Key baking equipment for new cooks
If TV programmes such as The Great British Bake Off, MasterChef or Nadiya’s British Food Adventure have inspired you to get into the kitchen and start baking for the first time, you may be wondering where to start. If your kitchen cupboards contain little or no specific baking tools or equipment, fear not, as in today’s post we will guide you through the essential items you need to start baking cakes, pastries, puddings and pies.
Essential baking accessories
One of the most important items for any cook to acquire is a good-sized mixing bowl. You will be using your mixing bowl for everything from crumbles to cake mixture and pastry to puddings, so be sure to get a reasonably large bowl to cope with all sorts of baking projects. Ideally, you should get at least two bowls, of different sizes, as some recipes call for two or more mixtures to be made at the same time.
Once you have decided on your mixing bowl, the next step is to source your tools. You will need a good wooden spoon; alternatively, you can opt for a silicone version that has the advantage of being easy to keep clean and able to withstand high temperatures. Also consider a good rolling pin, a pastry brush, a set of weighing scales, and some measuring spoons. You might be tempted to skip the measuring spoons; however, this is a false economy. When a recipe asks for one tablespoon of an ingredient, this is a very specific amount and using a spoon from your everyday cutlery set, or just guessing based on a dessert spoon, is unlikely to give you the correct measurement.
Now that you have most of the basic equipment for making a cake, pudding or pie, you need to consider what you will cook the item in. Choose a selection of different sizes and shapes of baking tins, including some loose-bottomed or spring form tins to help you get your cake out of the tin easily. Loaf tins are great if you want to make fruit loaf, carrot cake or banana bread, while flan tins are needed if you fancy something elaborate such as a tarte aux pommes or a lemon meringue pie.
Additional baking accessories
As with any hobby, there is always another piece of equipment or a fancy gadget that takes your eye, or something that can make your baking life easier; however, if you invest in some mixing bowls, baking tins and the tools we have outlined above, you should be well on the way to setting up your baking toolkit.