You don’t need many kitchen tools to get started baking your first loaf of bread, just a bowl, wooden spoon, and loaf pan. But, if you want to expand beyond baking a simple loaf of white or wheat bread then it’s time to get the proper tools of the trade. This list of ten essential tools for bread baking is the perfect list to follow for getting yourself started baking as well as for gift giving for the new homeowner.
2. Loaf Pans
Loaf pans hold the shape of the loaf while it’s baking. The pans can be made of glass, metal, silicone, stoneware, and even paper. Glass loaf pans are generally inexpensive but may chip if stored improperly. Metal pans are inexpensive but do not generally last a lifetime. Silicone loaf pans are fairly new for the home baker and can be easily stored in tight storage areas. Stoneware lasts for longer than a lifetime but can be expensive. Finally, paper loaf pans are for gift breads.
Whether your making sticky buns or cinnamon swirls, you’ll need a good, trusty rolling pin to roll out the dough. Always choose a sturdy wood rolling pin. The one I use was my grandmother’s rolling pin and was given to me by my mother. I have no doubt that it’ll be around for at least another 2 generations.
7. Pastry Brush
I’ve gone through many different kinds of cutting boards over the years and I always return to my favorite wood board. Unlike the plastic boards that last for a short while, a good quality wood board lasts a lifetime. Cutting boards are needed for chopping ingredients, kneading dough, and shaping dough.