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Common sizes are 9” x 5” or 8 1/2” x 4 1/2”. Keep in mind that shiny pans reflect heat so baking time is generally longer. You’ll also get lighter crusts than breads baked in dark pans that absorb heat. Special pans for French Breads and other specialty breads are also available.
The dough hook is used to knead dough with hand or stationary mixers right in the bowl. Use the flat paddle to mix the ingredients, and then switch to the dough hook for the kneading step.
If you purchase one to mix dough, you’ll find many other uses for it.
Measuring Spoons and Cups
Don’t “eyeball” the amount you need. Use measuring spoons and cups for accuracy. Level off dry ingredients with a knife or straight edge. Make sure your measuring cup for liquids is placed on a flat surface.
Any sturdy, 4-quart capacity bowl is fine.
This tool makes it easy to apply egg washes and thin glazes, and ensures even application.
Plastic Wrap/Kitchen Towel
Keep on hand to cover the dough as it rises. Plastic wrap should be sprayed with cooking spray on the side of the wrap facing the dough.
If you don’t have a rolling pin, you can use a can or other type of cylinder to roll out dough.
Because it’s flexible, you can scrape dough from the sides of the bowl without scratching it.
Helpful when you need to measure dough after it has been rolled.
It’s the best for cutting bread.
When you bake with yeast, it’s crucial that water temperature is accurate. Water that is too hot can kill your yeast. Look for a thermometer with a stainless steel stem, and a dial OR digital readout.
Especially important to measure the resting time of dough precisely.
Wire Cooling Rack
The steam that builds up in the pan can make bread loaves soggy. A wire cooling rack helps bread cool down when it’s just come out of the oven.
Wooden or Metal Spoon
A long handled spoon is required; either wood or metal will do.