Smoking Kitchen Aid
Hello all, this is my first post to The Fresh Loaf. I hope I am posting this in the correct forum. I received a beautiful Kitchen Aid mixer for my wedding and I have been using it (A LOT) for the last two years. I make a lot of bread (still learning). Wednesday (Day before Thanksgiving..of all days) I was prepping dough for dinner rolls and the standmixer started smoking! The gears overheated, I guess.
I worry that my kitchen aid was not powerful enough to handle heavier doughs. I cannot do double batches of dough. I thought, well, if I cannot fix the current standmixer I have, I may look into a kitchen aid with a stronger moter. While researching, I found that one reviewer for a Professional series machine, had trouble with her machine because after 10 minutes of standmixer kneading, the machine turned off to prevent overheat. Those that commented on her review stated that in a stand mixer, you do not need to knead dough more than 2-5 minutes. She replied back that with that short a time, gluten development is not complete and there is no "window pane."
When I originally received my stand mixer, I had only been kneading for at the most 5 minutes. After reading and learning more about bread making, I started kneading longer in the kitchenaid, to try and get that windowpane, when I stretch my dough. (I don't really get it, even after 15 minutes). I am thinking that the extended time, I kneaded the dough, caused the machinery in the stand mixer to overheat and smoke.
I guess what I am asking is:
1) If you are using a standmixer, how long do you normally knead your dough.
2) Do you continue to knead by hand after using the mixer?
3) What KitchenAid mixer, would be good for big batches of dough or do you recommend I try a different machine?
Thanks ahead of time, for any advice.
*posted to a comment:
The model I have: Kitchen Aid 5 qt Stand mixer, Artisan. Normal every day bread recipes are at minimum 1 1/2 cups of flour. The I don't have much problems with that. The recipe I was using when the kitchen aid started smoking: was 6 cups of flour (It also had 2 cups of mashed sweet potatoes). Hope this info helps.
*If I had researched about mixers, I would have probably not gone with a kitchenaid as well. Problem is I have a lot of attachments (Which my husband and I both use), so unless they can be used on other mixers brands, I will have to unfortunately stick to KA mixers and be more careful.