What tools do you need to bake bread

September 21, 2022
Written by Allyza Cepeda

Baking bread is not an easy task. It requires a lot of manual labor. But there are various tools that can be used to help make your bread baking process easier. There are many different tools used in baking bread and choosing the right one can help make the process much easier.

These tools include a stand mixer, light bulb, thermometer, electric hand mixer, and rolling pin. A stand mixer is useful to use when you want to knead the dough and make sure that it doesn’t get too runny or too thick.

Mixing Bowls

These Glad Mixing Bowls with Pour Spout come in a set of 3 different sizes and are made of plastic. It’s priced affordably and is a good budget option. 

If you’re looking for stainless ones, the PriorityChef Premium Mixing Bowls With Lids are a great choice since it has inner measurement marks and is non-skid as well. 

Another stainless steel option that’s more inexpensive is this generic Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls Set which already includes 6 bowls of different sizes. 

Digital Food Scale

When choosing a digital food scale, you should take into account the max capacity that’s best for you.

If you bake in big batches, the Nicewell Food Scale can weigh up to 22 pounds.

A budget option is the Amazon Basics Food Scale which can weigh ingredients up to 11 pounds. It comes with batteries included and is perfect for those just starting out.

Dough Scraper

The dough scraper is a handy baking tool that allows you to scrape, section, and cut your dough or any other ingredients when baking.

You have two options for a dough scraper: a plastic and a stainless steel one.

The OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Scraper & Chopper is a well-designed scraper that’s easy to use.

If you’re looking for a budget option, this Plastic Bench Scraper already comes with two scrapers that are handy for preparing large batches of ingredients.

Silicone Mat

Silicone mats are amazing reusable tools that help protect your pans from food sticking to them. They can also be used as a non-stick surface when working your dough.

A good option is the Amazon Basics Silicone, Non-Stick, Food Safe Baking Mat which already comes in a pack of two for just $10.49.

Another pricier option that looks like the Silpat Silicone Mat is the RENOOK Silicone Baking Mats. It comes in a set of 5 mats, is BPA-free, and is also certified as food-grade.

Rolling Pin

A baking staple, rolling pins are used to roll over doughs as well as to flatten and shape them.

Although the most common type of rolling pin is made of wood, there are others like this NASNAIOLL Silicone Rolling Pin that is non-stick.

If you prefer the typical wood rolling pin, this Muso Wood Wooden French Rolling Pin has a tapered shape that’s perfect for pies, crusts, pizza doughs, and more!

A splurge option is the OXO Good Grips Non-stick Rolling Pin which also has a non-stick coating and has the typical, raised offset handles that make it easy to roll.

Pastry Brush

pastry brush

You’ll need to use a pastry brush to brush egg wash on your bread as well as on other baked goods. Egg wash is made with beaten eggs and water if you want a thin consistency. You can also just use eggs—either the yolk or the white.

Measuring Cups and Spoons

Measuring cups and spoons are used primarily to accurately weigh the ingredients used in baking. This is important because the amount of each ingredient you use directly impacts the final result of your bread.

The process starts with measuring out the dry ingredients, then adding them to a bowl. You can use a standard 1/4-cup measure for this step, or you can use a small metal scoop that is specifically made for measuring flour.

The next step involves measuring out the liquid ingredients. For most recipes, this includes water and milk. You can use a standard 1/4-cup measure for this step, or you can use a small metal scoop that is specifically made for measuring water.

For the final ingredient measurement, you need to measure out the yeast or baking powder. This is usually measured by placing it into a small glass bowl or cup until it dissolves or bubbles slightly when mixed with liquid ingredients.

Spatula

You’ll need an 8-inch metal spatula for most recipes. If you prefer a plastic or wooden one, they will work just as well (or better).

This tool is perfect for mixing ingredients together that include flour, yeast, or baking soda. It’s good for scraping down the sides of bowls and mixing sticky ingredients like honey into your dough.

Loaf Pans

Loaf Pans

Wilton Recipe Right Non-Stick Long Bread Loaf Pan includes two loaf pans and is made of steel. It’s perfect if you want to bake a big piece of loaf bread.

Another amazing choice is the Lodge 8.5 x 4.5 Inch Seasoned Cast Iron Loaf Pan. It measures 8.5 by 4.5 inches and features a dual handle design for easy lifting.

Parchment Paper

The Unbleached Parchment Paper for Baking is perfect if you’re going to bake lots of bread. At 15 in x 200 ft or 250 square feet, it’s a thick roll that’s going to last you for a long time.

The Reynolds Kitchens Unbleached Parchment Paper Roll is also a splendid option but at a more modest size of 45 square feet.

Stand Mixer

Dutch Oven

The Lodge 5 Quart Cast Iron Dutch Oven or the budget option of Bruntmor Pre-Seasoned 2 In 1 Cast Iron Pan 5 Quart Double Dutch Oven is 2-in-1 since its domed lid can double as a cooking skillet.

The Right Tools Can Help Make Baking Easier and More Consistent

Now that you’ve seen all the best tools, it should be easier to decide which ones are most worth your money. We know you might have different opinions about what gadgets every baking kitchen needs, but hopefully this guide was able to give you a few good starting points.

While the right tools may not guarantee you a perfect loaf every time, they are sure to make things easier. A good bread knife, for example, will allow you to efficiently and safely slice through a loaf.

A baker’s peel or basket helps make moving your bread into and out of the oven simple, while dividers can help maintain even baking. And plenty of kitchen towels and cloths can help protect your expensive cookware from being damaged.

Of course, you can certainly bake bread without any of these things, but certain tools really do help make the process more pleasant. It is our hope that this handy guide can help you find the right set of tools to help you start baking the perfect bread.

I hope these resources help you take your bread baking to the next level. Happy baking, everybody!

Allyza Cepeda
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