I’ve been a serious home baker for over 25 years. And when I look at my arsenal of tools and equipment, I’m always amazed at the amount of things I don’t have.
You read correctly.
Most people assume that my kitchen is overflowing with every manner of gadget, tool and gizmo designed to “help” the home baker. But the reality is, that for most recipes, there are a relatively limited number of items you need. I’ve rounded up my “must-have” essentials, whether you’re a die-hard baker or a weekend warrior!
And the good news is that most are relatively inexpensive. It is a total myth that you need costly, fancy tools and equipment for baking. In fact, some of my most beloved possessions are my grandmother’s cake pans and mixing bowls. Plain and simple, and have stood the test of time.
Now before you look at my first picture and say, “Uhh, stand mixer? Inexpensive??”, let me explain.
Depending on how much baking you do – and the size of your recipes – there are certain items you may want to invest in. I bake several times a week, and often double (or even triple) the recipe, for freezing. Especially around the holidays. A 5-quart mixer with a heavy duty motor is essential for me, and I’ve had mine for many years. It handles large batches of pizza dough, double recipes of cookies, and enough batter to make a multi-tiered cake, without ever burning out.
I bake cookies on average twice a week, so good quality cookies sheets – that don’t warp or burn the bottoms – are a smart investment.
My point? With certain items, you get what you pay for – and certain tools will absolutely last longer (and work more efficiently) if you go for quality materials.
Let’s take a look!