Sick of mixing your bread or cookie dough by hand? Have a knack for baking but a lack of time?
While this may seem counterintuitive, a food processor can be a great tool for baking. That's right: stand mixers don't own the field here. Many experienced bakers use their food processors to make bread or pizza dough, or to grind nuts for a pie crust.
Some models feature a dough blade, and users report that this certainly is a plus for a machine and makes the kneading experience a whole lot better. Larger machines, unsurprisingly, are better equipped for handling these tasks, and users also point out that those that excel at baking tasks usually have at least 550w of power. A word of warning: you're going to have to pay up; upwards of $130, which is considered the highest price bracket for food processors.
The good news is, your money will be buying a solid appliance. User opinions show that the food processors that make bakers happy also tend to be of high value (despite the inflated price tag) and good looking on the countertop. They are exquisite at chopping and grinding nuts and are reportedly great for heavy duty tasks. According to users, the brands that make the best food processors for baking are KitchenAid and Cuisinart. Users report that Black & Decker is the least recommended brand for avid bakers.
Check out our top rated food processors below, the best choices for the beginning or advanced home baker.