Cooking and Baking

mixing bread dough without a stand mixer?

this is mostly a question for dbcurrie: i loooove your bread recipes! but unfortunately i am not blessed enough to own a stand mixer (yet), and most of your recipes specify using one to mix and knead the dough. what is the best way to convert a stand mixer recipe to one i can do by hand? i usually mix the wet ingredients with a hand mixer, adding the flour gradually, until it gets too stiff to mix. then i add the rest of the flour with a wooden spoon, and knead it by hand on the countertop for 7-10 minutes. this tends to feel really awkward though, especially the wooden spoon part. and i feel like the dough is always really sticky when i'm done adding flour - almost too sticky to knead by hand. any advice (from anyone, not just dbcurrie)?

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