Making Dough

I have dreamed of owning a KitchenAide mixer for several years now. I wanted it to make homemade buttercream frosting, for cake decorating. However, I just couldn’t justified the cost with the amount of cakes I was making. That fantasy was pushed aside and continued to use my hand mixer.

Then I started getting really serious about becoming a homesteader. My goal of becoming self-sufficient included baking all of my own bread. I started collecting recipes and baking bread on a regular basis. It was HARD work. Not just the kneading but the stirring, mixing and kneading. It would taking me several hours just to make two loafs of bread. That is when I started day dreaming again about owning a KitchenAide mixer.

Oh how easy my live would be if I only had a mixer! I talked about it all the time and drooled over them on the internet. I was so envious of all my friends that had one. I would watch Youtubers making delicious foods with their mixers and I was so jealous. Finally, my husband said to me, “If we buy a mixer, you have make homemade bread all the time”. I was like SOLD! I can totally keep homemade bread in the house. He ordered it that day. I was so excited! I was doing a happy dance and was so giddy! I think I even made up a song about it. I couldn’t wait for my mixer to arrive.

Two days later it was here. My husband was out of town so I had to send him pictures of course. He reminded me of our deal to always have fresh bread in the house. That is when I started to think, I was in way over my head. I mean do I really have the time to make bread every couple of days?

I made my first batch of bread with the mixer and it was fantastic! It literally cut the amount of mixing and kneading in half. Making the bread was so easy, I thought that I might have done something wrong. In fact I actually cooked it a little too long and my son said it tasted different. At the time I didn’t realize it was overcooked. I was concerned that the mixer changed the taste of the bread, some how. He went on to say that he thought the mixer mixed the ingredients too well. He is very scientific, you know. Oh no! My dream of having great tasting bread all the time was shattered.

Then I tasted it. Ohhhhhh! Yes it tasted different, but not because it was over mixed, I cooked it too long. I was so relieved. I was once again living in fairy tale of fresh baked bread.

Now I needed a plan. I had to block of baking time into my schedule. I sat down and did my meal plan for the week. I determined I needed to make two loafs of bread, 2 batches of sub rolls and some pizza dough. I set aside the whole day on Sunday to conquer this overwhelming task. I cleared my entire day so I could ensure I would have enough time to get everything done.

I started with the bread, because I had made that several times before and was comfortable with the recipe. I have just regular bread pans, but I would like to invest in the sandwich bread pans.

I have seen a lot of homesteaders on line use these pans. This is going to be my next purchase.

While the bread was rising I decided to move on to the pizza dough. I whipped the pizza dough up in no time, maybe 15 minutes. It was the first time I had ever made pizza dough and again, I thought it was going to take hours. Nope!

Now I was ready for my final recipe, sub rolls. This is the one I was most nervous about. I had never even thought about making sub rolls before and they seamed so intimidating. I am not sure why because they are basically just mini loaves of bread, but that is how my brain works.

Again, it took minutes rather than hours to get one batch of sub rolls ready to rise. I wanted to play it safe and only mix up one batch in case they were a flop. To my surprise they were pretty good! However, I learned that I need to make them longer. Lesson learned for the second batch.

While I was making all of this dough, I would bake the items that had risen. When all the bread and rolls were done, I was astonished at how little time it took. I am not exactly sure how long because I didn’t time the process, but it couldn’t have been more than 3 hours, including baking time.

I still need one more batch of sub rolls, but with the amount of time my mixer saved me I can bake those up on a work night, no problem. I also didn’t try the pizza dough yet, but fingers crossed it is fabulous.

What are some of your favorite bread recipes? I am looking to try some new recipes including hamburger rolls and biscuits. Let me know if you have a favorite recipe you like to use in your KitchenAide Mixer.

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