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To whip up irresistible treats like a pro, you need the right tools. Just ask Jenna Hutchinson, who is known for the intricate pastel candies she makes at popular Winnipeg bakery Jenna Rae Cakes, which she co-owns with her twin, Ashley Kosowan. The two also put some of their best tips and recipes in a recent book, “Cakes and sweets Jenna Rae.Here, the sisters share a selection of their essential tools that all home bakers should consider adding to their collection.
For a foolproof mix
“A hand mixer won’t get you far,” says Hutchinson, who has used a KitchenAid stand mixer since she started cooking in earnest as a college student. She prefers the brand’s aesthetically pleasing Artisan Design series with a five-quart glass bowl, which is large enough that she can keep an eye on her ingredients and make sure they blend well (but not. too much). “Some recipes are really temperamental, and that makes it a lot easier.”
KitchenAid Artisan Design Series 5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer, $ 650, bestbuy.ca
To prepare the ingredients
“When I prepare a recipe, I like to put all my ingredients in pretty bowls. This gives an impression of organization and makes cooking more enjoyable, ”explains Hutchinson. She loves this set of seven bowls, made from recycled bamboo, for its wide range of sizes, holding from 10 oz to 186 oz. They’re also handy for premixing dry ingredients, which is an easy way to get your kids involved in the preparation of a recipe.
Set of seven Bamboozle bamboo nesting bowls, $ 100, food52.com
For perfect precision
For best results with baked goods, you’ll need science-worthy precision when following a recipe, which requires a kitchen scale. “When I first started cooking, I didn’t have one, so I was just going to Google for conversions, but it never really worked out well,” says Hutchinson. She favors this option simplified by fellow Canadian Anna Olson, which includes a tempered glass top and can seamlessly switch between dry and liquid measurement.
Anna Olson Kitchen High Precision Digital Kitchen Scale, $ 60, labaie.com
For multi-step measurement
The mother of the sisters often used Pyrex measuring cups as children, and now the tools are staples in their own kitchens. Hutchinson says they’re the best way to measure liquid ingredients because of the clear glass and clear markers. They are also microwave and dishwasher safe. “I recommend having several, so you don’t have to wash them between all the different steps,” says Hutchinson.
Set of three Pyrex glass measuring cups, $ 32, amazon.ca
To display your goods
Give your pastry the showcase place it deserves. Hutchinson loves the chic look of the marble base of this 11-inch rack, and it’s large enough for a batch of cookies or a layered cake. “This one has a groove that makes it more airtight,” she says. “You can just proudly display your baked goods. It is a beautiful piece to have.
Flexzion Cake Stand with Dome Glass Lid, $ 180, amazon.ca