Ask anyone for advice who has made bread and you’ll hear dozens of different instructions for the same recipe:
- Your mother will press the dough for 10 minutes after it’s raised while your grandmother wouldn’t dream of working the dough so long.
- Some bakers will swear by instant yeast while others curse it’s name.
- Should you weigh your ingredients or use measuring cups?
- Is water better than milk in a recipe?
- What about oil versus butter or hand kneading compared to machine mixing?
Every baker has their own tried-and-true baking techniques for making the perfect loaf of bread.
One thing we can all agree on is that kneading the dough plays a key role in gluten development and has a major effect on the overall outcome of the bread. Busy bakers these days are using stand mixers more often so they can multitask while bread dough kneads for a good 5-10 minutes at a time. If you’ve gone the route of machine mixing, you’ll be happy to know that some mixers do much better at kneading than others.
Bosch Stand Mixers Outperform The Competition When It Comes To Mixing and Kneading Bread Dough
The Bosch stand mixers powerful motor combined with its patented dough hook, creates efficient and unmatched mixing.. If you want to know just how well the Bosch combines and mixes all your ingredients, watch this bread dough test with food dye below. The Bosch mixer successfully blends the food dye evenly throughout the dough, while the competitor mixer plainly does not. See for yourself:
The major difference between these two machines when it comes to making bread boils down to three important components.
The Patented Dough Hook – With it’s blade and dual bar design, the Bosch dough hook folds, tucks, and stretches bread dough as if it were being kneaded by hand. This dough hook fully incorporates and kneads every single ingredient, developing gluten faster than any other method
The Powerful Motor – With a 6.5 quart bowl, you can mix up to 34 dozen cookies and 14 one-pound loaves of bread using a strong and dependable 800 watt motor. Competitors mixers that have an 8 quart bowl but only a 500 watt motor, leave many of their users unsatisfied after long term use and burned out motors.
The Unobstructed Bowl – The two piece clear, convenient splash ring with lid, allows easy access to the mixing bowl. There is no big heavy motor head covering your view and no need to turn off the mixer to add more ingredients. Simply take off the lid while mixing and add what you need. The lid is secure and will prevent any flour clouds from covering your kitchen.
Bosch Stand Mixers Are Easy To Clean
Every component on the Bosch can be removed for a thorough cleaning. The bowl detaches from the base and the center drive shaft can be removed from the bowl with one quick turn. The following components are safe for the top rack of your dishwasher:
- Plastic bowl
- Splash ring and lid
- Wire whips
- Plastic whip drive
- Plastic cookie paddles
- Slicer shredder plastic lid and pusher
To maintain the nice finish we suggest hand washing the following:
- Dough hook
- Metal whip drive
- Drive shaft
- Slicer Shredder Stainless Steel Discs
See What Our Customers Are Saying About Their Bosch Stand Mixer
Christopher Marland – “Let me say, this mixer will mix over 1.5Kg of flour with additional nuts and water without any issue. I mixed a 3 loaf batch with a total mixed weight of 2.5kg without the mixer missing a beat. The dough hook looks unusual but don’t let that put you off. It mixes liquid into the dry ingredients quicker than any stand mixer I’ve seen and once combined it just keeps mixing. It has 800 [watt] to work with and that is exactly what is required to mix large quantities for home baking. Previously I was having to mix and knead 3 loafs separately which took about 40 mins in all. With this I mix 3 loafs at one time, all done in about 15 minutes with the mix and about 10 mins to knead the bread to get the gluten formed. It easily mixes just single loaves or pizza dough batches with the dough hook extender which at $9.99 on Amazon is nothing much and vital to make this totally universal.”
“I read negatives about the cleaning. I wash everything by hand, just read the instructions to take out the center pillar to wash it separate from the bowl. Use a plastic bristled brush and the clean up is simple, easy and takes only a minute or two more than a bowl and dough hook on a stand mixer.”
Armstrang – “My wife uses it a lot more than she used to use the Household-Name-Brand mixer she had used for 10 years, but was burning out. This baby is powerful, and doesn’t have a problem with large quantities or with heavy dough and batter. It does small and runny batches well, too. Adding ingredients is a breeze! Also, it is light, but it stays put during use. I usually have the clean-up duty, and I am happy to report that the Bosch Universal Plus is easy to clean up and put away. And: The plastic bowl is just fine, so I scrapped my plan to replace it with a stainless steel one. This is a great mixer, and we are very glad we bought it.”
Goodfruit – “Why did I wait so long? This mixer is everything I hoped for, it has a large capacity, takes on anything, mixes quickly and efficiently, doesn’t walk across my counter, in short, its awesome!”
“That other brand has nothing on this one, the bowl is really easy to remove and clean, its 800 watts, and it comes with a second motor to add a blender or other attachments in the future. I mixed three loaves of bread in about 5 minutes and only 1/3 of the bowl was full, it could mix nine loaves.”
“I do recommend googling “bosch recipes” to find recipes formulated to make the most of its 6 qt capacity bowl. I made a pie crust recipe recently, used one crust, put two in the freezer for later. Either that or just triple all your favorite recipes, this thing can handle a lot!!”
Acey – “I’ve had a Kitchen Aid mixer and a Bosch. I ran back to the Bosch. The Kitchen Aid is HEAVY, Bulky and takes up too much space. The Kitchen Aid does not allow easy adding of additional ingredients because the head is too large. The Bosch is WONDERFUL. It’s fairly lightweight. It allows easy adding of ingredients. The Bosch has the cover that allows slow addition of dry ingredients, without ingredients from splattering. Changing the mixing tools is a breeze! I LOVE THIS MACHINE!”
Try Our Bosch Basic White Bread Recipe
Yield: 2 (9-inch) loaves
Cook Time: 30-40 Minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
|1 Cup warm milk|
|1 Cup warm water|
|4 Tbsp butter, softened|
|2 tsp salt|
|1 ½ Tbsp instant yeast|
|4 ½ to 6 Cups unbleached white flour|
With dough hook and dough hook extender* in place, add milk, water, butter, sugar, salt, about half the flour, and the yeast into the mixing bowl. Use the “M” switch to incorporate. Optional step: for enhanced flavor and texture, allow the batter to sit for 15-30 minutes, until it becomes bubbly. Slowly increase to Speed 2 and continue adding remaining flour, a little at a time, until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. You may not need all of the flour. Continue kneading at Speed 2 for 5-6 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic. Lightly flour your hands and the counter. Divide dough into equal portions and shape into loaves. Place in greased loaf pans and let rise until doubled in size. Bake at 350 degrees fahrenheit for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown and internal temperature reaches 109-200 degrees fahrenheit.
*The dough hook extender is recommended for small bread batches of 1-2 loaves, but may also be used for more efficient kneading of 3 or more loaves.
Trust Your Stand Mixer To Do More For You
Bosch stand mixers are great for a number of recipes including cookies, pastries, whipped cream, meringue, and cakes. But let’s talk about bread – sandwich bread, pizza dough, dinner rolls, hamburger buns, breadsticks, cinnamon rolls, cinnamon swirl bread, and artisan – you name it. Bosch is hands down the best mixer for domestic kitchens.
The Bosch Universal Plus Mixer is a lightweight, sturdy, powerful, and versatile mixer. It’s suction feet hold it in place when mixing large batches of bread in it’s 6.5 qt mixing bowl. The 800 watt motor will knead large batches of dough from start to finish.
Anything baked that starts in a Bosch just turns out better!