Kelly the Culinarian: Cooking with Kelly: Stand mixer bread

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Cooking with Kelly: Stand mixer bread

The anointing of the stand mixer begins! Yesterday I just had to take it for a spin and I decided to make a loaf of standard bread from the Kitchenaid recipe book to get started.

Here's the recipe:
Warm: 1/2 cup low-fat milk
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons butter or margarine

Melt the butter and dissolve the sugar, then allow it to cool to lukewarm. Dissolve 2 packets of active dry yeast in 1 and 1/2 cups warm water and add 4 and a 1/2 cups flour to the mixture, then attach the bowl and bread hook. Mix at speed two for one minute. Continue mixing at same speed and add flour 1/2 cup at a time until dough clings to hook and cleans the sides of the bowl, about two minutes. Knead it on speed two for two minutes more until the dough is smooth and elastic. Dough will be slightly sticky.

Put in a greased bowl and cover, then place in a warm, draft-free corner to rise until double in size, about one hour. Punch dough down and divide in half. Form into loaves and place in two greased loaf pans. Allow to rest and double in bulk for about one one.

Bake in 400-degree oven for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from pans and cool on wire racks.

I brushed them with melted butter and scored the loaves for a nicer look. I need to work on my loaf-forming skills, though, because these look like bricks.

Oh well, there's plenty more time for practice. What should I make next?


bha said...

Warm bread...i can smell it right here....:P

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I tried a bread recipe with my stand mixer once, and probably over-beat the whole thing. I'm going to give this formula a try, because I'd love to be able to use it for bread more regularly.

Pak Zawi said...

Looks nice and being freshly cooked the bread will definitely taste yummy.
Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Gloria Baker said...

Hi Kelly, I like so this recipe. I whish you a wonderful New Year!! Gloria

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I often start bread dough in the mixer, but I always finish the kneading by hand so I can feel when it's needed enough but not too much. Next thing to try? Cake or cupcake batter. So glad you're plunging in -- the Kitchenaid is one of the great tools of all time.

KC said...

I went through a phase for a while using a breadmaker all the time. The house would always fill up with wonderful aromas dragging my then-roommates out of their rooms looking for a slice!

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Dear Kelly
Thanks for your comments. Have a great new year. Good to forge bonds with new bloggers and share ideas and views. Wiil try out some of your recipes, indeed.