We enjoy being your go-to for bakery items for all of your special events, but we also know you might want to try your hand at it, too. There’s nothing quite like the smell of cookies baking in your own oven.
We know it’s been awhile since we’ve written – the busy summer season has arrived! – but we hope to provide you with some ideas to make this summer one of your best yet.
You may have seen our earlier post on pantry staples and baking essentials. If you’ve stocked your kitchen with needed ingredients and you’re ready to get baking, you might want to check your gadgets and utensils. Do you have everything you need to make baking easy? Do you have any items that might be worn out and need replacing? Are you missing essential tools to get the job done?
While you certainly don’t need a lot of fancy appliances to make a yummy cake or fluffy cookies, there are definitely items that make it a little easier to whip up some deliciousness in the kitchen.
Here are some tools that we recommend to make baking a bit easier:
- Small tabletop mixer
- Cooling racks
- Scale for weighing ingredients
- Metal scraper or plastic scraper
- Parchment paper
- Cookie sheets
- Bowls (we recommend glass)
- Springform pans
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Pastry brush
- Metal spatulas
Baking doesn’t always have to be elaborate and time-intensive. In fact, when it’s hot out you may not want to spend a ton of time inside baking. In the summer, so many yummy fruits are in season, which can make whipping up a sweet treat a breeze.
Add some fresh blackberries to a bowl of yogurt for a healthy, easy breakfast or snack.
Top a fresh piece of pound cake with strawberries.
Pick up peaches from a local farmer’s market, slice some up and make a tasty seasonal pie.
Besides peaches, blackberries and strawberries, summer is the season for apricots, plums, cherries, nectarines, tomatoes, melon, lemons and limes. With a list like this, it’s easy to add yummy fruits to anything you may be baking right now. Keep this in mind as you’re shopping the produce section at the grocery store or browsing the local farmers’ markets.
Do you incorporate these fruits into your summer meals? What about your baking? Let us know!