How to Use the Dough Hook on a KitchenAid

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Things You'll Need

  • KitchenAid mixer

  • Bread ingredients

  • Mixing bowl included with mixer

  • Flat paddle attachment

  • Dough hook attachment

Save your arms from kneading by using a dough hook.
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Take the work out of making homemade bread by using a dough hook on your KitchenAid mixer. Rather than spending 10 minutes kneading the dough, let the mixer take over the effort, freeing you to do other things. Anything which requires kneading can benefit from the use of a dough hook. Unlike the beater attachments, the dough hook consists of a single hook which turns and folds the dough in the mixing bowl. The power behind the machine's motor can let you more easily knead heavier doughs like whole wheat which could prove exhausting if prepared by hand.


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Step 1

Combine the wet bread ingredients with half of the flour in the mixing bowl of your KitchenAid mixer.

Step 2

Unlock the KitchenAid to lift the motor and access the attachment insert slot on the underside. Insert the paddle attachment into the attachment slot. Tilt the motor back down and lock it.


Step 3

Set the mixer to low to stir together the ingredients.

Step 4

Switch from the paddle attachment to the dough hook by unlocking the motor tilt, lifting it and pulling out the paddle attachment, replacing it with the dough hook.


Step 5

Lock the mixer into place after you tilt the motor assembly back so the dough hook sits in the mixing bowl.

Step 6

Use low speed as you add in the remaining half of the flour in ½-cup increments until a smooth, elastic ball forms.


Step 7

Continue to mix on low speed for five minutes to knead the dough.

Step 8

Unlock the KitchenAid and lift the top to pull the dough out of the mixing bowl for preparation.


Scrape the bottom and sides of the mixing bowl if dough sticks does not get mixed into the main dough ball.