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Essential Baking Tools

The Martha Stewart Show, February 2008

Having the right tools is essential to successful baking. With the proper equipment on-hand, you will have better results and be encouraged to bake more often. There are a variety of tools that are indispensable:

Kitchen Aid Mixer
-Cuts down on time.
-Easy to use.
-Leaves your hands free.

Rimmed Baking Sheet
-Also known as a jelly-roll sheet.
-Used to make bar cookies, shortbread, and more.

Wire Rack
-Allows air to circulate around cooling baked goods.
-Look for stainless steel mesh and feet on bottom.

Cake Pans
-Graduated cake pans are used for layer cakes.
-Should be 8 or 9 inches in diameter and 2 inches deep.

Rolling Pin
-Look for a slightly heavy wooden pin.
-A pin without handles offers more control.

Parchment Paper
-Heat resistant, nonstick, and disposable.
-Used to line sheets and pans for easy release.
-Eliminates need for greasing.

Nonstick Baking Mat
-Heat-resistant silicone mat.
-Used to line baking sheets.
-Washable and reusable.

Mixing Bowls
-Typical three-bowl set includes a 1 1/2-quart, 2 1/2-quart, and 4- or 5-quart bowl.
-Look for deep bowls with a flat base for stability and a curled rim for pouring.

Measuring Cups and Spoons
-Measure dry ingredients in graduated metal cups.
-Graduated measuring spoons used for dry or liquid.

Kitchen Timer
-Even if your oven comes with a timer, you need another one on hand to time several things at once.

-Look for stainless steel with fine wires.

Rubber Spatula
-Choose silicone so it is heatproof.

Bench Scraper
-Used to loosen dough from work surface, score cookies, and transfer nuts or chocolate into a bowl.

Pastry Brushes
-Come in a variety of sizes.
-Used for buttering pans and applying egg wash.

Pastry Bag and Tips
-Essential for decorating cakes.

The above items can be found in the Martha Stewart Collection at Macy's. Special thanks to viewer mail participant Alicia Weeks, who received a copy of "Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook" and an apron from the Macy's Martha Stewart Collection.

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