7 TIPS FOR MAKING BREAD WITH A KITCHENAID® STAND MIXER
Creative cooks are seeking the meditative comfort that comes from crafting delicious homemade bread more than ever before. Whether you’re already an accomplished baker or a novice who wants to branch out and add bread to your repertoire, you might wonder how to make homemade bread in a KitchenAid® stand mixer.
Use this guide to making bread with a KitchenAid® stand mixer to begin exploring a wide variety of bread recipes from across the world and techniques from beginner to advanced. Switching from making by hand to using a stand mixer can help streamline even the most technically challenging bread recipes by allowing you to mix ingredients evenly then knead the dough quickly right in the same bowl.
CAN YOU KNEAD BREAD WITH A KITCHENAID® MIXER?
Yes, kneading dough in a stand mixer is more efficient than kneading by hand. The fast, efficient kneading rhythm used in stand mixer bread dough recipes helps develop gluten strands that give structure to the bread when baked. In addition, using a stand mixer to knead dough helps reduce strain on your wrists while also reducing the overall kneading time. You’ll be able to use your time efficiently to knead, shape and proof your dough so you can move on to another exciting recipe.
1. HOW LONG SHOULD I KNEAD BREAD DOUGH IN A KITCHENAID® MIXER?
Mix bread dough in a stand mixer for no more than 2 minutes, then knead for 2–4 minutes more, depending on the recipe. You'll need to adapt the hand-kneading time in your favorite recipes so you don’t over-knead.
2 minutes might seem like a very short time when compared to hand-kneaded dough, but when you knead bread dough in a KitchenAid® mixer, it is very efficient. To get the best results, remember to set a timer. If you happen to forget a timer, you’ll know you’ve let the dough knead for too long if it begins to climb the hook towards the mixer. A perfectly kneaded dough will form a ball and clean the sides of the bowl as long as your ingredients have been properly measured and mixed.
2. WHAT SPEED SHOULD I USE TO KNEAD DOUGH IN A STAND MIXER?
You should only mix bread dough on speed 2. If you use a lower speed, the mixer will not be able to provide enough momentum to knead the dough properly.
3. WHICH STAND MIXER ACCESSORY SHOULD I USE TO KNEAD DOUGH?
Use one of two types of dough hooks—“C” shaped or Spiral shaped—depending on your stand mixer and bowl model. Use whichever dough hook came with your stand mixer or bowl. If you buy an additional bowl in a different size, make sure to check which hook will work with it. Likewise, if you buy an additional hook, check that it is compatible with your bowl. They are not always interchangeable.
“C” DOUGH HOOK
This accessory comes standard with all KitchenAid® tilt-head stand mixer models and some bowl-lift models. This dough hook kneads the dough by pushing it off the sides of the bowl.
SPIRAL DOUGH HOOK
Some large capacity bowl-lift models come with a “powerknead” spiral hook, which is shaped somewhat like a corkscrew and kneads the dough by pushing it off the bottom of the bowl. The spiral hook should only be used with mixer models and bowls that come with it. Using it with a mixer model or bowl it wasn’t designed for can damage the mixer.
4. WHAT TYPE OF FLOUR SHOULD I USE FOR STAND MIXER BREAD?
You can use nearly any kind of flour as you try a range of techniques and bread recipes in a stand mixer. Note that your bowl will hold more all-purpose flour than specialty flours such as whole wheat and bread flours, which tend to be bulkier once mixed with wet ingredients. Make sure not to exceed the capacity of your mixer bowl.
You can explore a range of specialty flours such as ancient grains like Amaranth or locally grown heirloom varieties of wheat to bring new tastes and textures to your table. If you want to experiment with custom flour blends, the KitchenAid® Grain Mill Attachment allows you to mill your own flours and have greater control over the quality and flavor of your ingredients vs store-bought flour.
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5. HOW MUCH WATER SHOULD I USE WHEN KNEADING THE DOUGH?
The amount of water you use depends on a few factors including the recipe, type of flour, and the temperature and humidity of your kitchen. Add water to your dry ingredients slowly down the side of the bowl while mixing on speed 2. Hold back some of the water from your recipe. If your dough still looks a little dry, add a bit more until the dough comes together and begins to pull away from the side of the bowl.
6. HOW DO I PREVENT THE DOUGH FROM STICKING TO THE STAND MIXER BOWL?
The best thing to do is keep to the ingredients in your recipe. Prevent dough from sticking to the sides of the stand mixer bowl by ensuring the optimal balance of liquid to dry ingredients. It is not recommended that you add oil or another non-stick ingredient as this could alter your recipe.
7. WHERE CAN I FIND A RECIPE FOR MAKING BREAD WITH A KITCHENAID® STAND MIXER?
You can find inspiration with a wide selection of bread recipes that use a KitchenAid® stand mixer in the Yummly® recipe library. You can also use any of your own favorite recipes, but remember to adjust your kneading time.
Beginners who want to master the fundamentals of bread baking can start with this Basic Bread recipe. If you’re ready for a bread that incorporates specialty flours, you can try this Whole Wheat Flax Seed Bread. Be sure to read our article about The Art of Creating Crusty Bread to learn more tips and techniques for achieving quality results with your stand mixer at home.
FIND THE PERFECT KITCHENAID® STAND MIXER FOR MAKING HOMEMADE BREAD
KitchenAid offers a full line of tilt-head and bowl-lift stand mixers with a variety of bowl capacities.
The tilt-head mixer tilts back for easy access to the bowl and accessories. It is compatible with bowls ranging from 3 to 5 quart with a maximum recipe size of 4½ lbs of bread dough.
The bowl-lift mixer bowl is secured to the base by two arms that lift the bowl smoothly into place under the beater for extra stability to handle large or heavy batches. Bowl capacities range from 4.5 to 7 quarts for up to 8¼ lbs of bread dough. An 8 quart commercial stand mixer is perfect for mixing in a bakery or for home cottage bakers who might sell quality bread at a local farmers’ market.
If you aren't sure what type of KitchenAid® stand mixer will work best for your bread-baking, learn more about the difference between tilt-head vs. bowl-lift stand mixers.
No matter what KitchenAid® stand mixer you choose, you can enjoy the freedom that a powerful stand mixer gives you to explore both basic and advanced techniques with recipes and flavors from around the world.
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