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Need help if you use KA/stand mixer to make pizza dough

Steady Habits | | Dec 16, 2008 07:21 AM

I usually use a recipe from Bugialli to make pizza dough by hand. It always turns out well.

But I've read here about the things people are using their stand mixers for, and decided I would like to learn to use mine KA (an Artisan) more. I used the recipe for Crusty Pizza Dough in the KA manual. I didn't expect it to be a prize-winning authentic crust, actually, but since it was the first time I'd made pizza dough by machine, I thought I'd use the manufacturer's recipe to get the hang of mixing/kneading by machine.

I don't know whether I mixed it or kneaded it for too long, but it was unpleasantly dry...not tough, but dry and tasteless, and hard to shape, too.

The yeast was fine; I proofed it, and the dough rose, so I know it's not that. I used King Arthur AP flour. The KA recipe calls for more flour (2-1/2 to 3-1/2 c.) than Bugialli's (2 c., definitively); 1 t. less oil; and about the same amount of H20 to proof the yeast. I started with the minimum amt. of flour (2-1/2 c.), but it wasn't coming off the side of the bowl, so I added more, gradually, up to 3 c., and in that process I would say I kneaded it a total of 4 minutes, versus the recipe's suggested 2 minutes.

Any guidance you can give me? I don't think I'm going to like the KA recipe, ultimately, anyway, but it's definitely easier to do it with the mixer. Any clues as to what I need to do differently to improve the product? TY.

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