Baking, like any other craft, is all a matter of dedication, passion, and skills. And oh, the best ingredients, a trusty oven, and a good set of baking equipment!
If you are looking to complete your baking equipment list, then read on to see if you have every little thing you need.
Basic Baking Equipment
Starters and pros may not share the same level of expertise and love for the craft, but they all share the following baking equipment. The more advanced ones may have something more advanced or more expensive versions of them, but the following tools never get old:
The mixer is the ultimate evolution of the wire whisk. It gradually developed from the single whisk to the manual rotating whisk to today’s hand mixers and heavy duty mixers. You need them for thorough and even mixing – without the muscle soreness after!
- Baking Pans
Pans come in a million varieties, shapes, and types. And purposes too. This is the baking equipment that never gets outdated – no matter how many variations come and go. The most common baking pans are the ordinary cake pans that come in aluminum, glass and stainless. Another type of baking pan is the Bundt pan. Bundt pans are special pans that have decorative ridged sides and holes in the center. Muffins and cupcakes are baked in muffin pans that are like mini cake pans lined in sets of 6 or 12.
There are also the pans called the springform. Springform pans are used for those delicate cakes that are difficult to remove – mousses, cheesecakes, etc. The sides and the bottom are removable.
Meanwhile, breads, cookies and biscuits are baked in special aluminum sheets called cookie sheets. They all need to be greased (with oil or butter) or with grease-covered paper so the pastry/cake/bread don’t stick.
Pie crusts are baked in special shallow pans called pie plates.
- Mixing bowls
This is where all the magic ingredients come together to create the awesomeness called the batter. Mixing bowls come in glass, plastic and aluminum. Most bakers prefer the aluminum ones; they are cheap, sturdy, and they don’t scratch too easily. Make sure you own more than two bowls. Most recipes require separate mixing of the dry and wet ingredients.
- Measuring Spoons and Cups
These come in sets. One set has all the measurements you need. It would be easier to own separate sets for the liquid and solid ingredients but it is not necessary. It will save you from the hassle of having to wash-and-dry after each succession of wet and dry ingredients though.
- Spatulas, Spoons and Whisks
There are two main types of spatulas that are part of the basic baking equipment list: the rubber spatula (also called the scraper) and the stainless one. The rubber spatula or as its moniker implies, makes for easy scraping. It is also the perfect tool for folding. The stainless spatula, on the other hand, makes for the perfect spreader and leveler.
The wooden spoon is also a necessary tool in mixing, especially in putting together your dry ingredients.
And even if you have an electric mixer, you would still need a wire whisk for smaller mixing needs.
Most, if not all, dry ingredients need to be sifted to get a finer batter. From flour to sugar to baking powder, the sifter is your best buddy for purer ingredients.
These baking equipment are easy to find and are available in your nearest supermarket and baking supplies store.