Kneading dough by hand can be hard on the hands and leave your kitchen in a mess. That is where a bread machine with a dough kneading option might be very welcome.
During the dough cycle the dough is kneaded so that the gluten content is well developed and the gas released by the yeast is distributed throughout the dough to prevent the loaf from collapsing during baking. It also helps to develop the texture of the bread and prevents it from becoming heavy and dense.
Most bread maker models offer a separate dough setting that you may use for mixing the ingredients, kneading the dough and giving it a first rise. You can remove the dough from the bread maker and put it into an oven pan. Punch down the dough, shape it and let it rise for a second time. Once the dough has achieved its final rise you may bake it in your kitchen oven.
We have a selected a few of the most popular, or the best, bread machines that feature a menu setting for preparing dough. We look at the dough settings as well as the costs and benefits of each bread machine.
We start with the most affordable dough kneading bread machine: the Oster CKSTBRTW20 Expressbake. We then discuss a more expensive option which has two kneading blades: the Zojirushi BB-PAC20.
Oster CKSTBRTW20 with Dough and Bagel Dough Settings
The Oster CKSTBRTW20 has two bread dough settings: dough and bagel dough. The dough settings go through the same knead, rest, rise, punch down and shaping steps as the bread making and baking programs, but it has no baking step at the end.
First you add the liquids, second the dry stuff and last the yeast. Select the dough or bagel dough setting and press the start/stop button. The display will now count down the remaining time until the dough is finished at “0:00”. The completion of the dough program is signaled by five beeps. Press the start/stop button to stop the bread machine. You may remove the bread machine pan, remove the dough and place it into an oven pan.
It is a good idea to open the lid during the second kneading cycle (it happens about ten minutes into the dough program) to check the dough ball. You may sprinkle in a tablespoon of flour or more if the dough ball is too wet and sticky. The dough ball needs to be round and smooth. A dough ball that seems flaky and dry needs more moisture: add a teaspoon of water at a time until the dough is smooth and round. Be careful not to add too much water or you will have to add more flour.
You can use the dough setting of the Oster Expressbake for preparing pizza dough, dinner rolls and other dough recipes. This setting needs about 1 hour and 30 minutes to prepare a 2-pound dough recipe. The bagel dough setting is only for making bagel dough, which takes about 2 hours to prepare.
The Oster CKSTBRTW20 Expressbake does not have an automatic raisin dispenser. If you want to add raisin for a raisin bread recipe, then you need to listen for the beeping signals during the kneading stage. Open the lid and add the raisins, little by little, until it is kneaded into the dough by the paddle.
- It has no specific setting for gluten-free bread.
- The Oster CKSTBRTW20 is a modest machine at less than $100 (buy from Amazon.com).
- It has many settings and is easy to clean.
- It is an affordable machine that bakes good bread.
- It has two dough preparation settings for kneading dough.
The Oster 2-lb Expressbake makes good bread. Why pay hundreds of dollars for a bread machine that you mostly need for kneading dough? This Oster bread machine is cheap and easy to use. The CKSTBRTW20 user guide has dough recipes for pretzels, butter rolls, coffee cake, pizza crusts and basic pasta.
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Zojirushi BB-PAC20 with Regular and Quick Dough Settings
The BB-PAC20 bread machine has two dough settings: a regular dough course and a quick dough course. The dough preparation stages are the same for both dough programs: rest, knead, first rise, punch down and second rise.
The difference between the two dough settings is the time duration before completion and the type of yeast used.
The regular dough course uses active dry yeast and requires 1 hour and 50 minutes to finish.
The quick dough course uses rapid rise yeast and completes in only 50 minutes.
Remove the baking pan from the BB-PAC20 bread machine. Insert the dual kneading blades onto the rotating shafts and make sure the blades are sitting pretty. Add the ingredients to the baking pan. Add the water, flour, sugar, salt etc. Add the yeast on top, but make sure it does not come into contact with the liquids. Put the baking pan back into the BB-PAC20 bread machine and close the lid. You may now plug in the bread maker.
Select either the regular or the quick dough setting and press the start button. The start light will shine and the display will show information about the process. There is an audible signal beep that sounds for 30 seconds to remind you to add extra fruit, nuts or raisins if the dough recipe needs it.
The Zojirushi BB-PAC20 bread machine beeps and displays the word “COMPLETE” when it is finished resting, kneading and rising the dough. Push and hold the cancel button until it beeps to stop the bread machine.
Remove the baking pan and take out the dough. Remember to remove the kneading blades from the dough! Shape the dough by hand and let it do a final rise in an oven pan. Bake it in the oven.
- Its price is more than $200 (see Amazon.com’s pricing).
- It is a large machine that needs more counter space than other bread makers.
- Home Made option with 3 memory settings.
- This bread maker has a setting for kneading dough.
- The two paddles mix and knead the dough very well.
- Bakes a large traditional rectangular shaped 2-pound loaf.
- The extra heater built into the lid darkens the top of the crust.
The Zojirushi BB-PAC20 2-lb bread machine is not cheap, but it has two kneading paddles which kneads the dough very well. Its instruction manual has recipes for making various types of dough. You can prepare dough for rolls, croissants, pizzas and baguettes.
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Which bread maker would we buy for preparing dough? We would probably buy the CKSTBRTW20 because it is one of the cheapest bread machines with a dough setting. There is no need to purchase an expensive Zojirushi bread maker if you are not going to use it to make and bake the whole bread.