The mixer came with a dough hook and even though I was skeptical I decided to give bread a try. I used the recipe that came with the mixer and I was very impressed. The bread was a hit with my family and it is super easy and doesn't take much time.
When I started making my own bread a few years ago, I did all my kneading by hand and it was so time consuming. I eventually found a recipe that I could use for my bread machine and I have made all my own rolls, breadsticks and basic bread that way for quite some time. Now that I have a KitchenAid, this is my go to way of making bread. I have been making bread once or twice a week for the last few weeks and everyone has been happy with it.
Here is the recipe I use. It will make 2 loaves.
1/2 cup milk
3 Tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
3 Tablespoons butter
2 packages yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
5-6 cups of all-purpose flour
Place milk, sugar, salt and butter in a saucepan and heat over low till butter is melted and sugar dissolves Cool to lukewarm.
Dissolve yeast in warm water in warmed mixing bowl. Add milk mixture and 4 1/2 cups of flour. Using dough hook mix on speed 2 for about 1 minute. Continue on speed 2 and add remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time. Mix until dough clings to hook and cleans the sides of the bowl. Knead on speed 2 for 2 minutes long or until dough is smooth and elastic. Dough will be slightly sticky to the touch.
Place dough in greased bowl and cover. Allow to rise for 1 hour or double in bulk. Punch down dough and divide in half. Shape each half into a loaf and place in well greased loaf pan. Cover and let rise about 1 hour or double in bulk.
Bake at 400 degrees until golden brown about 30 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
|You will want to remove bread from pans and allow to cool on wire rack.|