When it comes to baking, having the right tools on hand can not only save you time, but can also improve the quality and appearance of the end product. These baking staples range from relatively inexpensive staples that are absolute workhorses in the kitchen, to high-end bullion coins built to last. What follows is a roundup of the best-in-class items for your baking needs, from an old-fashioned apple peeler that makes a tedious task easier, to a bench scraper that can be used to portion dough, chop vegetables and many other heavier tasks.
Effortlessly combining form and function, this apron from Filson has applications in the kitchen and beyond, protecting the wearer from grease, sawdust, metal shavings, water and sparks with a pewter cloth with dry finish. It has adjustable shoulder straps, two front waist pockets and a chest pocket with a utility slot for a pencil. Limited quantities of this item are available at Filson’s flagship store in Seattle.
Improve your baking game and spruce up your kitchen at the same time with this old-fashioned tool that peels, thorns and slices apples (as well as pears and potatoes) in seconds. A suction cup base grips your countertop and keeps the peeler – made from sturdy enameled cast steel – stable while you turn by hand. This is a huge time saver for recipes that require substantial amounts of peeled and sliced apples, such as apple pie.
You can weigh multiple ingredients at once, all in the same bowl, with a helpful feature on this Taylor digital scale. It has a capacity of 11 pounds (5 kilograms) and weighs to the nearest 0.1 ounce or gram. It can be used for sweet and savory cooking, as well as portion control for daily consumption. The round glass platform is easy to clean and resists stains, so this scale retains its sleek appearance.
Your beautiful homemade pies deserve a dignified serving dish, and this artisanal dish (made in France) ticks all the boxes. As well as being aesthetically pleasing (a nod to vintage French bakeware), the pie plate is made from Burgundy clay, a material that absorbs, distributes and retains heat evenly to ensure ideal cooking. Even the elegant ruffle edge has a practical function as it simplifies cutting and removing slices.
This baking essential can be used for a variety of tasks including cutting, scraping and portioning dough (using quarter-inch marks on the stainless steel blade), lifting cookies off a baking sheet biscuits and chop the vegetables. The soft, non-slip handle provides a comfortable grip and the blade is high enough to keep your hands away from whatever you’re working on.
To apply finishing touches such as egg gilding or icing to your sweet and savory creations (which can enhance and give a more polished and professional look to the final baked product), a pastry brush is essential. This brush from Rösle has a stainless steel handle and natural bristles with a rounded edge for a clean and even application. Best of all, it comes with a lifetime warranty.
For your apple crisps, bread puddings, peach cobblers and all the other wonderful desserts that are baked and served in an ovenproof dish, Le Creuset’s is made to last. It’s made of durable, high-firing stoneware with an easy-to-clean glossy enamel enamel that’s chip and crack resistant. Of course, it can also be used to prepare savory dishes, making this piece a worthwhile investment.
This two-in-one unit converts from a stand mixer to a hand mixer with just one touch. It has a 250 watt motor and five speed settings for whipping, mixing and kneading a variety of doughs and pastas. the Sun ray The hand and stand mixer has a 3 quart capacity and comes with standard beaters, stainless steel mixing bowl and dough hooks, plus a one year limited warranty.