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Contributed by: The Maitre D

So by now you've got your basic kitchen properly equiped and you're preparing wonderful appetizers and mains for your family and friends. But what about dessert?

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While bakeware is not absolutely necessary for your basic kitchen, learning to bake and having the basic equipment to do so will certainly make you a more popular cook and your meals will have that great finish that only dessert can deliver.

So where to start? Following is our list of bakeware essentials.

Mixing bowls

You can get them in stainless steel, ceramic or glass. I prefer glass but they are all good. I don't think you can ever have too many mixing bowls and I like them in different sizes, from small to big. You can usually find find sets that fit into one another for easy storage.

Baking dishes and pans

  • 8 inch and 9 inch round cake pan
  • muffin tins - small and large
  • 8 by 8 by 2 inch cake or baking dish
  • 9 by 13 by 2 inch baking dish
  • 8 or 9 inch pie plate

Pans come in aluminum, non-stick metal and glass and are all good. Use non-stick for your muffin tins and cake pans but avoid them for pie plates since the non-stick surface will get scratched when you cut the pies. Generally speaking the heavier the pan the better it is.

Baking sheets

2 baking sheets with or without rims. Make sure they are solid enough not to bend when you hold them.

Other essentials

  • Set of dry measuring cups
  • Rolling pin
  • Hand held mixer
  • 2 wire cake racks
  • Cookie cutters - various shapes and sizes
  • Toothpicks for testing doneness of baked goods
  • Spatula
  • Timer
  • Parchment paper
  • Kitchen scale
  • Zester

With the above in your kitchen you should be able to handle most baking recipes with ease.



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