6 Baking Utensils You Need for Gloriously Good Desserts
Many people would agree that that the entire point of eating dinner is to get to dessert. Many others believe that those people are right! From cookies and cakes to pies and profiteroles, there are near-endless ways to cap...
Many people would agree that that the entire point of eating dinner is to get to dessert. Many others believe that those people are right! From cookies and cakes to pies and profiteroles, there are near-endless ways to cap off a meal with a scrumptious sweet treat. But why go with stale and store-bought options when you can whip up your own amazing desserts? The following six utensils can help you bake your way to bliss.
Are the right baking tools the secret to her success?
1. A Pastry Blender
Making a fruit crisp, shortbread or shortcake biscuits? Sure, you could go with the time-tested -- and time-consuming -- two forks method to "cut" butter, shortening or lard into solid ingredients, but why battle through the task when you can breeze through it instead? Bakers and pastry chefs alike consider pastry blenders to be a kitchen must-have, and so should you.
2. Measuring Cups
The old expression insists that "cooking is an art, but baking is a science." While there's plenty of artistry in the latter, this adage speaks more to the need for precision in baking and, specifically, measuring cups.
Unlike with cooking, you can't just "wing it" while baking -- unless you're okay with batters which don't rise and other cake-tastrophes. Remember: you'll need a set each for measuring liquid and dry ingredients. Also, a mini measuring cup set will have you covered when it comes to smaller measuring tasks, such as baking with extracts.
3. A Cake Tester
Tired of wondering whether or not your cake is done? This long, thin skewer not only takes the guesswork out of the equation, but also serves numerous other non-dessert purposes, including to test the doneness of everything from meat to vegetables. There's a reason why some chefs are spotted about town with cake testers tucked into their chef's coat pockets. It may seem simple, but you'll be glad you have it -- particularly if you've ever sliced into a pitifully over- or under-cooked cake.
4. Specialty Pans
Sure, the most important thing is how they taste, but desserts which are beautiful in appearance add a special touch to any meal or celebration. From heart-shaped petit fours to seashell-shaped chocolates, the right specialty baking pans exponentially enhance your baking repertoire. Or what about a wedding favorite -- the three-tiered cake-in-one? Popovers, tartlets, kugelhopfs and more all depend on having the perfect pan. (And while you're at it -- don't forget to stock up on the culinary cousins of the specialty pan...cookie cutters!)
5. Hocking/Batter Bowls
If you've ever worked with batter, you know it can be a messy ordeal. Save yourself the headache of drips, spills, and overflows by using a hocking measuring cup or batter bowl. Not only do these make measuring, mixing and pouring easier, but many are also suitable for serving and storing, as well.
Prepare to whip up something wonderful.
6. A Baker's Scraper
Many people love to bake, but few people love cleaning up after themselves afterwards. A baker's scraper not only helps you manipulate dough with ease, but also comes in handy when it's time to clean up the surface you've been working on. Additionally, this surprisingly versatile tool can also be used for other tasks, such as cutting brownies in the pan and even transferring chopped vegetables from the counter to the pan. It's not referred to as "the baker's right hand" for nothing!
While these six tools are favorites among professional and home bakers alike, they're far from alone. From whisks and rolling pins to straight spatulas and sifters, a vast assortment of baking utensils can help you bring your culinary creations to life. Browse Cilantro The Cooks Shop complete collection of bakeware today to get started.