Master???...I wouldn't quite reach that far.
I will say that without the Kitchen-Aid Mixer, I would make half the bread I do now. Once the labor is taken out of Kneading, making bread is a joy.
I'm no expert but the self proclaimed experts, the purists say you must knead by hand.
I say...Bull! Ihave taken the same recipe and done it both ways, and I assure you, using the Kitchen Aid yeilds better results...and yer arms don't hurt.
I haven't wandered into this forum til now: It's great!!
Been baking bread all my life, just knocked off 2 ciabatta loaves. Regarding purists and kneading, nowadays I use the mixer to knead it - almost. I pull it out and finish it off by hand: you can feel the gluten "set" as you work it for the last couple of minutes. You know
when it is ready.
For the more moist breads like ciabatta and focaccia, I don't mess with it, I let the mixer finish it off.
But no wooden spoons and big bowls for this guy any more.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot: I passed the test. But I didn't agree with the plastic bowl thing: answer was more theoretical than practical. Tupperware works fine.