How to Build a Baking Pantry, Part IV: Equipment (Advanced)
[This is Part Four in a four-part series on stocking a baking pantry. You can catch up on ingredients by checking out How to Build a Baking Pantry, Part I: Ingredients (Beginner) and How to Build a Baking Pantry, Part II: Ingredients (Advanced). Check out basic equipment in the previous post – How to Build a Baking Pantry, Part III: Equipment (Basic).]
Here we are, on the last leg of the Building a Baking Pantry series, rounding out all of the equipment you may want to add to your wish list or shopping list. This list is comprised of what you’ll find in my equipment cabinet (combined with the basic list), and I think it’s pretty all-encompassing; however there are seemingly countless specialty and novelty pans, funky gadgets and other fun things that are out there. I kept this list to what I think most bakers keep stocked, keeping in mind that based on individual tastes or interests you definitely could have much more than this!
There are a lot of things I have that I really like, and for those particular products I have linked to them below. Some other stuff I am ambivalent about and didn’t want to plug particular brands that I didn’t feel strongly about, so that’s why you will see links to some things and not others.
♦ Stand mixer. The KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart and the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart models are pretty standard in most home kitchens, but I have heard great reviews about the Cuisinart 7-Quart and Viking 7-Quart models as well.
♦ Food processor. I have the Cuisinart 11-cup model and love it. If you’re going to buy one I wouldn’t recommend one smaller than 9 cups.
♦ More cake pans. If you are getting into cake decorating either as a hobby or as a potential business, you’ll need more sizes and shapes. I have been thrilled with the Magic Line pans that I have.
♦ Tart pan (with removable bottom).
♦ 10″ springform pan.
♦ Miniature springform pans – nothing like your own personal cheesecake! Williams Sonoma sells a 4-piece set.
♦ Miniature tart pans.
♦ Miniature muffin tin – 24-cup capacity.
♦ Jumbo muffin tin.
♦ Tube (angel food cake) pan.
♦ Pizza stone.
♦ Madeleine pan.
♦ Kitchen scale. I talked about scales in this post, which includes a number of recommendations.
♦ More liquid measuring cups. I like having 4-cup, 2-cup and 1-cup varieties.
♦ More dry measuring cups. I have three sets.
♦ More measuring spoons. I keep two sets on hand (but as I mentioned in my last post, my Crate & Barrel set are double-sided, so I really have three sets).
♦ Digital instant-read thermometer. I have this one, but really want this one.
♦ Bench scraper .
♦ Pastry bags and decorating tips. I think disposable bags are great and you can find them as well as a variety of tips at any craft store like Michaels, JoAnn Fabrics or Hobby Lobby.
♦ Kitchen timer. Even if you have a timer on your oven, a separate timer is a great idea for when you are preparing more than one thing at a time.
♦ Nonstick baking mat (Silpat).
♦ Cookie scoops – a set of large, medium and small is great.
♦ Spider skimmer – perfect for flipping over and scooping bagels out of their water bath!
♦ Prep bowls. I have these Martha Stewart prep bowls and these Mario Batali measuring prep bowls. The Mario Batali ones are great because they serve as an extra dry measuring set!
♦ Pastry mat. Great for kneading bread, rolling out pie crust or cut-out cookie dough.
♦ Dough rising bucket – keep track of whether your dough has doubled yet when you’re making bread.
♦ Lame – to slash bread.
♦ Apple corer/slicer.
♦ Pie weights.
♦ Biscuit cutters (fluted and straight-edge)
Did I miss anything? If you have something that is essential to your baking and I have somehow missed it, please let me know and I’ll edit the list to include it!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this series and have been able to add some new things to your kitchen wish list! Please let me know if you have any questions about specific ingredients or equipment – I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.
How to Build a Baking Pantry Series:
Part I: How to Build a Baking Pantry, Ingredients (Beginner)
Part I: How to Build a Baking Pantry, Ingredients (Advanced)
Part III: How to Build a Baking Pantry, Equipment (Basic)
Part IV: How to Build a Baking Pantry, Equipment (Advanced)
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