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Spiral Dough Hook & Kneading question.

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grem28

Spiral Dough Hook & Kneading question.

Hi all, i'm new at baking and just bought a 600 series kitchen aid mixer. Just wondering if using the spiral dough hook is the same as kneading for X amount of minutes. When i read the recipes it usually says to knead for x amount of time, or until smooth or whatever. my question is, does using the spiral hook replace that kneading time. Is the mixer doing the work and when it's done all i have to do is let it rise? thanks all.


 


damien

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G-man

The dough hook does the kneading.

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flournwater

Stand mixers usually knead thoroughly within about 6 - 8 minutes.  Keep the speed low (pehaps at setting #2 on your mixer) and knead for 5 - 6 minutes.  Then do a window pane test.  You'll get the knack of it after a few trial runs.  You mixer will knead the dough in less time than it wuld take doing it by hand but not by a huge margin.

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grem28

What's the window pane test?

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flournwater

"What's a window pane test?"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyb86ECObTM

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PeterS

the lowest speed to preserve your mixer and adjusting the time accordingly.

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rick.c

I have a pro 600 with the spiral hook.  It can take speed 2 (bagel dough for 10 min) without getting warm or blinking.  Speed 1 does not seem to mix as well, less centripetal acceleration or some such difference.


 


Rick

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grem28

Thanks guys for your input!

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grem28

Do i still need to do the folding or is folding the same as kneading?

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flournwater

A series of stretch and fold sequences will help ...  go ahead and include one or two in your process.