Ok guys, I want to share with you some of my most valued tools for mixing, shaping and baking up beautiful baked goods. We’re not talking measuring cups and mixing bowls, I have a feeling you all know you’re going to need that stuff already. This list is little more technical and a step up from the basics.
If you’ve been wanting to step up your baking game, these 10 tools will load your bases and help you to bake up those knock it out of the park recipes. Building your baking toolbox takes time, I don’t expect you to go out and buy all of these tools immediately. We all have that bestie or auntie who has a mixer lying around that she rarely uses, so I implore you to to beg, borrow but probably not steal that mixer for a couple of weeks. Give it a dry run, I have a feeling it might just change your baking game forever.
Here they are, in no particular order, My Top 10 Essential Baking Tools. Play ball!
1. KitchenAid Stand Mixer: with paddle, dough hook and whisk attachments: This is the workhorse of my kitchen. I’ve had this ol’ gal for 8 years and she kicks ass. They are expensive but they are worth it if you plan to bake on the regular. This in an investment piece that will last for years and years, plus you can get all of those nifty attachment tools. A real game changer.
2. Kitchen Scale: While cups and teaspoons work well for most recipes, there are times when accuracy is crucial for temperamental recipes. A kitchen scale will help you get pinpoint accurate measurements.
3. Silicone Spatula Set: These heat proof magic sticks can constantly be found in my hand. I use them to stir, scrape and mix all kinds of recipes. I especially like the spoon style. Cheap and effective.
4. Kitchen Thermometer: A cheap and convenient tool for any time you need to control the temperature of any elements in your baking. Way back when, I worked as a barista. My hands were so well trained that I was basically a human thermometer and rarely needed this tool, it felt like I had superpowers. Unless you have the dexterous temperature detecting hands of a skilled barista, you should probably spend a few bucks and buy one of these guys.
5. Sharp Chef’s Knife: I know this sounds like more a chef’s tool than a baker’s tool but you’ll need one, I promise. A good quality, sharp knife is just one of those things that you need in your kitchen once you hit adulthood. That IKEA set of brightly colored, plastic handled “steak knives” you bought in college for $10 just aren’t gonna cut it here (get it?). So, get it….buy yourself a big boy knife.
6. Silpat Silicone Baking Mats: These guys are another go-to for me. I vividly recall the first time I used one and I was so mad at myself for not recognizing what a fabulous tool these are before that moment! They keep everything from sticking to your baking sheets, brown up the bottoms of your baked goods beautifully and they make for easy clean up! Worth every single penny, pinky swear.
7. Bench Knife: This little dude does it all! Scrapes, cuts, cleans. He’s essentially a dream boyfriend in a single tool .
8. Pastry Brush: This simple tool keeps it simple and simply does it’s job. I use this constantly to apply an egg wash, brush on butter, oil up a bowl or brush sliced ciabatta with olive oil. Handy and dandy.
9. Parchment Paper: This stuff is a miracle worker. Somehow it doesn’t burn (at most oven temps) and keeps everything from sticking to baking sheets. This is a great alternative to the Silpat mats….but wait there’s more! It can also be used to shape dough into slice and bake logs and so much more! I am really into the pre-cut parchment sheets because I always seem to saw my hand open on those metal teeth. Ouch.
10. Pastry Blender: Last but not least. I use this anytime I want to quickly bake up a batch of crumbly dough, such as pie dough or scones. It gently cuts cold butter into dry ingredients, keeping things cool and crumbly. This tool is where it’s at for achieving crumbly, textural baked goods.
There you have it, My Top 10 Essential Baking Tools. I hope you find these tools as useful as I have. Give ’em a go and get to Baking The Goods!
xoxo- Becky Sue
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