How to choose and buy bakeware
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Having the right bakeware will make the time you spend in
your kitchen both more efficient and more enjoyable. There are few things more
annoying than having a fantastic dessert that took you hours to prepare ruined
because you didn't have the right tools to bake it properly. This guide to bake
ware will help you ensure that you have the most essential bakeware for your
kitchen, made of the materials that best suit your cooking style.
all kinds of bakeware that you can use if you are planning to open a bakery or
become a pastry chef. You could spend a near-infinite of time and money trying
out fancy tools and equipment. However, if you'd simply like to have a good
array of bakeware on hand to cover most household needs, here is a good overview
of what you'll need to buy.
• Two baking sheets
• A 22.5cm/ 9-inch pie tin
• A loaf tin
• Two 2 x 17.5cm/ 7-inch shallow cake tins
• A 32x22x5cm/ 13x9x2-inch baking tin
• An 20cm/8-inch square or round cake tin
• A 6 or 12-hole muffin tin
• A 4-hole Yorkshire Pudding tin
With this selection, you can create most common cakes, pies, muffins, tray
bakes and Yorkshire puddings.
If you'd like to spread out a little more, you could also
invest in a Bundt pan for fancy cakes, a spring form pan for cheesecakes and
other very moist confections, and a pizza stone for creating home-baked pizzas.
How your bakeware looks can actually have quite an impact on your
baking. The darker a material is, the faster it heats and the longer it retains
that heat. For some types of baked goods, such as cakes and muffins, a dark
finish is an advantage: the goodies come out a bit crispier and they are less
likely to stick to the pan. However, more delicate pastries such as pies can
burn if they are heated too quickly.
With today's modern technology, we have more options for our baking
materials than ever before. The problem with having more options, however, is
that it also becomes more difficult to choose the bakeware for your kitchen. Not
only do you have to decide which pieces you want to have, but you have to set a
budget and determine which features are most important to you. Here are some of
the pros and cons of the most popular bakeware materials.
Stainless Steel Cookware
• Attractive, sturdy, long-lasting
• More expensive, poorer
• Very light-weight, flexible, can
withstand very high temperatures, can be frozen.
• Cakes and other baked goods
may stick in these forms.
• Lightweight, inexpensive, no
hot spots, resists rusting and corrosion, also comes in non-stick
• Dents and scratches easily,
reacts with some cooking ingredients, shorter lifespan.
• Will not scratch, can see progress
of baked goods, heats evenly, non-reactive.
• Heavy, can shatter if
dropped or heated improperly.
While there is no one perfect form of bakeware for every cook, following your
own preferences and buying the best quality that you can will help you to create
better baked goods with less hassle.
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