A slice of freshly baked homemade bread is nirvana for some, a money-saving alternative to store-bought loaves for others. Basic bread is simple to make, but the dough must be kneaded to develop the gluten in the flour, so that the bread will have the right texture. A KitchenAid Mixer takes the hard work of kneading out of making yeast breads. The dough hooks that come with the mixer can help you produce light, fluffy bread. You can mix the bread, knead it and let it rise in the same bowl, leaving less clean-up.
Dissolve the yeast in warm water in the mixer bowl. Let stand for five minutes.
Add the butter or oil, salt, sugar and any other ingredients except flour as called for by your recipe. Using the regular beater, blend on low speed for one minute.
Switch from the regular beater to the dough hook. On low speed, begin adding the flour, one cup at a time. Increase to medium speed.
Continue to knead the dough, once all the flour has been added. Knead until the dough is smooth and no longer sticky. This can take up to 10 minutes, depending on the recipe and humidity.
Switch off and unplug the mixer. Raise the mixing arm and remove the dough hook. Dump the dough onto a greased plate or piece of waxed paper and let it rest while you wash the mixer bowl.
Grease the mixer bowl with a light coat of butter or oil. Replace the dough in the bowl and cover with a piece of greased cling film. Allow to rise in a warm spot until double in bulk, about one hour.
Remove dough from bowl. Divide in half and place in loaf pans or shape on a baking tray. Bake according to recipe directions.
Do not knead for more than 10 minutes; the mixer motor could overheat.
Tips and warnings
- Do not knead for more than 10 minutes; the mixer motor could overheat.