Another new Ank owner angst!
I am a new owner having broken two KA mixers over the past 3 years. I loved the bread I used to get from our local bakers in England - just a plain white sandwich loaf and could not get it in California so I have spent the last 8 years making it every week. After the second mixer broke I was kneading by hand. Perfect results every time. I use about 60% hydration, just flour (white 12.2% protein) water, 10% yeast, 20% salt. Sadly I just cannot seem to make it with my lovely shiny Ank. I have tried roller and dough hook. The latest batch I made (1200 gms flour) are a little better but no oven spring at all. I ran the machine on low until mixed then left for 20 minutes. Turned the machine on medium for 5 minutes, then another 5, then another 2. The dough was just clogging on the dough hook and not kneading, it got better then became very tacky. Did I over knead? I have tried a higher hydration but did not like the texture and it made a heavy loaf. Any suggestions? What am I doing wrong?