For Christmas, Sir's parents sent us his grandmother's KitchenAid stand-mixer. Avocado green and more than 30 years old, she's in perfect condition and runs like a dream. I cannot contain my excitement. Roll tape!
Beautiful, am I right? We gave it a spin with a King Arthur Flour gluten-free bread mix, which turned out absolutely phenomenal. Crusty and soft and piping hot - we cut some thick slices and dunked 'er in a bowl of beef soup.
A note - for a brown, shiny crust on homemade bread, go for a straight-yolk egg wash. Per Cook's Illustrated.
Obligatory cat photo: stand-mixer was sent back with several quilts; Ian thinks this one will do nicely.