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Is a Stand Mixer or Bread Machine Better for Making Bread, NEW English Muffin Bread Machine Recipe

Published about 2 months ago • 2 min read

Is a bread machine or a stand mixer better for making yeast bread?

Great question. Here are some pros and cons for both machines.

Advantages of a Bread Machine

  • The timer--dump all ingredients into the bread machine pan, push START, and the timer takes over. Use the timer to manipulate bread-making to fit your schedule.
  • It's easy to make dough corrections on the fly. Add flour or liquid, if necessary, as you watch the dough knead to ensure the moisture level of the dough is correct.
  • The paddles do a great job of kneading (much better than most people can do by hand), and the timer prevents over-kneading.
  • You can bake a loaf of bread from beginning to end in a bread machine. I don't advocate this because, often, it's not a high-quality product. However, it's an option if you don't have a conventional oven available or it's too hot or expensive to turn it on. If you only want toast for breakfast, it may be good enough.

On the flip side:

  • Because the paddles are designed to develop gluten, it's not the best way to mix recipes that don't need gluten development.
  • Most bread machines can only handle 4½ cups of flour, although a few can make a 3 lb. loaf. Doubling a bread recipe is not recommended for most bread machines.
  • The "automatic-ness" of a bread machine can fool the hopeful consumer. Bread machines do not have a brain and benefit from human intervention and experience.

Advantages of a Stand Mixer

  • Versatility--make cakes, pies, pastries, and gluten-free bread—something a bread machine is not very good at.
  • Stand mixers allow for bigger batches.
  • Many people already have one.

On the flip side:

  • Assembling a bread recipe is usually more complicated.
  • Closer monitoring is required to change speeds and paddles at the right time.
  • Discernment (AKA experience) is necessary to know when the dough is properly kneaded and when to stop the machine. Over-kneading is a risk with stand mixers. Vigilance and experience help to achieve the perfect dough consistency.
  • No timer.

Other Thoughts

Bread machines have a built-in warming feature that aids in the rising phases of the dough. It works well unless your kitchen is overly hot or cold.

With a stand mixer, you must create a favorable environment for the rising phase and monitor the progress.

Bread Machine Honey Whole Wheat English Muffins (+Video)

Mix and knead these wholesome Honey Whole Wheat English Muffins in a bread machine. Then shape them into balls, brown on top of the stove, and bake in a conventional oven. They make wonderful sandwich buns for any meal--not just breakfast!

Happy Bakers Speak Up

I have made this bread multiple times. Huge favorite with my family. I baked a loaf and gave it to my neighbors. Their kids were upset when they found out that mom can’t go to the store and buy more.--CHRISTINE



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