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Old 03-16-2005, 01:14 PM   #1
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Keeping Bread Dough from Climbing Dough Hook

Dear colleagues: I am a relatively new to the world of cooking. I am trying to use my KitchenAid mixer to knead bread dough but the dough keeps climbing up the dough hook. Is there any way to prevent this from happening:?: Thanks so much:!:
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Old 03-16-2005, 01:22 PM   #2
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Welcome to the site, Gary! It's actually not a bad thing when your dough climbs up the hook. It means that it's getting closer to being ready. The trick is to make sure that it's not too sticky when you go to pull it off.

By mixing your dough in your KA, you're reducing your manual mixing/kneading time by a good 50%. The KA instructions say that you can tell the dough is ready when it pulls away from the bowl, forms a "ball" of sorts and climbs the hook. I believe they also say to not run it above speed 4 when you're mixing dough, either.

If the dough is climbing before it's fully kneaded and smooth, stop the mixer, add a little flour (I do a Tbsp at a time) and turn it on again. That should help everything pull together better.
Good luck!
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Old 03-16-2005, 01:34 PM   #3
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This used to happen to me with pizza dough. Now I lightly oil the shaft of the dough hook and that really reduces the climbing tendencies of the dough.
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Old 03-16-2005, 01:48 PM   #4
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PA Baker: Thanks so much. I greatly appreciate your help!
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Welcome to the site, Gary! It's actually not a bad thing when your dough climbs up the hook. It means that it's getting closer to being ready. The trick is to make sure that it's not too sticky when you go to pull it off.

By mixing your dough in your KA, you're reducing your manual mixing/kneading time by a good 50%. The KA instructions say that you can tell the dough is ready when it pulls away from the bowl, forms a "ball" of sorts and climbs the hook. I believe they also say to not run it above speed 4 when you're mixing dough, either.

If the dough is climbing before it's fully kneaded and smooth, stop the mixer, add a little flour (I do a Tbsp at a time) and turn it on again. That should help everything pull together better.
Good luck!
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Old 03-16-2005, 01:49 PM   #5
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Andy: Thanks. I'll try that.
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This used to happen to me with pizza dough. Now I lightly oil the shaft of the dough hook and that really reduces the climbing tendencies of the dough.
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Old 03-17-2005, 05:06 AM   #6
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Alton Brown said, to raise the speed and centrifugal force would bring it down. Oiling the dough hook sounds like an excellent idea too.
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Old 03-17-2005, 11:44 AM   #7
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Thanks for the info.
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Alton Brown said, to raise the speed and centrifugal force would bring it down. Oiling the dough hook sounds like an excellent idea too.
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