Friday Night Pizza

20171117_172556_resizedAround here if we are home.. Friday is Pizza night, everything from Frozen Grocery store to Take out to Fresh.  With  your Ankarsrum Mixer and the Vegetable Slicer attachment even your topping can be ready in no time.  A few minutes everything was sliced and cheese grated except some ham that I decided to add in the end.

Ankarsrum Mixer – Stainless Bowl and Scraper
-  Vegetable Slicer Attachment
Crust makes enough for 2 – 14 inch Pizzas
Time:  Mix crust at least 8 hrs ahead of time
Preheat oven with Stone in to 475 degrees before baking

For the crust:

  • 1 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 can beer
  • 1/2 cup sour dough starter
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • fresh ground flour approx 5 cups
    For pizza I usually have dough a bit firmer than for bread so flour will vary depending in the thickness of your starter. Just a touch sticky. Mix together the ingredients and knead on low for about 4 minutes. Place in a bowl and cover. Place in fridge till double in bulk at last 5 – 6 hrs to let that sourdough flavor come out.
    For toppings..use your imagination.  This one was quite simple. Here is where your vegetable slicer is just amazing.  In less than 3 minutes I had everything sliced. With the slicer I did the pepperoni, make sure it is a skinny stick so it fits in your shoot, or cut to fit, then I placed green onion and some olives below the peppers as you see in the picture. Works great as peppers push small things down and through. For the cheese I switched to the medium grater blade and again in no time all the cheese we needed.  If you notice a bit of ham.  I had a bit of leftover ham in the fridge so sliced a few pieces off and added this as well.  Made a sauce of some tomatoes, herbs and spices simmered and boiled down for about 45 minutes or simply add your favourite store bought sauce.

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  • Assembly:  Remove the dough from the fridge (I only made one so placed half the dough in a small container and froze for another day, not quite as nice and will need to thaw in fridge for at least a day but still better than store bought). Place your dough on a sheet of parchment paper and roll out. Now this is where you have 2 choices, either  assemble it on the parchment and slide onto your stone or do like I did and have everything from your sauce to toppings ready to go and open oven, quickly slide the rack with stone out most of the way and working quickly flip the dough onto the stone, pour on sauce then ham, pepperoni, olives, onions and then the cheese. Slide back into oven and bake till edges are crispy.  I like doing this as you can see by having that oven door open for a minute it makes the top element come on to reheat the oven resulting in a nicely browned top.  Now time to Enjoy!



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Ankarsrum Wins Prestigious Award

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Ankarsrum Assistent Original has recently won the Prestigious Plus X Award.  This award is for the leading edge in Quality and Innovation.  Winning in the following 4 categories: High Quality, Design, Ease of Use and Functionality.  It’s a great time to purchase an award winning mixer.  You can purchase at various retailers and on-line across Canada, check locations on our Store Locator Tab at or for the bargain hunter we now have a list of refurbished units available by clicking the tab at the top of this page, most of these are new or almost new.  Save 10% on the refurbished price shown till end of Nov.
Waiting for a new recipe….. Home.Made.  fresh pizza coming up this weekend.

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Potato Cream-Cheese Multigrain Porridge Bread


This bread recipe has got to have the longest name but the shortest life as I ate half a loaf the first day!  Two new favorites came from this bread…my favorite way to eat Mashed Potatoes and without a doubt my favorite bread ever!!!  There is absolutely no comparison in taste when using fresh flaked oats,that fresh flaking releases a nuttiness that can’t be found when buying stuff store bought stuff that was flaked months ago. Fresh flaked is only way to have porridge in the morning!
Thanks to Ian Sandmans Blog at for this recipe.   I modified but please follow the link above for this and so many other great recipes.

Ankarsrum Mixer -stainless bowl with Roller & scraper
-  plastic bowl with cookie whips
-  Ankarsrum Assistent Flaker attachment
- also grain mill attachment if you have it.
- kitchen scale as recipe is in grams

Makes 1 large loaf: (I doubled batch then free formed one and used a large loaf tin for the other).
Takes about 22 – 36 hrs total time


  1. 50 g hulled oats
  2. 20 g barley berries
  3. 30 g rye berries
  4. 38 g wheat bran
  5. 362 g hot water
  6. 160 g warm water
  7. 56 g sourdough starter (or use 1 1/2 tsp yeast)
  8. 175 g White flour
  9. 48 g Spelt flour
  10. 416 g warm water
  11. 22 g salt
  12. 25 g Olive Oil
  13. 226 g cream cheese (softened)
  14. 130 g mashed potatoes (with skins)
  15. 100 g Spelt flour
  16. 315 g White flour
  17. 200 g Whole wheat flour (fresh is best)


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With the Flaker attachment for your Ankarsrum Flake the Oats and Barley.  The rye you want to mill so it is like grits (chopped) or use a spice grinder to coarsely grind if don’t have a mill. Take ingredients #1 – 5 and put together in a bowl 4 – 6 hrs or overnight or if prefer cook this together like porridge and cool completely before adding to dough.
Make a Levain with ingredients #6 – 9.  Mix this together in the plastic bowl till well blended.  Let this sit aside on counter for at least 4 – 6 hrs or overnight.
Final Mix Place # 10 – 12 in your Stainless Bowl, add the #13 the cream cheese and blend, then the porridge you made ahead. Now add your Levain  and  #14 potatoes these can be room temperature or even heat a bit if were stored in fridge since making to ensure they will not stay clumpy.   Lastly add the remaining flours #15 – 17  mix on low till well blended and then turn up dial to about 4 o’clock and knead for about 6-8 minutes.  Remove dough from bowl and put in covered dish in fridge for 12 – 24 hrs. Remove from fridge allow to warm on counter for about 2 hrs.  Place in pan or proofing basket. Allow to rise for about 1 1/2 hrs, will only rise about 1/3 of final size.
Preheat oven to 550 degrees, if baking a free form loaf put your baking pan or stone in the oven to heat as well. Also put in a shallow pan on bottom of oven for steaming.  Once oven is hot place loaf in oven or with free formed loaf, flip with a transfer board or I just use an inverted cookie sheet with parchment paper and quickly flipped it, allow the dough a few moments to release and carefully remove proofing pan, score bread if like.  Slide complete with the parchemnt onto your baking stone, add 1 cup of water to your steam pan and shut oven as quickly as you can. Turn oven down to 450 after 5 minute. Bake 30 minutes and rotate loaf and  slide out the parchment to ensure even baking.  Bake another 15 minutes or till internal temperature reaches 205 degrees or seems done. I have really found over the last year or so when making more specialty breads the use of a thermometer is essential to getting the correct doneness.  As tempting as it is to cut into that loaf shortly after removing from oven allow at least 2 hrs before cutting.  Then enjoy.
Please note, these are baking methods that work for me, I am not a baker/bread maker by any means. I am mainly showing you the wonderful ways to enjoy your Ankarsrum and the recipes are just for example of the ways to use the mixer.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies


Almost thanksgiving and while most are thinking what to serve with their turkey.  As I am not hosting this year my focus is on what am I going to make for snacks between those Turkey meals.   I found this recipe in an old family recipe book made them years ago and forgot how good they are. Plus you can whip them up in no time.

Ankarsrum Mixer with the Roller and Scraper attachment
Preheat oven to 370 degrees
Makes about 2 dozen


  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (your own or canned)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp milk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp vanilla

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Place the pumpkin puree into your stainless bowl, since I used my own pumpkin it was a bit runnier than canned so I drained a bit of the juice off and added more pulp to make the cup. To this pumpkin add the sugar, oil , egg, salt, milk and vanilla.  Measure out your flour,cinnamon and baking soda.  Slowly add this to your liquid ingredients.  Once well mixed turn up higher for about 45 seconds to really whip air into them.   Reduce speed and blend in the chips and nuts.  This recipe is another example of the wonderful features of being able to so easily add ingredients to the Ankarsrum and see what is going on without having to stop it.  These cookies as many could be made in the plastic bowl instead but as I have mentioned  many times the results when using the roller and scraper is one of a kind mixing and results in lighter airier results than with whips.

Once well mixed drop by teaspoonful onto a lightly greased cookie sheet.  Bake in 370 degree oven for 12 minutes or till done.    Enjoy your cookies and hoping your Thanksgiving is filled with love, laughter and good times with Family & Friends and cherishing memories of those that cannot be around your table.

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Sour Dough Whole Wheat Bread

20170912_074208_resizedFinally getting to use my new starter.  Firstly a lesson..always save some starter in the freezer over summer if not going to be using it, secondly, don’t save it in a glass jar.  Dropped it on the floor so for the first time in years I had to start from new. It is simple, you can find recipes all across the internet.   As you may have seen in a few Instagram or Facebook posts my starter travelled across the prairies with me.  Likely could have left at home but though be neat to pic up culture from across the prairies during the time of year all the grain is being harvested.  Not sure if that is why or not but I have the liveliest starter!! Reaping the rewards of a couple delicious loaves.

Equipment: Ankarsrum with Dough Hook and Roller assembly plus the Grain Mill attachment
Makes 2 large round loaves
Preheat to 500 degrees then turn down to 450 degrees once putting bread into the oven.


  • 5 cups fresh ground hard spring wheat, I ground it first fairly course and then again as fine as it can be set
  • 1  cup white flour
  • 1 cup pancake batter consistency starter
  • 2 1/2 cups of warm water
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup flax seeds (cracked)

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Firstly take enough wheat berries to get 5 cups of flour and grind them though your grain mill, I first ground it fairly course and then again as fine as it could be set. Add the flax to 1/2 cup of the water and let sit till liquid absorbed. Set both of these aside.
In your mixer add the other 2 cups of water, the starter and honey, add enough whole wheat flour to form a thin batter. At this point you can add the salt and white flour and then the flax.  Now add the remaining flour as needed to have a fairly soft dough.   This dough did not hold its shape but would slowly flatten out.  I have learned from trial and error the softer I can leave the dough and still handle it the nicer the bread especially when making sourdough bread. Once you have a soft sticky dough turn your mixer to about 4 o’clock and set the timer for 10 minutes. After mixing well, place in a container, cover and allow to rise till  double.  I left mine in the fridge overnight as I have found it really gets a robust sour dough flavor in a slow proofing.  In morning I removed and carefully divided the dough handling as gently as possible. Here is where the scraper that comes with the mixer is handy to divide and gently shape into a ball and lift into well floured proofing baskets.  Place the seam at the top as that will be the bottom of your loaf.  Again allow to rise for a couple hrs.
Once ready to bake take a baking peel or baking pan that has a sheet of parchment paper on top and lay it over the proofing basket then flip it over.  Let it sit for a few seconds as the dough will gently drop onto the parchment paper. At this time slash your loaf if you like.  For the best results bake your bread in a hot oven that already has a baking stone that is fully heated for at least 30 minutes. Again if you have a baking peel that is easiest to slide the bread from but otherwise gently slide your loaf with the parchment onto the baking stone. and quickly close oven.  Now I like to steam it a bit so I keep a shallow pan in the bottom of my oven when preheating and just before closing the oven door I will quickly pour about 1/2 cup of water into the pan sending  up steam like crazy resulting in abeautiful crust. As soon as the oven door is shut turn the heat down to 450 degrees and bake for 15 minutes.  After the 15 minutes I give my loaves a half turn and remove the parchment for a nicer bottom crust. Bake another 10 minutes or till done.   Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack.  As tempting as it is. Best to leave the loaf for at least 30 minutes before cutting into it….then enjoy with a dab of butter..Yum!!
On a side note I am hearing again and again that sour dough bread is much gentler on your digestive system, especially for those with gluten sensitivity, I am not sure but maybe worth a try if its something you are sensitive too.
Again just a reminder…. I am here to show you how to use the Ankarsrum Mixer and accessories I am not a chef or professional baker. My recipes are often created in my free time by trial and error, I hope they work for you but they are mainly to show you the diversity of what can be done with and Ankarsrum.  I love to bake bread but my methods are mine alone, they are not professional or maybe not the correct way but they work for me and with the help of my Ankarsrum Assistent my family usually eats what I make:-)


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Ankarsrum’s In Action Across Canada this Weekend

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Russell Hendrix is hosting in store demos this Saturday.  So if you are interested in purchasing an Ankarsrum Mixer this Saturday is a great time to check them out.  We are unable to attend any of the demonstrations but if you purchase an Ankarsrum at one of their demonstrations, reach out to us Monday and we will send you a complimentary Citrus Press. Demos at the following locations: Abbotsford, Calgary, Edmonton, London, Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston and Brockville.

Our sourdough starter is ready to go.  Check back here next week for a delicious Whole Wheat Sour Dough Bread Recipe.

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Fresh Apple Spice Cake


Going to be a new fall favourite when the apples are fresh. Thanks to Sue Becker at our USA Ankarsrum Distributorship for this recipe.  It is featured in her wonderful book “The Essential Home Ground Flour Book” full of great recipes and information on the benefits of home grinding your grain and much more.  This cake is absolutely yummy.   I know already my dad will love it when I take him some tomorrow.

Attachments: Stainless bowl and scraper assembly
Grain Mill for fresh flour.
Makes a 9 x 13 cake pan
Preheat oven to 350 degrees


  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup melted honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups soft white or spelt flour (I used spelt)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups finely chopped and cored apples (Sue peeled but I left them on)
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)

With the mixer speed at about 4 o’clock cream together the butter and honey, add the egg, vanilla, sour cream and sugar. Mix well.  In another bowl combine the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.  Add this 1 cup at a time to the wet ingredients with the mixer at 3 o’clock. Dial down the speed even a bit more and fold in the apples and nuts. Spread in greased pan.  Bake for about 25 – 30 minutes till toothpick comes out clean.  Wonderful served with fresh whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

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These photos are a wonderful example of a couple special features on the Ankarsrum Assistent firstly notice with the open top how easy it is to add ingredients such as the apples.  Also the scraper that comes with your mixer is designed perfectly to clean out those little grooves on your roller and scrape out your bowl making sure you get to enjoy every last bit of this yummy cake. And lastly Sues wonderful book.

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Bread of the World..BBQ Style…

20170805_221201_resizedLovin’ this bread! And it doesn’t get better than sharing it with friends around a campfire… Once again I whipped up some “bread of the world” but this time ..BBQ style.  Yes, I have an Ankarsrum at the lake and with grain milled earlier at home I mixed a single batch of the bread and allowed it to rest as per original recipe most of the day. No Pizza stone so I used a couple cast iron pans instead as they work great for other breads and did here too. Be creative and have fun with bread if it doesn’t turn out some times, so what..think of all the times it does and you enjoy something new as we did here.

Ingredients and prep as per original recipe a few posts below.
Baking was the change here:
I used a 12″ and a 10″ cast iron pan and a propane BBQ.  After greasing the pans lightly I divided the bread for 2 loaves of flatbread.   I wanted to try a couple baking options for different BBQ’s so tried  one at a time on the bottom rack of a 4 burner grill with the 2 middle burners off and the 2 outside ones on, after flipping I placed them both on the top rack and turned on all the burners. Both methods worked but crispier with the 1st option.

Baked them on the first side at 475 for 15 minutes and on the second side for 15 minutes at 450. To turn them flip out onto a cutting board, slide back into pan to bake the other side.  Here is where the biggest change came.  Instead of serving just as a bread or with Oil/Vinegar dip as in the past this time I topped one of them as you would for a Greek pizza and it was a hit

Topping for 12″:

  • 1/2 cup Greek Salad dressing
  • 1/2 cup sliced Kalamata Olives
  • 1 cup sliced small tomatoes
  • 1 cup caramelised onions
  • 1 cup feta cheese
  • Drizzle with balsamic vinegar

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Enjoy!  Have a great summer and see you back here in September!


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Ciabatta Rolls


SO GOOD!!  Thanks to our blog reader who whats to remain anonymous for suggesting this for our last recipe.   I scoured the web for a recipe I liked and lucked out with this one.  After reading reviews on it was sure it would be a winner and it is!!  I adapted and doubledthe recipe but you can find the original recipe by following this link…

Use stand mixer with stainless bowl and roller
Makes about 3 dozen rolls
(dough needs to rest so allow better part of day or overnight to prepare and bake)

This recipe requires preparing  a biga (which creates a mild sourdough taste)
8 oz water
1 tsp active yeast
10 oz all purpose flour
In a smaller bowl dissolve the yeast in water. Pour this into the stainless bowl and whip at medium speed for about a minute to get the gluten going.  Scrape this into a smaller container and let sit for at least 8 hrs or overnight on the counter.  I covered mine loosely. After the time is up you will notice bubbles and it will have become almost runny.

Ciabatta Ingredients:
34 oz water (fairly warm but not hot)
2 tsp yeast
40 oz all purpose flour
4 tsp kosher salt.
Pour the water into the stainless bowl and add the yeast and yes,m you will see here I measured my ingredients for this with a scale, which I admit I usually don’t do..  Once dissolved add the Biga, this will be gooey and hard to break up.   Turn up the  speed a but and with the attached spatula mush it around a bit till broken down.   Add the flour and salt.  This will create a really wet, sticky dough. but that is what you want. You ca see in the pictures the difference from starting the knead till the end how nice it shapes up.  Allow this to sit for about 20 minutes.  After that time I set the timer to 12 minutes and allowed it to knead with the speed at about 4 o’clock.  While checking it occasionally you will see it go from that soft mush to a nice really smooth shiny dough.  After time is up, cover again and allow to sit for about 2-3 hrs till tripled in size.

At this time being very gentle with your dough, slide it onto parchment paper and divide it into half, half again and again till you have 32 rolls. Place these on a parchment lined pan. I used the spatula you get with the mixer for this.  I warn you here this is a really soft delicate dough to work with but with gentle handling the rolls will be so delish!!  I made most of mine quite small but left a few larger to try with burgers.  Allow to rise again till double, about 35 minutes. They will look like fluffy little pillows.
Place these in a preheated oven and slide parchment onto a baking stone or leave  on the pan.  I love baking on my stone whenever doing anything but a sandwich loaf style bread. Bake for 20 minutes or till puffed and golden.  Cool before eating.  These froze well and we a great treat with the homemade burgers from a recipe a few weeks ago.

A bit more work that regular buns but what a delicious change.  Definitely a recipe I will use again.   Thanks for the idea Sherry in BC!!

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One more recipe before summer break

Got busy with the excitement over the new models… promise that post will be up next week.  A customer request..and it is good!!20161004_102207_resized

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