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Hand Mixers?

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NillaFish's picture
NillaFish

Hand Mixers?

Hi, I just want to inquire about using hand held mixers for kneading. Beforehand, I did a little research and most people strongly recommended against kneading with a hand mixer.

 

Apparently it's because the mixer is not equipped to handle such a stiff 'batter' (dough). However, I have a recipe that makes a slack dough. Would it work if I kneaded it with a hand mixer? Or do you advise against it? 

 

BTW- in case you are wondering, I do have a stand mixer, but my mom broke the dough hook. Long story. 

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chris319

Hand mixers generally have dual dough hooks. Two hooks working the dough instead of one doubles the load on the motor.

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WoodenSpoon

hand mixers attached to yer arms, If its not to much to hold a throbbing, screeching and otherwise super abrasive hand mixer it should be a breeze to get wrist deep in that dough with a mixing spoon and a scraper.

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NillaFish

Gave it up, used my good old hands, and it was fine! It was not the end of the world :P