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#1 Wed 30 Jan 13 5:27pm

kah22

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Food Processor For Pastry Dough

Money is tight at the moment sad so just before Christmas I bought a Lidl food processor. Now to be honest it has done everything  I've asked of it so far; in the main it is used for kneading my bread.

However, I'd like to obtain a processor or blender that will blitz butter and flour together for the likes of shortcrust or puff pastry. Up until now I've been doing it by hand but would like to speed  things up a little.

So can anyone suggest a processor/blender that will help me in this regard? I want something economical as all it will be used for is pastry blending.

Perhaps when I win the lottery I'll invest in a new kitchen and a KitchenAid - but not just now  big_smile

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#2 Wed 30 Jan 13 5:47pm

MsPablo

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Re: Food Processor For Pastry Dough

I use the chopping blade on the food processor for cutting butter in to a pie dough or biscuit/scone dough and it works well for pasta dough,  the KitchenAid mixer to cream butter for cakes and cookies and for mixing bread doughs.

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#3 Wed 30 Jan 13 6:35pm

BritFinn

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Re: Food Processor For Pastry Dough

I use my regular food processor for pastry.  You just have to be careful adding the water, in case you add too much.

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#4 Wed 30 Jan 13 10:07pm

Maree

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Re: Food Processor For Pastry Dough

And add as the motor is running via the tube.


"Cook with love and laughter ..."
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#5 Wed 30 Jan 13 10:22pm

MsPablo

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Re: Food Processor For Pastry Dough

Have everything well-chilled and ready . . . and add the chilled water through the tube as stated above, the moment it comes together, turn it out and rest it.

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#6 Wed 30 Jan 13 10:30pm

JoyYamDaisy

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Re: Food Processor For Pastry Dough

I have used my food processor successfully for pastry too. I use the metal blade to cut the butter into the flour. If I am on form I add the little bit of chilled water and wizz just to bring it together. Gorgeous! If I need to be more careful I take the crumbed mixture into another bowl and then add the water and bring it together with my hands.

I don't think any other kind of machine could do any better! So good luck putting yours to the test! smile

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#7 Thu 31 Jan 13 8:30am

Thistledo

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Re: Food Processor For Pastry Dough

Kah, if you're on tight budget, you wouldn't go far wrong in buying an electric hand mixer.  You'll always find it useful even when you've reached the dizzy heights of acquiring a KitchenAid.  I've even used mine for mashing potato, etc.

As to how much chilled water to use for pastry.  A good rule of thumb is 1 teaspoon of water to each ounce flour.

Good luck.

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