10 Essential Baking Tools Slideshow

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1. A Good Rolling Pin

Put down that wine bottle. A good rolling pin is as essential to a home baker as a first-rate bat is to a ballplayer. Not just any rolling pin will do, however. Don’t go for the cheap ones, explains Dusti Meeks, founder of Wicked Pies. "Choose a tapered one. A good finish will keep dough from sticking and will keep you from using too much flour, which will make your crust tough." In addition to rolling out dough, a rolling pin is great for softening dough that is too cold or beating cold butter.

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