Need recommendation for food/dough mixer

I have an old food processor. I'd like to replace it with something
that not only works as a food processor, but hopefully also as a dough
machine. Specifically for mixing cookie dough, and perhaps bread
dough. I'm at the point in my life where I need to make things as
simple as possible. Trouble is I love to bake. I tend to stick to
simple stuff because I just can't spend too much time on my feet. I'm
thinking a machine that does the mixing for me while I add ingredients
would be a big help.
I don't have much counter space so I want to get something that is as
versatile as possible.
I'd appreciate recommendations.
Thanks
Reply to
Jane
How about a kitchenaid or a viking mixer? When my kitchenaid dies, I will have to buy another!
Reply to
Merryb
Problem is I can't use it as a food processor too. I'm not sure I'm going to be able to find what I want.
Wish I was an inventor........
Reply to
Jane
In article ,
Yeah, a mixer is great for mixing - and some have nice attachments for pasta or whatever.
A food processor is great for that work and I happen to like my cuisinart for small batches of bread dough. But when you threw in the cookie dough requirement I think you lost out. The motor is so powerful that I just can't imagine it doing that well.
For many years in itty bitty kitchens I was very happy with a food processor plus a hand mixer for cookie dough, whipping cream or egg whites and the like. Really, a hand mixer doesn't take up much space at all and you can shove it in a drawer or cupboard and save counter space.
marcella
Reply to
Marcella Peek
Jane...you know the answer to your own questions. Food processors "process" food. Mixers combine food.
This is like asking a cement mixer to make pastry dough. It just ain't gonna work.
Reply to
Billy
You can start a bread dough in the food processor. But, you need to finish kneading by hand. Have to watch the heat buildup, too otherwise you kill the yeast. Not sure if that is enough help to you. FIY, most stand mixers have attachments to do a lot of shredding and slicing. Might be worth looking into.
GBB
How To Bake Bread blog
Reply to
goodbreadbaker
I do have a hand mixer but it isn't nearly strong enough for cookie dough that is firm enough so that you need to use your hands to form the cookie. Do you think the Cuisinart would be good for that kind of dough?
Reply to
Jane
Yeah, I pretty much figured that out when I started looking a the reviews in Consumer Reports. Oh well.
Reply to
Jane
In article ,
I don't know the answer to that.
I use my Black & Decker hand mixer for all kinds of cookie doughs - peanut butter, gingerbread men, snickerdoodles. I even use it for cheesecake batters.
I've not ever tried cookie dough in a food processor. I just figured the motor would spin so much the dough would get tough. I wonder if a good cookie book would give food processor options? That might give you an idea.
marcella
Reply to
Marcella Peek
No one mentioned this possibility, but you might consider keeping the older processor and augment it with a good bread machine. No question that a KitchenAid or Viking would handle the heavier doughs, but they are also a considerable investment. My cuisinart FPC-11 has a plastic blade for dough, but even the "11" strains at some cookie doughs. My Breadman Ultimate not only makes various breads, but has separate cycles for jam, dough and pizza dough. This allows you to get your dough made virtually unattended and still free-form your breads, cakes or cookies. I'l be making a batch of potato kolaches today and the breadman will do most of the work. I'll just roll the dough out, cut the kolaches, press the center wells and fill them, and allow one final rise while the oven is heating. I have a bad back and standing for extended periods is a problem, but this works for me quite well.
Art in Texas
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Chemiker

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