One of the greatest tasks I face in having 10 children is baking for them all. I can’t begin to tell you how many times someone has asked me how I cook for 10 kids. Really, it’s no different from cooking for two. It’s just more to make at one time (and a little more time involved). Seriously. I look at it as just another something that you gradually get used to (unless you, like, have quadruplets or something and you have to adjust to that dramatic life change, like, right away).
Since my children were all born one at a time, I never had that drastic change to deal with.
I do remember that one day I realized one loaf of bread wasn’t enough to feed all of my kids. I’d buy one loaf and have a few kids looking at me like, “Where’s my lunch?” It was then that I realized that I’d graduated to a couple of loaves of bread. The same thing happened when I realized that two wasn’t enough and that I’d, somehow, graduated to buying 3 to 4 loaves.
By the time I had teens in the house, I figured I’d better get to baking my own bread. I mean, who has time to be running back and forth to the store just because they forgot two or three of their kids ate four sandwiches instead of the traditional one?
Yeah, baking bread was my answer to having enough bread to feed everyone in the house at the same time.
One of the best tools for my large family baking tasks has been the Bosch Mixer. This is serious, and I’m not being paid to say this. The Bosch mixer saved me from those mixer overloads I used to experience with the professional Kitchen Aid mixers. Those things were a headache!
I always ran into a situation with the motors on the Kitchen Aids burning out. They’ve never lasted me longer than a year with all of the baking I do. The Bosch Universal mixer has toughed it out with me through the many, many baking sessions we’ve done together. It’s been many a day I’ve reached over and hugged that thang.
It was one of the best kitchen tools I’ve invested in, and I’ve never looked back.
So, what kinds of things do I use it for?
You know, I’m throwing in cinnamon buns, bread loaves, and quick breads. I also like to use it for cupcakes and cookie dough (different attachments for each, like with the Kitchen Aid). It’s really an efficient tool to have in the kitchen.
One of the recipes my kids love is my Sweet Coco Bread Twist. It’s your basic sweet bread, but with lots of sweet coconut and chopped nuts. It’s pretty decent with a cup of coffee too. That’s what I’m going to be sharing with you today.
Here’s a peek at what it looks like when it’s done.
The recipe is below. This recipe makes two large Coco Bread Twists. Hope you guys enjoy this recipe as much as my family does! 🙂