“I am trying to talk slowly; I am trying. I am crazy when I talk about pastries” - Cédric Grolet
Cédric Grolet was the winner of World's Best Restaurant Pastry Chef 2017.
Shows like the Great British Bake Off have made baking even popular.
Of course, you’ll need a few things before you can get started.
Would you like to learn how to bake or make pastries?
To get started, here are the utensils that every budding pastry chef should have.
In this article, we'll be looking at basic baking tools everyone should have in their kitchen, some specialised tools that you'll need for baking certain things, and some of the equipment that professional pastry chefs and bakers use to bake some amazing creations.
Basic Baking Tools
Making pastries, cakes, pies, and pasties is an increasingly common hobby.
Making desserts for your family or an event (baptism, marriage, birthday, etc.) isn’t necessarily easy. Just don’t mess it up.
You need to use the right tools when baking. Whether you’re dreaming of becoming a professional baker or just doing it for fun, you’ll need the following:
- Baking paper
- Tinfoil or beeswax wraps
- Cake tins
- Mixing bowls
You’ll need a good whisk to ensure that your mixes are smooth. You should buy a cake tin and muffin pan. You can get silicon pans and moulds but sometimes they can cause you to break your cake as you take it out.
Find out more about getting started with baking.
Special Tools for Aspiring Bakers
Are you planning on becoming a professional baker?
You’ll probably need better materials.
After a certain level, you’ll need some other equipment.
Here are some other items you could buy:
- Silicone spatulas
- Piping bag
- Electronic scale
- Rolling pin
- Cookie cutters
- Food processor
Check out our tips for becoming a better baker.
Silicone spatulas are useful for baking. Generally, they’re used for scraping the bottom of a mixing bowl without ruining your mix. You can also use them to apply icing or chocolate ganache to cakes if you don’t have a piping bag.
A piping bag is used to add icing. It’s often used in baking because it allows you to apply icing or whipped cream to baked goods. You can add different nozzles.
It’s great for making cream puffs, macaroons, etc. You should get one once you reach a decent level.
Bakers rarely use a measuring cup for sugar or flour and prefer to weight them out.
How can you accurately measure ingredients with just a line? How exactly can you just cut 125g of butter?
An electronic scale is much more accurate. It’ll measure to the nearest gram and tends to weigh much less than an analogue scale.
These allow you to cut dough quickly into different shapes. You can get them in almost any shape you think. They allow you to cut dough.
Perfect for making puff pastry, choux pastry, or shortcut pastry, a food processor can even beat eggs or make the icing.
Kenwood and KitchenAid tend to be some of the best available. You can mix, knead, or blend. You’re done with buying pre-made dough!
Painting food, what next?
Baking is like art and you can use a brush to baste biscuits with egg yolks.
There are several sizes available.
Start baking with some of these great recipes for beginners.
Professional Baking Equipment
There are even more great tools you can once you become a master of baking. If you’re making large quantities of chocolate ganache, pastry cream, or puff pastries, you’ll need the right gear.
Here’s what you need to bake like a pro:
- Cooking thermometer
- Ice cream maker
- Pie weights
A cooking thermometer is useful for controlling the temperature of your bake. It can give you the temperature to the nearest tenth of a degree.
You need to pay attention to the temperature when making a glossy ganache. Some cooking thermometers have one or two probes so you can measure multiple things at once and some even come with a timer.
This tool is essential if you want to make smoothies, juices, or soups.
Would you like to make a lemon tart with fruits of the forest coulis?
This machine will separate the juice from fruits and vegetables.
Learn more about the ingredients every baker should have in their pantry.
When you need to filter anything like grains or powders, a sieve will do the trick. This is great if you want a smooth dough. Generally, sieves are made from stainless steel and there are different ones for different thicknesses.
Where baking meets welding. To burn the top of a dessert-like a crème brûlée, you’ll need a blowtorch. When we say blowtorch, we don't mean a welder's blowtorch, we mean a kitchen blowtorch. Generally, they’re used for things like caramelising sugar. They’re good for browning meringues, working with chocolate, etc.
You can regulate the flame and some can go up to 1,000ºC. You can fill them up like a lighter, too.
You can get kitchen blowtorches for between £10 and £50.
What else do you need to buy?
You can get a zester, a citrus press, an electric whisk, or a blender.
A blender is a good investment for aspiring bakers and cooks and you can use it to make coulis and smoothies.
Ideally, you’ll want one that comes with a glass container rather than plastic as it’ll last longer and is better for the environment.
Now you’ve got everything you need to get started. Just give it a go! Practise makes perfect after all.
If you need more help making cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies, muffins, banana bread, scones, tarts, or any other baking recipes, consider getting help from one of the many talented and experienced tutors on Superprof!
Baking tutorials are a great way to learn how to bake at your speed and often in the comfort of your own home. On Superprof, there are many baking tutors all around the country and the world and anyone anywhere can learn how to bake.
There are three main types of tutorial available and each comes with a series of pros and cons and it'll be up to you to decide which type works best for your preferred learning style, budget, and personality.
Let's start with the type of tutorial that's usually the cheapest, group tutorials. In these tutorials, you'll be joined by several other students and you'll all be being taught how to bake at the same time. Since there are several of you, that means that you don't usually have to pay as much as everyone's paying for the tutor's time. However, this also means that the lessons won't be adapted or tailored to just you and you won't get as much of a say in what you get to bake and what you get to learn.
Face-to-face tutorials are great for those who have specific goals in mind and want a course or lessons that are tailored just to them. You'll be the only student attending the lesson and this means that you can talk to your tutor about what and how you want to learn. Of course, adapting each lesson to you and what you want to learn means that the tutor will have to plan a lot more outside of the session making this bespoke service more costly than group tutorials. You can often get the tutor to come to you and teach you from the comfort of your own home, too!
Finally, thanks to the internet, you can also be taught remotely with online tutorials. By using a computer, tablet, or smartphone, you can get a tutor from anywhere in the world to teach you at any time of the day! Since the tutor doesn't have to travel and can schedule more tutorials each week as a result, they tend to charge less per hour than face-to-face tutorials. Similarly, if you want to learn a type of baking from a specific country, you can get a specialist from that particular country.
While this may seem like a lot to consider before you start baking, remember that many of the tutors on Superprof offer free tutoring for the first hour. Use this time to discuss what and how you'd like to learn, get to know each potential private tutor, and see if you get along. After all, if you don't get along with your private tutor, it'll be much harder to learn anything from them.