Thanks to recently reading Surviving Off Off-Grid, I am often asking myself, “How would I complete [this electrified task] if I didn’t have electricity?”
Now this could be a despair-inducing exercise, but I don’t feel overwhelmed. I admit I have more questions than answers at this point! But, the process is exciting.
One task on my mind is how to bake sourdough bread in big batches without my Bosch mixer — I usually bake 6 loaves at a time. A Danish dough whisk (a gift from an eCourse member … you know who you are and thank you!) helps me with this task.
I’m no stranger to kneading dough by hand, and I enjoy that very much. But the kneading is never as difficult as the stage before that — incorporating umpteen cups of flour into a thick batter. A normal wooden spoon with a flat surface offers alot of resistance to the dough; and the dough sticks to the spoon, all of which makes the task quite hard.
Enter the Danish dough whisk. The open spiral shape allows me to incorporate flour into a thick dough with much less resistance. The dough doesn’t cling to this whisk as it would a wooden spoon. I haven’t used it to mix in the entirety of flour, but at least it gets me to the not-so-sticky stage at the end where I can use my hands and a clean surface to work in the rest of the flour.
I like the dough whisk for other tasks, too — like whisking flour into the sourdough starter for a feeding, mixing English muffin dough, or other batters and doughs from the Sourdough eCourse. For smaller tasks or smaller hands, the small whisk is more comfortable.
I’m really glad to have discovered this tool! Have you used a Danish dough whisk? What other hand tools do you find helpful for baking bread in large batches?