If you’re eager to give baking a go then this post will be of interest to you. Whether it’s your first time baking a cake or you’re more experienced in the kitchen, our list of the 5 bakeware items we couldn’t do without is sure to give you food for thought.
1. Silicone Baking Moulds
If you haven’t given silicone bakeware a ‘test drive’ yet, then it is certainly worth it. Available in an assortment of bright colours, silicone bakeware products are definitely eye catching and they have some additional benefits that the traditional metal and glass trays and dishes don’t provide.
Firstly, silicone bakeware heats up quickly and there is no need for greasing or oiling. They cook evenly so you don’t end up with burnt edges or hard bases. Silicone pans are also freezer, refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher safe. Due to their non-stick nature, when your loaf or cake is done they couldn’t be easier to remove from the mould – a simple twist or pull on the sides is all you need.
2. Kitchen Scales
A good set of kitchen scales is definitely a must. When it comes to baking, measurements matter! In my experience you get the best results when you follow the recipe to the letter. You can choose from everything from traditional and retro kitchen scales, to the latest electronic variety for pin-point accuracy.
Gadgets and gizmos are a great way to save time and effort in the kitchen. Some bakers prefer to mix, knead and work dough by hand, but there is an alternative if you’re a little pushed for time or you struggle with getting the perfect consistency. With everything from mixers and electric whisks, to breadmakers and blenders available, there’s sure to be the technology to enhance your baking experience.
4. Kitchen Timers
Just like accurate measurements, getting the timings right is the key to baking success. The easiest way to keep track of time while you’re busy working in the kitchen is to invest in a kitchen timer. These are usually inexpensive and can help avoid burnt pies and over-done roasts.
5. Washable Baking Foil
One innovative product that any baker will love is Bake-O-Glide. If you haven’t come across this before, prepare to be impressed. Bake-O-Glide is baking foil with a difference; unlike conventional foil it can be used over and over again! When using Bake-O-Glide no fat, oil or grease is required as biscuits, cakes and breads simply slide off the non-stick surface. This handy material can be used for baking, grilling, frying, steaming, freezing and much more, plus it is dishwasher safe.
Let us know the baking essentials you can’t live without in the comments below…