Holiday Toolbox: Baking Essentials Slideshow
November 5, 2010
Your guide for must-have baking equipment.
Ateco Ultra Spatula, $9.99
The metal blade of a straight spatula is optimal for spreading frosing and icing on cakes because it is not flexible, as that of a rubber spatula tends to be.
Rubber or Silicone Spatula
Rubber spatulas are great for scraping the sides of bowls and evening out batter in cake pans.
Bench scrapers are used to help portion and handle all types of dough. When it comes to working with stickier doughs, such as bread dough, a bench scraper can be particularly handy.
A pastry brush is most useful for applying egg washes to pie crusts before baking. They are also great for brushing butter on pressed crusts before baking and glazes on cakes or doughnuts.
When it comes to handling and rolling out dough, a pastry cloth can ease the process. They are typically made of canvas and have a non-slip surface on one side, which makes for a stable working area. Though some people prefer to use plastic wrap or parchment paper to roll out their dough, pastry cloths are durable and reusable alternative.
With the vast variety of whisks available, it can be both pricey and challenging to figure out which kind best suits your needs. A balloon whisk is a great place to start your whisk collection, as it is the most standard and widely useful of its kind. The spacious, bulb-like shape of a balloon whisk makes it ideal for whipping and mixing batters.
Microplane Grater/Zester, $10.85
Whether grating ginger, lemons, or chocolate, a microplane grater is precise and easy to clean. Plus, the handheld nature of a microplane grater allows for ingredients to be grated right into a batter.
Silicone Baking Cups
Silicone baking cups are great for entertaining at home because they are resusable.
A flour sifter is an easy baking tool to overlook, however, it is a must-have item. Whether to use the crank, squeeze trigger, or sieve variety is based on personal preference.
Cooking racks keep cookies, cakes, and cupcakes from overcooking in the pan and allows for faster, more even cooling.
A silpat can be very useful when baking anything that tends to stick to the pan. In addition to making clean-up easier, you wont have to grease the pan with extra butter when using a silpat.
For blending, whipping, creaming and mixing, a hand mixer is a great tool to have in your kitchen.
A food processor is a great tool to have on hand in the kitchen. It is perfect for making a variety of doughs, fillings, and frostings.