Want to start baking? Here are the tools I'd say are a baker's essentials.
First, the hand tools:
measuring cups: a must because baking is a precise science
measuring spoons: ditto
large and small spatula: to scrape out all the good stuff
whisk: use to whisk dry ingredients, eggs, cream and more
The big tools:
muffin pan: for muffins and cupcakes
loaf pan: for fast-baking breads like banana bread
mixing bowls: need small, medium and large. I got these ones at Williams Sonoma Outlet and I love them.
baking sheet: for cookies, bark, scones and more. You probably already have one for roasting veggies.
wire rack: a key step is letting your baked goods cool when they come out of the oven. A wire rack allows the heat to reach all sides of your muffins, cookies, cupcakes etc.
silicon mat: so handy for cookies and scones. They just slide right off of the mat so no sticking or scraping.
I got most of my tools at Crate&Barrel and as gifts. I think I'll have them forever because they're all so great. Definitely don't scrimp on the baking sheet. Low quality ones tend to warp.
Do you have a baking tool you can't live without? Leave a comment below and let me know what it is!
Happy weekend! and happy baking. :)