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KitchenAid Kneading Time.

iPat's picture

KitchenAid Kneading Time.



    I've just started making breads with my KitchenAid 7 qt. + spiral dough hook.


    So far, I've made three 9" x 5" pan loaves; each with 52%, 62%, and 72% hydration (all different recipes).


    All of them took around 40 minutes on the recommended speed #2 to come together into a smooth dough.


    Is this about right? I never thought that it would take so long.


    Before, I use my KitchenAid mainly for cakes and cookies and I find it to be super efficient at those tasks. How come it's a totally different story when it comes to breads?


Thank You.

TheFreshestLoaf's picture

Sounds about right! Sometimes if it's not a lot of dough I start with a paddle, once it starts to ball up I change my attachment to hook and end it that way. Saves quite a few minutes.

suave's picture

40 minutes sounds insane.  It should be taking much less - not more than 5 minutes to bring a typical dough together + 5-10 minutes of kneading.   The standard advice is to start with the paddle - it works quite well if you don't lower it all the way down.  I started with this approach but have since discovered that I can do an even better job with thin semi-flexible spatula and water sprayer.  I simply do quick jabs along the wall to push the flour towards the center, and once the ball is sort of together spray the wall once or twice - this helps the dough grab onto it. 

iPat's picture

Thanks for the tips. I shall try them next time to kick start my kneading process.

Lazy Loafer's picture
Lazy Loafer

I agree, it shouldn't take more than five minutes for the dough to come together, and even to develop decent gluten. I think the problem might be with making just one loaf at a time in a large mixer. If you tried three or four loaves at a time, you might find it comes together much more quickly!

iPat's picture

If only I could eat that fast or have enough room in my freezer for storage!

Wild-Yeast's picture


Try autolyse. It lets the enzymes in the flour do the work for you:


iPat's picture

I do do that with some recipes, but I try to keep things varied for my own enjoyment.


The thing is, it usually takes no more than 10 minutes to knead in the other mixers. It's just the KitchenAid that takes unusually long, so I wonder...

Fatmat's picture

I gave up on using my kitchen aid to knead sourdoughs. I just do four sets of stretch and folds. No kneading at all and works perfectly. 

plevee's picture

My little Bosch Compact just kneaded 6 pounds of sourdough, mid hydration, 10% rye with Tangzhong to a perfect windowpane in 15 minutes. It was slightly warm at the end. My Kitchenaid would have croaked. I love this little machine


guitarluvdude's picture

Enriched breads will generally take 10 min of mixing on speed 4(3rd setting). 

Brioche will take 15 min plus on speed 4. 

Baguette will take 10 min, if hydration is high, on speed 4. 

Ciabatta will take 10 min plus on speed 4; that’s also using double hydration method!

“Simple sourdoughs” will take no more than 5 on speed 2. 

It is worth noting, my tilt head style that I used for 6 years, bounced around with “heavy mixing”(ie speed 4). I remedied that by placing a heavy rubber band on the locking switch. Even now, my new 8qt commercial will vibrate on speed 4. I’m a baker at a hospital and I use a 20 qt Hobart that would vibrate, if it was not bolted to a table. It’s not until one uses a 60-80qt like we have where speed 3(similar to speed 4 on kitchenaid) does not vibrate. Don’t be afraid!

iPat's picture

It's not the vibration that scares me. I'm afraid of the mixer breaking.


I used to work with a 5 qt. heavy duty model, and if you go too fast with something stiff in it, there would be a burning smell coming out of the unit >_<

guitarluvdude's picture

trust your judgement when it comes to your mixer. I beat the tar out of mine and never had an issue. Did it produce a slight odor after a round of brioche? You bet! Was the housing warm? Yes! I bought another bigger badder kitchenaid due to my good experiences. 

stanss's picture

I purchased a commercial KA about 6 months ago (the one with a orange power cord) and have had no problems. It brings all ingredients together in 2-4 min. and then I knead all on the "stir" setting using the dough hook.  You might need to adjust the bowl height setting, if it isn't picking up everything off the bottom in the bowl.  I had a KA Pro and they are a piece of junk.  This one seems to be working very good.  No clinking or heating problems.