Today, I want to share with you some of my favorite kitchen tools for baking. Whether you’re looking to improve your own baking or you’re still looking for the perfect holiday gift for a baker you know, I hope this list will be helpful!
Oven Thermometer. All ovens are different, and in my experience, most ovens run at least a little hot or cold relative to the temperature on the display. An oven thermometer is indispensable for making sure you are baking at the correct temperature, so that you end up with a product that is neither burnt nor underdone! Oven thermometers are relatively inexpensive, and you may even be able to find one in the kitchen tools section of your local grocery store.
Cookie Scoops. You may be able to get by with a couple of spoons, but cookie scoops make life so much easier if you bake a lot of cookies or (with larger sizes) muffins! Scooping out cookies or muffin batter is fast and all the cookies or muffins come out in a uniform size, making for more consistent baking.
Yeast Spoon. A lot of bread recipes call for yeast measured in packets of 2 ¼ teaspoons. That’s an awkward amount to measure. If you bake a lot of bread, you may appreciate having a way to measure a packet’s worth of yeast all in one go.
Cake Tester. Toothpicks have their limits. If you want to be able to test doneness all the way into a thick loaf of quick bread or cake, a longer tool is crucial. Cake testers can be found for only a dollar or so at your local kitchen supply store.
Baking Thermometer. Continuing on the theme of doneness, a baking thermometer can be a useful objective measure for testing bread loaves. You can stick it into the bottom of the loaf to avoid holes in the top crust. This is one of my favorite baking tools because it takes a lot of angst out of figuring out whether a loaf of bread is done! Refer to the recipe or a reliable baking reference to find the correct internal temperature for your particular loaf.
Dough Scraper. I don’t use my dough scraper as much as the other tools on this list, but it is still a really useful tool for bread baking. When you need to divide bread dough into pieces (like for my cardamom braid), a metal scraper like this one provides a clean, even cut. It is also useful for scraping bits of flour and dough off your work surface when you’re done.
Happy baking, everyone!