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10 Baking Tools You Didn’t Know You Needed
Forget the gimmicks and the single-use gadgets, these baking tools are absolute musts for serious bakers. From "why didn't they invent this sooner" rolling pins to easy-breezy measuring cups, you'll definitely be wanting a few of these tools.
Measuring flower sifter
Sifting flour can be a messy business. And measuring that flour after it’s sifted can be a real task, too (you don’t want to compact what you just aerated!). This handy gadget ($8) allows you to sift flour mess-free while measuring as you go.
Adjustable rolling pin
When a pie recipe instructs you to roll out the dough to a quarter inch thick, how often do you actually measure the crust? With this handy adjustable rolling pin ($16), you can set up guides that help you achieve that perfect thickness for your next pie (or cutout cookie!).
Marble pastry board
When it comes to rolling out pastry dough or even sugar cookies, it’s crucial to keep your dough nice and cool. However, unless you know some fancy trick, it’s impossible to get your countertop to stay chilled. Instead, pop a marble board like this one ($22) into the fridge to make sure your pastry keeps cold while you work.
If you’re a fan of shortbread (seriously, who isn’t?), these cookie stamps ($20) just might become your new best friend. Use them to press a design into your favorite shortbread recipes to create professional-looking results.
Pie crust cutter
Whoever coined the phrase “easy as pie,” certainly never made one! Between getting the right crust, rolling it perfectly thin and then fitting it to size, baking pies can be a tough job. Luckily, this handy tool ($10) measures and cuts your crust to the perfect size for your pie pan. No more patching!
Hand pie press
If you’re looking to make hand-held pies, empanadas or even pierogi, you’re going to want one of these nifty pie molds ($9 for three). These presses cut out the perfect circle of dough with one side, then flip to stuff and seal. This cuts down on so much work cutting and crimping.
If you’ve ever blind baked a pie crust or pastry before, chances are you’ve relied on a handful of pie weights (or even some dried beans) to keep your dough from bubbling up. Don’t risk spilling the beans (or the pie weights for that matter), and opt for a pie chain ($14) where the weights are all connected for easy use, cleanup and storage.
Adjustable measuring cup
When it comes to measuring ingredients like peanut butter and honey, it can seem almost impossible to get the right amount when so much sticks to the inside of the measuring cup. This handy gizmo ($12), though, lets you adjust the volume while also scraping the sides of the container, so you can be sure you get every smidgen of peanut butter for your cream pie.
Russian piping tips
These tips might not look like much, but their complex cutouts help create stunning and realistic icing flowers. These tools ($9) are a step up from basic cake decorating and simple cupcake decor but are easy to use if you’re familiar with basic piping.