Bread maker: What is the best way to remove the dough hook?

A question that comes up again and again with breadmakers is: Should you remove the dough hook at one point in the baking process, or is there a way to do this without much effort after baking? Read here how best to use the dough hook and what tips are available.

Remove the dough hook

Basically, you could remove the dough hook after the last kneading process of the machine, before the bread maker starts to bake. The instructions from manufacturers often point out this possibility.

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If the dough hooks are not removed, they will be baked into the bread. Then they have to be removed after the baking process, which can be time-consuming depending on the consistency of the bread. The finished baked bread also has an unsightly hole.

So you have three options:

  • remove the dough hook before baking
  • remove the dough hook after baking (and a hole will remain in the bread)
  • the device folds the dough hook in automatically (but only a few bread makers can do that)

Remove the dough hook before baking

Depending on the model of the bread maker, the dough hooks can be removed in different ways. It is important here to wait for the time after the last kneading process. The time when this is can be found in the operating instructions for the program.

Even with yeast dough, it is not a problem to open the bread maker at this point. Raising the dough usually does not affect this, and removal takes only a short time.

Dust your hands with flour or rub some oil on your fingers before reaching into the batter. That makes pulling out the kneading hook a little less sticky.

Remove the dough hook after the baking process

Once the dough hook is baked into the bread, removing it can be a bit of a hassle, depending on the density of the dough. After removal, an unsightly hole remains 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 kneading hook after baking. This means that the dough hook can be pulled out without any problems and without major damage to the bread, if the dough is not too firm.

Remove the dough hook automatically

Some bread makers have a foldable dough hook. After the kneading process is complete, the kneading hook folds away automatically and there is no hole left in the bread and the kneading hook does not have to be removed manually.

Tips & Tricks If you get annoyed about the dough hook again and again, or if you value undamaged bread, it is worthwhile to make sure to choose a model with a dough hook that automatically folds away when you buy it. The price of most bread makers is in a similar range, so that devices with such special functions are usually not more expensive.