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Making dough in kitchenaid mixer - what speed?

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I'm making cinnamon rolls with red-white-and-blue frosting for the festivities tomorrow and want to use my Ktichenaid Mixer for the dough part....Help!

1) I presume I dissolve yeast separately and then just mix everything together right? Any specific order?
2) What speed do I use? I am guessing 2 or 4, but any tips?
3) How long does it usually take? For just a generic dough....my recipe doesn't specify.

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  1. There is no specific order beside blooming the yeast and then adding your wet and dry ingredients.

    2-3-4 is fine for speed.

    I takes about 10 minutes to set up your mise-en-place and build the dough. I like to let the dough rest 4-6 hours before building the rolls, but that is a personal preference.

    1. Slower is better, even if it takes a little longer and you have to stop once or twice to scrape down the sides and the kneader. Too much speed, especially if the dough is pretty thick, will start the mixer walking along the counter, and who knows where it will end up? also, it can knock the mixing bowl off its holders. go slow, take a few extra minutes, don't worry. 12-15 minutes should do it. then do your rising (an hour is enough, unless you have lots of time.

      1. I just read that cinnamon inhibits or slows the rise of yeastie beasties, so allow extra time for your rises if the recipe doesn't specify. Adam
        P.S. Are you using the hook the entire time, or starting w/ paddle and then switching to hook?