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Scored a cheap kitchenaid; dough hook usage?

pickledgarlic | Feb 7, 2009 11:53 AM

Hey folks,

I scored a cheap kitchenaid mixer at a yardsale. Clearances are fine, it mixes fine, but I'm having problems with the dough hook.

I've tried varous recipes (that include stand-mixer directions) and it never quite seems to work. Total flour volume is typically 4 1/2 - 5 cups. The dough initially looks like it is getting kneaded, but eventually just forms around the hook and kind of "spins in place" without getting kneaded much, such that after 10 minutes it's not really kneaded much at all. Nor can I get the dough, to do as per instructions, clear the sides but stick to the bottom of the bowl.

My question: is this normal? I've been a hand-kneader for awhile so I have no idea. Is my kitchenaid mixer just too big for 4 1/2 - 5 cups of flour and should I be using more (aka: is it not kneading properly because there is too much bowl, not enough material)?

Help would be greatly appreciated.

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