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Question for 5 qt KitchenAid users...

verminiusrex's picture

Question for 5 qt KitchenAid users...

I've owned a 4.5 qt Kitchanaid and then upgraded to a 6 qt. When I write out my recipes, out of habit I do it for the full amount my 6 qt can handle, which is using 2 lbs of flour to create about 3.4-3.5 lbs of dough. The 4.5 qt Kitchenaid could handle about 1.5 lbs of flour (2.25 lbs of dough, if my math is right).

How much dough can a 5 qt Kitchenaid do without straining? It would be useful to me to know this if I follow through with some future recipe writing plans.

Thanks in advance.

subfuscpersona's picture

I would say about 4 lbs of dough, but it will vary with the dough's hydration and the kinds of flour in the dough. If the dough contains high gluten flour or a high % of whole grain flours it is more difficult for the mixer to knead the dough effectively. My Hobart era 5 qt KA handles 3.5 pounds of dough easily, regardless of recipe.