Food Processor vs. Stand Mixer for Kneading Dough
Certain doughs require kneading in order to incorporate air and develop gluten, the protein that helps give some bread and pizza doughs structure. Food processors and stand mixers help minimize the mess and speed up the kneading process.
Food processors for dough making come with a plastic blade, but some makers prefer using the metal blade for kneading because it slices through the dough quickly. This helps keep the dough from overheating. Also, the rapid action of a food processor’s blade helps distribute wet and dry ingredients evenly. Because food processors spin at high speeds, it only takes a minute or two for dough to come together.
A stand mixer is another great time saver for dough making that uses a hook to knead dough. When making dough in this powerful appliance, knead it until it clears the sides of the bowl; if it starts to “climb” up the dough hook, you’ve over kneaded your dough.