Here is a great question posted by April earlier last month. I wanted to answer it in a post so everyone is sure to see it.
I have one question that I haven’t found the answer to on your blog or in your book. What speed do you mix your dough in the Bosch? I’m new to the Bosch world (I had a KitchenAid before), and I get a different answer from everyone I ask. I just watched your videos and they were extremely helpful to be able to see the dough and how you do things. Still couldn’t see the dial on the Bosch though.
This is a great question, and has a very simple answer. Before I start I want to hold up my Bread Geek disclaimer that says:
“I the Bread Geek certify that I am not (nor probably every will be) an employee of Bosch, and as such hold no responsibility for the proper/improper use of your personal bosch mixer, etc..”
Ok, now that that’s taken care of, let’s move on.
I was taught by a friend of mine that DOES work for Bosch that all bread mixing should always be done on Speed 1. The reason for that (as she expained to me) is that changing the speed of the mixer does just that. The dough hook moves faster. Not with more power, just faster. Higher speed levels are good for mixing and whipping liquids, just to speed up preparation time. But with dough, choosing a higher speed can damage your machine. Here’s an analogy:
If you are wading through a river running hip-high, would it be faster to try and run, or to plod methodically along until you reach the other bank? With your legs down in the water, you cant increase your power by increasing your speed. On the contrary, if you try to go too fast you’ll end up getting your feet washed out from under you and going under. Your best chance is to move along at a steady pace, making the most of the power you have.
The same goes for your mixer. Increasing the speed will only force the dough hook to try and move through the dough faster (like running in deep water) and will ultimately wear out/burn up your machine.
April I hope that makes sense, and that you are enjoying your Bosch as much as I love mine!
The Bread Geek