Help - Electrolux doesn't knead 10 lbs. bread dough enough
I bought this Electrolux mixer from Pleasant Hill Grain because it states on their website that the mixer will handle up to 15 lbs. of bread dough. I make three very large loaves which will just fit into my oven.
67.5 oz freshly milled Whole Wheat
22.5 oz KASL
So this is 75% WW flour and 25% KASL high gluten stuff. Pretty normal hydration IMO. This is just our every day sandwich bread, nothing fancy. I let it cool a few hours or so and then slice it up and freeze it. The whole idea of getting the Electrolux over other mixers was to be able to make this amount at one time.
I dissolve the salt in the water, then mix the WW in with the dough hook until well blended. Then I let it sit for 2 - 3 hours. Then I mix in the IDY into the Sir Lancelot and mix that into the WW mixture, again with the dough hook until blended. At this point I go to the roller and scraper. When I'm making anything up to about 6 or 7 lbs., it works great without problems. The roller and scraper do a great job of kneading and the bread comes out wonderfully. Then I try and make my big batch of sandwich bread and I end up with semi bricks.
I was pretty new to bread making when I first got this machine. After hanging out here and reading a lot of books and making a lot of bread, I learned a few things. Now I know what the dough should look and feel like when it's been kneaded enough. Now I know that if it's not, you get bricks. Duh. My biggest problem was that I was following all of their directions and suggestions and getting frustrated with bread coming out lousy. I didn't realize until fairly recently that the problem was very simple. The machine just wasn't kneading the dough enough.
If anyone here makes anywhere in the neighborhood of 10 lbs. of bread with their Electrolux, please tell me about your process and techniques.