Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A Kitchen Assistent

Assistent Original

I’ve been playing with something new in the kitchen.

Have you seen one of these before?

It’s unique looking don’t you think. And big. It’s hard to tell by this photo, but it’s quite large. Especially the bowl. Over seven quarts… Could be good for big batch baking.

Assistent Original

It’s called an Assistent Original.

Assistent Original

And it’s been made in Ankarsrum, Sweden for decades.

But I just saw it for the first time last year, when a sweet reader that works at the company in Ankarsrum emailed me and asked if I’d like to play with one. I was fascinated by the look of it, so I said sure.

I love that it comes in pastel colors. That kinda sold me on wanting one.

Double Beaters

And these double beaters are cool, too.

Assistent Original

I used the roller and scraper function though to make a cookie dough.

I was trying to decide what to make with it the first time, and it only seemed right to go for a Swedish influenced recipe.

After searching online for Swedish cookies, I found recipes for Pepparkakor, Sandbakelser and Drömkakor … Or these Swedish Dream Cookies.

Swedish Dream Cookies

So cute. They’re like light airy sugar cookies, but not really soft. That didn’t stop me from eating them one after the other though. They’re kind of addictive actually and I had an immediate desire to dip them in coffee like I do with Biscoff cookies when I fly Delta. I think they’d soak up beautifully and dissolve in your mouth.

Mixing

This machine works different than my Kitchenaid. Here the bowl spins at different speeds. And the scraper and roller interact with the ingredients as the bowl rotates. Very interesting.

Scraping

Gotta say, the scraper was mesmerizing.

Mixing

And fun to watch as everything gets combined. You can move the roller closer or farther away from the edge of the bowl as needed.

Assistent Original

The bowl stayed pretty clean. At least until I added some wet ingredients. Still very interesting.

I’m not sure how often I’ll use it because it will take a little getting used to, but I definitely want to make room for it on my counter because it looks so cool.

Here’s the Assistent website in Sweden and here’s a site where you can find them in the US.

Cookie Dough

After the cookie dough comes together, roll it into small balls and bake.

Drömkakor

Here’s a slightly amended version of the Swedish Dream Cookies recipe on Saveur.com. (I didn’t have corn oil or regular flour on hand.)

Drömkakor

1 2/3 cake flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • In a small bowl, whisk flour and baking soda and set aside.
  • In a mixer, beat butter and sugars for a couple of minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Add oil and mix until smooth.
  • Add dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  • Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on parchment paper lined baking sheets about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake one sheet of cookies at a time until cookies are just set and crack on the top. About 20 minutes for me.
  • Cool on a wire rack.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Swedish Dream Cookies

Enjoy! (or Njut in Swedish) At least that’s what Google Translate says. : )

And If anyone has any traditional Swedish Recipes you’d like to share, please do. I’d love to hear your favorites.

I know some of you guys will have good ones.

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Esther Lim said...

:)

September 7, 2012 03:14 PM
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Averie @ Averie Cooks said...

What a cool mixer or appliance or whatever it is…if nothing else, the fact that it’s stainless & pink automatically makes it awesome!

September 7, 2012 06:39 PM
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andrea said...

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September 7, 2012 08:23 PM
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EG said...

Gosh, that thing is interesting-looking!

September 7, 2012 09:53 PM
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bridget {bake at 350} said...

That is so cute!!! Even if you never used it, it’s just adorable to sit on your counter. :)

September 8, 2012 09:46 AM
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Janis said...

I actually saw this machine for the first time on Pintrest. A poster had shard her recipe for cinnamon rolls and I was intrigued by the design. So funny that you are posting about it. Have fun playing with your new toy! A little jealous. I am one of a few wives that actually prefer a kitchen gadget for Christmas instead of other shiny bobbles.

September 8, 2012 06:27 PM
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Weekend Cowgirl said...

Your new mixer looks fabulous!! I so want one!!

September 8, 2012 06:49 PM
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Stina said...

Oh my, I thought these were available everywhere! (Is from Sweden) I’ve always lovd these new pastel colours, the onw my mom has is creamy yellow but VERY old.
And I LOVE Drömmar. They just melt in your mouth!
I think you should try Kärleksmums (Basically Love-Kärlek Mums-Yum) It’s like Swedish brownies, the cake is very moist and airy, and the frosting has a kind of fudge-ish taste to it. Then you top the whole thing off with LOTS of coconut sprinkles! Just make sure you get the right kind of recipe though, sometimes you get bad one and the cake is dry and the frosting tastes like…nothing. Also, if you want to make them extra yummy, make a lot of frosting and cut the brownies into pieces BEFORE pouring the frosting over them, so it covers all sides of the brownies.
I hope you could understand my poor English…
Hejdå!
/A Swedish fan

September 9, 2012 05:28 AM
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jeannie said...

Looks like a great tool. I make these cookies but I use baker’s
ammonia (harsthorn) instead of baking soda. It’s an old recipe but I think the baker’s ammonia makes the cookies really light.
Thanks for the post it is always cool to see new tools.

jeannie

September 9, 2012 01:42 PM
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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com said...

I love the color — so pretty!!

September 10, 2012 02:24 AM
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Mirjam said...

Oh great. I always thought I really, really needed a Kitchen Aid. Now I am sure that I really, reall need an Ankarsrum Assistent Original. I really, really need to win the lottery *sigh*

September 11, 2012 05:50 AM
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margo said...

We had one of these at home, I learned how to cook and bake with one of these. Our brand was Electrolux and it also had and attachment for blender. I got my finger caught many time at the rim. I will watch my mom make cakes for hours she use to sell cakes for extra $. Interesting there is nothing new under the sun. I enjoy your website.

September 12, 2012 09:30 AM
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Wendi said...

I’m normally not a pink kinda person but that is gorgeous! I love reading all about the fun and interesting things you post Angie. I can’t wait to try the Dream Cookies…yum!!!

Love your site and posts, hope your doing well!

September 12, 2012 01:42 PM
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christina gyllner said...

Hi, I just think it’s so fun that you’ve found a Swedish cookie to bake :)
I’m actually one of the 12 people on Sweden’s new ”Bake Off” series. I just love how creative you are!
hope you wanna check out my website when it finally comes up next week!

Great inspiration!

Christina

September 13, 2012 06:46 AM
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Kaylees Bridal said...

The cookie seem delicious.

September 14, 2012 03:50 AM
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Amanda Kerr said...

Prinsesstårta is my favorite we have it every year at christmas time or any family gathering :D

September 17, 2012 08:19 PM
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Grampa Knuckles said...

Great hearing all this wonderful news about the Assistent. I am from Canada and have had one for a number of years. Love it more all the time. Even like the pink. Nice to see someone that uses the roler and scraper for cookies too. From large bread batches to smaller cookies the roller and hook are my favorite attachments. Read that new pasta makers will soon be available.Have to call Lynn at the warehouse and see when I can get mine. Great blog with great pictures.

September 18, 2012 09:53 AM
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Kristine said...

Hi, :)
I’m Dutch and these look exactly like dutch cookies called ‘pepernoten’, we eat these in the winter, during christmas.

we also eat ‘stroopwafels’ these are thin cookies with kinda maply syrup/ caramel in between. you really have to try those too. :)

September 23, 2012 06:42 AM
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Lisa Cornely said...

These look so delicate and tender I wish I had time to bake them tonite. I will be making these this weekend.

September 25, 2012 09:21 PM
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Connie said...

My favorite baking memory is of my mother spending a Saturday baking cinnamon rolls, and letting us have them for supper. YUM!

September 27, 2012 01:17 PM
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Lisa said...

My favorite baking memory was making cheese with my grandmother then baking bread to go with the homemade cheese!

September 28, 2012 03:12 PM
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Karyn Maroney said...

My favorite baking memory was last holiday season when my eight year old daughter and I went NUTS making cake pops. We made them for Haloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and shared the extras with SO many friends. Then we gave extra supplies to those who wanted to try to make them. So much fun. We cant wait to do it again this year. :)

September 28, 2012 08:43 PM
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Paula Janczak said...

My favorite baking memory is a sweet one of my mom and her three sisters and all the husbands sharing a huge day each year to bake their traditional Italian cookies. The recipes make you chuckle as they call for copious amounts of everything.
They made 4 different types and everyone took home 4 o 5 huge containers (several feet high) of cookies to serve throughout the Christmas holiday. Though all the sisters and their husbands have left us, last year I bit the bullet and made my frist batch (after my husband reduced the amount of all the ingredients). The cookies and the memories they brought back were wonderful!

September 30, 2012 04:41 PM
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Didi Gigi said...

Bakerella, you are my hero… just forwarded your site to a few MORE friends today. And I am so proud of you for discovering this machine. I was in the market for my first REAL mixer a few years ago and researched and researched and decided on this one. I live in Austria, so I actually had to import it from Sweden and there were no fun colors available then, but it works like a dream. Everything tastes as though the machine also loves making cookies, and muffins and cupcakes, etc. Now, you have got me thinking I shoul dget one for my sister who still lives in the US. What fun!

October 30, 2012 01:57 PM
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Stefanie said...

My husband bought me this last year for my birthday (in white). I love it. I’ve never owned a kitchen aide so can’t compare, but this is an amazing mixer. The motors on these last 30+ years! So while it is pricy upfront, I’ll never have to replace it, even though I use it to make heavy whole wheat bread dough in it several times a week. (still using the roller and scraper, not the dough hook). It makes the softest whole wheat bread because you can leave the dough so moist when you start the kneading function as the gluten develops, the dough takes shape. And you can’t over-knead! It has a timer and turns itself off! BUT, the fun part is the double whisk. Make meringue, you will be amazed. I’ve never seen a mixer make such beautiful meringue before! Amost instantaneously too!

November 8, 2012 05:56 AM
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Becky said...

“Var så god” is what you what say for enjoy. It’s not a direct translation, but that’s what you say when you’re serving food.

August 12, 2013 07:12 AM
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Brian said...

Hi … what a great site, thank you. I’ve just heard of this mixer. I’m wondering if you’ve made a cheesecake with it. If so, what did you think of the process? I have a KitchenAid (have had it for 25 years how) and it works like a dream. But I can’t get over this new machine. I like the open top, so easy to add ingredients without having an overhead motor in the way. However, I’m really interested in knowing how it performs when making an ordinary cake, but especially a cheesecake. Thank you!

May 30, 2014 09:51 AM
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John Cramer said...

I’d like to know how you got one for free? i had one originally purchased in 2001 until it was stolen from me. It makes the most creamy cakes, bread, cookies, etc. It took me three yaers to find out which one was I using. If you can, hook me up.

June 2, 2014 10:32 PM
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