I have a pretty new Kitchen Aid 5qt Artisan mixer.† I've only been able to use it, oh, maybe 6-8 times so far.† My question is really about the dough hook.† Whenever I've tried making dough it doesn't seem to really knead the dough.† By the time the dough really comes together, it just kind of rolls it up in a log or torpedo kind of shape and then it spins around the bowl - the hook doesnt' really continue to break into it and work the dough.
Is this a problem with my dough recipe?† Or maybe a problem with my hook - or heaven forbid my mixer? It seems to have happend every time so far, regardless of pizza dough/biscuit dough/etc.† I've never gotten to the point where the dough "climbs" the hook, so you know it's done or whatever.
Does anyone else have problems like this?† I just tried to make a loaf of italian bread tonight, using high-protein bread flour, and when it was "done" the dough didn't seem to have come together, and I couldn't really work it into a uniform ball without a bunch of cracks and lines and stuff.† Is this a problem with KA mixers?
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After reading around some more, I suppose I should also say that the recipe was a normal size recipe: 3 cups of flour.† I wasn't trying to do anything crazy or a huge double batch.† The mixer head seemed to bounce around a lot (the base never moved) and again, the dough just never really seemed to get kneaded at all.† †The bread came out incredibly dense, and the loaf seemed to weigh a ton.† Obviously the dough didn't get kneaded anywhere near where it should have been.† I'm affraid this mixer will be complete useless for any kind of dough recipes!