Hand Mixing vs. Machine ???'s
Ok, I've been reading ever so studiously about bread baking. I mean I need to know the basics, it's the foundation to great bread. I'm a little confused though between hand mixing and machine mixing and the importance of one over the other.
I've read that mixing is one of the most important steps in bread baking, but when I usually read this it then goes into instructions on how to machine mix. So, is mixing in the machine equivalent to kneading by hand? I have a dough whisk and believe me I could attempt to mix until I'm blue in the face and fading quick but I only seem to be able to just combine the ingredients and after that I just push the lump of mass around the bowl.
Is my techniques slacking or was my assumption right? Thanks.