...and wow! what a success!!! Granted, I did it in smallish parts, but my 4.5 qt KA was a trooper!
I made it into 500g/1.10 lb portions to 1/2 tsp gel color to start, and it actually was the right ratio for the color I needed, but I figured start there, so I could keep all batches uniform in color. I used the bread hook and kept the speed at 1, mostly 2.
I had read a tip somewhere along my research though, which I think was key...rub Crisco in your bowl and on the bread hook. I did this after each batch.
Thanks to everyone I was able to read up on, it helped me try it!!
i was thinking about trying this over the weekend. you've given me the nudge i needed to actually do it. thanks!