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Interested in taking up a new hobby? Baking is a relatively easy one which is also really fun, because you can saturate yourself with some delectable desserts after every meal. It is much easier than cooking because once you have the measuring and the timing down, you’ll rarely mess it up badly enough that you absolutely can’t put the stuff in your mouth, even when you start experimenting.
I was undeniably bored during this lockdown because I couldn’t go out gallivanting all over the city with my friends looking for new events. Still, I had my plants to care for and new baking recipes to try out, so it wasn’t too bad. Some of my friends, who come over all the time to pig out in my house - Actually, most of my friends come over only to devour anything I bake. Not to toot my own horn, but my friends really do lick my plates clean off.
Where was I before I was inflating my ego? Right, some of my friends were moaning and whining dramatically that they were getting withdrawal symptoms from not eating any desserts in their system. They were grumbling that their taste buds were shrivelling up and dying from eating the same food everyday. Yeah, I know. Some people are way too melodramatic. That said, some of them barely know their way about in a kitchen, so I would say they might have been exaggerating, but they wouldn’t be wrong.
So, I set them up for some baking classes by yours truly, since none of us could go anywhere. I’m proud to say that I had some crazy fun mocking and jeering at their efforts. Honestly though, all of them got a decent handle on baking and most of them took it up as a new hobby. I’m eagerly awaiting for them to get a better handle on it, so that I’ll have more people to bounce off my ideas to create some new and interesting recipes.
Now then, want to take up baking? It works as a new hobby, it is interesting and you can binge on something sweet everyday. When you become fat and get diabetes though, don’t sue me please. For beginners, there are some necessary tools that you require before you embark on this journey to become the ultimate baker.
Yeah, that’s right. It is obvious, but hey, the first time I saw anything being baked was in a tin box over open fire. I’m sure everyone has, once upon a time, pestered your parents into buying some pillsbury cake mix to bake in a pressure cooker.
Ovens are the most essential tool for baking. When baking on a stove, heat is transferred only from below. In an oven, heat is radiated from all over so that the ingredients are cooked evenly on every side. Choose carefully while buying an oven.
Precision is one of the basic tenets of baking, so having a full set of measuring cups and spoons on hand is a must. Both dry and wet measuring cups are needed to accurately measure your ingredients for any baking recipe.
Measuring spoon sets have a tablespoon, teaspoon, ½ teaspoon, and ¼ teaspoon, while most measuring cups come in sets with one cup, ½ cup, 1/3 cup, and ¼ cup. For liquid measuring cups, you can get by with a 1-cup size, but it can be handy to have 2-cup and 4-cup ones in your cupboard, too.
A hand mixer is much more affordable than a stand mixer. If possible, definitely get both. If you want to work with a large amount of dough/batter, or if you are making something that requires several minutes of mixing, a stand mixer is key.
But for beginner bakers, a hand mixer is perfect. Completely affordable and fantastic quality.
There are many different types of tins and pans for different things you want to bake. But for any pan or tin, the heavier the bottom, the better it is for baking. Heavy bottom allows even distribution of the temperature and hence even baking.
A cake pan, a brownie pan, a muffin pan (can also double as a cupcake pan) and a cookie sheet is best for beginners. You can expand your collection as you grow more confident and get more experience in baking.
Sure, parchment papers are what everyone recommends, but why not invest in something reusable. These are definitely useful for not making a mess with all the crumbs and you can easily get your cakes and cookies off the pans and not have them get stuck.
There you go. These are the 5 most essential tools you require for baking. Any others, you can easily find a substitute in your kitchen, but if you want to continue baking, I would definitely recommend for you to start buying separate tools only for baking.