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Frequently Asked Questions
Which hook Should I Use for Dough Mixing?
Most dough mixers come with this single attachment hook shaped like a curve or a spiral. This hook is designed to replicate the same effect of hand kneading.
Can I leave the machine running while I do other work?
Unless your dough mixer has anti-skid legs or a heavy base, it’s wise to stay with the machine while the dough mixing is in the process – this is to avoid the dough mixer moving around as the dough starts getting thicker and heavier.
How long does it take to knead the dough?
On average it takes 10 minutes, a couple more or less depending on the speed setting and the power of the dough mixing machine. You should be able to know when it’s done if you see the answer to the next question.
How do I know when the dough is done?
Before you start the process, the dough will usually look wet, lumpy and sticky.
After you start the process, the dough starts getting smoother and stronger in texture. It will not stick much to the sides of the bowl like before.
To put it to the test, simply pull out a piece of dough (the size of a golf ball), and start stretching it. If it breaks soon, the dough is not done.
If it’s done, you should be able to stretch it until the dough layer gets thinner as shown in the picture below.
What happens if I let the machine knead for too long?
If you let the dough mixer knead for too long, the dough will get too strong and hard. You won’t be able to push, fold or flatten the dough.
It’s best to stay with the machine to monitor the progress every few minutes to avoid wasting the dough.