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Bosch's new Built-In Kitchen Machine Replaces Several Appliances

Eliminate the need for multiple appliances that just perform one function each with the ultra-cool and attractive Built-In Kitchen Machine from Bosch's Concept Series. The MEK 7000 UC, which also comes in a counter-top model, has all stainless-steel housing that is almost flush with the counter, and can be covered with a matching cover when not in use to give you more work space.

The electronically controlled 700-watt motor, the most powerful in the mixer market, allows cooks to knead up to 12 pounds of dough in the 6-quart stainless steel mixing bowl or can handle jobs as small as beating a single egg. When it's not kneading large batches of dough, the motor powers a gentle-start function that prevents ingredients from splashing by gradually increasing the speed of the mixer. A four-in-one "mono" drive makes it easy to use the machine because all the attachments are mounted onto the same place and each automatically connects to the appropriate drive speed. The machine has four operating speeds, a momentary pulse function and a retractable pop-up control.

The basic unit has a built-in funnel in the lid of the mixing bowl for easy, spill-free filling, and a specially designed dough hook optimizes its kneading ability. A range of accessories is available so you don't need a variety of other appliances, and most of the accessories are dishwasher safe. Those who have a Bosch Concept 7 countertop mixer will find the attachments interchangeable. The set also comes with a bowl scraper, beating and stirring whisks and a cover for the blender drive.

The built-in kitchen unit retails for between $1,000 and $1,200 and can be purchased at The Panhandler (3072A College Drive, Baton Rouge, 225-927-4371) or through www.boschappliances.com. n

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