Baking is not for the faint of heart.
It requires focus, precision, clear eyes and a full heart (okay, that might be a stretch). If your style in the kitchen is more Chopped than Cupcake Wars, you may need some help in the baking department. I certainly do.
Here’s a roundup of smart gadgets to make sure you don’t crack under pressure the next time you’re asked to bring dessert to a family or friendly outing. You can do it.
Take your measurements
When you have to measure out oil, flour, water and spices, it’s easy to run through multiple measuring cups. Not anymore.
Just a pinch
Dual-sided measuring spoons let you dip into your spice and liquid. Bonus: they lie flat on your countertop.
Mix it up!
Combines two whisks in one stylish design: a flat whisk for mixing sauces or gravy in low pans or roasting trays and a balloon whisk. Bonus: stores flat in your utensil drawer so you can actually close said drawer.
Giving you the perfect (cupcake) pour, every time.
Baking requires a ruler? Not anymore
Rolling out dough is never as glamorous as they show in the movies. Need to get your pastry dough to a quarter inch thickness? Joseph Joseph’s adjustable rolling pin takes the math (and ruler) out of the equation.
The perfect baker needs the perfect bakeware
Silicone grips for easy handling. Heavy duty enough to prevent warping or rust.
Baking, not sticking
Silicone baking mats make sure your baked goods never stick and cleanup is a breeze.
Hot ovens are serious business
That’s why you need serious gloves.
Room to grow
KitchenAid introduced their mini mixer at this year’s Home + Housewares Show in Chicago. Smaller footprint, same mighty power.
Hands down, the Perfect Cookie
You’ve been assigned dessert for the next family or friendly get together. Panic ensues. What will you bake? What will you buy? Look no further. This brown butter and sea salt chocolate chip cookie from the Ambitious Kitchen is always, always a winner. These cookies are fool-proof (trust me: I’ve made them) and will win over all guests — even those who prefer sweet or those who prefer a little savory salt. Pro tips: brown your butter in a white pot, so you can keep an eye on the change of color as the butter browns. I use my small Le Creuset dutch oven. If you plan to make this dough ahead of time and let it chill overnight in the fridge, go ahead and shape your cookie balls. As always, it’s better to under cook a cookie than over cook.
Inspired to get baking, or even to get inventing?
Brand Castle is searching for your baking inventions now until September 5. Click here to learn more.
Also published on Medium.