So, we’ve talked about the Best Gluten Free Pantry Staples and the Best Kitchen Essentials . Now, let’s talk about the 13 Best Baking Essentials. I have been baking for as long as I can remember. It’s something my mom and I did regularly growing up.
With so many gadgets and tools on the market, sometimes it’s hard to know what you really need and what you could do without. Today I’m sharing all my favorite baking tools. This is my list of the Best Baking Essentials. This the third and last post of my personal recommendations.
First on my list of the 13 Best Baking Essentials-
Measuring Cups and Measuring Spoons– Baking is all about precise measuring and accuracy. Having a set of good measuring cups and spoons is a must. You honestly cannot get by without these. Measuring Cups and Spoons are considered part of the 13 Best Baking Essentials.
Second on my list of the 13 Best Baking Essentials-
Rubber Spatula/Silicone Spatula– I cannot tell you the amount of times in a week I use my rubber Spatula. From scraping the last bits of cookie batter to stirring homemade Curd, this inexpensive workhorse can handle it all. They’re also handy for folding together wet and dry ingredients. Silicone can stand up to higher heat than rubber can.
Third on my list of the 13 Best Baking Essentials-
Whisk – I have about 5 different whisks in different sizes. A whisk can be used to beat eggs, stir pancake batter, whip up meringue, and is great at mixing wet and dry ingredients together.
Fourth on my list of the 13 Best Baking Essentials-
Pastry Brush– Pastry brushes are perfect for putting an egg wash to a pie crust to get that wonderful golden color. It can also be used to grease pans, coat dough batter with butter and applying glazes. If you bake often, this is a must have.
Fifth on my list of the 13 Best Baking Essentials-
Rolling Pin– For home made pie crust, cookie dough and puff pastry, this tool is a necessity. Plus, if you don’t have a food processor, you can put graham crackers or cookies in a plastic storage bag and start rolling to smash them into pieces.
Sixth on my list of the Best Baking Essentials-
Bundt Pan– For some, a Bundt pan isn’t considered a necessity. All I can say is, I love Bundt Cakes. Now a days, there are so many pretty patterns to make your Bundt cake look beautiful right out of the oven. Bundt cakes are some of the easiest and most elegant cakes you can prepare. The key to having a perfect cake is that it is buttered and floured very well. You do not want your Bundt cake sticking when you take it out of the oven.
Seventh on my list of the Best Baking Essentials-
Cake Pans– For cake pans, I use the 8 and 9 inch the most. So many times I am making a two or three layer cake.
Eighth on my list of the Best Baking Essentials-
Cookie Sheet– Every baker needs a good cookie sheet. If there was one item I could not live without, it’s my cookie sheets. I consider it a necessity. To make those perfectly warm cookies, always use a Silpat baking mat to make sure your cookies don’t stick. A wire cooling rack is also an essential must have item. I recommend having at least two. My personal collection includes 2 half sheets, 2 full sheets, 2 cookie sheets and 4 wire racks.
Ninth on my list of the 13 Best Baking Essentials-
Bread Pan– This is a must have for every baker. I use my bread pan weekly. I own a few different kinds. Nordic ware makes beautiful bread pans with the most beautiful designs. It gives the bread a little something extra.
The Fall season inspires me to get in the kitchen and start baking. Making a loaf of apple or banana bread is something that is done weekly during most of Fall and Winter.
Tenth on my list of the Best Baking Essentials-
Pie Pan– Apple Pie is my favorite winter pie. I say winter because we tend to bake differently based on the ingredients available and the season we’re in. Another pie fave of mine is Chocolate Cream pie.
Eleventh on my list of the Best Baking Essentials-
Mixing Bowls- Are a classic staple. I use my mixing bowls so frequently these days. Mixing bowls serve multiple purposes in any kitchen. For me, I use mine to stir pancake batter, make Banana Bread, make cookies, stir together ingredients for a frittata, mix cake batter and so much more.
I have two kinds of mixing bowls. The first is the set of All Clad Mixing Bowls. I use these for making a meringue or for whipping up heavy cream to make whipped cream.
My set of glass bowls are made in France (Duralex Glass Mixing Bowls) and so affordable for the whole set. I love that you have a variety of bowl sizes to choose from. One of my favorite deserts is a Chocolate Molten Cake. With a glass mixing bowl, you can make a double boiler using a pan and a glass bowl.
Twelfth on my list of the Best Baking Essentials-
Calphalon Spring form Pan– The secret to a great cheesecake starts with owning a spring form pan. Do you want to successfully make cheesecake? All you need is a springform pan, and a cheesecake sleeve. I have tried many springform pans to make cheesecakes. This Calphalon spring form pan is the only pan that does not let water in. It is the best springform pan I have ever used.
So many times, there is a way for water to get in. I always use a water bath. Before I discovered a cheesecake sleeve, I would wrap the springform pan with layers of foil. Even with layers of protection, there were many times water got in. So disappointing when you work so hard to get a perfect cheesecake.
I purchased my cheesecake sleeve on Amazon. It is out of stock at the moment. I will let you know if they restock it. For now, foil can work.
Thirteenth on my list of the Best Baking Essentials-
Hand Mixer- If you’re like me and do a ton of baking, a hand mixer should be the last of the 13 Best Baking Essentials. There are a few reasons why a hand mixer should be part of your kitchen. First, a hand mixer costs much less than a stand mixer. Secondly, it is super easy to clean. Third, it doesn’t take up much space in your kitchen. Fourth, you can use your hand mixer in any type of bowl. Hand Mixers are also lightweight.
There are a few downsides. Hand mixers are not as powerful as a stand Mixer and are not as durable. A hand mixer also is not hand free like a Stand Mixer. My favorite brand of hand mixer is by KitchenAid.
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