Hand Kneading Bread Dough vs. Using a Bosch Dough Mixer

The smell and taste of home-baked bread — it might be one of the most familiar and welcoming smells anywhere. However, hand-kneading bread dough can prove to be daunting, even to the most experienced baker because it is so exhausting and time consuming. Instead, consider a Bosch mixer for your bread kneading.

Advantages Of A Bosch Dough Mixer

Bosch developed their first kitchen mixer more than half a century ago in 1952. Within two years, this workhorse appliance was touted as the top kitchen mixer capable of mixing bread. Today, Bosch kitchen mixers still hold top rankings even after all these years.

Bosch mixers offer exceptional quality, optimal performance and dependability that you can count on for years to come. These machines are so dependable that families often pass them down to their children to continue a bread-making tradition. Many users report two to three decades of service, making this one of the most faithful machines on the market.

The quality and German engineering will handle an extremely large batch of dough — as much as 14 pounds (8-10 loaves of bread). The 6.5 quart mixing bowl holds all your dough, and the machine has a pulsate option along with four more speeds so that you can easily knead the dough for extended periods of time without breaking your back or straining your arms.

How To Know When The Dough Is Ready

The purpose of kneading — whether by hand or machine — is to develop the gluten in the dough by lining up and tightening the strands. The dough will no longer be gummy and sticky. It is ready when it meets the following criteria:

  • Maintaining its shape – Form the dough into a ball and hold it. If it keeps its shape without sagging, then the gluten is ready. If it drips between your fingers, then the gluten isn’t tight enough yet and needs more work.
  • Transparency – Form a small piece of the dough into a thin sheet. It should stretch out into a thin film that is transparent enough to see through and that does not break. If the dough breaks, then you should keep kneading.
  • Smoothness – As you knead, the dough transforms from a lumpy mass into dough with a smooth texture and consistency while still somewhat tacky.
  • Firmness – Shape the dough into a ball and poke it. The indentation should fill back in. If a hole remains, then keep kneading to strengthen the gluten.
  • Tired arms – If you are kneading the dough by hand, you will probably be tired after 10 to 12 minutes. It is likely ready by this time. If you need to take a break before you finish, that’s fine. Rest for a few minutes and continue until the the dough is ready.

Time Differences When Kneading By Hand Or By Mixer

Typically, you must knead your dough for 8 to 10 minutes with a mixer or for 10 to 12 minutes by hand. While you are kneading the dough by hand, you cannot do anything else. With the mixer, you can multi-task in your kitchen, working on other projects while the dough mixes (like mixing up that cinnamon and sugar to put into your cinnamon rolls). Furthermore, you can mix more than one loaf at a time, saving yourself lots of time and energy.

A Bosch mixer really provides a more efficient and effective process for making bread dough than any other stand mixer. With its hand-like dough hook, you can make perfect dough that rises and bakes like bread from an artisan baker. Make your baking process easier by investing in a Bosch dough mixer such as our Bosch Universal Plus. It will be your best kitchen helper for years to come and someday you’ll be handing it down to your grandchild.