Best Kitchenaid Bread Recipe – My Everyday Standby

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I don’t buy bread anymore. I make all the bread we eat here. There are six of us, so that means I make homemade bread just about every day. That may sound like a lot but we really like good bread around here. I also think we tend to go through quite a bit just because it’s homemade, and it’s so good! (Please allow me to say so myself–I’m not trying to brag, but it’s homemade bread, and it’s hard for that not to be good ;) ).

Stand Mixer Bread Recipe I’ve been making all of our bread for a number of years now…probably at least three. I don’t really remember the last time I bought bread. Up until about six months ago I relied heavily on my bread machine. I hardly ever actually baked the bread in the machine. We all liked it so much more if it was baked in the oven and had that more traditional flavor. Most often I would use the “dough” setting on the machine, then take it out and let it rise, then bake it in the oven. It was pretty darn good stuff, but not exactly like Grandma made. That process did take quite a bit of time, too, and only made one loaf at a time. Most days I was doing it twice to have enough bread to feed the family. Still, it was so much better than bread from the store shelves, and I always knew its exact age and exactly what I did and didn’t put into it.

Then one day towards the end of the summer, right before school started and my busiest bread-baking time of the year commenced, my bread maker gave up on me. I had put it through its paces but still I had only had it a couple of years, so I was kind of on the fence about investing in a new one. Bread machines are quite handy, but expensive. I already owned a Kitchenaid mixer (a hand-me-down from my mother-in-law, bless her, which had lasted through years of her ownership, professional cake-making, and at least 10 years with me…I don’t even know how old it is!). I had made bread with it before, but never seemed to quite get the knack enough to make it a simplified, everyday process. My sister told me to forget the bread maker and just use the Kitchenaid like she did, but I didn’t want to give up the “set it and forget it” routine I’d developed with my bread machine and the dough cycle.

I figured what I really needed was a reliable stand mixer bread recipe that didn’t have too many steps and that could still be done in a relatively short amount of time, without a lot of floury kneading. Like I said, I was (am) making bread just about every day of the week, and I didn’t have time or patience for dealing with or cleaning a flour-dusted surface every day, for multiple kneading and rising steps, or for remembering far enough ahead of time to begin such a process.

To cut to the chase of the story, I played with some bread recipes but then finally figured out that what makes bread machine bread simple is the fast-acting yeast (sometimes called instant yeast, sometimes called rapid rise, and all the same thing as the bread machine yeast). Fast acting yeasts actually let you cut out an entire rising, punching, and kneading process. When I figured this out and combined the method for rapid-rise yeast with a good bread recipe I had, I came up with a real winner that is the absolute heart of our meals here at home.

What I ended up with was an excellent kitchen aid recipe for white bread (or stand mixer bread recipe if you don’t have the Kitchenaid brand–we’re not snobs here ;) that takes only a few minutes of active time to make, that is excellent for everything from toast to sandwiches to French toast and more, and that I can let my mixer whip up and knead for me while I cook supper or muddle through the dishes. Incidentally, it’s a versatile recipe that you should have no trouble cutting part whole grain, oats, or whole wheat flour into, too. And today, I share it here with you!

Best Easy Kitchenaid Bread Recipe

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Best Kitchenaid Bread Recipe – My Everyday Standby
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Recipe type: Yeast Bread
Cuisine: Traditional White Bread
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Serves: 2 loaves
 
Finally! An excellent, easy KitchenAid or stand mixer bread recipe that really allows the mixer to do all the mixing and kneading for you.
Ingredients
  • 6½ Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 3 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 3 Tablespoons Lard (can substitute shortening)
  • 1½ Tablespoons Instant Yeast (Rapid Rise or Bread machine yeast may be substituted in equal amounts)
  • 2½ Cups Very Warm Water (around 120F to allow the yeast to act)
Instructions
  1. Place all dry ingredients and the lard in the KitchenAid mixer.
  2. Using the flat beater attachment, mix dry ingredients and lard through. Use the “stir” or lowest setting, for just 1 to 2 minutes until the dry mix looks uniform.
  3. With the mixer still running, pour in the water and mix just until dough is wet through, shaggy, and sticky–just 30 seconds to a minute.
  4. Stop, remove the flat beater, and place the dough hook onto your stand mixer.
  5. Set to speed 1 or 2 and let the mixer run, kneading the dough, for 6 to 8 minutes.
  6. After kneading, stop, remove the dough hook and let the dough rest in the Kitchenaid mixer bowl for 10 minutes.
  7. Grease 2 bread loaf pans. Shape dough into 2 loaves*, place in pans, and cover with a clean, damp towel. Let rise in a warm place until doubled/about an inch above the rim of the pan.
  8. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

*I find this bread rises best and has the best texture if it is pressed out flat on a floured surface and then rolled up, starting with one short end, and then shaping the rolled ends to loaf shape. Now, I know I complained about daily flour messes, but I keep an old cookie sheet on hand dusted with a bit of flour just for quick things like this. I happen to stash it in Kitchenaid Bread Recipean unused wood cook stove, but a long tupperware with a cover or a covered jelly roll pan or something similar could easily accomplish the same thing and be stored with your pans or baking goods.

…And so long as you are flattening the dough, take one of the loaves and before rolling cover the flat surface with a good dose of cinnamon sugar (heavy on the cinnamon), then roll it up, pinch/shape the ends and Voila! You have a delicious cinnamon-swirl loaf for morning toast, too. Now that you have this easy stand mixer bread recipe, you, too can have fresh homemade bread your way, every day!

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22 thoughts on “Best Kitchenaid Bread Recipe – My Everyday Standby

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  2. I Made your bread recipe last OMG! It is exactly as you say-simple & easy-I did use King Arthur Unbleached flour & Crisco-But great results-Since my hubby blew the oven panel-I have to use my stove outside hooked up with a gas tank for the bar-b-que. so I let it rise in my little convection oven on warm. As it is uneven-one loaf rose more than the other-but no matter-A success! I also coated it with butter when it was done-YUM! Keep the recipes coming! You are Great!!!!!

  3. Thank you for this recipe!! My family loves the taste and texture, and a much easier and quick process than many I have tried. The success rate has been 100% for me, compared to the 50% with other methods. I live in Michigan, and the winter months are cold and dry, which hinders the rising process. For some reason, your method has been fail proof! My husband enjoys whole wheat, so I found a recipe, which failed to rise. but when I used this method, it came out beautiful!!
    Thank you, and many blessings for you and your family.

    Jennifer

  4. So glad to hear it, Jennifer! Thank you for your feedback!
    I’ve had great success with this method and recipe, too, and living in New England I face the same wintertime challenges. I suspect that a lot has to do with the fast-acting yeast that kind of seems to take off on its own. Maybe it’s less dependent on humidity (which would make sense I guess since it doesn’t need to proof in liquid) or maybe it is because it is more active to begin with anyway. I don’t really know but this basic process works for me for many recipes. I can say, though, that sometimes in this really dry weather a tad extra liquid is a good idea, too.
    I am actually working on a book right now that will be available for sale via Amazon with basic KitchenAid bread recipes, and it will include a honey wheat, whole wheat, rye, potato, oatmeal, and some others. Keep an eye out here for an announcement soon!
    And – you’re welcome!

    • Hi Sarah,
      Rising time for all breads are highly variable, because so much depends on the atmosphere in your own kitchen. It also varies by season. You’ll find generally slower rising in dry, cool winter months because even with a warm home you get more variation in air temp and pockets of cooler air, and the humidity of the air makes a big difference, too. It is also said that the more you bake bread at home the faster, easier rise you will have (because you have more free wild yeasts in your air from previous prep and baking. So–it’s really kind of hard to nail it down and it can differ greatly from one location to another….you really will come to learn this over subsequent baking times.

      All of that being said, if I had to pick a good median rising time I guess I would say 1 to 1 1/2 hours for this bread. If you have a nice warm spot without major drafts, it could be less time–more like 45 minutes sometimes. But then again, there will be days when it can be 2 hours or more (even atmospheric pressure and storminess can come into play!).

      One thing you can try if you are having a tough time getting a reasonable rise is to proof (rise) the bread in your oven. Turn the oven on to warm (or lowest) setting and let it come to temp. At the same time, put a good, full kettle of water on to boil. Shut the oven off and put the bread on the top rack and a large (preferably shallow, for surface area) pan on the bottom. Pour the boiling water into the pan and shut the oven door. Don’t cover the bread when you proof it this way – the humidity in the oven will keep it moist enough and you won’t battle sticking covers. Check it after half an hour but it can take more towards 45 minutes or an hour to rise (better if you don’t have to open the door and lose the warmth and humidity.

      I hope this helps and I wish I could give you a more solid answer, but bread just has a mind of its own sometimes!

  5. I will also be watching for your cookbook. We cannot eat white bread in our house due to blood sugar issues. Love to bake my own bread because I know exactly what’s in it. Keep me in the loop.

    • Thanks for the feedback – I’ll definitely take that under consideration. Due to an Amazon promo it couldn’t be done for a month or so for this book, but it is possible and it’s nice to know there is an interest. It will be available in paperback soon, too, though. Glad to hear from a Nook owner!

  6. Just finished making this and OMG this is by far the tastiest bread I’ve ever made! So simple and pure deliciousness! Thank you so much for this! You are a saint!

    • YAY!! I love success stories! And people who take the time to offer feedback :)

      VERY glad you enjoyed it. There are more in the book as simple as this one that I like, too, but this is and always will be, I think, my favorite and my go-to bread. The Italian is probably a close second, though. Actually, it’s a pretty strong contender that gets lots of votes ’round here. A definite for spaghetti night!

  7. I’m going to try your method today. Tried KA’s version from their cookbook last night and although tasty, it was dense in texture. What did I do?? Like you, I used a bread machine and took the dough out and placed in pans for years. I want to make our own bread daily now since my last “store bought” bread has sat in the breadbox for 10 days and hadn’t molded or deteriorated…..hmmmmmm……makes you wonder.

    • LOL That DOES make you wonder! Or maybe actually it doesn’t, unfortunately!

      I’ve never made KA’s recipe, but I’ve had excellent success with this one and great feedback from others as well. If you are using a KitchenAid they say it is hard to over-knead it, but over-kneading is a reason for a tougher dough. Dense dough might be an issue of flour overload, too (I’ve found different results with different brands of flours, but most are pretty similar). Usually when I have a dense bread, though, it’s an issue of rising. If your yeast is a bit old that could be the culprit. I also have found quite a variation with different brands of yeast. I know a lot of people swear by SAF Instant Yeast, but that has been up and down for me. Fleischmann’s has proven to be mush more reliable, in my opinion. Their Rapid Rise brand and Bread Machine are the same as their Instant yeast, so use whatever is most readily available to you (since I make all of our own bread, I buy Fleischmann’s by the vac-packed 1-lb bricks and they last a really long time – best value, and I either get it at BJ’s or online through Amazon; it’s usually sold 2 1-lb bricks for 10-12$).

      Good luck and please let me know how it goes!!

  8. This recipe was fantastic!! I have a Kitchenaid mixer but have always been afraid to try bread. This recipe was so easy and now I make homemade bread weekly!!

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