Kneading with a Bread Machine
When kneading bread dough with a stand mixer and dough hook, one often encounters one of two common problems: dough climbing the hook, and dough riding the hook; the dough wraps itself around the hook and goes for a ride around the bowl without being kneaded.
My question is, how well does a bread machine handle bread dough kneading? Most bread machines have a "dough only" mode and they use a much different mechanism than a stand mixer. Obviously there is no hook to climb in a bread machine, but how does a machine deal with the second problem, that of wrapping itself around the paddles and being pushed around on the bottom of the chamber? One factor to consider is that the shape of the bread chamber is square. Paddles rotating in a circular motion may encounter some resistance if the dough assumes the square shape of the chamber.
How well do bread machines knead dough? Are they disappointing or an undiscovered breakthrough in kneading technology?