Can You Name These Baking Tools and Gadgets?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo
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About This Quiz

Whether you make them yourself or rely on the skills of others, sweet and savory baked treats are welcomed any time of day! If you're a baking enthusiast, do you think you can name each of the baking tools and gadgets in our quiz? Preheat that oven to 350°F and let's begin!

Many professionals recommend using heavy, silver-colored tins. If using dark-colored silicone ones, you should keep in mind that they absorb more heat and might scorch the sides of your cake.

Box graters are popular since they give you four different grating surfaces in one handy tool. For very fine shaving most chefs prefer to use a microplaner.

A measuring cup is an essential baking tool for measuring volumes of both dry and liquid ingredients. Dry ingredients should be levelled off with a knife or other straight edge. For liquid ingredients, it is important that the measuring cup is set on a flat surface and read at eye-level.

Ladles can be used for moving hot or cold liquids. They are also good for portion control, especially the more professional type of ladles which are marked off in ounces.

The feet on the cooling rack allow air to circulate all around the baked item so that it can cool quickly and evenly. Without the cooling rack, some baked items might end up becoming soggy as they cool.

This simple tool is made of heavy gauge wire attached to a handle. It’s a multi-purpose tool that can help check the doneness of your cake, as well as the doneness of most vegetables, meat and fish.

Mixing bowls are made in a wide variety of sizes. You can get mixing bowls with spouts for easy pouring. Some also have measurements marked along the side.

A pie plate or pie pan is normally made of metal, glass, ceramics or silicone. They tend to be shallow with sloping sides.

These are made of cloth or plastic, with the plastic variety being either reusable or disposable. The disposable kind are best at keep up hygiene standards.

Apart from being a practical and efficient way to cut dough for making cookies, cookie cutters also let your creativity show. They typically come in nested sets of varying sizes or in interesting shapes, such as flowers and animals.

Muffin or cupcake tins come in a variety of sizes, allowing you to make large muffins, regular-sized cupcakes or minis. Metal tins are the traditional type but silicone muffin pans are now widely available.

Long, thin and with a rounded edge, a palette knife can be put to various uses in the kitchen. It is commonly the choice for smoothing icing onto a cake but can also cut butter into flour, add fillings to cakes and scrape bowls.

Kitchen scissors or kitchen shears are a very handy baking tool. They can be used to cut rolled dough to the desired size, rough chop or finely mince ingredients and cut up finished items into serving portions.

Pastry brushes are useful for adding milk or egg wash to pastry as a form of glaze. If you happen to go overboard when sprinkling on icing sugar, a pastry brush is just the right tool for carefully removing the excess.

Although they are called pancake turners, these tools can do so much more. For instance, you can place one sturdy turner on either side of a tart to effortlessly lift it onto its platter.

A shaker or dredger is used for spreading a thin layer of flour or icing on the surface onto which you are going to roll out your dough. It can also add icing to finished items. Fine-mesh strainers and sieves can serve the same purpose but might end up being a bit messier.

A pastry blender can be used to cut butter into the rest of your ingredients. Its design allows you to evenly distribute fat without melting it from overworking.

Fine-mesh sieves substitute as a shaker when you need a thin even spread of flour or icing sugar. Their other uses include straining liquids and holding items you are washing.

The most common use of pastry tips is for decorating baked goods. They have a wide variety of other uses, however, including adding filling deep inside items such as doughnuts and cupcakes. For this purpose, some tips are designed with an extra-long stem.

Rolling pins come in different lengths, widths and weights. They are also made of different materials with wood and plastic perhaps being the two most common. A heavy rolling pin needs less effort to roll dough flat, while a mini rolling pin is ideal for intricate work.

Whether it is made of wood, plastic or metal, a ruler can come in very handy when baking. You can use it to measure the dimensions of flattened dough or the thickness of rolled cookies before cutting. The ruler is also a foolproof way to tell your 8-inch baking tin from the 9-inch one!

The cake comb is a simple but effective decorating tool. Cake combs are normally sold in triangular or rectangular shapes with different spacing for the teeth along each side.

Cake boards are basically sturdy sheets of metal or cardboard covered in foil on which the cake is served. They typically range from very plain to very fancy versions which add a decorative element to cake presentation.

A cake turntable is an efficient tool to use when adding icings, frostings or other decorations to a cake. When not being put to those particular uses, however, your cake turntable makes a convenient condiment stand in the center of your dinner table.

A spring-loaded scoop is an easy way to shape and drop portions of dough onto a surface. Since scoops come in a range of sizes, they help to ensure that you are using the right amount of dough.

Eyeballing quantities of ingredients is never recommended in baking. So, apart from your measuring cups and spoons, you will need weighing scales. Both digital and analog scales work just fine but the digital kind will give you a greater degree of accuracy.

Wax paper has a thin layer of wax coating on each side making it both moisture-proof and non-stick. Wax paper is typically used for lining baking tins and for storage of baked items that may be in danger of drying out.

With time and energy to spare, mixing by hand is a totally doable technique. Few people bother, though, since electric mixers are so easy and efficient. Hand and stand mixers are the two types available.

Silicone baking mats come in a range of sizes to line baking pans and sheets. They are ideal in instances where fresh dough needs to be placed in the refrigerator before popping the baking pan and mat into the oven.

As radical as it may seem, a blow torch is really quite a handy tool to have in the kitchen if you love to bake. It can be used to heat the sides of baking pans so food releases easier. It’s also very good at quickly and completely caramelizing sugar sprinkled on top of pies and cakes.

Apart from getting an accurate measurement of the time for which dough is set to rest , the timer can help you keep track of the different cooking stages in a recipe. Since you can set it to alarm at the right time, it works much more efficiently than a kitchen wall clock.

Instead of using an ordinary grater to zest citrus fruits, you can confidently use a zester, knowing that there is little danger of you adding any of the bitter white pith to your dish. Apart from a zester, some cooks will use a fine grater or a microplaner.

Normal beaters will skillful help you prepare thin cake batter, whipped cream or beaten eggs. Dough hooks, on the other hand, are meant for mixing tough cookie batter and for kneading bread and pizza dough.

Most people use a serrated knife for cutting crusty bread, hence it is normally called a bread knife. The serrated knife also works nicely, however, for cutting into citrus fruits and slicing layered cakes.

Muffin or cupcake liners may be made of paper, foil or metal. They fit into the muffin tin’s individual pockets and allow you to easily remove each muffin once baking in done.

A pastry crimper does the job most people use a fork to do when making tarts and pie crusts – just better! It has indentations which mark the dough and with sufficient pressure can help to seal it.

Spatulas are indispensable in any baker’s kitchen. They are used to scrape bowls so no ingredients are wasted, to spread icing on a cake, for gentle stirring and to fold delicate ingredients into a batter. The come in a range of sizes and are typically made of rubber or metal.

Quite often, dough needs to be left to rest and rise. For these occasions, a clean kitchen towel is a practical solution and a reusable alternative to plastic wrap.

Apart from mixing dough, a food processor has many other uses in baking. They are commonly used for chopping and pureeing ingredients, as well rubbing fat into flour.

A pastry cutter is a sharp-edged wheel which works pretty much like a pizza cutter. Some are made with wavy edges to add a creative design element to the dough’s cut edges.

Whether, metal, wooden, small or large, spoons of all sorts have a wide range of uses when you are baking. The one thing most chefs will guide you towards is getting spoons with long handles.

Colanders are typically made of plastic and either aluminum or stainless steel. They can be used for washing fruits and vegetables which you intend to add to a recipe.

Balloon whisks are helpful when stirring large quantities of batter. Narrow whisks, on the other hand, work well for stirring pastry creams and curds which you are cooking on the stove.

For people who like to have the icing, marzipan or sugarpaste on their cakes done at the same exact level all around, marzipan spacers become indispensable tools to have on hand. They also work great when you need to get dough rolled out to the same thickness throughout.

Versatile bench scrapers are often made with a metal or rubber blade. They can be used to chop up ingredients, scrape dough from the counter and to scoop up ingredients from a flat surface then transport them to a bowl.

Parchment paper is used in the same manner as wax paper – to line baking pans and sheets, as well as to store baked goods. Although it does not have a coating of wax, it is still moisture-resistant and grease-resistant.

Oven thermostats tend to wear over time, becoming inaccurate and unreliable. By investing in a good oven thermometer, you can be sure you are baking at the right temperature all the time.

Many recipes call for the addition of juices to the ingredients. The juice of citrus fruits can be easily extracted with either a hand juicer or an electric juicer.

While you can buy cutting boards in a wide range of dimensions, the heavier ones will last longer in your kitchen. Some common advice is to place a wet kitchen towel under the board if it has the tendency to spin or slide across the counter as you use it.

Measuring spoons are useful for ensuring you are using the correct amounts of both wet and dry ingredients. A complete set of measuring spoons will take all the guesswork out of know how much of each ingredient to add.

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