One of the many joys of preparing and making food is the experimentation and discovery. A pinch of this, a toss of that, and something magical might happen.
But baking, that’s an exact science. One tiny mistake in measuring the ingredients and the result will be something else entirely. All of a sudden, the bread won’t rise, the souffle collapses, or the egg punch becomes stiff. The list goes on. To avoid drama like this, you must be able to follow recipes to the letter. Enter: proper baking equipment.
It doesn’t matter if you’re going for a perfectly layered rainbow cake, or if you’re just starting out with the beginners’ guide to baking. We’re here to help you truly master your talents. To help you get started, we’ve put together a short list of the top four baking utensils that you’re definitely going to be needing, no matter what level you’re on.
One thing is guaranteed: there’ll be no bakeware without proper tins and moulds to shape your creations. And you may not believe it, but it’s very important to use the correct size and shape as declared in the recipe. Otherwise, you can’t follow the same cooking times, and the timing will have to be adjusted (which is not easy to re-calculate correctly).
Like we said, precision is key in baking. It’s hard to correctly estimate specific measurements without the proper tools. Thankfully, we have all the measuring tools you need. From cups and jugs to thermometers and scales, so that you can be sure to nail the exact amount needed.
A large mixing bowl is required for most kinds of baking. And, since many recipes often require several mixing bowls, don’t stop at just one. It’s such a drag to have to put a dough or a cream in another vessel, clean out the bowl, and then re-use it for the next step of the baking process. So, it’s best to get at least two.
If you’re a bit of a neat freak, we have just the thing: bowls with lids! The lid even has an opening for your whisk, so you won’t get splatter all over the place.
Now that you’ve got the bigger pieces in order, you’re sure to be needing some smaller baking tools and accessories as well. How else are you going to use your mixing bowls without whisks and spatulas? Or glaze the pastry or doughs in the tins without a pastry brush? Also, there won’t even be a dough to set in the first place, without a rolling pin. And what about your cake decorating? If you want it to be spot-on, you’ll be needing a cake decoration set.
Now that you’re all set with the most essential baking equipment, there’s nothing stopping you on your way to pastry perfection!