Making dough in a food processor
I loved the idea of making dough in a food processor and intend to buy one for making pasta. How large should it be? The biggest one I have found was 8 cups... Is that enough?
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Depends on how much you make at a time really. I have an 11-cup cuisinart that is a fairly standard size, it works for almost anything. I think if I were you I might try and find one a bit bigger...but that's just my opinion.
I used too small of a bowl in my old Hamilton Beach processor, which was once my great-grandmother's. Too much pasta dough killed it. So, to compensate, my parents got me a Kitchenaid bowl-lift mixer. I saw this awesome processor that had three bowls, 7- 9- and 11-cup. It came with the usual shredder and slicer and such, and was a powerhouse with a bottom mounted motor. Bottom mounts have better power transfer from a side.
I have the standard size Cuisinart (8 cup?) and it makes wonderful pastry dough. I could never get the hang of making dough before my Cuisinart. Now I can make a pie in no time (much to my wife's complaint that I am increasing her waistline!). I use a recipe I found from Julia Child.
1 3/4 c. flour
1 stick (1/4 lb.) butter, cut up
3 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 tsp. salt
Blend flour, butter, oil and salt in Cuisinart until crumbly. Add 1/4 cup of cold water and continue blending until ball forms. Makes dough for a double crust pie or 2 single crusts.