Baking has as much to do with science as it has to do with art. Baking is a science as it requires you to go through the proper methods using the exact proportions as defined in the recipes and is an art as it requires you to add your own ideas and creativity to it to differentiate it from what others do. To bake those wonderful delicacies, you need to be careful to pick out the perfect ingredients and use them in the exact quantities, failing which the dish may end up in a total disaster! For this purpose, you can use various baking tools. Is it even a good bake if it doesn’t look as delicious as it tastes? So you might also want to use some decorative baking tools for the purpose.
There is a wide range of baking tools and accessories for preparing, shaping and decorating your dish. They are broadly categorized into 3 types, namely preparation tools, baking accessories and decorative instruments. Measurement spoons and cups are glass, silicone or stainless steel tools that help you have the accurate measure for all types of ingredients (wet, dry cold or even hot) to have the appropriate quantity for the batter. Mixing bowls are used to mix all the ingredients perfectly. They are made of the usual materials like glass, stainless steel, and ceramics. Now mixing bowls are also available with no-slip bottoms to keep the bowls in firm place. Hand tools like spatulas, spoons, and sifters are used to spread, blend or mix the batter.
Pans, trays, and molds are the most commonly used baking accessories while some pans and molds are also used to satisfy a specific purpose. They are usually made out of stainless steel while some modern variants are manufactured from food-safe silicone. Cutters and molds were generally meant for shaping or designing but now they are also used for decorative purpose. Traditionally molds were made of stainless steel or plastics but now they too are replaced by food-safe silicone variants which simplify the process of removing the pastry from the mold. Non-stick paper or silicone mats are the baking accessories you’d want to have for spreading cookies or other foods that don’t use a mold to prevent them from sticking to the surface. For cooling down the freshly baked hot food, racks come in really handy.
Piping bags are utilized for putting edible designs atop the cakes, pastries or cookies. They are available in various sizes and you can choose one from the extensive range as you may deem fit for the purpose. For spreading the batter out evenly, you could use an offset spatula. Rolling pins have utility as molding equipment and for creating an impression on fondant.