A KitchenAid mixer makes baking homemade bread simple, because it mixes and kneads the bread for you. Gather your ingredients, mix them with your mixer, allow them to proof, and bake. One delicious recipe is adapted from a recipe that comes with a standard KitchenAid mixer and produces two large French loaves.
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Things you need
- 2 packages active dry yeast
- 2 1/2 cups warm water
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1 tbsp butter
- 7 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tbsp cornmeal
- Baking trays
- Kitchen towels
- Sharp knife
- 1 egg white
- 1 tbsp cold water
Dissolve the yeast in warm water in the bowl of the mixer. Set the speed to level 2 or 3, and mix until blended.
Add the salt, butter and most of the flour. When baking you can always add, but you cannot take away. Setting about a cup of flour aside allows you to judge your dough and decide whether you need all the flour.
Place the dough hook on the mixer.
Knead the dough for two more minutes at level 2 or 3. The dough should be slightly sticky.
Place the dough in a well-greased bowl, turning the dough to cover it completely in the grease to prevent a skin from forming. Place the bowl in a warm place, and wait for the dough to double in size.
Punch the dough down, and divide it into two rectangular loaves. Roll the loaves in cornmeal, and place them on baking trays. Cover the sheets with towels, and place them in a warm place to let the dough rise again.
Score four diagonal slices on the top of each loaf. Mix together the egg white and cold water, and brush the mixture over the loaves.
Bake at 232 degrees C for 50 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool.
Tips and warnings
- Kitchen Aid warns against kneading any bread dough in the mixing bowl for more than 10 minutes, because doing so could damage your mixer's motor.
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