Convert Bread Machine Recipe to KitchenAid

I’m at BlogHer Food this weekend so here’s a post from the past for you to enjoy!  This is one of my most popular Pinterest posts.  

Make bread machine recipes using your KitchenAid- conversion tips

When I first started making bread, I had a bread machine.  Later, I got a KitchenAid mixer and started using that, especially after my bread machine broke!

But all of my recipes were geared for a Sunbeam bread machine, not a KitchenAid mixer.  What to do?

Here’s how to convert a recipe to KitchenAid, especially recipes that call for the bread machine’s dough cycle.

The bread machine dough cycle basically mixes, kneads, and gives the dough the first rise.

To convert to a KitchenAid or other mixer, such as Bosch Universal, mix the dough.

1. Dump in your wet ingredients

2. Dump in your dry ingredients reserving about half the flour

3.  Mix on a low speed using the kneading hook until the dough starts to come together

4.  Gradually add more flour about 1/2 a cup at a time until you get a ball of dough that does not stick to the sides.

When the dough comes together into a ball, start timing – usually a minimum of 5 minutes of kneading is needed. Then check the “gluten window” and knead more if necessary.  (Note: if you are making soft rolls or dough with lots of butter or sugar, you may get a “shaggy” soft dough, not a dough ball. This is normal)

Keep a close eye on the KA, put your hand on the part with the motor to make sure it doesn’t overheat because that will break your mixer. I have a 6 qt KitchenAid and haven’t had a problem with this, but I have heard the 5qt. Artisan series are notorious for this problem. If the motor feels really hot, turn it off for a minute or two and let it cool down.

Turn the dough out into a greased bowl and cover with a wet kitchen towel or greased parchment paper.  Set in a warm place to rise.

Let rise until doubled, then proceed with recipe.

If the recipe doesn’t have instructions beyond “turn the machine on bread setting”, when dough has doubled you’ll want to punch it down and form it into a loaf.  Put in a greased loaf pan and let it rise again, covering and setting in a warm place.

If your bread machine recipe doesn’t tell you the oven temp, set your oven for 350° and make sure it’s preheated before you bake.


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  • Maria D. @ Downright Domesticity January 11, 2011, 11:45 pm

    Yeah, that burnout happened to my mom about a week after she got her Kitchen Aid. :-( It was a pretty great smoke show! This post caught my eye on WFMW because my new year’s resolution is to make one bread product every week and, I hope, transform myself from a bread dunce to a bread genius! Sounds like you have experience with making bread, so my hat is off to you. :-)

  • mom2fur January 12, 2011, 8:53 am

    Thank you! I’ve also been using my KA (love that girl!) to make bread but so many recipes are for ABMs. It will be nice to be able to use these, too.

  • Denise January 12, 2011, 10:30 am

    I have so much catching up to do here. I haven’t gotten an update in almost a month…just subscribed via email though so hopefully that will keep me updated! Hope you are doing well! I love keeping up with you on Twitter :)

  • Melanie January 12, 2011, 7:57 pm

    That is a great tip! Thanks so much for sharing! You have a beautiful blog!


  • Lauren January 13, 2011, 8:09 pm

    Thanks for posting! I’ve been experimenting with bread and typically knead by hand, so I’ve been trying to figure out how to convert my recipes for my new KA. For the record, I’ve tried a few recipes and haven’t had an overheating problem yet, so fingers crossed.

  • Victor Thomas April 14, 2011, 8:15 am

    It is really interesting idea, I will share this information in my Breadmaker Review website,

  • Alissa September 27, 2012, 4:01 pm

    I just used your tips to mix up some flax and chia bread in my KA! Just curious… Do I still need to add the whole amount of yeast? 2 tsp to make a dozen buns sounds like a lot. Bread maker recipes typically have a lot, I know. Any thoughts on if I can cut back??

  • Milehimama September 27, 2012, 8:59 pm

    You can cut back on the yeast oftentimes, but it means you have to go longer on the rise. Also the breadmaker has a draft free warm place for dough to rise- so try to recreate that and keep the dough warm while rising! MAKE SURE you knead enough and it might take some experimentation- breadmaking is an art! Also make sure you do not add the yeast with salt, salt kills the yeast and shouldn’t touch before the dough is mixed.

  • Heather F October 25, 2012, 1:08 pm

    Had no idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • Robin February 21, 2013, 10:32 pm

    My bread machine broke after two uses, but the ingredients were already in the machine, so I googled how to make the dough anyway and came across this site. I was very excited to read the advice, and put the ingredients in my Kitchen Aid. The motor didn’t seem hot, but then I noticed smoke!! Now the Kitchen Aid is broken, too. :’(

  • Marianne May 22, 2013, 12:17 pm

    I have had my KA since the 80′s. I make all kinds of bread. I have all Attachments except ice cream maker and one of these days I will get it. I grind meat, all kinds, and make make pan and stuff sausage in casings. I grind, slice and chop with. I use it for just about every thing. Mine has never over heated. I had a large family so made a lot of bread.

  • Greg February 7, 2014, 1:30 am

    I have the KA kpm5 (Australian version) which is equivalent of the K5SS (US version) which has a bigger motor than the standard KSM150 base model. The specs for my model are Power: 315W, Bowl size: 4.8 litre. According to the KA web site, there is a maximum capacity specified and also a maximum run time for kneading with a dough hook on these and the base models. You can find the specs for your machine on the KA web site. The max capacity for my model is 1.7kg dough and a maximum kneading time of 5 minutes. (
    I found the machine struggles with 1.5kg total weight and 5 minutes is the outside limit before it really starts to heat up. I would suggest waiting an hour before continuing once the 5 minutes is up. Having said that, a solid 5 minutes of kneading by the KA should be enough for the dough to pass the window pane test.

  • TjNurse93 June 22, 2014, 12:10 pm

    how long do you cook the bread/rolls, in the oven?
    btw, thanks for the conversion information. I need to see if my KA is 5 or 6 quart, I really don’t think about that! LOL


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