Olive and Parmesan Cob Loaf + KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer Review

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It’s not every day that you get offered to play with your dream piece of equipment but that’s exactly what happened recently when the lovely people at Kitchen Aid gifted me a beautiful Artisan Stand Mixer in Empire Red. I immediately knew I wanted to make, some bread, so having a look around my kitchen I came up with this Olive and Parmesan Cob Loaf. I have to say I am blown away by the beauty of the KitchenAid as my old stand mixer was a tad ugly and cumbersome so stayed in a cupboard in the garage and rarely ventured out. The KitchenAid on the other hand has a smaller footprint and after a little re-organisation of my worktops I made room for it as this stand mixer was made to show off. My mum has the same model in a silver grey colour which she treated herself to a few years ago and it goes perfectly with her kitchen (that’s the beauty of these machines they seem to come in every colour you can imagine)!
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So as well as it’s devilishly good looks that wouldn’t look out of place in an art gallery the KitchenAid seems extremely robust and engineered to last. My last stand mixer used to scare me a little as the bowl was so very wide at the top that I almost felt drawn in, not so with this one though as the bowl is narrower at the top and nice and deep plus there’s a lovely plastic bowl guard with pouring vent which also stops flour from filling your room. I do remember an afternoon making cakes with my daughter once and on adding the cocoa powder and icing sugar to our mixture the whole room was filled with clouds dust! Hence the guard is going to be very useful in avoiding such situations!

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The KitchenAid is easy to operate with a sliding lever mechanism which you just depress slightly. The instructions for bread making informed me not to go above setting 2 when kneading and to use setting 1 for mixing the dry ingredients together. In fact I was so at ease with the KitchenAid that I allowed my 12 yr old daughter to make pizza dough in it the following day under supervision. The dough hook does a great job and the machine seems less noisy than my old one which is also a bonus! As my stand mixer lived out in the garage we used to make all our bread by hand which is very relaxing and therapeutic but sometimes you just need to get on with other things when you’re pushed for time and I think that’s why I’d made less bread lately. All that will change now having the Kitchen Aid just there on the work top ready for action!

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I was hoping to try out some more recipes for cakes, meringue or even macarons which have been on my to do list for such a long time but sadly shortly after the KitchenAid’s arrival I was struck down with sciatica (bane of my life) which pretty much floored me for a couple of weeks so I’ve been playing catch-up ever since! I will follow up though with another recipe and let you know how I’ve found using the Kitchen Aid for uses other than bread.

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So back to my Olive and Parmesan Cob Loaf which I finished off with a dusting of semolina for a change which also highlighted the criss cross pattern beautifully. My family really enjoyed my loaf which went down well with a bowl of soup, I also think it would be great with houmous!

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Olive and Parmesan Cob Loaf + Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer Review
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Olive and Parmesan Cob Loaf is dusted with semolina and the perfect loaf to have with soup or cold food.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 8
  • 500g Strong white flour
  • 25 g Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Soft light brown sugar
  • 1 x 7g Sachet fast action yeast
  • 30g Green or black olives (in oil) drained & finely sliced
  • 300 mls Warm water
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  1. Place the flour, yeast, salt and sugar in mixing bowl and with flat beater attached mix on speed 1.
  2. Then tip in the cheese and olives and continue mixing until well combined.
  3. Replace beater with dough hook and then add 280 mls of water and the oil.
  4. If mixture looks a little dry continue to to add more water until a soft dough comes together.
  5. Knead the mixture on speed 2 for 5 – 6 minutes.
  6. Remove the dough from the bowl.
  7. Clean the bowl, lightly oil, place the dough back and cover with cling film
  8. Put in a warm, draft free place until dough doubles in size (about 40 – 60 mins).
  9. Preheat oven to 200ºC.
  10. Knead the dough for another 3 minutes.
  11. Tip onto a floured surface and knead into a dome shape.
  12. Place on a greased baking tray, cover with greased cling film and allow to rise for 40 minutes.
  13. Dust with semolina and using a long sharp knife score across the top in one direction and then the opposite.
  14. Place on middle oven shelf and bake for 35 to 40 minutes until golden and base makes a hollow sound when knocked:-)

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Here are some recipes from fellow bloggers made using the Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer:

Cheese, Ham & Onion Tear & Share Bread – The Crafty Larder
Apricot Couronne – It’s Not Easy Being Greedy
Pretzels – It’s Not Easy Being Greedy

As I used up ingredients that I had leftover I am entering my Olive and Parmesan Cob Loaf into:

Credit Crunch Munch which I run with Helen of Fuss Free Flavours and is this month being hosted by Manjiri of Travels for Taste.
No Waste Food Challenge hosted by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary
Bready Steady Go – hosted by Utterly Scrummy Food for Families and BakingQueen74 

NB: I was gifted a KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer, all opinions are my own and I received no payment.



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  1. Maya Russell

    What a gorgeous loaf! Like the addition of olives & parmasan.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Maya:-)

  2. Barbara

    The kitchen aid changed my baking completely! This looks an amazing loaf to try – perfect for homemade soup!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Barbara, yes love the Kitchen Aid:-)

  3. madmummymckean

    This looks scrummy!!!

  4. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    That looks like the perfect loaf of bread camilla. I am loving all the flavours in it.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Dannii:-)

  5. ManjiriK

    Wow look at that loaf , I want to eat it now! And yes major Kitchenaid envy happening right now and that too one in RED woohoo! Just wanted to ask did you powder the semolina before you dusted it? I use semolina a lot to make lots of dishes especially Indian recipes which is my am especially curious.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Maniri, I didn’t do anything to the semolina it was just shaken out of the box from Whitworths.

  6. kate @veggie desserts

    The mixer is so beautiful – but so is the bread! I love olives in bread.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Kate:-)

  7. Heather Haigh

    The bread looks fantastic and I’m so jealous of your mixer.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Heather, I don’t blame you:-)

  8. kellie@foodtoglow

    As a person with lifelong arthritis I use my cream Kitchen Aid stand mixer loads. The way it kneads bread and pizza dough makes homemade bakes SO much easier. And of course it looks so pretty! Your bread sounds wonderful, Camilla. I would add more cheese though 😉

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Kellie, yes you could add more olives and more cheese, I just used what I had to hand at the time:-)

  9. Jacqueline Meldrum

    That’s one good looking loaf Camilla. Drool! Stumbled, pinned and yummed.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jacqueline:-)

  10. Sharon @nut free wok

    Nice!!! You’re so lucky that you received a kitchen aide mixer to review!! I have always wondered if they are good for making bread dough. Thx for the recipe.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sharon, yes dough a great success;-)

  11. Platter Talk

    Gorgeous bread and mixer here! We love our Kitchen Aid and can’t wait to try this fabulous bread recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so much Dan:-)

  12. Tara

    Hubby makes the bread in these parts, this is gorgeous, I will have to show him!!

    1. Camilla

      Lucky you Tara, wish mine made bread!

  13. Miss Kitty Kaos

    I need a mixer like that in my life so I can make yummy bread like this

    1. Camilla


  14. Patty Haxton Anderson

    Aren’t you lucky? I love my kitchen aide

    1. Camilla

      I know Patty, so chuffed:-)

  15. Choclette

    I have the very same colour which I was lucky enough to win last year. Still can’t quite believe it. I love it, though so far I’ve only used it for bread. Keep meaning to try something fancy like Italian meringue and marshmallows. Your loaf looks perfect and sounds very tasty indeed.

    1. Camilla

      I remember Choclette and I was in awe of your win:-) So pleased to have my own to play with now:-)

  16. Peter @ Feed Your Soul Too

    This bread looks awesome.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Peter, went down well here:-)

  17. Elinor Hill aka Beachhutcook

    Gosh that looks tasty. Seriously jealous of that mixer!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Elinor, so happy with my new toy:-)

  18. Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours

    What a beautiful colour mixer! A decent stand mixer really does make such a difference to bread. Love the flavours in this, going to ask Ed to make a sourdough version.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Helen, I must venture into sourdough!

  19. Rachel

    I now want a kitchen aid more than ever, what a divine sounding loaf this is!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Rachel, I don’t blame you-)

  20. Fashion and Style Police

    This is so good. I love your mixer too.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-)

  21. Elizabeth

    This is such a stunning looking loaf, and I have mixer stand envy! How gorgeous is that, and that red colour! Wow!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so much Elizabeth:-) The KitchenAid is amazing:-)

  22. Emma T

    This looks like a seriously pro loaf of bread. I love these mixers. They’re like works of art!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Emma, yes the KitchenAid is just like a work of art:-)

  23. Emma White

    oh I love your mixer and that just looks amazing oh I so need to try to make this myself

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Emma:-)

  24. Louise Fairweather

    Your loaf looks fab as does your mixer! I need one!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Louise, can’t recommend it more:-)

  25. Margot

    I’m not sure what is more beautiful, that impressive loaf of bread or your new KitchenAid 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Aaw, thank you Margot:-)

  26. Anca

    The loaf looks great, perfect baking, perfect kneading. The stand mixer must be amazing, I’m sure you’ll use a lot. xx

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Anca, I certainly will be:-)

  27. Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry

    OMG. You have a Kitchen Aid mixer AND it is in RED. I NEED NEED NEED this. You are going to have so much fun creating with it.

    1. Camilla

      I know Bintu, I am soo lucky:-)

  28. Heidi Roberts

    The loaf look great – I really need to get back to bread making!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Heidi, yes I had left it far to long!

  29. Sarah James

    What a gorgeous looking loaf Camilla, it looks delicious. The KitchenAid takes all the hard work out of bread making, I would be lost without mine. Look forward to seeing your next recipe x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sarah, yes it is a little pack horse on the worktop taking the strain:-)

  30. Food Glorious Food

    Wow, lucky you 🙂 Your cob loaf looks amazing, mmmm x

    1. Camilla

      Thank you and yes very lucky;-)

  31. Keep Calm and Fanny On

    I have the red now too, love mine! I does need to go off to the KitchenAid Hospital every now and again, but I wouldn’t be without it… Enjoy it!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-)

  32. Elaine @ foodbod

    Fabulous loaf!!! Great playing!!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Elaine:-)

  33. Roz Goodgame

    absolutely love my Kitchin Aid, wouldn’t be without it, i love the colour range, we have a turquoise blue which is perfect in our kitchen. this bread sounds delicious – i love olives in bread.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Roz, that sounds like a fab colour:-)

  34. Gingey Bites

    I’m not jealous…much! 😛
    I would have chosen red too! Love the look of your bread 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Alex:-) I didn’t choose the colour but it was fate as my toaster and scales are both red, just love it:-)

  35. Annie B

    The kitchen aid changed my baking completely! This looks an amazing loaf to try – perfect for homemade soup!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Annie – I can’t wait to experiment more with my KitchenAid:-)

  36. GoodnightTheSkye

    That bread looks delicious! I would love to see how it does with Macaroons. <3

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, I’ll keep you posted:-)

  37. Julie Slater

    Thank you for this post. I’m fairly new to baking and Father Christmas gifted me an identical KitchenAid. I’m a nervous novice, so will try this forthwith!

    1. Camilla

      Fabulous Julie:-)

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