Essential Tools for Bread Baking

You don’t need many kitchen tools to get started baking your first loaf of bread, just a bowl, wooden spoon, and loaf pan. But, if you want to expand beyond baking a simple loaf of white or wheat bread then it’s time to get the proper tools of the trade. This list of ten essential tools for bread baking is the perfect list to follow for getting yourself started baking as well as for gift giving for the new homeowner.

  • Concentric bowls

    Mixing Bowl Set

    A good set of mixing bowls is essential to bread baking. When making fancier bread or the simpler quick breads, you will often need more than one bowl for mixing the ingredients. Bowl sets that have three different size bowls are what you’ll want to cover your baking needs.

  • Baking Tools

    Loaf Pans

    Loaf pans hold the shape of the loaf while it’s baking. The pans can be made of glass, metal, silicone, stoneware, and even paper. Glass loaf pans are generally inexpensive but may chip if stored improperly. Metal pans are inexpensive but do not generally last a lifetime. Silicone loaf pans are fairly new for the home baker and can be easily stored in tight storage areas. Stoneware lasts for longer than a lifetime but can be expensive. Finally, paper loaf pans are for gift breads.

  • Three wooden spoons, close up.

    Wooden Spoons

    Plastic spoons break when used to mix bread dough and metal spoons should never be used to make bread. Wooden spoons are essential for bread baking and, if you buy a good set, they will last you a lifetime with proper care.
  • Many bread recipes call for lemon or orange zest (grated peel). Zesters are easy to use and the bread you make from fresh lemon or orange peel will taste unbelievably delicious.

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  • Woman shredded cheese with grater

    Cheese Grater

    Cheese bread is always popular. You will need a good cheese grater for the blocks of cheese you buy (it's cheaper to buy blocks than packages or dry, grated cheese).

  • Rolling pin on floured kitchen worktop

    Wood Rolling Pin

    Whether you're making sticky buns or cinnamon swirls, you’ll need a good, trusty rolling pin to roll out the dough. Always choose a sturdy wood rolling pin. The one I use was my grandmother’s rolling pin and was given to me by my mother. I have no doubt that it’ll be around for at least another 2 generations.

  • Bowl of oil and brush

    Pastry Brush

    You need a pastry brush to cover loaves with butter or egg white before the loaf goes into the oven. The butter brushed loaves have extra buttery flavor while the egg white is used to hold poppy seeds or sesame seeds in place.

  • Close-up of dough on a cutting board

    Wood Cutting Board

    I’ve gone through many different kinds of cutting boards over the years and I always return to my favorite wood board. Unlike the plastic boards that last for a short while, a good quality wood board lasts a lifetime. Cutting boards are needed for chopping ingredients, kneading dough, and shaping dough.

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  • Rustic rye bread on blue wood, knife

    Bread Knife

    A dull bread knife can ruin a lovely loaf of bread. Get a good quality, sharp bread knife that you will only use for bread cutting.

  • Salt and pepper pots next to bread bin on kitchen worktop

    Bread Bin

    After you bake your bread, you’ll need a place to store it. Bread bins keep your loaf of bread safely away from pets and handy for eating. You’ll want a quality bread bin that keeps drafts out and is easy to clean.
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