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I made my usual cinnamon bread this morning. Like always, I kneaded the dough in my KitchenAid with the dough hook. It says to knead for 10 minutes. After eight minutes the dough hook broke at the base. I couldn’t believe it. This thing is in metal and the mixer is about two years old. I just can’t understand how the hook could have broken.
 

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I know this sounds obscure, but was the bowl fastened properly? My neighbor broke his in a similair fashion. Apparently the bowl wasn't set completely straight in the bracket and it caused uneven torque on the hook and it snapped while kneading dough. Just a thought.
 

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The bowl was fastened properly and there was no clinging noise either. All was running smooth when it snapped.



I don't think I have an extended warranty Nancy. Do you know how much it cost to replace?
 

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Sorry. Isabelle, my KA stuff is at home...but I think they have a website [doesn't everyone?].

If I remember, I think my friend Janet spent like $40-50 on a new beater.
 

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KA dough hooks can be purchased on ebay for much less than $20. I'd look at ebay if I were you.
 

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The KA hook and paddle attachments are cast alloy (liquid metal poured into a mold.) It could be that in the manufacturing process there was a flaw in the material.
I've made some pretty heavy doughs in my KA and the motor has practically stalled but the hook never broke. I would contact the manufacturer and see what they say. You never know your luck, they might even replace it. (OK so it's not likely but it is worth a phone call.)
Sorry about your broken hook.

Jock
 

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I think someone is trying to tell you that you're baking too much bread:eek:
 

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I went back to the store I bought this morning. Even though the warranty was over they replace the dough hook free of charge. They couldn't believe it broke in two like that. After I wasn't mixing cement but soft bread dough.



Too much bread Kyle??? Is there really such a thing? :D
 

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You're right Isa. I guess there is no such thing. As punisment for my heresy, I spent the day in The Lab :)
 

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What did you make today Kyle? :lips:
 

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1) Marbled Rye
2) Italian Whole Wheat Cranberry Walnut
3) Challah
 

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Those loaves are beautiful Kyle!

You have given me hope that I can produce some worthwhile bread even with packets. 2002 is going to be the year I start really learning how to make bread (I've tried it 3 or 4 times so far).

Congratulations.
 

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It looks great Kyle! :lips:

About the marble rye, you mentionned putting espresso powder to give it colour, does it give the dough a coffee taste?

Have you ever try caramel colour for rye and pumpernickel bread?
 

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The coffee really doesn't effect the flavor. You can use coccoa powder as well. I havent used caramel color.
 
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