Jump to content

Baking essentials


  • Please log in to reply
15 replies to this topic

#1 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 10 January 2013 - 11:15 AM

What would be on your list of essential things to have in your kitchen for baking?  I don't really bake, but want to get into it, and plan on getting a few new bits and pieces for the kitchen this year.



#2 Chelara

Posted 10 January 2013 - 11:18 AM

Mixing bowls, spatula, measuring spoons cup and jug, scales, pastry brush, rolling pin, tins, cookie sheets, mixer (hand held is fine), a strainer to use as a sifter or a sifter.

#3 ubermum

Posted 10 January 2013 - 11:22 AM

Oven
Kitchenaid (optional)
Thermomix (optional)
Baking trays/tins
Silicone baking mat (makes rolling out less messy)
Rolling pin
Assorted cutters
Pastry brush
Piping equipment
Measuring equipment
Whisk
Beater
Spoons
spatulas of all sizes
palette knives in differing sizes
Baking paper
Cooking Spray
Assorted flours
Assorted sugars
Baking powder, Bicarb soda
Yeast
Assorted size mixing bowls
Vinegar
Cream of tarter
Spices- nutmeg cinnamon, vanilla pods, vanilla extract/paste

Edited by ubermum, 10 January 2013 - 11:24 AM.


#4 *LucyE*

Posted 10 January 2013 - 11:22 AM

Buy it as your recipes require. Think of the things you'd most likely bake and go from there.

I have built up quite a cache over the years but most of the things an average baker would not require.

Muffins require only a mixing bowl, muffin tin (or just foil/silicon cases on a tray), and a spatula.

I use a simple chocolate cake recipe that is a all in one pan mix so doesn't even need a mixing bowl. I like to use a balloon whisk for that but a wooden spoon works well too.

Once you work out what you need, I can give recommendations of the best brands to buy. Eg. I have tried a few silicon spatulas but I think the Tupperware one is the best. I use Pyrex bowls because they are non reactive. I love my Kitchen Aide but it is t a necessity.

#5 kandj

Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:43 PM

Essentials for me would be:

A mixer of some variety, hand held or standard.

A spatula

mixing bowl ( any bowl thats big enough to mix in)

unsalted butter

flour

bicarb and baking powder

caster or brown sugar

oh and eggs.

and a decent cookie tray or cake tin.

and airing rack.

But as PP said, start with a recipe you want to try and just build up from there with what you will need...

#6 Bluenomi

Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:49 PM

Baking paper is a must. I use it for everything. Line tine and trays to save on washing and to make them non stick, roll pastry/dough out between to sheets of it instead of covering you bench with flour.

Beside that buy things as you need them. Not everyone will use cookies cutters,palette knives or six different types of spatulas.

#7 noi'mnot

Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:57 PM

Some basics for beginning baking (you'll probably already have some of these things):

2-3 mixing bowls, varying sizes.
A whisk
Wooden spoons
Spatula
Sieve or really fine colander thing for sifting (not that I ever bother that much...)
Baking trays
Cooling rack
Baking paper
Also muffin trays, cake pans, cookie cutters, etc depending on what you want to bake.


Basic ingredients would include:
SR, plain and wholemeal flour
Brown (I normally just have the very darkest brown I can find, don't go for types), white, caster, icing sugar
Vanilla extract or paste
Eggs
Bicarb soda
Butter


Also, get some good reliable cook books. I always find the good old Women's Weekly ones great for baking, they're very reliable and usually not too complicated.

Enjoy! original.gif



#8 twinboys

Posted 10 January 2013 - 01:01 PM

What do you want to bake?

biscuits
cakes
pies/tarts
muffins

These all require different tins and trays this is one of the big upfront cost.

I love using spring form cake tins. You can use them for all cakes, flans, tarts and pies- baked and non baked. You can buy many different sizes and you don't have to worry about cakes sticking to the sides of the tin like traditional tins

A handheld mixer is all I use and they are around $40

I also use a food processor for pastry - I make a lot of my own pastry for sweet pies or tarts. Also works a treat when having to rub butter into the flour which you need to do for scones.

Build up your dry ingredients with proper storage containers - stops weevils etc
You will need things like
SR flour
Flour
Sugar
Caster sugar
Icing sugar
Bi carb soda
Baking powder
Vanilla extract
Cocoa
Spices - cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice

Other ingredients are sulatanas, dried fruit, nuts and chocolate

Then basics like measure spoons/cups/jugs
A couple of different bowls - good to get a glass or microwave safe one so you can melt chocolate or butter in it
A spoon
A spatula
Oven mitts


#9 unicorn

Posted 10 January 2013 - 01:13 PM

You can make do with the bare basics until you get more of an idea on what you want.
Measuring spoons and cups and I like my pyrex measuring jugs.
Flat edged butter knife or spatula
mixing bowls and a couple of sturdy spoons, you can make do with breaky bowls for melting butter and stuff in the microwave, I prefer to use a glass bowl over a saucepan on the stove for chocolate.
a mixer of some sort would be good, but you can make do with an egg beater until you work out whether you want to buy a hand held (which I think are a PITA) or a stand mixer. It's a good workout for the arms too wink.gif
I use a metal strainer to sift flours.
whatever size cake tins, biscuit trays. and a decent cooling/airer tray, get one with the wires forming a square shape instead of the wires all running horiztonally.


#10 Funnington

Posted 10 January 2013 - 05:17 PM

My most used utensils and equipment would be:

- Kenwood Kitchenaid
- Muffin Pan (s) - large and mini sized
- Cake pans - square, loaf, round and ring tin (ring tin is a definite for learner's, overcomes sinking cakes!)
- Baking trays
- Whisk
- Wooden spoons
- Tupperware egg separator
- Measuring spoons and cups
- Pastry brushes (get the proper ones, I have the silicone ones and they are useless)
- Spatula
- Tupperware sifter - the best!
- Metal skewers
- Stainless steel mixing bowls (K-Mart have a really cheap three piece set, they're great)
- Measuring jug
- Kitchen scales (I only have cheap ones, they certainly don't have to be the Rolls Royce scales)
- Rolling pin

I forgot ingredients - everyone has pretty much covered the basics.  My number rule though is good quality vanilla extract (not essence).

Edited by Funnington, 10 January 2013 - 05:19 PM.


#11 Lucygoosey1

Posted 10 January 2013 - 05:28 PM

I had a hand held mixer for years and finally got a mixmaster,  mine is Breville.  It's made baking so much more enjoyable for me and easier to still bake with the kids around.

#12 indigo~

Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:56 AM

Just a word on measuring spoons. Most of the one's on the market are U.S sized where a tablespoon is 15ml whereas in Australia (and Australian recipes like those in the Women's Weekly cookbooks), a tablespoon is 20ml. Depends on the recipe, but sometimes that difference matters.

Edited by indigo~, 11 January 2013 - 11:56 AM.


#13 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 11 January 2013 - 01:55 PM

Thanks for the suggestions.

I actually do have a few of these things buried in the depths of my cupboard, but definitely reminded me of a few more I needed.

I mostly want to bake lunch box snacks now my DD is getting to that age original.gif

#14 *LucyE*

Posted 11 January 2013 - 02:40 PM

For lunch box snacks, I'd suggest slices (so a lamington/slice tin), mini muffin tins for the obvious plus mini quiches/frittatas and mini cupcakes, as well as a loaf tin (I prefer lunch box cakes in a loaf tin because a slice sits more neatly in a container than a wedge.

For slices - weetbix slice, lemon/lime slice, a jam filled one with a coconut meringue topping, home made LCM bars,  and muesli type bars.

For mini muffins - any of your usual favourites, mine are raspberry and white chocolate, banana and choc chips, apple and cinnamon. I also do mini friands in these tins but not for school.  For the quiches, I just place a small round of butter puff pastry in the hole and fill my preferred ingredients (pumpkin and fetta, cherry tomato and basil, bacon etc), top with an egg and cream mix and bake.  For a frittata I just skip the puff pastry.

Cakes - chocolate is a regular, lemon, vanilla etc. I use a variety of icings to keep them interesting.

And cookies trays!  Cookies are so easy to make and the dough freezes well for that freshly baked joy.

All of these things freeze well in individual portions.

#15 countrychic29

Posted 11 January 2013 - 02:53 PM

OT - but OP this is making me want to go home now and bake all night.
I already have a list

Blueberrry & Apple Muffins
Raspberry & Bran Muffins

Cranberry, Pistachio, White choc cookies (can freeze dough pre cut so when vistors come over i can offer them fresh cookies)

And maybe because im pg
some choc macadamia cookies!

My most useful is measuring spoons / cups and a spatula - why i didnt get one years ago i dont know. a hand mixer is fine ... but i do love my kitchenaid. original.gif

#16 zanzi

Posted 11 January 2013 - 02:57 PM

One other thing to note is cup measures are different depending on where they are made.  A standard Australian cup is 250ml.  A British cup is 236ml.  Depends of course where your recipe comes from.  Sometimes this doesn't matter, but sometimes it really does.  Have fun baking.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Special offer: The Baby & Toddler Show 2014

At The Baby & Toddler Show, you?ll find everything you need to get ready for your new arrival and guide you through the early weeks and years of parenting.

An open letter to Tony Abbott: please salvage our super

We face financial ruin, but most of us don?t realise it. If we don?t act together to salvage our superannuation, I have no doubt the new GFC will be the Girls? Financial Crisis.

'I'm happy to know I'm changing lives': surrogate mum of two

I know that once the baby is born, I will focus on the gift I have given, and watch the parents with their new child. I can't wait for that day.

Birth trauma and the issue of informed consent

There is a perception that women should just be happy they have a healthy baby in their arms. But for women who experienced birth trauma, there's a lot more to it.

Tips for managing pollen allergies and hayfever

They're simple tips, but they can have a big impact on those who suffer from hayfever and pollen allergies.

Ada Nicodemou shares tribute to her stillborn baby

Just over one month since Ada Nicodemou and her husband lost their second son, the Home and Away star has shared a touching poem for her baby.

Mum causes stir breastfeeding on train

?To the woman breastfeeding her kid on the train. Seriously! On the train?" began the letter of complaint.

10 things they don?t tell you about being pregnant

As I slowly waddle my ever-changing pregnant body towards the finishing line of my due date, it?s becoming increasingly clear there are a lot of things they just don?t tell you about pregnancy.

Overcoming a fear of the dark

A toddler's fear of the dark is very normal, but there are ways parents can help children through this stage in their development.

Kids, TV and movies: how young is too young?

It seems you don't have to throw the TV and iPad out the window - it all boils down to moderation, supervision and interaction.

Video: Baby's first birthday is a special day for mum, too

?A baby?s first birthday is also mum?s first birthday.?

The day Supernanny came to tea

Prince William's favourite celebrity child trainer Jo Frost puts Bryony Gordon and her toddler through their paces.

Tales from the homefront

When you're at work you sort of assume that your house is basically just sitting there quietly doing nothing until you return. However, since spending my days at home, I've learned this couldn't be further from the truth.

The words I hated hearing as new mum

It was less than a week after my son was born that I first heard it - from my mother.

To the pharmacist who sold me baby formula

On the rare occasion I catch sight of you at school, or around town, I think back to our earliest exchange. I?m sure you have no recollection of it at all.

Babies may benefit from autism therapy

Children showing signs of autism don't usually receive early intervention until well into toddlerhood or later, but a new study suggests infants with symptoms of the developmental disorder might benefit from therapy from as early as six months.

Knatalye and Adeline born with an everlasting bond

Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith are a lot like any other identical twin girls, but there is one dramatic difference: they're joined at the chest and shares several internal organs.

The question this dad wishes he'd asked his wife

I should have seen that my wife wasn't the same person I'd fallen in love with, but we were both too focused on simply trying to get by.

Why we should talk about the deaths of the Hunt children

The deaths are too horrible even to think about. Yet we owe it to the children - Fletcher, Mia and Phoebe Hunt - to think long and hard about it all.

Baby dies of meningococcal weeks after vaccine application denied

A six-month-old girl has died from meningococcal disease just weeks after an application for government funding of a vaccine for the most deadly strain of the virus was rejected.

Finding the right balance when playing with your kids

Being too involved in our children?s play and not allowing our kids enough free time for unstructured activities can mean our kids miss out on the value that play offers.

Creative DIY light shades

The Pop Light light shade comes in a flat pack already made - it's up to you to design it as you'd like.

The battle of iParenting versus imagination

Have we forgotten how to be imaginative, resourceful parents?

Why movement is so important for your baby's growth

Letting your child move as much as possible in the early years ? using all senses, engaging in the real world, preferably outside ? will help them grow up healthier, smarter, calmer and stronger.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Special offer: The Baby & Toddler Show 2014

At The Baby & Toddler Show, you?ll find everything you need to get ready for your new arrival and guide you through the early weeks and years of parenting.

Losing yourself to motherhood

While watching your baby grow into a unique little person is exciting and wondrous, the intensity of meeting everyone else?s needs can ever so sneakily overtake your own needs for self-care.

Tearing during delivery: the facts

Almost all women will experience bruising, grazing or tearing after a vaginal birth. Depending on the degree of tearing, there are various treatments available.

6 tips for a day out with a baby and toddler

Outings can be lots of fun with the kids, but there are inevitable challenges. Here's some information about days out to help you be a little more prepared.

Why I invited a dozen people to watch my son's birth

I sent invitations on burgundy scrapbooking paper stamped with a field of poppies, and told each person why I wanted him or her there. I warned that there would be nudity.

Getting labour started: tips for a natural induction

When your baby?s due date comes and goes without so much as a pop - let alone a bang - it can be disheartening. Mums and a doula share their stories of natural inductions.

7 mistakes old hands make with new babies

As I sat across the table from my friend ? me, a seasoned mother of three; her, a brand new mum ? I thought of all the mistakes an old-hand parent can make when visiting a newborn baby.

That's my boy: a dad's diary of the first 4 months

Unbearable anxiety, unspeakable joy, constant exhaustion and bouts of frustration ... The many shocks of first-time fatherhood resound in a dad's diary of his son's early months.

One of the most important things a new mum can do

Finances may not be as cute as a newborn, but with many women?s working arrangements changing post-baby, monetary matters need attention too.

6 things I didn't expect as a parent

From weird smells to dangerous opinions, painful body parts to numbness, here are a few things new mums and dads can expect.

Personalised baby gifts

We've scoured the internet to find gorgeous personalised keepsakes and nursery decor to record baby name and dates. They make great gifts for christenings, name days and birthdays! (All prices in AU.)

 

Reader offer

2 FOR 1 TICKET OFFER

For Shopping, For Advice, For Baby & You. Enjoy a special day out with fabulous shopping from over 200 brands, leading parenting experts offering advice on a range of topics, and amazing children?s entertainment

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.