10 Essential Pieces of Patisserie Equipment for Beginners
It is said that a good carpenter can create masterpieces with the most basic tools and that a bad carpenter always blames his tools. Though this may be the case when it comes to carpentry, baking is altogether another matter. Baking is an art that is based on precision of technique and perfect timing and of course, even beginners who are learning to bake will need to have some basic equipment to get them going.
There are literally scores of gadgets, tools and utensils you can buy for baking. But not all of them are useful for a novice baker. Here are 10 essential pieces of patisserie equipment that you will need. Many of these will come in handy even in your everyday cooking and you don’t have to worry about whether they will just sit there on your kitchen shelf gathering dust when you go through those “no baking” phases:
#1 Baking Parchment
This is very essential for baking. It’s also called silicone paper and is moisture-proof and grease-proof. It’s used to line baking trays and when you use it, you can do away with greasing the pan and it can be used in the oven as well as in the freezer.
#2 Baking Tins
You will find a range of tins on the market and these are made of different materials and come in different shapes and sizes. You will have to buy an assortment of tins. When you are baking, it’s important to use the right size and shape of tin (as mentioned in the recipe), or else you will have to adjust the cooking time.
#3 Cooling Rack
This is an important piece of baking equipment. Once your cakes or cookies are out of the oven, they should be placed on this rack to cool. It prevents them from becoming soggy.
You can buy cutters of different types and use them to create fun cookie shapes and unique cake decorations.
#5 Dredger or Shaker
This is very useful when you want to lightly dust surfaces with icing sugar or flour while you are rolling out icing or dough. This piece can be a replaced with a sieve or a tea strainer if you so like.
#6 Icing Smoother
This tool is excellent for cake decorating and helps give your creation a very finished and professional look. It can be used to smooth down sugarpaste or marzipan.
#7 Marzipan Spacers
If you like decorating your cakes with sugarpaste or marzipan, spacers help you get a very even thickness.
#8 Measuring Jug
Many baking recipes include milk, oil or other liquid ingredients. When you use a measuring jug, it helps you get those quantities right.
#9 Measuring Spoons
These help you measure the exact amount of ingredients and it’s good to have them as part of your baking equipment set.
#10 Mixing Bowls
It’s a good idea to have at least 2 large mixing bowls; most cake recipes require more than one. It’s best to opt for heatproof ones as these can be put in the microwave or even over a bowl of simmering water when you are melting chocolate.
Bake with Confidence
This is just some of the baking equipments that you will need. You will also need a palette knife. This is a very thin, long implement that has a rounded end. It can be used for smoothing cake fillings or icings, cutting butter into the flour or to brush-off excess sugar while you are decorating your cake. A few other good-to-haves are a pastry brush, a rolling pin, scales, sieves of different grades, a metal skewer, spatula, wooden spoons, whisks, a food processor (not a must) and a zester.
It’s a good idea to start with this basic patisserie equipment and then build your collection as you get better and more confident with your baking. As you go along, you will also find that some equipment has multiple uses; you will find unique ways of using them in your baking and decorating. It’s also important that you buy good quality products, as they will last for a number of years, and will be a pleasure to use.
At Ganache Patisserie you will find fantastic breads and French cakes for everyday consumption as well as for special occasions. Come; explore our scrumptious world of goodies.
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