dinner rolls, or braided loaves. However, you decide to shape it, you and your family will want to bake this perfectly delicious roll recipe, often.
This week, I made those wonderfully soft and buttery hamburger buns you see at the top of the page, but the week before, I used the same dough to create a scrumptious Cinnamon Tea Ring. And you’ll never find a more delicious dinner roll recipe. That’s why I love this one — Simply Perfect Rolls are just that, one perfect recipe with so many possible applications. Enjoy!
- 1½ cups milk, scalded
- ½ cup butter, melted
- ½ cup sugar
- 1½ teaspoon salt
- 3 Tablespoons active dry yeast
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
- 7½ - 8½ cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Pour milk into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until it just begins to boil.
- Remove milk from microwave, and add butter, ½ cup sugar and salt. Stir them together and then set the bowl aside to allow the milk mixture to cool a bit. IMPORTANT : It needs to cool to just under 110 degrees F to keep from killing your yeast.
- Add yeast, 2 Tablespoons sugar and warm water to the bowl of your stand mixer or the large bowl in which you will mix the dough by hand. Stir to combine and then set aside so yeast can soften and become foamy -- probably 15 minutes or so, to give the milk mixture time to cool. (It's important to do this in a large bowl. The yeast mixture will foam and grow climbing the sides of the bowl.)
- Once the milk mixture has cooled and yeast mixture is foamy, you are ready to combine everything and create your dough.
- Pour the yeast mixture, cooled milk mixture, beaten eggs and 4 cups of flour into the bowl of your stand mixer. (You can stir this together by hand, as well. Expect to spend 10 to 15 minutes kneading, if working by hand.) Use the dough hook on your mixer to begin combining the ingredients and forming the bread dough.
- Once everything is completely combined, start adding the remaining flour, ½ cup at a time. Mix the flour in, completely, before adding the next half cup. Continue adding flour until the dough comes together in a single mass and cleans the sides of your mixing bowl. The dough will be soft and may actually feel slightly tacky, when you touch it or pick it up. Resist the urge to add more flour. Trust me, if it cleaned the sides of your bowl, it's perfect!
- Knead for 7 minutes in stand mixer.
- Lightly oil a large bowl and place the needed dough inside. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until double in size. (30 - 45 minutes)
- Punch down the bread doough and quickly and lightly knead into a smooth ball. Divide it into fourths. Cut each fourth into 9 equal pieces and shape into round balls. Arrange the dough balls on a lightly greased baking sheet (1 dozen per sheet). Cover and allow to rise for another 30 minutes.
- Bake in preheated oven until browned, about 15 minutes, for hamburger buns or dinner rolls. Cinnamon rolls, tea rings or loaves will require more time. Adjust time for the shape you are baking.
- Brush baked rolls or loaves with melted butter after removing them from the oven. That helps the crust say soft and enhances the delicious flavor.