If you’ve been thinking about making bread for your family, then you’ll definitely want these essential bread baking tools.
There is nothing better than the smell of homemade bread. But it’s even better if you make it yourself.
So gather up your favorite bread flour, as well as these 24 must-have bread baking tools to make the best bread–EVER!
1. Pastry Scraper
A pastry scraper is perfect not only for making bread (helps pick up dough) but it is also useful to scoop up cut vegetables, runaway jimmies (sprinkles) or even cut pizza in a pinch.
2. 9-by-5-Inch Loaf Pan
Be sure to purchase a good loaf pan then you will be able to use it for years. This one bakes loaves up beautifully.
3. Round Proofing Bowl/Basket
Many artisan bread bakers swear by their proofing bowl, but when I saw this proofing basket I was intrigued. You do have to add a bit more flower so that the loaf doesn’t stick on its final rise, but the lines left in the dough and once baked out are beautiful.
4. Bread Knife
Once your bread loaf is finished cooking, you’ll want to be able to slice it. And, the best tool for this is a serrated bread knife. Also, be sure to use a wooden bread board (see below) rather than on a hard surface, like granite. This way, the blade should be sharp for years to come.
5. Non-Stick Silicon Baking Mat (16 5/8″ x 11″)
I usually bake my bread directly on my baking sheet, but I have come to understand the importance of putting it on a . Saves on cleaning and the loaf is browned (not burnt) on the underside. Perfect!
6. Stand Mixer
I use my KitchenAid Stand Mixer for everything from bread, to pizza dough, to making flan. With the different blade types, you’ll find that making bread is easier and kneading is a breeze.
7. Food Processor
Yes, I have used my food processor for making bread–so does Celebrity Chef Jacques Pepin. Why work harder when you can drop in the dough blade and go.
8. Electronic Digital Timer
A digital timer is an essential bread baking tool, because it won’t limit you to using the stovetop timer. All you have to do is grab it and go. Perfect for the cook who wants to multitask while waiting for the dough to rise.
9. Balloon Whisk
A balloon whisk is easy on the wrists and light to the touch. It’s perfect too when you need to combine ingredients, mix batter, or fluff egg whites.
10. Baking Stone
One of the important things a baking stone does is nicely brown the loaf on an evenly heated surface. The secret is in the science of keeping the oven at just the right temperature.
Note: Remember to preheat your baking stone prior to placing your dough on it and don’t open your oven too many times to check on your loaf. That’ll keep the oven nice and toasty.
11. Spray Bottle
You’ll find that in order to get crispy crusted bread, you will need to spritz your bread with water before and during the baking process for Italian, French or rustic breads.
12. Ceramic Loaf Pan
When you want a “store-bought” looking loaf, then you might want to use a ceramic loaf pan. It heats evenly so all sides will brown properly, plus it retains heat, much like the baking stone.
13. Bakers Half Sheet
I use my bakers half sheet sometimes for proofing and all of the time when baking scones or Irish Soda Bread.
14. Glass and Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
Much of my measuring is done in either glassware measuring cups like Pyrex or in stainless steel measuring cups. The advantage to glass is that it’s oven-safe, microwaveable, can be put in the refrigerator and even freezer. The stainless steel is durable and gives pretty accurate results.
15. Stem Thermometer
A stem thermometer is a handy bread baking tool, when you need to check the final temp of your loaf.
16. Red Star Active Dry Yeast
No, they aren’t paying me to say this, but I do love Red Star Yeast for its hardiness and quality – time after time. It consistently performs well when baking bread.
17. Wooden Mixing Spoons
Don’t make the mistake I made in my early years and buy cheap wooden spoons. I did and I still have them, but they are tucked far away in the back of the utility drawer.
The reason being is that the handles were too thin and they broke easily when placed in thick batter. Buy good quality wooden spoons that has a sturdy handle, and you will have a wooden spoon that will perform year after year.
18. Stainless-Steel Measuring Spoons
Stainless steel spoons are great for wet and dry liquids. They are food grade and will last for years of bread making.
19. Flour Sifter
Not all recipes call for sifted flour but it is a good idea to include a flour sifter in your bread baking arsenal. It helps lighten the flour so that all of the other ingredients will mix more thoroughly. Some diehard bakers swear that it also makes for a “lighter” bread loaf.
If you are just beginning your bread baking journey, then you’ll want to start out with a good cookbook. That way, you’ll be assured of success starting with your first loaf.
There’s an art to bread baking and if you can master this you’ll be well on your way toward creating beautifully formed loaves. This is a great resource for all those who want to excel at making bread.
22. Bread Lame
Never heard of a bread lame? It’s used to score the top of the bread to decorate it.
23. Bread Cutting Board
You’ll definitely need a durable surface for slicing your bread loaves. That’s why you should should consider a bread cutting board.
24. Adjustable Bread Keeper
Don’t let your bread dry out. Instead put it in a bread keeper.
For more tips on using these essential bread baking tools to make homemade bread, be sure to check out this article: Bread Making Tips for Beginners.