Dough hook for your mixer
Save yourself the effort of hand kneading dough with your mixer. Make delicious bread, pizza and pasta dough with the dough hook attachment for mixing and kneading.
The joy of homemade bread
Fill your home with the mouthwatering smell of fresh bread, whether it’s cheddar bread or sourdough. The dough hook on the KitchenAid stand mixer is sometimes called a ‘dough blade’ or 'C' dough hook because of its C-shape claw. It mimics the motion of hand kneading, doing the hard work of stretching and massaging for you.
The handy hook for your KitchenAid mixer
Attach the dough hook into your tilt-head or bowl-lift mixer for fast and efficient mixing and kneading. Designed exclusively to work with KitchenAid mixers, these handy baking accessories circulate with a planetary action for thorough results every time.
If you fall in love with bread or pasta making, it may just become the busiest tool in your kitchen.
Make yeast bread with a dough hook
For yeast bread recipes, save your arms with a mixer:
Use the paddle (flat beater) to mix the ingredients on speed 1-4
Switch to the dough hook for kneading at speed 2, to strengthen the gluten. (Do not exceed speed 2 when kneading or you may damage the stand mixer)
You've finished when the dough looks smooth, is springy and holds its shape
Cover with clingfilm and leave to proof (rise) before baking
Why is bread rising called proofing?
Allowing yeast bread to rise is called ‘proofing’ or ‘proving’. This means allowing time for the yeast fermentation to occur, resulting in a risen (or swollen) piece of dough.
The word means 'to test' or 'demonstrate', as the increase in the volume of the dough shows that the yeast has successfully fermented and released its gas.
Do I really need a dough hook?
While you can choose to knead by hand, a mixer and dough hook accessory achieves fast and impressive results. It works by turning and folding the dough into the bowl. For heavier doughs like whole wheat bread, hooks are a huge help and save you getting tired.
You’ll also find that using a mixer frees you up to get on with other tasks and prepare the next steps of your delicious creations. Our dough hooks vary in material, with some being stainless steel and others having a non-stick coating. All KitchenAid mixers include a dough hook accessory, but you can replace or switch it for another that fits your mixer. Scroll down to check your mixer compatibility.
How long do I knead with a KitchenAid mixer?
It’s much faster than doing it by hand. Kneading for 2 minutes with your mixer is equivalent to kneading by hand for 10 to 12 minutes. So, you won’t need to knead the bread for more than a few minutes until you achieve the desired consistency.
Be aware that kneading dough makes the structure stronger and allows it to hold its shape. If you over-knead the bread dough, it will become tough. You'll find it difficult to stretch and it will be chewy to eat.
Fresh pasta with a dough hook attachment
The simplest ingredients create delicious pasta: eggs, flour and perhaps a little salt. You don’t need to use the flat beater to mix the pasta dough; you can use the dough hook from the start.
Once you've created your pasta dough, let it rest in clingfilm for at least 30 minutes. This can either be at room temperature in the kitchen, or in the fridge if you prefer. Why? To get the gluten 'relax' and make the dough easier to roll and shape.
Make pizza dough with a dough hook
Who needs a pizza delivery? You can make a beautiful base with flour, water, salt, yeast and extra virgin olive oil. Some people add sugar to help the dough rise, but it isn’t essential. The finishing touch is a little cornmeal or semolina for rolling as this gives a professional finish.
When you're happy with it, leave it in the fridge for at least a day to allow for the process of cold fermentation. This will give you pizza dough that is light, full of flavour and easy to digest.
Which dough hook is right for you?
Find one compatible with your mixer and choose the material you prefer, from aluminium to highly durable stainless steel.
Adorable dough balls
Who doesn't enjoy sharing a platter of dough balls along with dips of garlic butter, pesto or a spicy sauce? Bring a smile to everyone's face by making a batch of dough with butter, yeast, strong white bread flour and some sugar. Serve while still warm from the oven with crudités for a feel-good snack or starter. It's a restaurant experience that you can easily recreate in the comfort of your own home.
Fun with pizza toppings
Pizza toppings are fun for children of all ages. When you've made your homemade pizza with the mixer and dough hook, release their imagination with toppings. Let them sprinkle cheese, ham, basil, mushrooms, sweetcorn, peppers, capers, olives and herbs.
Why not try something more extravagant, like smoked prawns and rocket, kale and ricotta, caramelised onions and goats cheese, or Italian sausage and fennel? You can cater for any tastes and preferences with a little preparation. Your friends won't be able to resist another slice.
Tip for making pasta dough
If you knead your pasta dough with your stand mixer for a minute or so and it’s still crumbly, then add a few drops of water. It should be nice and elastic when you have finished.
The right tool for any task
With your choice of included accessories, the stand mixer is your versatile hub. A kitchen helper that can save your arms and mix, knead or whisk your creations. With its planetary action, it achieves results far more quickly than you could by hand. Just pull down and twist to remove and change the accessory on the shaft.
Whisk up a sauce or dessert
Swap your dough hook for a whisk when you need to incorporate lots of air into your mixture. Designed to whisk eggs or whip cream quickly and efficiently while you relax with a cup of tea.
Beat it with a paddle
Bakers and makers rely on the paddle for sublime creations. Also called a flat beater, this mixer accessory efficiently combines ingredients. Depending on the speed you choose, you can stir, mix, shred, mash and beat.