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Baking is a delightful art that brings joy to both the baker and those lucky enough to savor the delicious creations that come out of the oven. To achieve professional-level results and make the baking process more enjoyable, it's essential to have the right tools at your disposal. In this blog post, we'll explore the top 20 baking tools that every home baker should consider adding to their kitchen arsenal. Whether you're a novice or a seasoned baker, these tools will help you elevate your skills and create mouthwatering treats.

1. Stand Mixer: 5 QT. mixer here, 6.5 QT. mixer here 7 QT. mixer here,

A stand mixer is a powerful and versatile tool that takes the hard work out of mixing dough and batters. Its sturdy construction and various attachments make it suitable for a wide range of baking tasks. The paddle attachment is perfect for creaming butter and sugar, while the whisk attachment is great for incorporating air into meringues or whipped cream. The dough hook is a lifesaver when it comes to kneading bread or pizza dough. Look for a stand mixer with variable speed settings and a large-capacity bowl to handle different recipes and batch sizes.

2. Baking Pans: Wilton cake pans here, Fat Daddio cake pans here, Nordic Ware pans here

Investing in high-quality baking pans is essential for even heat distribution and consistent results. Opt for pans made of heavy-gauge metal that won't warp or buckle in the oven. Depending on what you're baking, you'll need different baking pans round cake pans are versatile and can be used for layer cakes, cheesecakes, and more. Square and rectangular pans are great for bars, brownies, and casseroles.

Wilton, Nordic Ware, and Fat Daddio are my favorite pans. With any baking pan from these brands, you can't go wrong. I advise having at least three square and round cake pans. Check the cake recipe to see if it calls for an 8-inch or 9-inch round cake pan, and if so, adjust the baking time accordingly.

The sizes I use most often in my kitchen are:

8 & 9-inch round cake pans, 8 & 9-inch square pans, 12-count muffin/cupcake pans, 9/10-inch glass pie dish, 9×13-inch baking pan, 9×5-inch loaf pan

3. Silicone Baking Mats: here

Silicone baking mats are a game-changer in the baking world. They provide a non-stick surface that eliminates the need for parchment paper or greasing. These reusable mats are durable, heat-resistant, and distribute heat evenly, ensuring evenly baked goods every time. They're particularly useful for cookies, pastries, and sticky doughs that tend to stick to traditional baking sheets.