1. Kitchen scales
Baking is an art in precision. While many recipes can be adapted to suit your taste (more chocolate), most require accurate ingredient measurements. Tip: a kitchen scale that can measure both dry and wet ingredients means you only need one!
Used for: measuring out ingredients accurately
2. Wooden spoon
The old faithful. No kitchen is complete without at least one good wooden spoon! It’s sturdy enough to mix very thick doughs. It also doesn’t change the flavor of food or scratch your bowl.
Used for: mixing
3. Measuring spoons
Essential for measurements too small for the kitchen scale. A spoonful of sugar or ½ a teaspoon of baking powder.
Used for: measuring small amounts accurately
4. Silicone spatula
A flexible spatula is the only tool that can get that last bit of cake mixture out of the bowl and into the cake tin.
Used for: folding ingredients together and scraping
Inexpensive and essential for any kitchen. A wire whisk works well for eggs and is the best way to mix dry ingredients and add air to a mixture.
Used for: adding air and lightness, whisking
6. Fine-mesh sieve
A baker’s essential for sieving dry ingredients like flour or icing sugar. Also doubles as a helmet for the kids dressing up box.
Used for: getting rid of lumps, dusting
7. Pastry brush
Arguably, your hand can do what a pastry brush can, but indulging in one goes a long way in baking. From glazing pastry to greasing a cake tin, there’s plenty this tool can do.
Used for: ‘painting’ milk on pastry, glazing, greasing
8. Mixing bowl
A big bowl is a must for bringing together baking ingredients. It can also be used as a salad bowl. Win-win.
Used for: mixing
9. Greaseproof or parchment paper
Nothing worse than your hard work sticking to the tin. Parchment paper helps to make cleaning your oven easier and your baked goods turn out better. Consider investing in a reusable silicone baking mat as a more eco-friendly alternative.
Used for: protecting and stops sticking