Can You Name the Baking Gadget?

By: Jennifer Post

Can You Name the Baking Gadget?
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About This Quiz

Are you taking on a baking project? Good for you! Do you know everything that you'll need? Maybe so, but do you know what all those things are called and what their purpose is? Perhaps not. Knowing what you're working with will make your baking process so much easier and, not to mention, more enjoyable. There are so many gimmicks out there that you see on infomercials, and you're inundated with "must have" products down the aisle of pretty much every store. A lot of those things you do need, but a lot of them are just for fun. Having those gadgets will only add to the baking experience and make you want to do it more.

If you saw some of these gadgets on the shelf, but the label was missing, would you know what it is? This might be the most fun and delicious trivia game yet! It might make you want to get in your kitchen and whip something up, but you might have to run to the store first to get one of the must-have items. Do you think you can name all of these essential baking gadgets? Take the quiz now to see how many you know!

Stand mixer If you need to combine pretty much any ingredient, you can do it in which gadget that hangs out upright on your counter?
Stand mixer
A stand mixer is an essential baking gadget. It can be expensive, but so worth the investment. It will make creating bread dough, whipping cream or egg whites and achieving the perfectly fluffy cookie dough a breeze.
Hand mixer
Whisk
Sifter

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Candy thermometer People get intimidated when working with boiling sugar, but having which temperature-taking tool will make the process much easier?
Wooden spoon
Candy thermometer
The best thing about an actual candy thermometer is that it has markers right on the side with things like "soft ball" and "hard ball," which are both stages of heating sugar. Most candy recipes will have those terms in them, so having the thermometer pretty much does the hard work for you.
Oven
Sugar pull

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Scale For the most accurate measurements for baking, it's key to convert them to ounces or grams. Which gadget below makes this easy peasy lemon pie squeezy?
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
Scale
While most recipes will call for ingredients in cups, tablespoons or teaspoons, the ones that have you weigh out ingredients will give you a better result almost every time. Because of that, a kitchen scale will be your best friend.
Tablespoon

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Silpat Baked goods have a lot of sugar and therefore, they like to stick to things. Before baking cookies, put one of these non-stick surfaces on the sheet pan for cookie perfection. What is it?
Aluminum foil
Plastic wrap
Parchment paper
Silpat
Silpats are a baker's best-kept secret. It's a silicon mat that can be washed and reused and prevents sticky things from sticking to your sheet pan. The bottoms of your cookies will be perfectly brown, and your homemade marshmallow will come out easier than ever.

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Microplane When a recipe calls for citrus zest, you might be wondering how to get that off the citrus. Which baking gadget below will solve all your zest requests?
Microplane
OK, so it's not actually a plane like the air kind, but it is an apparatus that allows you to scrape the very fine top layer of color off of things like lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruit. A lot of citrus forward recipes call for the zest, so this is a must-have.
Cheese grater
Paring knife
Reamer

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Marble slab If this is already your countertop, lucky you! But if not, which swirled surface is designed to keep your cold ingredients cold and look good doing it?
Cutting board
Marble slab
While this serves as an excellent background for photos of your finished product, it's also great for rolling out things like pie dough. Marble holds temperature really well, so it will keep the butter in your pastry dough cold to keep those flaky layers.
Countertop
Icebox

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Offset spatula Frosting cakes just got so much easier because of this unleveled baking tool. Which is it?
Butter knife
Rubber spatula
Offset spatula
The benefit of an offset spatula, especially when frosting cakes, is that your hand is further away from the surface. With this method, you run less of a risk of messing up your frosting by brushing it with the side of your hand. It's also great for getting into the corners of high-sided baking pans.
Pancake flipper

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Rolling pin Doughs don't get thinner by magic. Which gadget below will get the job done in no time?
Masher
Tenderizer
Mallot
Rolling pin
For any dough that needs to be thinned out to a specific thickness, a rolling pin is really the only solution. There are substitutions you can use in a pinch, but none will do the job as accurately as the classic rolling pin.

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Pastry cutter Getting butter to mix in with your flour if you don't have a mechanical way of doing so can be exhausting. Which gadget will get your dough nice and mixed?
Pastry cutter
Incorporating butter with flour for pastry dough is called "cutting." You don't want to do this step by hand because your body heat will melt the butter and your pastry dough won't be flaky.
Pizza wheel
Food processor
Chopper

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Parchment paper Most baking recipes will call for which essential item to line your pan because of its non-stick properties?
Wax paper
Parchment paper
You might be wondering how this is different than a Silpat. Parchment paper is cheaper, for one, but it's also more practical for simple baking like brownies and loaf cakes or bread. A Silpat wouldn't be ideal for these types of baked goods.
Butter and flour
Acetate

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Scraper Don't leave anything behind in your mixing bowl with this flexible tool that is only bad if you like having leftover batter in the bowl to lick. Which is it?
Spatula
Paddle
Scraper
Having a flexible scraper made of hard plastic will make your life so much easier when you need to ease bread dough out of the bowl or if you want to make sure you get every single last drop of batter into your cake pan.
Bench

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Sifter Flour gets lumps as do powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Which baking gadget below takes a little elbow grease, but will get your dry ingredients lump free?
Strainer
Sieve
Colander
Sifter
Squeezing the handle and trigger of a traditional sifter gets your workout in so you can eat more of whatever it is you're baking. It works differently than other mesh strainers in that there's a mechanism that forces lumps through the mesh to ensure powdery perfection.

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Piping bag If decorative frosting is the look you go for on cakes, you definitely need which baking accessory?
Piping bag
Getting those perfect letters on a birthday cake or the fluffy balloons in the corner like they do at bakeries is made much easier with a pastry bag. They come in tons of sizes and are best utilized with a variety of tips for different styles and patterns.
Spatula
Crumb coat
Edible flowers

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Serrated knife Cutting through cakes, or even getting smooth squares of brownies, can be tricky without the right tools. Which jagged toothed tool below gets it right every time?
Ravioli cutter
Serrated knife
A serrated knife is able to get through the initial crust of a cake of brownie without crushing it. This will lead to cleaner cuts and hopefully more even layers. Heating up the knife ahead of time will also help with the precision.
Chef's knife
Saw

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Hand mixer Not every baking project calls for intense mixing and if you've got the arm muscle for it, you can use this other mixing gadget. What is it?
Beater
Balloon whisk
Hand mixer
If it's not in your budget to get a stand mixer or if your recipe doesn't require one, a hand mixer is a great option. You have complete control of where the mixer hits and you can move the bowl around as well. Your arm might get tired, though.
Fork

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Cookie scoop Size matters in baking. You want to make sure everything is the same size and thickness so whatever it is will bake in the same amount of time, especially cookies. Which uniforming tool below will help?
Ice cream scoop
Measuring cup
Tablespoon
Cookie scoop
These are essentially mini ice cream scoops that are used to get cookie dough or cupcake better out of the mixing bowl and onto a pan. The most important aspect of it is getting all of the baked goods the same size.

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Cooling rack You worked so hard for the perfectly golden brown bottom, don't make it soggy by not bringing the temperature down properly. Which baking gadget below makes sure that doesn't happen?
Cooling rack
A cooling rack is designed to let air flow underneath of whatever it is that you're cooling so that the bottom isn't sitting in its own heat. This will cause soggy and gummy bottoms, which is not ideal.
Air fryer
Counter top fan
Sheet pan

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Sheet pan Most things you bake will be baked on which of the below items, that will keep your goods flat and level and fits perfectly in your oven?
Popover pan
Sheet pan
A sheet pan can either be rimmed or not, but either way, it is what you will bake cookies or sheet cakes on. They're designed to keep everything level for even baking and come in a variety of sizes ranging from quarter sheet to full sheet.
Casserole dish
Pizza stone

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Springform pan If it's a cheesecake you're baking, this special pan with a removable bottom is the best baking vessel. Which is it?
Cupcake tin
Cake pan
Springform pan
Cheesecakes usually have a delicate and crumbly graham cracker crust so a typical cake pan won't really work. With a springform, you can release the sides of the pan and get the cheesecake out in full, so you don't have to dig around in a container for a piece of cake.
Loaf pan

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Mixing bowls You can't really bake anything without the tools to initially combine all the ingredients. Which vessel below lets you bring the dry and wet together for a cohesive batter?
Seasoning bowls
Sauce pans
Tupperware
Mixing bowls
Mixing bowls are essential. They are big enough to combine all of your ingredients without them spilling all over your counter but small enough that you can hold them to pour your batter into the proper pan.

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Measuring spoons For things like salt, baking powder or seasonal spices, you'll need something small to measure them with. Which of the below does the job the best?
Measuring spoons
Measuring cups won't work for ingredients in smaller amounts. Things like salt, baking soda and powder and the like will require something smaller like measuring spoons. They will range in measurements from 1/4 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon.
Eating utensils
Measuring cups
Fingers

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Silicon spatula To get ingredients like peanut butter, honey or oil out of measuring cups is made much easier with which flexible scraper?
Scraper
Silicon spatula
Silicon spatulas are far more flexible than their plastic counterparts. They can get into the tight spaces that a scraper cannot to make sure that your batter or mixture isn't missing any key ingredients that got left behind in your measuring tools.
Hard spatula
Plastic spatula

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Pie plate For the perfect Thanksgiving apple dessert or chocolate cream variety, which baking gadget below will set you up for crusty success?
Cake pan
Springform pan
Pie plate
A traditional pie plate will have built-in fluted edges for that desirable and decorative crust. It can be deeper or more shallow, depending on which kind you get, but all of them are designed specifically for pie baking and serving.
Tart pan

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Cake stand To decorate your birthday cake, having which elevated and rotating item will give you your best results yet?
Upside down bowl
Cake pan
Plate
Cake stand
A cake stand was once only used by professionals, but now the everyday home baker has discovered this magical item. It brings the cake more up to eye level so that you can get a better look at it and have a better vantage point for decorating.

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Pastry brush Getting egg wash on things like biscuits, bread or homemade soft pretzels is much easier with which bristled beauty?
Pastry brush
You can get a pastry brush with hair like bristles, or a silicon kind that looks like sea anemone. This will lightly apply your egg wash to the surface of whatever needs it without drowning it.
Spoon
Paper towel
Sifter

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Pot holder If you plan on baking a lot, you're going to be handling a lot of hot stuff. Which baking gadget was designed specifically for that purpose?
Apron
Pot holder
Pot holders are made of materials that protect your hands from the heat when taking things out of the oven. The other options will work, but you won't regret having specific pot holders.
Side towel
Tongs

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Bread machine Making those yeasted slices for the best homemade grilled cheese is easy to mess up, but which mechanical baking gadget below will do it all for you?
Dutch oven
Stand mixer
Bread machine
When do you stop kneading? When has it risen enough? When is it done baking? A bread machine literally does all of this for you. You'll still have to measure or weigh out all the ingredients though.
Steamer

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Reamer Many baking recipes call for citrus juice, and if you get a lemon that's slightly underripe, getting the juice out is more effort than it's worth. Which of the below should you use?
Food press
Squeezer
Juice fork
Reamer
Shaped to fit right inside a half of a lemon or lime and ridged to get through the membrane in between the individual pieces, a citrus reamer is the most efficient way to get the most juice out a piece of fruit.

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Cookie press Not every cookie gets scooped. Some call for which gadget below, that pushes a specific shape out of a disk?
Cookie press
Basically, you shove your cookie dough into the tunnel, put the pushing piece on top, and squeeze the handle. That will force the cookie dough out of the patterned disk at the bottom and leave you with beautifully shaped cookies.
Cookie cutter
Rolling pin
Pastry shaper

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Timer Baking is very particular. You can't eyeball ingredients and you can't estimate how long the proper reactions will take until complete. Which item below will ensure perfectly baked through treats every time?
Scale
Timer
Any recipe you follow has been carefully thought out and tested. There will be a specific time you'll need to bake your item, and you should stick to that, at least at first. Once you get comfortable baking, you might be able to adjust things based on your oven and texture preferences.
Oven thermometer
Toothpick

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Pie weights Your pie recipe might ask you to blind bake your crust before putting in the filling. To keep it from puffing up, which gadget below will really keep it down, in a good way?
Flour
Parchment paper
Pie weights
Pie weights are an actual thing made of steel or ceramic. But pro tip. Dried beans work just as well! Just make sure you line the raw crust with parchment paper before putting the weights in so it doesn't dent and stick to your crust.
Pie server

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Wooden spoon When you're mixing things like pancake or waffle batter, you don't want to go overboard. Which item below will be stiff enough to mix, but not overmix?
Slotted spoon
Whisk
Stand mixer
Wooden spoon
A wooden spoon is an all-purpose utensil, but it comes in especially handy for batters can that can be easily over mixed. You won't be able to get out all the lumps, which is actually a good thing.

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Kitchen towels Baking is messy, but rinsing and wiping as you go can cut down on the final amount of cleaning. Which item below is great because it's soft, reusable and durable?
Kitchen towels
Having plenty of kitchen towels on hand will make your baking experience so much better. You can quickly wipe up a rogue batter or an egg white that didn't want to stay in the shell. Keep a damp one for getting up flour before it cakes to your surfaces.
Bench scraper
Sponge
Apron

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Mise en place bowls Organization is the key to any successful recipe. That means measuring everything out ahead of time and placing the ingredients in which of the below items?
Finger bowls
Mise en place bowls
Mise en place is a French expression that translates to "everything in its place" and means that all of your ingredients and equipment are measured out and ready to go for when you need them.
Mixing bowls
Ramekins

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Cupcake liners Not only are they pretty, but they serve an important purpose. What are these baking items?
Sugar
Wax paper
Cupcake liners
They come in paper, silicon or foil, but no matter what kind you buy, cupcake liners will elevate your cupcake process. Not only do they prevent the batter from sticking, but they also add a decorative touch.
Non-stick spray

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Egg separator You can't make angel food cake or meringue without the whites, but you also need to make them without the yolks. Which gadget below will help you get the two apart?
Grater
Spoon
Strainer
Egg separator
An egg white and a yolk come as a package deal, but that doesn't mean they always need to be used together. You can separate them in your hands, but that grosses a lot of people out. Getting a slotted egg separator will solve that problem.

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Biscuit cutter A dough as light as the cheddar variety and even the buttermilk kind needs a special tool to shape it. Which of the below is it?
Biscuit cutter
When you cut biscuits, you don't want to squish the sides. If you do, they won't rise in those perfect layers you love. Regular cookies cutters aren't always sharp enough to do this, so a specific biscuit cutter is needed.
Mason jar
Cookie cutter
Paring knife

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Trivet Serving pie in its hot plate isn't ideal for your surfaces, but placing one of which item below will protect your precious wooden table?
Oven mit
Trivet
Trivets are often made of ceramic and have little feet on them to further get a hot pan off your table. These are perfect if you plan on serving hot apple pie or if you're too impatient to take your cookies off the sheet pan.
Pot holder
Placemat

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Huller During strawberry season, you'll find a lot of recipes that call for them prepared a certain way. To take the top flesh off the berry, use which gadget below?
Microplane
Reamer
Huller
A huller is designed to get the top leaves and part of the core out of the strawberry, so you're only utilizing the freshest and most juicy part of the berry. This isn't a necessity, but it is the easiest and safest way to accomplish the task.
Melon baller

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Whisk wiper Everyone who has used this wire mixer knows what happens if you wait to long to clean it. Which gadget below cleans up the mess for you?
De greaser
Cake pan cleaner
Spatula scraper
Whisk wiper
Whisk wipers are somewhat of a new gadget, but how did we ever live without them? It gets all of the remaining batter or mixture off of your whisk to avoid it getting dry and making the whisk impossible to clean.

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