You don’t need many kitchen tools to get started baking your first loaf of bread, just a bowl, wooden spoon, and loaf pan. But, if you want to expand beyond baking a simple loaf of white or wheat bread then it’s time to get the proper tools of the trade. This list of ten essential tools for bread baking is the perfect list to follow for getting yourself started baking as well as for gift giving for the new homeowner.
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Best Mixing Bowl Set: ChefLand Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls, Set of 6
A good set of mixing bowls is essential to bread baking. When making fancier bread or the simpler quick breads, you will often need more than one bowl for mixing the ingredients. Bowl sets that have three different size bowls are what you’ll want to cover your baking needs.
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Best Loaf Pans: Farberware Nonstick Loaf Pan
Loaf pans hold the shape of the loaf while it’s baking. The pans can be made of glass, metal, silicone, stoneware, and even paper. Glass loaf pans are generally inexpensive but may chip if stored improperly. Metal pans are inexpensive but do not generally last a lifetime. Silicone loaf pans are fairly new for the home baker and can be easily stored in tight storage areas. Stoneware lasts for longer than a lifetime but can be expensive. Finally, paper loaf pans are for gift breads.
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Best Zester: Microplane Zester with Handle
Many bread recipes call for lemon or orange zest (grated peel). Zesters are easy to use and the bread you make from fresh lemon or orange peel will taste unbelievably delicious.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Best Rolling Pin: J.K. Adams French Rolling Pin
Whether you're making sticky buns or cinnamon swirls, you’ll need a good, trusty rolling pin to roll out the dough. Always choose a sturdy wood rolling pin. The one I use was my grandmother’s rolling pin and was given to me by my mother. I have no doubt that it’ll be around for at least another 2 generations.
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Best Pastry Brush: OXO Good Grips Silicone Basting & Pastry Brush
You need a pastry brush to cover loaves with butter or egg white before the loaf goes into the oven. The butter brushed loaves have extra buttery flavor while the egg white is used to hold poppy seeds or sesame seeds in place.
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Best Cutting Board: Premium Bamboo Extra Large Cutting Board
I’ve gone through many different kinds of cutting boards over the years and I always return to my favorite wood board. Unlike the plastic boards that last for a short while, a good quality wood board lasts a lifetime. Cutting boards are needed for chopping ingredients, kneading dough, and shaping dough.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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