If you are having a clear out in your kitchen, or alternatively if you are setting up a new kitchen from scratch and space is limited, you may find yourself wondering what essentials you need for baking. You may well be asking which tools can the average baker not live without and which are likely to lurk unused at the back of the cupboard for years? Well, the below guide will help you be prepared for most home baking.
Kitchen scales and measuring spoons are absolutely essential as baking is all about proportions. Both can be picked up relatively inexpensively and each will truly make the difference between bread that does or doesn’t rise and between a fluffy sponge and a stodgy one.
Another vital piece of baking equipment is an electric mixer. Yes, you can beat with a wooden spoon, but the effort it takes for the often less impressive results is not worth it. Mixers can be expensive but you do not have to go for a top of the range option if you are just an occasional baker, and it will also just be a one off investment that will contribute greatly to all your future baking.
Your kitchen also needs a number of basic pieces of bakeware, such as trays, tins, cake pans and a cooling rack. These come in a variety of models and materials all of which are inexpensive and easy to store. Two or three mixing bowls of different sizes are also a must.
Ideal for cakes, you should also consider investing in a couple of silicone spatulas. Cheap and easy to clean, silicone tools are the future of baking and these spatulas are perfect for folding cake mix.
Once you have purchased these items and stored them away, treat yourself to a pretty or comical apron and some oven gloves to keep you clean and safe and then finish off your collection with an egg timer because, as has been stated, baking is all about precision, and timing things right is just as important as quantities. Once you have completed your set, you will of course need to test it all out, and there really is no better excuse to bake yourself a whole load of yummy edible treats.