Owning a kitchen filled with the latest appliances and gadgets is a dream for most baking enthusiasts. Who wouldn’t like a sleek stand mixer to make the fluffiest meringues or a blow torch for creme brulee? However, some appliances are too expensive and are not feasible for an amateur baker to procure. While you can make do without a few niche items, there are something that a budding baker must have in their arsenal. Owning a kitchen filled with the latest appliances and gadgets is a dream for most baking enthusiasts. Who wouldn’t like a sleek stand mixer to make the fluffiest meringues or a blow torch for creme brulee? However, some appliances are too expensive and are not feasible for an amateur baker to procure. While you can make do without a few niche items, there are something that a budding baker must have in their arsenal.
Baking is impossible without a good oven. The oven can be a gas oven, electrical oven, microwave oven or even an OTG oven. All types of ovens have their pros and cons and features that may be useful. A gas or electric oven maybe suitable if you bake very frequently and in bulk amounts, while the convection setting on a microwave oven is best suited for the occasional home baker. If you fit in neither category then an OTG is a great idea as it blends the space saving and low price feature of the microwave oven with the higher capacity and better control of the in-built oven.
- Hand blender or stand mixer:
Most of us drool at the thought of a sleek stand mixer adorning our kitchen that makes whipped cream, meringues and more, but stand mixers can be prohibitively expensive, instead a hand blender is easy to use, can do the same work with a little more effort and is priced extremely reasonably. A heavy duty hand blender can do wonders for your baking experiments from creaming butter for your cakes to transforming egg whites into foam.
- Balloon whisk:
Even if you already have a hand blender, a balloon whisk is important for the kitchen. It helps in whisking liquids, eggs, etc. It is also great for folding in the flour for cakes that use whipped egg whites like chiffon cakes without losing the volume of the egg whites.
A must for any baker who wishes to make souffles, mousses and creme brulees, ramekins are pretty little bowls that one can bake and serve in.
- Measuring items:
Cups, spoons, dry and wet. One must have one of each type of measuring items at hand. Baking requires precise measurements and often the difference between a disaster and a masterpiece is a simple measuring error
- Baking parchment:
Used to line the insides of your baking tin or sheet, baking parchment is a special type of paper that will help you easily remove cakes and cookies after baking.
- Baking tins:
Baking tins can be of many varieties, ranging from loaf pans to bunt tins, muffin tins, pie tins or trays. Each type of tin fulfils its special purpose and it is ideal to have at least one of each type and failing that at least one regular tin and one baking tray. For making cheesecakes get a spring form pan with a removable bottom.
Great baking needs practice and patience and quality baking equipment is an essential element to make great bakes. While there is a great choice in some equipment choices, like gas oven vs OTG oven, most equipment mentioned here are a must for any baker who wishes to transform the way they bake.