13 Tools for the Bread Baking Boom

1. A (kickass) stand mixer

More than just a mixer, this beloved kitchen appliance with a range of attachments does it all. Juices oranges, grinds meat, rolls out fresh pasta dough, spiralizes vegetables, churns ice cream, and the list goes on and on. And it’s fun to use. (Did we mention the array of alluring colors?) Nuff said.

5-Quart Stand Mixer, $229 from KitchenAid

2. A bench scraper (that doubles as a mirror)

This handy dandy tool will help you scrape together that shaggy dough, neatly divide it into precise portions, and clean off your rolling surface. And just in case you want to measure the height or overhang of your pie dough, a built-in ruler saves the day. (You can also check if you have flour on your cheeks in its reflective surface.)

Ateco Bench Scraper, $8 on Amazon.com

3. A baking peel (to keep you a socially safe distance from your oven)

A handsome premium acacia wood peel with a slanted edge that’s perfect for sliding your buxom loaves or that gooey, cheesy pizza  in and out of a blazing-hot oven.

Ironwood Baking Peel, $45 on Amazon.com

4. A multitasking multi bowl

Truly a multi-use bowl, you’ll be grabbing this to mix everything from bread dough to cookies. With any of its vibrant colors, you’ll want to leave it on the counter to enhance your kitchen décor.

Multi Bowl, $42 from Le Crueset

5. A dough container a biga can love

Need to stash that batch of bread dough? This container with its matching lid will store that and more in your refrigerator or freezer. And it’s dishwasher safe. Your biga will thank you.

Cambro Dough Container, $24 on Amazon.com

6. A baking stone that gathers no dust

Ever wonder how your local bakery gets such crunchy loaves of bread? This baking stone preheats in your oven so your loaves get a nice warm start and even cooking temperature. Perfect for turning out a stunning artisan loaf of bread.

Pizzacraft Baking Stone, $37 on Amazon.com

7. Gloves that prevent asbestos hands

Isn’t it interesting that you only find out a dish towel isn’t thick enough after it’s too late? Then say hello to these iRobot-looking gloves made of heat- and cut-resistant Kevlar fibers for strength and a silicone honeycomb pattern for grip and protection up to 930°F. In a pinch, you can wear them as mittens. (We have!)

JHSafety Oven Gloves, $15 on Amazon.com

8. A serrated bread knife that cuts through the, well, you know

The careful weighting gives the perfect balance to cut neatly through those crispy crusts and can easily tackle thin sandwich slices. One-piece stainless steel construction resist corrosion and the built-in dimples add a gripping surface for slippery hands. (While you’re at it, check out the rest of the line from Global Knives.)

Global Serrated Bread Knife, $145 on Bloomingdales.com

9. A revolutionary bread pan for the bread revolution

There’s a new kid in Bake Town. Designed by bread bakers for bread bakers, it perfectly bakes your loaves, boules, and demi-baguettes. Its special design means forget those parchment cradles to nervously lower your dough into a blazingly hot Dutch oven. Bottom line: no more burned arms!

Challenger Bread Pan, $295 from Challenger Breadware

10. A sheet pan set for the baking set

This sheet pan set has it all. A commercial-grade half sheet pan that resists warping, a silicon mat, and a cooling rack. What more could you need except maybe a nice loaf of rye or a batch of cookies.

The French Pantry Sheet Pan Set, $30 on Amazon.com

11. Wooden utensils that go against the grain

With their good looks and beautiful graining, these eco-friendly wooden spoons are our preferred go-to for stirring together ingredients for a whole wheat loaf. They also go effortlessly from cooking to serving and are gentle on non-stick surfaces.

Nayohose Wooden Utensils Set, $28 on Amazon.com

12. A loaf pan that’s anything but lazy

No monkey business here. Cool handles and easy release make this loaf pan de rigueur for a loaf of buttery, caramel-coated blobs of baked dough.

Loaf Pan, $26 from Le Creuset

13. A baguette cloche (aka bread pashmina)

This thick cotton proofing cloth supports your loaves, giving them a comfy place to do their final rise. A light dusting with flour and they’re ready to shape your loaves with style. And they fold up like a kitchen towel when not in use so they don’t take up precious cabinet space.

Walfos Baguette Cloche, $24 on Amazon.com

 

All products featured on Leite’s Culinaria are independently selected by our staff.

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Comments

  1. Our son is venturing into bread making, and the Challenge Bread Pan looks like a formidable ally. And when he isn’t baking, he could always use it to develop his upper body strength through lifting or curling exercises. Perhaps that is the challenge in Challenge.

      1. Truly, if I had the storage space, I would very seriously consider it. In a pre-COVID reminiscence, one of our favorite restaurants has a signature bread that they bake in cast iron skillets and it is otherwordly-delicious, richly flavored. So bread-making is on the list!

  2. Just a note about the dough container…. the first one I bought was just like the one pictured here in the post. Then I discovered they come as a round container. Round is better! so much easier to remove dough, scrape sides, etc.

  3. David, thanks for bringing back great memories of going to Rhode Island on weekends to visit friends and having coffee milk!!

    Just delightful. It was definitely. Something that got me back there every weekend alongside the walks on the beach.

  4. I LOVE YOUR CONTESTS. I get up early everyday to do them while I have some quiet time to myself..Recipes, recipes, I usually print them and the recipes are taking over the house. haha I guess I need to make cook books for my 4 children and their adult children…I LOVE LOVE LOVE your site and the fact that it is secure.

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