My Life In The Kitchen

April 13, 2010

Hand Kneading vs Dough Paddle Mixer

Filed under: Baking, Food — Tags: , , — trinichiqn @ 11:55 pm

I am not going to lie, I want a Cuisine Art Stand Mixer something fierce. However I do love the feel of mixing my dough by hand. I love feeling the texture change from slimy, slushy and gloppy to firm, smooth dough.

With the mixer you hands stay cleaner
By hand you get a better feel for the dough

With the mixer you hands are free to multitask
By hand you don’t always have a free hand if needed

With the mixer it is less labour intensive
By hand you have to put your shoulders, back and arms into it.

I own a bread machine for those lazy days. I have wanted to cry and I may have a few times when I am kneading dough and it won’t hold, I have been kneading forever and it’s either too wet or too dry and I don’t know how it got there.

There are times when I get kitchen envy, I see the Cuisine Art or a Black and Decker with a dough hook or paddle and I think there is so much I can do with that. Then I remember I have ten perfectly good finger, two strong wrists and I have already done a lot with that and I can do so much more.

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