My guess is that one of the first things you'll bake when you get a new stand mixer is bread.
In fact, it's probably one of the main reasons to get one in the first place.
As a cook, nothing gives more pleasure than baking your own bread from scratch.
You can't beat the feeling of satisfaction you get when you take a perfectly risen, golden loaf from the oven.
And who can resist the smell of baking bread? whether it’s a warm crusty french stick, a light and airy ciabatta, or a slice of soft buttery brioche.
It's a real labour of love though, especially if yeast as a raising agent of choice. All that mixing, kneading, and proving takes time and effort.
And having the best stand mixer for bread sitting on your countertop can easily shave 20 minutes off your prep time.
It also frees you up to get on with all those other little jobs around the kitchen. Like greasing tins, prepping other ingredients, or just making the dinner.
Coming up, we’ve got a rundown of some of the strongest and most rugged mixers around.
The ones that are capable of handling large batches of the toughest bread doughs made with some of the coarser flours like wholemeal, spelt, or rye.
We’ll also check out every feature you should look for if you think you’ll be using your stand mixer to knock up a lot of bread.
And I know you're probably thinking power, durability, and bowl capacity are the most important factors to consider (they are, and we’ll get to them in a sec)
First off though, we need to talk about a possible nightmare scenario that could become a reality when you make your first batch of bread in your gleaming new stand mixer.
That once mixed, the dough climbs the hook and sits there going round in circles doing nothing at all.