If you are a beginner, you don’t need a kitchen full of professional baking equipment to bake well, but a few important pieces to help you with basic baking needs. As your love for baking grows, you will be able to shop for more baking tools and equipment and in due course fill your whole kitchen with high-end gadgets and tools. The following are the most basic pieces you need to have. cake mixer handheld
Measuring Cups and Spoons
All-purpose metal scoops are good to have for better scooping of flour, sugar and milk. Do not use the same type of measuring cup for both dry and liquid ingredients. For dry ingredients, use a nesting cup with riveted handles that will allow you to spoon in ingredient and level it off with a straight line edge. For wet or liquid ingredients, use a clear glass or plastic cup with gradations on the side to make sure you are hitting the mark. Don’t shake the measuring glass after spooning flour into it. Shaking the cup to level the flour will compress the powder ingredient and would result to more than the recipe requires. Hard to believe, but it could result in a variance of more than 2 tablespoons.
Mixers are very important for combining and mixing. Either you get an electric stand mixer, a food processor, or a stick blender; they are all good to have in your kitchen. Better models of stick blender have variable speeds that come with a narrow mixing beaker and a whisk. Even your grandmother’s rotary egg beater can be very useful for beating eggs, whipping creams and for making light cake batters.
A good whisk is the best tool that you can use to fold ingredients together, beat egg whites or cream, or stir ingredients as they heat in a saucepan. Spatulas are also useful for their many uses from scraping batters from the sides of a mixing bowl, spreading fillings and folding lighter ingredients into heavy batters, plus, it’s the only tool that can cut all the way through the middle of the egg whites down to the base of the bowl.
When folding beaten egg whites into a batter, use a mixing bowl that is large and heavy enough to stay in place while mixing. Begin with a good set of mixing bowls that you can use for preparing ingredients, mixing, whipping egg whites or creams and for raising breads. I suggest batter bowls with a large handle for ease of use and a pouring spout for no mess pouring, and ones that can be used with electric beaters.
Ceramic or stoneware mixing bowls are very versatile they can go from the fridge, to the oven and straight into the dishwasher. One extra-small and one extra-large bowls are very useful to have.
Pans made of tinned steel are ideal for baking cakes in. When baking in a non-stick, glass, or dark colored pan, bake at 25 degrees lower than what the recipe states. Small cake pans are convenient to have if you are fond of making cakes for 2 or 4 people. Some recipes specify which material, metal, glass or stoneware will get best results, so carefully read the recipe to make sure you have the type of baking pan required. Why not bake artisan breads in your own kitchen by using clay bread bakers from Romertopf?