The introduction of bread machines has simplified the labor-intensive process of making bread. Although it is primarily a machine used to bake bread, this equipment can also be used to prepare dough for other types of food, including pastries. The process of making pastry dough in a bread machine involves adding the ingredients to the machine as directed in the recipe and choosing the appropriate mixing program on the machine's control panel.
Determine how much dough the bread bucket in the machine can hold. You can only mix as much dough as the bucket is capable of holding. Use the amount of ingredients in the recipe, such as flour and water, as a guide. For instance, a bread bucket that can hold 10 cups of water can accommodate this recipe, which calls for 3 cups of flour and 1/4 cup of water. If you estimate that the resulting mixture from your recipe will be more than your bread bucket can hold, then divide the ingredients in to two or more parts and mix each part separately.
Place the ingredients in the machine. In "The All New Ultimate Bread Machine Cookbook: 101 Brand New Irresistible Foolproof Recipes For Family And Friends," Tom Lacalamit suggests adding the ingredients in the order specified in your bread machine manual. Also, cut the butter into cubes before adding it.
Mix the dough. Some machines have a button labeled "Dough" while others have a "Select" button which you can use to choose the "Make Dough" function. Press the button to begin the mixing process.
Wait for the machine to complete the process. The machine is programmed to stop the dough mixing process at a certain time.
Remove the dough from the bread machine and complete the preparation for your pastry as given in the recipe.