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Feb 23, 2006 11:10 AM

Kneading bread in KitchenAid stand mixer

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I usually make bread dough in my Cuisinart or kneading by hand, but realize I could well be doing this in my KitchenAid stand mixer. If a recipe says to knead for ten minutes by hand, how does that translate to this machine? Recipe calls for three and a half cups of flour. Do I use dough hook and let it run ten minutes on low? Seems too long?

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    eLizard (f/k/a Lizard)

    always knead at speed 2, and you can cut the kneading time in half as a rule. Kitchenaid has some great forums.....

    1. I just started using my Kitchenaid to knead dough, and realized I haven't been kneading bread long enough all these years by hand. Now I just knead it until you get the windowpane effect when it's stretched.

      I've also found that depending on the amount of dough, it will just wrap itself around the dough hook and not really knead itself, so I have to stand over it and periodically clear the hook. So the time sort of depends.

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      1. re: Jess

        Everything she said is totally right on!
        Once you do it in the stand-mixer, you realize you haven't done it well enough by hand. Also, "clearing" the hook from time to time is a must.
        I usually let the mixer "knead" on low for about ten minutes regardless of the bread recipe/type. I think it is just about the perfect amount of time. I often find that when a recipe says to knead by hand for 10 minutes, it isn't sufficient, and takes more like 20. Therefore, 10 in the mixer will be fine.

        1. re: Jess

          AB had a suggestion on his show to keep the dough from riding up on the hook - spray the hook with vegetable spray first. I do this and although it doesn't work perfectly, it is good enough not to worry if it climbs up a bit. Never had any problem using this method.