by The Maitre D
So by now you've got your basic kitchen properly equipped and
you're preparing wonderful appetizers and mains for your family and friends. But
what about dessert?
While bakeware is not absolutely necessary for your basic
kitchen, learning to bake and having the basic equipment to do so will certainly
make you a more popular cook and your meals will have that great finish that
only dessert can deliver.
So where to start? Following is our list of bakeware essentials.
You can get them in stainless steel, ceramic or glass. I prefer
glass but they are all good. I don't think you can ever have too
many mixing bowls and I like them in different sizes, from small to big. You can
usually find find sets that fit into one another for easy storage.
Baking dishes and pans
and 9 inch round cake pan
muffin tins - small and large
8 by 8 by 2 inch cake or baking dish
9 by 13 by 2 inch baking dish
8 or 9 inch pie plate
Pans come in aluminum, non-stick metal and glass and are all
good. Use non-stick for your muffin tins and cake pans but avoid them for pie
plates since the non-stick surface will get scratched when you cut the pies.
Generally speaking the heavier the pan the better it is.
2 baking sheets with or without rims. Make sure they are solid
enough not to bend when you hold them.
dry measuring cups
Hand held mixer
2 wire cake racks
Cookie cutters - various shapes and sizes
Toothpicks for testing doneness of baked goods
With the above in your kitchen you should be able to handle most
baking recipes with ease. Enjoy!
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