New KitchenAid Mixer --- Not the right model for bread or did I do something wrong?
My lovely wife bought me a KitchenAid Mixer for Chrismas this year. Today was the first time I had a chance to bake since the holidays and I decided to break it in with a fairly wet dough (about 60% hydration, 550 g flour, 330 g water + 100% starter). This particular model has a 300 watt motor with a 4.5 quart bowl (model number KSM95CU). I should also note I did not exceed the speed setting of 2 while kneading. (I think I did turn it up a bit higher when I was mixing 330g flour and 330g water prior to autolyze, but I didn't notice anything then and it had a 20 minute rest before I added the rest of the flour and the problems started happening).
I had two issues, #1 is not major but #2 is the real concern.
1. The dough kept climbing the hook. And by climbing the hook I mean it went over the top of the attachment and if I did not repeatedly stop the mixer and push it down, it would have spun up and inside the motor. This is not a huge issue, I can work with that. There is also the spiral dough hook I can try, and I can also try greasing it better or making smaller batches. The next issue is the real concern.
2. The top of the mixer got *very* hot and it started giving off the smell of a motor about to burnout. I've burnt out a few handheld electric mixers in my day and it was smelling exactly like a handheld mixer starts to smell right before it burns out.
Now the dough turned out quite nice, so I am happy with that. My main concern is that the mixer will burnout from repeated use. I guess we are debating now whether this is normal and not cause for concern or if we should exchange for either another model with a higher watt motor or something else like the electrolux dlx. It seems like an expensive mixer like this should not have any trouble mixing up a small dough batch without burning out, I mean I thought this is what they were for after all....