Food Processor Choices For Every Type of Budget

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top food processors You do not need a hefty budget or a distinguished palate to enjoy a healthy and delicious home cooked meal down in the bog, but you do need motivation. Nothing saps the energy from most peoples sails in the kitchen faster than the work required to prep food for your favorite recipe. Having the right tools can not only save you a load of time, but it can help sustain the enthusiasm to help carry you to the finish line. Something as simple as having a food processor at your disposal can reduce some of the mundane requirements of cooking a homemade meal. But what should you look for when shopping for one of these appliances? Put down the chicken wings for a few minutes and discover some options that will help you eat better, cook better, and feel better.

Top Food Processor Options

No matter what your budget, you should have no problem finding something that will improve your skills and cut back the time you spend in your kitchen prepare meals. From high and mid-range options, to smaller and cheaper food processing machines, there is quality that can be found at just about any price range. If you already one, you should reconsider putting it back on your countertop and experiment with its full capabilities as food processors can do a lot more than just cutting and slicing vegetables.

High To Mid Range Models

Currently, the Cuisinart DLC-2009CHB is the best rated food processor that you can buy for your kitchen. It cost about $140 and it delivers a lot of bang for the buck. Not only is it a powerful slicer, dicer, mincer, and chopper, something that most people associate with these types of small appliances, but it can also mix, shred, and grind. This lets you do things like make pizza dough, speed up baking recipes, shred cheese, make fresh salsa, grind herbs and spices, and a lot more. This is perhaps Cuisinart’s most modern looking food processor which is probably why it is such a top seller. Its performance also gets excellent reviews from owners which is something you should always keep an eye on when shopping. This is a durable, reliable, and consistent food processor that offers a lot of value for the money.

For an ultra-modern food processor the Breville BFP800XL is a top choice. Its sleek design and easy to use controls are complimented by a blue LCD display screen for those who want the most technologically advanced feel in their kitchen. This model is also a top performer when it comes to the chores tasked of today’s food processors. Stainless steel cutting discs deliver a consistent slice on whichever blade that you choose. It has a rather hefty motor that will not choke on anything that is dropped down its extra wide feed chute. This model is a workhorse and it is something that should be a tremendous benefit to avid chefs. With all that being said, the price tag is rather steep. At $400, this is not going to be something for everyone, but it does make for a great addition to any wishlist.

For another top notch alternative, the Cuisinart DLC- 10S delivers most of the quality features and performance of the 2009CHB but at a more affordable price. This model can usually be had for around $100 online. Where this food processor lags behind is in its looks. Its appearance is rather dated with square edges and a matte finish. It more than makes up for it in performance however, which makes this a great value buy. It just works without all of the flash of newer models.

Best Budget Options

If you need to save money, like most of us, then a Hamilton Beach food processor is going to be your best bet. They make some of the better quality, budget-friendly food processors that you can buy. They might not be as powerful or can handle all of the larger more intensive tasks of some of the models above, you are still going to get a lot for your money. These will typically cost you between $40 and $60 online and are a great option for anyone looking to save. For basic slicing and dicing these will be more than capable to deliver a satisfying experience and help you save time preparing meals. They are very simple to use, a snap to clean, and easy to move in and out of storage. For the occasional fancy meal or complex recipe one of these models should do well. They also have a couple of models that are big enough to mix dough as well.

Mini-food processors are also another option if you are just looking for something to help you reduce the need for a kitchen knife. This inexpensive machines have smaller bowls that are perfect for dicing onions or cutting other vegetables. They are not ideal for mixing but are geared towards one specific task.

Cook More Work Less

If you are like me, then the more work a recipe requires the less tasty the final dish seems to taste. This is why a lot of folks end up having someone else cook for them, usually fast or frozen food. But that is not the most healthy way to maintain a proper diet. A food processor can really transform the way that you cook as well as how long that it takes. In the end, your food will end up tasting that much better.

Palate Pleasing Pastry Recipes

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For all those that love to bake we have got a few pastry recipes that might tempt your tastebuds. Perfect for parties, bake sales or just to surprise your family, there is nothing as putting a smile a someone’s face as you offer them some freshly prepared pastry dishes.

Muffin Madness

Sizzle up your everyday muffins with these great mix of flavors.


470 gm Wheat flour
450 gm Sugar
1 and 1/2 tsp Baking powder
250 gm Water
130 gm Sunflower oil
1 tsp Vanilla essence
2 Zest of limes

[Raspberry Butter cream]

500 gm Icing sugar
220 gm Margarine
3 tsp Raspberry pulp
3 Almonds (sliced)
9 Raspberries (whole)

Instructions to follow:

For the cake add wheat, baking powder and sugar in a bowl. Mix the ingredients thoroughly to make a mixture of all the dry ingredients. In another bowl, mix sunflower oil, vanilla essence, zest of limes and water to make a solution of all the liquid ingredients. Next, pour the dry mixture slowly into the liquid mixture while beating continuously until a smooth and even texture is reached.

Next, take a muffin tray and grease it with butter. Divide the muffin batter into equal parts onto the tray and insert it into a pre-heated oven at 180 degree. Let the muffins bake for 10 to 15 minutes if you are using a mini muffin tray or 20 to 40 minutes if you’re using a jumbo muffin tray. Once done, insert a toothpick into the center of the muffins. If the toothpick comes out clean the muffins are done, otherwise, bake them for 5 more minutes. Let the muffins cool before applying the icing on top.

Raspberry Butter Cream

In a blender, take the margarine and pour in sugar slowly while beating at medium speed. Then add in pulp of raspberries gradually while beating continuously until the mixture is smooth. With the help of a pasty bag decorate the muffins and top it off with sliced almonds and whole raspberries.

Mini Cheesecake

Very easy recipe to make before guests arrive.



1/3 cup Graham cracker crumbs
1 tbs sugar
1 tbs Margarine (melted)


8 ounce Cream cheese (softened)
1 Egg
1/4 cup Sugar
1 and 1/2 tsp Lemon juice
1/4 tsp Vanilla extract
1/2 Lemon zest (grated)

Instructions to follow:

In a bowl, mix the crackers, margarine and sugar until properly mixed. Grease a muffin tray with butter and put one heaping tablespoon of the resulting mixture into each cup of the muffin tray (press firmly on the mixture so that it goes completely flat). Insert the tray into a pre-heated oven at 325 degrees and let it bake for 5 minutes.

While the crust cools, mix the cream cheese, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla essence until the mixture gets fluffy. When that’s done, mix in the egg slowly. Pour this mixture into the muffin tray (fill it up to 3/4th of the cups on the tray). Bake it for 25 minutes at 325 degrees. Let it cool while it’s still in the tray. Once cooled, remove from tray and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Blueberry Cheese Danish Pastry

It can be a bit of a hassle to make but the results are worth the effort.

5 tsp Active dry yeast
2/3 cup Sugar
1 tsp Salt
3 Egg yolks
2 tsp Vanilla essence
2/3 cup Milk
3 and 3/4 cups Flour
1 and 1/2 cup Butter (unsalted)


8 ounces Cream cheese
1/4 cup Sugar
1 Egg yolk
1 tsp Vanilla essence
1/4 tsp Salt
2 tsp Orange zest (grated)
1 tsp Lemon zest (grated)
2 tbs Flour


1 and 1/4 cup Confectioner’s sugar
3 tbs Lemon juice

Instructions to follow:


In a large bowl pour 1/4 cup of warm water and add sugar and yeast to it. Let it sit for 5 minutes. When it gets foamy, stir in salt, yolks, vanilla, and milk. Next, add flour to the mixture until it turns into a soft and sticky dough. Cover this dough for an hour. Make sure to keep it somewhere cool.

Butter mixture

Take the butter on a cool surface, roll it with a rolling pin until it softens. At this point add 1/2 cup of flour while blending the mixture until it’s fully combined. Take this butter mixture and cut into 6 inch squares; wrap it in a plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Proceed to take the dough and roll it into 12 inch squares. Put the butter mixture diagonally in the middle. Enclose the butter mixture using the dough like an envelope. Seal it by pinching the edges of the dough. Roll it from the center and do it in such a way that is forms an 18 by 8 inch rectangle. Fold the dough like a book and refrigerate it by wrapping it in a plastic wrapper for 1 hour before rolling it out again. Repeat this procedure twice or more to make the pastries crispier.

In a bowl mix in all the filling ingredients until it smooths and refrigerate it for an hour or more. Take the refrigerated 18 by 8 inch rolled out dough and cut it into 4 inch squares. Stretch two corners of the square (that are opposite to each other) to form flaps.

Take one heaping tablespoon of the filling and put it in the middle of the square. Top it with blueberries. Brush the flaps with egg wash and seal the filling carefully within the square by overlapping the flaps. Brush the entire pastry with egg wash.

Put the pastries on a baking sheet (3 inches apart) and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until the pastries turn golden.

For the glaze, whisk in sifted confectioner’s sugar and lemon juice until thickened. Serve the danish pastry with drizzled glaze on top.

Buttercrust Dough Recipe

Want to see how to make the perfect buttercrust pastry dough?  We found this video below that gives easy to follow directions and provides a great illustration of the steps involved.

3 Quick & Simple Cake Recipes

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Many people love dessert but at times the idea of getting up every 30 minutes to check what is in the oven can be quite unpleasant. If baking is not your hobby, yet you are looking for a quick simple dessert to prepare with all the flair and taste then you need to consider the following 3 amazing dessert recipes;

Quick Black Forest Cake Recipe

1)1 tablespoon butter.
2) An adequate proportion of devil’s food cake mixed with pudding.
3)1 can cherry pie filling.
4)1-1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips.
5)1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar.
6)3 eggs.
7)1 tablespoon almond extract.
8)2 tablespoons milk.
10)2 sizable skillets.

1)Preheat your oven to 175 degrees C.

2)Combine together cake mix, almond extract, 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips, beaten eggs and cherry pie filling, beat to form a nice blend.

3) Grease skillet and pour batter in the pan.

4) Place the blend into the skillet, and bake for about 50 to 60 minutes while maintaining the heat at 175 degrees C. Remove from heat and let cool.

5) To make topping, heat the remainder of the semi sweet chocolate chips, batter and milk in the other skillet over medium heat. Once the sweet chocolate chips are in liquid state and blend is mixed, stir in confectioner’s sugar.

6) Spread topping over cooled cake and serve with any appropriate food or drink.

Apple Cake Recipe

1)1-1/4 cups vegetable oil.
2)1/3 cup milk.
3)3 cups all-purpose flour.
4)1 tablespoon salt.
5)1-1/4 cups brown sugar.
6)2 cups white sugar.
7)3 eggs, (beaten).
8)1 tablespoon baking soda.
9)1/2 cup batter.
10)1 cup chopped walnuts.
11)3-1/2 cups apples (peeled and chopped).
12) Adequate amount of baking powder.
13) Adequate amount of vanilla.

1) Preheat oven to 175 degrees C.

2) Grease and flour a skillet.

3) Sift together sugar, salt, baking powder and floor in a large bowl. Make a shallow hole in the center of the dough, add vanilla, oil and eggs then stir well. Fold in chopped apples and nuts.

4) Place dough in a pan which is smeared with batter.

5) Bake in the oven for about 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean.

6) To make the topping; in a skillet, mix brown sugar, butter and milk. Bring to a boil while making sure to stir steadily.

7) Remove from heat and top with the glaze while still hot.

Quick Coffee Cake Recipe

1)1 egg.
2)1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
3)1/3 cup shortening.
4)1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour.
5)1/2 teaspoon salt
6)1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda.
7)2 tablespoons batter (melted).
8)1/2 cup milk.
9)6 tablespoons white sugar.
10)1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.
11)1/2 cup brown sugar.

1) Preheat the oven to about 220 degrees C. Grease and flour a sizable square pan.

2) Blend together the flour, salt, sugar and baking powder in a sizable bowl. Cut in the shortening using a pastry blender to the appropriate size.

3) Stir the egg well in a separate bowl then add in vanilla and milk. Add this mixture to the dough blend and stir carefully until just blended.

4) Pour batter into pan and spread uniformly. Sprinkle top with melted butter.

5) Combine together 2 teaspoons flour, half teaspoon cinnamon and brown sugar in a separate bowl. Sprinkle on top of the cake.

6) Pour batter into prepared skillet, place dough and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes. You could alternatively insert a toothpick in the center of the cake, if it comes out clean, the bake is ready.

Dessert is supposed to be a treat, and slaving over a hot oven and allocating time that you don’t have is not all that rewarding.  But hopefully some of these cake recipes will help you save time in the kitchen and give you and your family something to look forward to after your meal.

For those that are not in the mood for cake, check out the video below to learn how to make a fast and delicious chocolate mousse.  Save time, eat great!