Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Equipment

Here is the next instalment of baking equipment at Sweet & Simple Bakes. Both Maria and I hope you find this useful in your quest of baking! As I quoted before on my last post regarding equipment, please don’t worry if you are new to baking it does take time to build up equipment and I for one am still expanding on mine.



Timer

This is one of the most important pieces of equipment for a baker. Just one or two minutes over the baking time can lead to disasters of burnt edges or tops to a bake. Most modern ovens come with a timer but I find it useful to have a timer that I can set and move into another room if baking for long periods of time i.e. fruit cake. They don’t cost a fortune and well worth investing in. Timers differ from a simple rotating dial that will register up to 60 minutes, and then there are the digital timers which are very accurate.





Rolling Pins

They come in all shapes and sizes; some come with handles and some without. Normally they are made out of wood but marble and plastic is also available. Marble is known to keep its coolness and some people prefer to use marble when rolling out pastry and cookie dough. Plastic hollow rolling pins are another choice where you fill the centre of the rolling pin with iced water. Mini rolling pins are available for children or sugarcrafters to roll out small quantities of sugarpaste.


Pastry Boards

They are flat smooth boards for rolling out pastry, cookies etc. They can be made from various materials, toughened glass, marble or wood for example. If you have smooth kitchen surfaces these are suffice but taking care not to starch your surface if using knifes or cookie cutters to cut out shapes.






Spatulas

Good flexible silicone spatulas are another essential piece of equipment in baking, they scrape the last morsel of mixture out of a mixing bowl and wonderful for smoothing the top of cake mixture before baking. They are also very useful for folding in ingredients too.



Sieves

There are various sizes in sieves being made of metal and plastic. For baking, strong fine wire sieve for sifting flour, icing sugar, cocoa powder is the best buy. A little tea strainer with fine wire mesh is wonderful for using with icing sugar, cocoa powder as a dusting on cookies or cupcakes.



Pastry Brushes

The brushes are used for glazing unbaked goods i.e. cookies, pastry. They come in various sizes and materials. I prefer to use the wooden handled ones with natural bristles, although some pastry chefs I have noted using new natural bristles paint brushes. The other types available are of good plastic and nylon bristles, silicone bristle pastry brush the choice is yours as to which you prefer.

9 comments:

Magnolia Wedding Planner said...

Good morning dears!
thanks for this list..I have only one spatula :-( is it enough?
:-D I'm organizing a file with all your lists and tips so everytime I need them it will be an easy access :-D
I like so much this blog :-D as you are wonderful!
A big kiss
Silvia

Rosie said...

Hi Silvia, awe thank you and SO lovely to *see* you :D

I only use 1 silicone spatula when I am baking and they are so easy to wash through and dry if required.

Great to hear you are organizing a file for lists & tips :D

Big kiss back to you sweetie

Rosie x

Kelly-Jane said...

Hi Rosie and Maria,

I can't remember if I said on VP, but I've done the bake (lovely) and will post on June 1st :)

KJxx

Maria said...

Hi Kelly

Sorry not been around for a couple of days at VP or here. Thanks for taking part and looking forward to seeing your entry on the 1st June!

Maria
x

Rosie said...

Hi K.J. Oh that's great can't wait to view your flapjacks :D

Rosie x

MrsB said...

I love your equipment list, it is so useful and I am sure so many people will use this as a guide!

Rosie said...

Hi Mrs B, thanks we will be adding more along the way as we go :)

Thanks for calling by lovely to *see* you :)

Rosie x

Adeline said...

Really, All these kitchen equipments are important for a baker...

Rosie said...

Hi Adeline, it does take time and money to build up equipment for baking. I have been baking for years and still collecting the odd item here and there :)

Rosie x