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. (