The Great British Bake off has kicked off yet again and with it will undoubtedly come a national desire to start making all manner of tasty cakes, breads and pastries. Baking is one of those culinary arts that can be as simple or as fiendishly difficult as you like, but if you're going to make food worthy of the judges, then you'll need not only a decent amount of skill and the right ingredients, but the right kitchen tools too. Here we're going to look at the essentials you can't live without, which not everyone will have in their drawers. Most are available from good kitchen suppliers like Nisbets.
No matter how fantastic your cake is, if you can't get it out of the tin, your delicious dessert is likely to be ruined. Yes, you can certainly grease the sides of your tin, but this isn't always effective. parchment can be used to line the inside of the tin and you'll be guaranteed a perfect transition from oven to cake stand.
Soggy bottoms are the enemy of all who bake cake and the the best way to combat them is with a cooling rack. You don't need anything special, but it's absolutely essential that you allow the air to reach all of your cake, including the bottom and a rack is the best way of doing this.
Some recipes require exact amounts of ingredients for them to turn out correctly. While you might think you can correctly guess a teaspoon, it's very easy to be wrong. Those spoons in your drawer might not be anything like the actual standard measurement, so its a good idea to get a set of measuring spoons.
The final essential on our little list is a food mixer. Some might claim that you can mix everything by hand, but if you are a bit of a serial baker then all that stirring is going to get tiring. It can also take a fair amount of time to get everything mixed in properly so an electric mixer is useful. Set it going and you can be preparing something else in the meantime.
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