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If you’re a new home baker or trying to level up your home baking game, these are the only tools you need to stock in your kitchen for all your baking experiments!
As much as I enjoy purchasing new gadgets and things, I find that there are a set of tools I always go back to when I’m baking. The rest of them just collect dust on the shelves.
There are a ton of fancy tools around, and I’m all for experimenting with them, especially when it comes to new techniques and trends, but you really don’t need all the tools of the trade.
Here is a list of my ride or die tools, that I would recommend for all home bakers to have in their arsenal to accomplish like 90% of all baking projects.
Once you bake more and more, you’ll know the tools that you use the most!
First on the list is the coveted stand mixer. While I did bake for years without one, if you are looking to level up your baking, a stand mixer will definitely help. I find it especially useful for doughs, meringues, and other recipes that require a longer mixing time.
It is especially useful for all my macaron recipes, so my arms are not tired whipping the egg whites, or when making any type of frosting to get the butter to become light and fluffy!
Sometimes you only want a small batch of cookies or brownies or need to quickly whip frosting, that’s where my hand mixer is my go-to sidekick. I use it all the time, in the kitchen!
Variety of baking trays and pans
- Cookie Sheets – A rimmed cookie sheet is vital to all the cookies I know you will be baking. Opt for something like this Nordic Ware cookie sheet, that is not prone to warping. Of course, they’re multipurpose – I also use them for my macarons and toasting any ingredients.
- Square brownie pan – A 9inch-9-inch pan is ideal for most brownie or blondie recipes. Or even for a quick coffee cake!
- Round tin (6 inches) (2-3) – If you think you might be trying your hand at layered cakes, then round cake tins are ideal. A 6-inch cake is a great starting point, and you’ll want 2-3
- Cupcake tin (12) – Most cupcake recipes make at least 12 cupcakes, so this is a great size of pan to have. You can also use these for muffins, or individual cheesecakes, etc.
Most recipes require more than one bowl, or require different sizes of bowls.
If you’re in a small kitchen setting look for bowls, such as this set of mixing bowls by the Flour Shop that are:
- have a grip at the base (so they don’t move around)
- nest together for easy storage
- have a lid – so you can chill things like cookie dough quickly, like in these espresso chocolate chip cookies.
All silicone spatulas are one of the most useful tools. I recommend getting a variety of sizes to scoop things out of jars, or batter out of bowls!
They can help get all the batter out of the bowls, and are great for finishing a cake or cupcake batter that you do not want to over mix!
I love that they often are colorful, or with fun patterns like this sprinkle spatula!
For anything that bakes in my sheet pans, like cookies, or macarons, I love using silicone mats. I love that it doesn’t waste any parchment paper, and they’re really easy to clean!
An offset spatula is the best tool for so many things. Smoothing out cake batter in your pan or smoothing frosting on your cake, or creating those pretty swoosh patterns on top of dips.
It’s like a butter knife without sharp edges, so it is perfect for smoothing frosting or pushing cake or brownie batter to the edges of the pan.
Trust me, once you have it, you’ll wonder what you did before it!
A bench scraper has so many uses. Picking up ingredients, clearing flour from your work surfaces, and even smoothing out the sides of a layered cake.
I recommend one with a handle and is made with stainless steel (not plastic), with a little weight for more precision, like this one from Williams Sonoma.
If you, like me, believe that baking is more science than art, then measuring ingredients is crucial to your scientific experiments. There are so many factors that go into baking from the weight of the ingredients to the technique to temperature. One of the easiest parts to control is weight, and a digital scale is vital to this!
And if you’re obsessed with making macarons, you most definitely need one!
Measuring spoons/cup set
If you’re not ready to become weigh all your ingredients yet, a set of measuring spoons and a reliable set of measuring cups will definitely be a necessity. Baking is more science than art in my opinion. and measuring ingredients are way more important in baking than cooking.
They also can make for beautiful additions to your kitchen, like these ones below!
Cooling racks will allow your cookies and cakes to cool faster, without letting them sit in the moisture when you take them out of the oven.
- Sifter – For the more delicate recipes, like cakes and macarons, sifting your flour is important so you don’t get clumpy ingredients.
- Oven Thermometer – Most home ovens are never calibrated to the right temperature, even if your oven dings and says it’s ready, I guarantee you it’s not the temperature it says it is at. An oven thermometer is an ideal way to make sure you can control the baking process so that your creations turn out the way you expect them.
Let me know if there are any baking tools that you cannot live without!
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