For those of us unlucky people that do not have a Kitchen Aid with a dough hook...what is the proper technique for kneading dough. I normally mix everything with the hand mixer and as soon as its impossible to mix anymore I start the kneading.
However I've come across recipes that mix in the softened butter by kneading and others that never even use the mixer and just knead in all the flour and butter by hand. So I dont know if the variations just depends on personal choice or whether it does make a difference.
Any preferences to how to do it to ensure the bread ends up soft in the end? I mostly use yeast for sweet-like breads (cinnamon rolls, monkey bread, pull apart breads, etc)