Bak­ing tools

Panay News - - MAJOR STORIES -  By Maria S. Detabla, Ca­ban­ga­han, Pan­i­tan, Capiz Paid ar­ti­cle)

BAK­ING not only warms the kitchen but also the heart. Bak­ing and pas­try cre­ations of­ten in­volve more sci­ence than art, so out­fit your­self with the mea­sur­ing cups and other mea­sur­ing tools you need in­clud­ing in­gre­di­ent scales and mea­sur­ing spoons. Creat­ing culi­nary mas­ter­pieces re­quires hav­ing the right tools and know­ing how to use them. As far as bak­ing and pas­try artists go, hav­ing the right tools could make or break the fin­ished prod­uct!

From ser­rated par­ing knives to table­top mix­ers, find out which bak­ing tools the pros rely on and can­not live with­out. For a novice baker, brows­ing the aisles at a lo­cal cook­ware store can be a daunt­ing task. How many pans, whisks and mea­sur­ing de­vices do you re­ally need? Even the ex­pe­ri­enced home baker might not be us­ing to­day’s bevy of gad­gets to the best of his or her ad­van­tage. It will help to find out which prod­ucts will go the dis­tance so we can go shop­ping be­fore bak­ing your next batch of cook­ies.

Ser­rated par­ing knife looks so darn handy! Not only is it in­ex­pen­sive, but it keeps an edge and is com­pact enough to go any­where. From suprem­ing or­anges at a cater­ing event for 500 to slic­ing a piece of bread, it is so ver­sa­tile.

Wa­ter­proof dig­i­tal probe ther­mome­ter is a dig­i­tal ther­mome­ter can take a lot of guess­work out of recipes. It helps in work­ing with choco­late, cus­tards, candy mak­ing, meringues and but­ter creams. I use it for check­ing temps on sa­vory food as well.

Light­weight dig­i­tal scale is so much eas­ier to weigh items and you do not end up with a bunch of dirty mea­sur­ing cups and spoons. Also, it is much more ac­cu­rate.

The raplette dough spreader was in­vented by MOF Pas­cal Brun­stein, a pro­fes­sor at my school in Paris. It is use to spread per­fect doughs and bat­ters onto Sil­pats or to do lay­ered ganaches that we dip in choco­late. It gives us per­fect depth on lay­ers due to its grad­u­ated level­ing. It is not that com­mon, but it is essen­tial.

Table­top mixer beats us­ing a hand mixer, and these days, the ma­chine has so many at­tach­ments, from pasta rollers to meat grinders. Love bak­ing, but tired of all the hours you spend stand­ing over a bowl in the kitchen while you whisk, mix, whip or knead? A good stand mixer will do it all for you.

Mini off­set spat­ula is a cheap, mul­ti­pur­pose and fits in your back pocket; a nar­row spat­ula that is built with a thin, flex­i­ble stain­less steel blade. This spat­ula is used for frost­ing cakes and to spread top­pings or mix­tures smoothly over the food be­ing pre­pared.

We use a lot of tools in the kitchen, but one pro has con­fessed that it is def­i­nitely her hands that are her fa­vorite. The desserts and pas­tries at Yard­bird are sup­posed to look rus­tic and hand­made. We make ev­ery­thing from scratch, so get­ting that home­made look only comes from adding a per­sonal touch. We crimp the pie crusts by hand and mix and shape the bis­cuits by hand. For her, there is no bet­ter tool in the kitchen ac­tu­ally than our hands. (

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