You might have just bagged a new food processor and are now looking out onto the horizon in anticipation of whipping up all new and improved culinary delights, only to find a whole plethora of unknown attachments.
One of those attachments is likely to be a dough blade.
A food processor dough blades is similar to the traditional blade except they are made of plastic and designed to pull and tear the dough to kneed it.
However, I’ve found that more often than not the shorter and duller plastic dough blade isn’t as good at kneading dough as the standard metal attachment despite that being exactly what it’s designed for.
Instead, I find the longer sharper blade reaches closer to the edge of the food processor thus kneeding all the dough rather than just the dough in the center of the machine.
What Can You Use A Dough Blade For?
Most food processors nowadays come with a choice of two blades. The standard metal, sharp one and the plastic, blunt dough blade.
The dough blade does what it says on the tin and is meant to be used exclusively for making dough. Anything from crafting your own pizza dough to bread.
Of course authentically you are meant to knead dough by hand to create the best quality for your homemade delicacies, but believe me, using a food processor saves so much hassle.
The machine does the work for you, with no need to worry about if you are using the right technique or sweating it out as the minutes pass by.
Quick and effective, using a food processor dough blade is the better option in dough making for the average home cook.
When using this technique you should be sure to remember to use cold liquids to avoid any overheating in the machine.
Indeed, due to the heat of the machine when operating your dough will warm up, this means you also have to be careful to avoid your dough getting too hot and your butter melting or even worse, your yeast cells dying.
If your dough does get too hot you run the risk of the dough not rising when cooking which could be nothing short of a kitchen nightmare.
Is A Dough Blade Worthwhile?
It’s all well and good harping on about how good the food processor dough blade is as opposed to using your hands but there’s actually an even better option.
Using the standard blade works better nine times out of ten for kneading dough, than the dough blade does.
Due to the short stubby nature of the dough blade, it regularly fails to reach the outer circumference in the food processor leaving extra flour at the sides.
Additionally, its plastic blades often fail to slice through the dough and provide that kneading effect which is so crucial. For this reason I would actually recommend to stick on the standard blade on your food processor when making dough.
It acts in exactly the same way as the plastic blade but does the job quicker and with more ease. It’s certainly still worth using a food processor for a quick and easy dough but save yourself the hassle involved with a dough blade and keep that normal blade attached.
Are Dough Blades Included With A Food Processor? Or Do You Have To Purchase Them Separately?
It obviously depends on which food processor you are buying which attachments come with it.
More expensive food processors have all sorts of different attachments you can use to aid your kitchen creations from dicing and slicing to julienning or crinkling.
Generally speaking, however, most food processors from the cheapest to dearest will incorporate two blades into their initial package, one metal blade and one dough blade.
If you need a replacement they are by no means hard to come by and you should have no bother sorting that out. It’s as easy as pie to find a replacement (get it? Cause pie has dough in it? I’ll see myself out, it’s been a long summer…).
Are All Food Processor Dough Blades The Same?
Whilst most dough blades are the same in food processors and don’t seem to particularly vary from machine to machine, what is important when factoring in how you are going to make the best dough you can is what food processor you are going to use.
Of course, if you already have a good food processor you just need to attach your preferred blade and pulse away but if you are getting a new food processor it’s worth looking into the functionality of the machine rather than the blades it uses.
The ability to pulse is quite favourable when making dough purely because it gives you much more control over the fairly volatile kneading process.
Also, opting for a 700 watt or higher power output processor will help as it has enough power to process the dough without getting too hot or overworking the motor.
These food processors may be a tad more expensive and it obviously depends on how much use you are going to get out of the processor, how much you will be willing to invest.
If it’s a one-off then there’s no point in changing your machine but if you are looking to get into a bit of regular bread baking or pizza making in your spare time then it is more than worth the investment as it will ultimately make your life easier and create better dough for your kitchen wonders.