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Baking Tools

Baking can be a lot of fun and with the right tools you can develop each and every recipe like a pro. Here are some of the baking tools I use on a regular basis. These are fairly inexpensive and if you’re developing your baking skills you will need them all. I have these items located in a plastic tool box (except for the rolling pin) that I purchased from a local hardware store for better storage.

  1. Bench scraper: I use a bench scraper often for a number of reasons. It helps divide your dough and clean your work station.
  2. Whisk: A wire whisk is used to blend ingredients in a bowl and for aerating dry products
  3. Pastry bag/tips: Pastry bags and tips are used to decorate cakes, cupcakes, cookies with frosting. They are also used to fill pastries and dispense light pastry dough such as pate a chou.
  4. Pastry Blender: These are used to cut the fat such as butter into flour for such items as pie crust and biscuits.
  5. Pastry brush: The brush is used for many reasons. Applying egg wash and melted butter to the surface of dough. Apply butter or vegetable oil to baking pans and bowls.
  6. Baking scoops: Ice cream scoops/cookie scoops are one of the best ways to dispense cookie dough evenly. They come in a variety of sizes and are spring loaded for easy removable of batter.
  7. Rolling pins: If you wore a tool belt this would be hanging on it. These come in different material such as; wood, marble, metal, silicone and ceramic. They are used to roll out pie crust, pastry and cookie dough.
  8. Wooden spoon: Great for stirring hot sauces, dough and mixtures. Remember to first sanitize then season your spoon before using. To sanitize place it in one part vinegar to five parts warm water and soak for several minutes then allow to dry completely which may take several days. Then season.
  9. Fine mesh sleeve: The sleeve is used to drain wet ingredients and help make dry ingredients lump free for better bake goods. It can also be used to dust finished bake goods with powered sugar.
  10. Measuring cups: These can come in several materials including metal, glass and plastic. Most measuring sets come in 1 cup, 3/4 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup and 1/4 cup sizes. These are used to measure wet and dry ingredients.
  11. Scrapers: (spatulas): These are used to scrape products such as batters out of a mixing bowl. They are also great to allow you to fold ingredients together in a recipe.
  12. Measuring spoons: The typical set of measuring spoons come 1 tablespoon, 1 teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon, and 1/4 teaspoon. They can be made of plastic or metal and are used to measure out smaller ingredients such as baking powder, baking soda, salt, vanilla extract, etc.
  13. Microplane grater/zester: Use for developing lemon and orange zest and grating such items as cold butter or chocolate into small pieces.
  14. Cake Spatulas: These come in flat or offset shapes and allow you to spread frostings or toppings onto cakes and pastries. The offset version is angled which allows you to spread close and keeps your knuckles from touching the product.

    Happy Baking
    Chef Brian Klauss

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