One question that always comes up with bread makers is: should you remove the dough hooks at some point in the baking process, or is there a way to do that after baking without too much hassle? You can read about the best way to deal with the dough hooks, and what tips there are, here.
Removing the dough hooks
In principle, you could also remove the dough hooks after the last kneading process of the machine, before the breadmaker starts baking. The instructions of manufacturers often also point out this possibility.
If the dough hooks are not removed, they are baked into the bread. They must then be removed after the baking process, which can be time-consuming depending on the consistency of the bread. The finished bread then also has an unsightly hole.
So you have three options:
- remove the dough hook before the baking process
- remove the dough hook after the baking process (and a hole remains in the bread)
- the machine folds the dough hook automatically (but only a few bread makers can do this)
remove the dough hook before the baking process
Depending on the model of the bread maker, the dough hooks can be removed in different ways. It is important to wait until after the last kneading process. The time can be found in the operating instructions of the program.
Even with yeast doughs, it is not problematic to open the breadmaker at this time. This usually does not affect the rising of the dough, and removal takes only a short time.
Dust your hands with flour, or rub some oil on your fingers before reaching into the dough. This makes pulling out the dough hook a little less sticky.
Remove the dough hook after baking
Once the dough hook is baked into the bread, removing it can sometimes be a bit of a hassle, depending on the density of the dough. After removal, an unsightly hole is left in the finished bread. The more effort it takes to remove, the larger the hole will be.
Some manufacturers offer special tools for removing the dough hook after baking. With these, the dough hook can be pulled out quite easily and without much destruction of the bread if the dough is not too firm.
Remove dough hook automatically
Some bread makers have a retractable dough hook. After the kneading process is finished, the dough hook folds away automatically and no hole is left in the bread afterwards and the dough hook does not have to be removed manually either.
Tips & Tricks
If you are always annoyed by the dough hook, or if you value undamaged bread, it is worthwhile to make sure that you choose a model with a dough hook that folds away automatically. The price of most bread makers is in a similar range, so devices with such special functions are usually not more expensive.