How to Make Dough Using a Thermocooker?
While there may be some people out there who simply find joy in kneading the dough by hand, let’s face it, most of us are eager to skip this step as well as buy some time while cooking a recipe that includes making dough.
If you are anything like us and want to make kneading dough as easy as possible, keep reading to learn how you can use your thermocooker to do the job faster and better than your hands.
From basic pizza dough to more complex doughs, your thermocooker has got you covered. You won’t need to spend any more money or figure out where to store a dough mixer if you don’t want to knead the dough by hand. Most thermocooker models are more than up for the task and some, such as our Thermocook Pro M 2.0, even have multiple kneading programs.
In this article, you can read more about:
- The benefits of making dough in a thermocooker
- The best way to make the dough in a thermocooker
- The best thermocooker for making dough
The Benefits of Making Dough in a Thermocooker
Let’s first start with the benefits of making your own dough as there is a big difference between the store-bought dough and the one you make yourself using a thermocooker. For instance, you can find ready-made pizza dough in most supermarkets but, even if you check out the label, you won’t really know what is in it. Preservatives, most likely, as well as not the best quality flour.
Making your own dough using a thermocooker, on the other hand, allows you to be in full control of the ingredients. If you want to go all-in you can even use your blender to make your own flour.
One other aspect we cannot ignore is that homemade dough made using a thermocooker is cheaper than store-bought dough. On top of this, there is simply no comparison between the texture of dough made at home using a thermocooker and the mass-produced dough in stores.
The texture is, in fact, the main benefit of making dough in a thermocooker. Dough made in a thermocooker is more supple and stretchy and will definitely elevate your pizzas and baked goods to the next level of taste and deliciousness.
Another obvious benefit of making dough in a thermocooker is the fact that you save time. You are free to do whatever else you need or want while your trusted thermocooker kneads, like prepare the other ingredients in your recipe, watch your favourite show on Netflix, play with the kids, or just enjoy a nice glass of wine.
Last but not least, if you were dreading any recipe that involved kneading dough because you don’t enjoy your hands getting sticky or tired, using a thermocooker for the job will make things easy and fun for you.
The Best Way to Make Dough in a Thermocooker
Let’s now move on to the practical aspect of making dough in a thermocooker – the “how to” if you will.
You will, of course, need your thermocooker, as well as some lukewarm water, flour, and yeast. Depending on the recipe and the dough you are making, you will most likely also need sugar, salt, or oil.
We’re sticking to basic dough in this article. Depending on your recipe, feel free to add any other ingredients that are required.
Here’s how to make the dough in a thermocooker:
- Add the water and yeast to the thermocooker bowl and mix them for 30 seconds to one minute using the lowest speed
- Add the flour and any other required ingredients like sugar or salt to the thermocooker bowl and mix them for 5 seconds using a high speed (5 or 6)
- Once the ingredients are mixed together, if you have a thermocooker like the Thermocook Pro M 2.0, select the kneading program and it will do the job itself
- Once the kneading program is done (about 2-4 minutes depending on your thermocooker), take the dough out
- Make it into a ball on a floured surface and put it in a bowl that is lightly oiled
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a towel
- Leave it for 45 minutes to 1 hour until the dough doubles in size
How long the dough takes to rise and double in size will depend on the room temperature so make sure to place it in a warmer room or else you will have to wait longer.
The Best Thermocooker for Making Dough
Two of the most popular thermocookers on the market today are Thermocook Pro M 2.0 and Thermomix TM6. Both of these thermocookers have kneading functions.
Here’s how they compare:
Thermocook Pro M 2.0 has a more powerful 700W motor with 1000W of heating power. Thermomix TM6 has a 500W motor and 1000W of heating power. Both thermocookers have similar temperature ranges – Thermocook between 30° C and 120° C and Thermomix between 37°C and 120°C.
Both thermocookers have sturdy stainless steel bowls. Thermocook Pro M 2.0 has a 2.5L mixing bowl with a recommended food processing capacity of 2L designed to prevent splashing, while Thermomix TM6 has a 2.2L mixing bowl.
Both thermocookers have turbo and pulse functions, as well as preset functions.
Thermocook Pro M 2.0 has 5 preset programs for making things like jam and soup and steaming, 2 kneading programs, and manually adjustable time, temperature, and speed settings. Thermomix TM6 has over 20 preset functions for cooking rice, soup, eggs, emulsifying, and kneading dough.
Thermocook Pro M 2.0 comes with:
- A measuring cup
- Butterfly whisk
- Cooking basket
- Recipe book
- Integrated scale
- Large digital touchscreen display
- Programmable recipes
Thermomix TM6 comes with:
- Steaming attachment
- Measuring cup
- Simmering basket
- Splash guard
- Butterfly whisk
Price and Warranty
The main difference between Thermocook Pro M 2.0 and Thermomix TM6 is the price. The Thermocook is $1,300 and often has special offers that bring the price down to as little as $899. Thermomix TM6 costs $2,359.
Both manufacturers offer a 2-year warranty for the two thermocookers, while Optimum also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
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