Q: What is the best introductory stand mixer for someone who is trying to get into baking bread on a budget? KitchenAid mixers seem to be the favorite but they also have a higher price tag than I'm willing to spend on something I'm not sure I'll use.
Sent by Travis
Editor: Travis, a good stand mixer or food processor is certainly an investment, and it's probably best not to purchase unless you're pretty sure that you'll make good use of it. Perhaps consider a heavy duty food processor with dough kneading capacity? Readers, any suggestions?
In the meantime, do consider just kneading by hand — here's a good starter tutorial!
• How To Knead Bread Dough: The Video
Related: How To Make No-Knead Bread
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