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Using a Kenwood Chef Mixer For Bread Dough (Honest Review)

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I’ve recommended the Kenwood Chef as a stand mixer with a dough hook a few times in this site, but I just wanted to put together a full page to tell you why I love this mixer, how to use it to make bread and a bit about the other attachments you can use for cooking and baking.

As a Kenwood Chef-owner, I’ve adapted an easy way to make bread, where you can stay hands-off throughout the mixing and kneading parts of the bread-making process.

I’ve also put together step-by-step instructions on how you can make delicious homemade bread when you can’t or don’t have time to knead yourself.

If you are interested in checking my favourite Kenwood Chef Stand Mixer click here (Amazon link).

Why I Recommend the Kenwood Chef for Making Bread

Before we start, I know there are some bread purists out there who say you should always make bread by hand and using a machine is cheating.

Where maybe a bread machine is cheating because it does every single step for you, using a dough hook just helps you with certain elements of the bread-making process, which are mixing and kneading.

If you use a bread hook you still have full control over other aspects of the process including rising, proving and baking, so nobody will ever know that you cheated a bit on the kneading front!

I love making bread by hand and most times I do hand knead, but I have arthritis so some days it’s too painful to stand there kneading for a long time. This is when I step back and let the machine do the work when I don’t feel like it.

The image above shows my trusty Kenwood Chef, it’s not the latest model and I think it’s now somewhere between 10-15 years old now (or maybe even older).

I also remember my mum owning the same machine for many years. This is because it’s a sturdy and reliable machine that just keeps on going no matter what you put it through (within reason).

The Kenwood Chef has a strong motor which is capable of kneading bread dough with ease, unlike some other versions and especially hand mixers.

It usually comes with other attachments and others are available to buy if you need them, such as mincers and even sausage-making attachments.

When I got mine it came with a blender attachment which fits on the top, which is really good for making soup and smoothies.

What Attachments You Get as Standard with a Kenwood Stand Mixer

There are sometimes different packages or extra ad on attachments which you could get when you buy a Kenwood Chef stand mixer depending on where you buy it from, but as standard, you will get:

  • The Kenwood Chef Stand Mixer
  • A metal mixing bowl which fits into the stand
  • A dough hook attachment
  • The ‘K’ attachment for beating
  • A large whisk attachment
  • A tool to adjust the attachment height if you need to

For checking latest prices for Kenwood Chef Mixer click here (Amazon link).

What Bread Types Can You Make With a Kenwood Chef Mixer

The Kenwood Chef stand mixer is good for making many types of yeast bread where the dough requires kneading, including:

  • Any standard loaf recipe using white or brown flour
  • Bread roll dough
  • Pizza dough
  • Ciabatta
  • Baguettes

It’s especially good for doughs with a high water content (hydration) where the dough is quite sticky and difficult to handle, such as ciabatta dough.

I don’t tend to use the dough hook if I’m making sourdough because the method I use is better with with less kneading.

Kenwood Chef Dough Hook Instructions

The elements of bread making which you can use the dough hook for are:

  • Weighing the ingredients directly into the mixer bowl
  • Mixing the ingredients to form a dough
  • Kneading the dough using the dough hook

Once the dough has kneaded, you can cover and leave it to rise in the same mixer bowl and once risen the dough can be shaped, proved and baked as normal – click here for more tips on how to do these final stages.

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What Kenwood Chef Speed Should You Use for Bread Dough?

Breaking this down into two stages, mixing ingredients to form a dough and kneading the dough.

For this mixing stage use minimum speed halfway between off and one, to give the ingredients a chance to mix slowly just in case it’s too dry and needs a touch more water. Once the ingredients have formed a dough, turn the speed up to one and leave the hook to knead the dough.

Which other Kenwood Models Can You Use for Making Bread?

Other Kenwood models which are available and can be used along with a dough hook to mix and knead bread dough are:

  • The Kenwood kMix
  • Kenwood Chef Titanium
  • Kenwood Chef Titanium XL
  • Kenwood MultiOne
  • Kenwood Chef Elite
  • Kenwood Chef Elite XL

Read on to see a comparison between the Kenwood Mixers and find out which is the best depending on your requirements.

Which is the Best Kenwood Stand Mixer for Making Bread?

I use the Kenwood Chef which is the basic model, but there are other options for higher power, larger mixers and more attachments.

I’ve put together the table below to show you the differences between the main Kenwood mixers, all of which can be used to mix and knead bread dough.

All models offer the sturdiness of a Kenwood along with the fact the brand is made to last.

Mixer Type / Specific.Kenwood ChefKenwood kMixKenwood Chef Titanium / XLKenwood MultiOneKenwood Chef Elite / XL
Model
no.
KVC3100W0W20011141KVC7300SKHH326WHKVL6100S
Wattage1000W1000W1500W1000W140W
Speeds7 &
pulse
6868
Bowl size4.6 L5L4.6 or
6.7L
4.3L4.6 or
6.7L
Bowl typeMetalGlassMetalMetalMetal
Weight7.3kg9.1kg9.2kg5.3kg11.7kg
Dimensions38 x 28 x 30 cm38.5 x 24 x 35.5 cm38 x 28.5
x 30.5 cm
40 x 24.7 x 29 cm51.5 x 48.2 x 37.1 cm
Colour/sWhite
with silver
detail
Cream,
red, white
or black with
silver
detail
Chrome
Silver
White
with silver
detail
Matte Silver
Attachments
Included
– Dough hook
– K Beater
– Whisk
– Dough hook
– K Beater
– Whisk
– Splash
guard
– Dough hook
– K Beater
– Whisk
– Dough hook
– K Beater
– Whisk
-Juicer
-Blender
– Dough hook
– K Beater
– Whisk
ProsGood for
Home baking on a small
scale/good
all rounder/
Good value
Home baking on a small
scale/
modern
looking/
Good
value
Higher
power
sturdy
mixer
Good value
if you want more
attachments/
good for
general
baking &
food prep
Sturdy higher power mixer
ConsNot so good
for a large
volume of
dough
Not so good
for a large
volume of
dough
Pricy for
the same
size bowl as
standard chef
alternative
Not so good
for dough
making &
smaller
bowl
Pricey mixer when compared
to standard chef model for
the extra 400W
Dough
capacity
1 large loaf/2 small1 large loaf/2 smallUp to 2
large
loaves
1 small
loaf
Up to 2
large
loaves
Comparison of Kenwood Stand Mixers

The Verdict: Which Kenwood Stand Mixer Type is the Best?

if you’re looking to produce up to one large loaf or two small loaves the basic Kenwood Chef model and the kMix offer good value for money and have enough power to perform well.

The XL versions of the Titanium and Elite mode are good if you’re looking for more power and bowl capacity, but you do pay for these extra features.

Although the Kenwood MultiOne is a good allrounder for cooking and basic baking, I wouldn’t choose it for bread making as the machine is less sturdy and is pricy too.

How to buy a stand mixer

Amazon usually has all models in stock and are competitively priced, click the images below to check the current price for each mixer type from the table above.

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The Kenwood Chef KVC3100W

This is the model I would recommend for home bakers, for sturdiness power and the fact it will last for years. This is the latest version and is compatible with other attachments such as a blender or mincer. The bowl size is ample for making a large loaf or two smaller loaves.

The Kenwood KMix 0W20011141

This mixer is a good value and better looking alternative for the basic Kenwood Chef model. With a modern take on the bulkier looking mixers, it’s available in four different colours. The mixing bowl is slightly larger than the Kenwood Chef and it has the same power at 1000W, so performance wise, this is a good stand mixer.

Kenwood Chef Titanium/XL KVL8300S

The Kenwood Chef Titanium is a higher spec version of the Kenwood Chef with either a 4.6l bowl or the XL which comes with a 7.6l bowl. The main feature is the increased power at 1500W, the extra power along with the larger bowl option means you can make two large loaves at a time. The titanium is definitely a pricer option, but one which will last for many years. Additional attachments such as a blender or mincer can easily be attached to the top of the machine.

The Kenwood Chef Elite/XL KVL6100S

The Kenwood Chef Elite and the XL version are a slightly cheaper alternative to the Titanium which is available in the same bowl sizes (4.6 or 7.6l). The power nearly matches that of the Titanium at 1400W and so has the ability to make two large loaves if you choose the XL model with the larger bowl capacity. Additional attachments such as a blender or mincer can easily be attached to the top of the machine.

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