So I mentioned back in my 26 Before 26 post that I had aspirations to take on some of the greats in cooking and baking this year. I was lucky enough to score the coveted KitchenAid Artisan mixer for Christmas, and I’m making it my mission to tackle a few favorites — if only to say I’ve tried ‘em. We’re talking croissants, meringues, macarons, all the usual suspects (first on my list: Joy the Baker’s Pistachio, Orange, and Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Buns pictured above!)…
Before I go down the rabbit hole though, I thought I’d give you a little prelude…
I’m by no means a cooking or baking pro. But over the years I’ve developed quite the passion for cooking and I feel like I’ve learned the ropes at least a little bit better than many my age. The baking front though, that’s another story. I’m not terrible. But I’m notoriously inconsistent. So I figured I’d kick off a new series of trial-and-error, technique-based baking posts with some of my favorite tools!
I’d also love to know: Are there any particular baking recipes you’ve been dying to try out? Any cooking questions you’re really stuck on? Like I said, I’m no pro, but I’d love to give my cooking posts a tad more direction if there’s anything you want to know!
Oh, and don’t miss my feature on Camille Styles today, wooo!
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1. Measuring Bowls and 2. Measuring Spoons — I’m the queen of eyeballing it and winging it with baking, but I’ve learned the hard way that precision is key with baking. You might even try getting a kitchen scale if you want to get really precise with dry goods.
3. Stand Mixer — I’m obviously biased because I can now call this gorgeous gem my own… but if you can make it happen, the stand mixer is the way to go. WAY easier than juggling a handheld one.
4. Good Knives — Or if they’re too pricy for your taste, good knife. This classic chef’s knife is my hands-down recommendation if you have to go with only one good knife.
5. Corkscrew — Just don’t hit the wine too hard until the recipe’s complete and the oven timer’s on. Remember, reading directions is key here.
6. Glass Prep Bowls – I got these for my birthday last year and they’re absolutely perfect for separating out your wet and your dry ingredients, your add-ins, everything really.
7. Spatulas — With measurement situations as tricky as the ones you’ll find when baking, getting every last bit out of the bowl can be key… and these are also perfect for batter licking, too!
8. Immersion Blender — I actually really like this guy for making whipped cream, as well as for chopping up or pulsing ingredients in a pinch. The mixer is your best friend for baking, but the immersion blender is a strong contender (and is particularly great for cooking).
9. Wooden Spoon — Though I sometimes find wooden spoons maddening when things incessantly stick to them, they’re really unbeatable in many cases. And this one’s just too adorable to skip.
10. Silpat Baking Sheets — One (hyphenated) word: non-stick. These gems have been on my wish-list for a while now and are truly worth trading in your cooking sprays and your parchment paper for good.
Did I miss anything? What are your baking essentials?