It's been a while since I have posted in instructables, and the bread making contest is just what I needed to inspire me for some delicious red neck greatness. I love bread, I love good bread. I lived in Germany for two years, and one of my favorite memories is the numerous, sometimes daily trips to the local Bäckerei (Bakery.) They seemed to be one on every street corner in every city I lived. Whether it was Greifswald on the North Sea, Weimar in Thüringen, or good old Berlin.  The bread was like nothing I had ever had in America, it blew my socks off.  I didn't realize bread could be that good.  Even compared to my mom's homemade bread it seemed light years ahead in taste, texture, and crust! (sorry Mom, not your fault. Nobody competes with it.) Then I moved back to the states. As excited as I was to have the familiar sites and sounds of the land I grew up in... The bread! Why oh why wonder bread!?! How could you trick me into believing this was as good as bread gets! How I missed the smell of fresh bread on a morning Bäckerei pit stop before work. 

After sampling every kind of artisan, bakery, $10 a pound specialty bread I had access to some came close, but alas none were truly as magnificent as meine beliebte kleine Brötchen (my beloved little hard crusted bread rolls.) Not to mention the price comparison was ridiculous. Sadly we pay obscene prices for one of the most basic culinary staples of western culture, because it's marketed to us as "Artisian" or "special" bakery bread.  In my quest what I have come to understand about truly awesome bread is that it is about as simple of a culinary item to prepare as there ever was. Yet the art seems to have been lost in most of the standard American homes I've had chance to sample there home made version of bread.  To that end I set out to prove that even the most redneck methods of bread preparation could best any weak squishy American store bought bread!

Thus the Redneck Stand Mixer was born!

Total cost of project for me $0

Step 1: The Problem & The Supplies

Where most people I watch make bread go wrong?

Please for the love buy some bread flour, and at the very least kneed, kneed your dough much, MUCH longer. (yeah it's important enough for caps lock yelling) The normal western culinary bread just isn't bread without that beautiful protein chain Gluten! And gluten just doesn't get awesome until you smack it around a whole bunch with a long arduous kneading process by hand, or for those of us blessed with the abundant power resources of the western world a stand mixer. Doesn't even have to be a good one, just one that has a dough hook. Heck any old red neck could build one for practically nothing at all. And create a device that will knead that hunk of what would otherwise be a stiff biscuit dough into a magically chewy delicious bread dough.


1 Quart Wide Mouth Mason Jar and accompanying lid and threaded ring

Whatever wood scraps you have ( I used scrap birch plywood)
Fasteners of your choosing
maybe some wood glue

Cordless Power Drill
Duct Tape

Stiff Steel Wire or Bar Stock Scrap (I used 3/16" dia.)
Power Drill (can be the same you intend to use for THE POWER
Scroll Saw (Jig saw would work as well)
Pliers (to bend wire)
Thanks! I just have never been able to knead it long enough by hand to reproduce the kneading results I get with a stand mixer. Once I kneaded a dough ball for 30 minutes and I think then it was pretty close. But I understand the romance of hand kneading the bread. If he wants the DXF file I used I can post it.
This is awesome, and if I didn't love the feeling of kneading, I'd definitely use this. It strikes me that the stand itself might be useable for other drilling projects, as well, so I'm forwarding this to my Dad, who's kinda stuck for a Christmas gift for Mom this year.

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