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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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