12 Baking Tools that Can Help You this Holiday Season
Baking Tools If you are gearing up to bake cakes, cut-out cookies, or create other pastry delights this holiday season, there are several baking tools that can help make the process easier. Measuring Tools. Buying good quality measuring tools is...
If you are gearing up to bake cakes, cut-out cookies, or create other pastry delights this holiday season, there are several baking tools that can help make the process easier.
Measuring Tools. Buying good quality measuring tools is very important because being a little short on an ingredient or adding too much can really ruin hours of hard work. We recommend the Anchor Hocking Measuring Cup, the set of four Cuisinox Measuring Cups, and the Cuisinox Measuring Spoons for your baking needs.
Oven Thermometer. Without a separate oven thermometer, you do not necessarily know what temperature your oven is heating to. Having a poorly calibrated oven is a common problem, and it can really affect your baking.
Silicone Spatulas. These spatulas are great for scraping batter out of bowls as well as stirring things on the stove or folding ingredients together. It is a good idea to have a variety of sizes since extra small is best for getting into bottles, extra-large is great for larger quantities of food, and standard works well for just about everything else.
Icing Spatulas. Whether you need to ice miniature cupcakes or a large wedding cake, these spatulas are great for both and everything in between. They can also be used to smooth thick batter in pans and to loosen a cake's sides from the pan to make for easier release.
Whisks. There are several different size whisks, all of which have their own use. Those with a narrower profile are good for using in pots and pans, while balloon whisks that have a large, bulbous end, are better to use when working with a large amount of ingredients, such as folding a good size amount of whipped cream into mousse.
Pastry Crimping Wheel. Typically, these wheels are used for pies, but you can also use them to make fancier biscuits, calzones, or cookies.
Pastry Brushes. When it comes to pastry brushes, they can be used to apply glazes to baked goods or barbecue sauce to a variety of meat. Silicone brushes are the best since they don't hold on to colors or flavors the way the traditional style brushes do. When working with pastry, use one that has delicate bristles for best results.
Bench Scraper. This versatile tool can chop nuts, cut dough, or scrape off your work surface to remove any flour and dough left behind.
Rolling Pin. Without one, it will be next to impossible to roll dough. It's especially useful when making specialty cookies or homemade pizza. For both of these, a heavier pin will work best because the extra weight will roll the dough out smoother.
Mixing Bowls. It's a good idea to have several sizes when it comes to mixing bowls. One reason is because recipes often require you to mix dry and wet ingredients separately before mixing them together.
Cookie Cutters. If you want to bake themed cookies, don't forget the cookie cutters. They come in all shapes and sizes including dog bones, animals, and Christmas trees. Remember to have icing and sprinkles on hand to decorate them.
Pastry Blender. A pastry blender is a tool that has five or six U-shaped steel wires attached to a handle on both ends. You can use it to prepare dough, distribute fat without causing it to melt, or slice butter into recipes.
Parchment Paper. This has several different uses including lining pans to prevent goodies from sticking and protecting countertops from flour and sugar, making for easy cleanup.
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