No matter what the recipe, every baker needs to have a few simple tools to achieve the best possible results. Even though I have made tons of recipes that were truly a family hit with nothing but a wooden spoon, mixing bowl, and an old pan, using some basic kitchen essentials can make all the difference. Even though some may be pricey, they are well worth the investment and can last you years like a good Kitchen Aid stand mixer. Here are my favorite picks that I truly can’t live without:
1. Measuring Cup – A glass, microwavable measuring cup is a saviour and the basis to every recipe. Hand wash instead of popping in the dishwasher since the numbers will wear off over time.
2. Pastry Brush – Makes it easy to brush your pastry’s with egg yolks and sugar. I find the rubber ones are better and more durable than the real hair brushes.
3. Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer – I recently had my kitchen re-done by Wren Living’s Fitted Kitchens and couldn’t complete my new makeover without a new stand mixer. It’s worth the money and will last you years and years.
4. Baking Sheet – These are so versatile and are perfect for baking cookies and pastry desserts.
5. Sharp Knife – I can’t stress how much you need to have a good sharp knife when baking. It comes in handy when slicing cakes into layers and chopping up nuts and chocolate. My fave is William Sonoma’s gourmet chef knife.
6. Cupcake Pan – Cupcakes are my all-time favorite treat and you really can’t make them without a good cupcake pan. Since you line them with cupcake liners, they are pretty much indestructible.
7. Glass Bowl – Pyrex’s glass bowls are microwavable which makes things a lot easier. What I love about them is that they can stand really hot temperatures, so you can use them over a double boiler without being afraid of cracking.
8. Ice Cream Scoop – No, it’s not just for scooping up ice cream! An ice cream scoop can be used for a variety of things like scooping batter into your cupcake liners.
9. Measuring Spoons – Measuring spoons make measuring baking powder, baking soda, salt, and yeast so easy to do!
10. Wooden Spoon – A thick sturdy wooden spoon is great for mixing heavy batter without worrying about it breaking.
11. Pam – Back in the day I used to grease pans the old fashion way with butter and flour. Using Pam saves me a TON of time and diminishes a big mess.
12. Whisk – You’ll need this whisk for sifting dry ingredients, whipping up cream, and whisking eggs.
13. Spring Form Pan – A spring form pan saved me so many time when baking cakes. Make sure to run a sharp knife around the edges before taking off the outer ring.