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28/01/2013 at 19:37
What ingredients do you always have in your cupboards so if the mood takes you, you can just bake?
What equipment do you love/use the most/ rate?
28/01/2013 at 19:42
Always have plain flour, fine sugar, icing sugar, bicarb, various flavourings and colours, toppings. I always have a variety of jams as well but that's because we maek it often.
I now hate silicon bakeware as I have had nothing but bad luck with them. Okay you can tip stuff out easily and less likely to get burnt BUT things just do not cook the same way in them.
I have a good selection of bowls as it is nice to ahev the right sized bowl for the task IYSWIM?
Are you setting yourself up?
28/01/2013 at 19:48
Ingredients - self raising flour, marg, caster sugar, eggs, icing sugar and baking powder. I also have mixed spice, vanilla essence, cocoa powder, and various fruit - some frozen, tinned, dried or fresh. From these I can do a whole variety of sponges in various flavours, pastry for pies and tarts, various biscuits, which pretty much covers what I bake.
Equipment wise I have several plastic bowls for mixing, wooden spoon, a spatula for scrapping out the mixture, an electric mixer - mine as a basic hand held one with 3 or 4 speeds, electric scales, several different sized tins for cakes, bun cases, pie dish. My stuff is all basic, nothing fancy, but my mixer is great as it gets the air in so I get light sponges. I do have a selection of biscuit cutters too which are nice.
28/01/2013 at 19:49
Oh, I love my electric scales too, as they are far more accurate than my old needle style ones were. They will also weigh liquid which is useful.
28/01/2013 at 20:15
Ingredients wise: plain and self raising flour, caster sugar, Demerara sugar, icing sugar, bicarb of soda, baking powder, eggs, butter, cocoa, vanilla extract, decorations, lemons.
Equipment wise i dont have a huge amount: Electric scales, 2 loose bottom cake tins, Square tin, Springform tin, cupcake tin, Mixing bowl, Handheld electric mixer, Wooden spoons, Piping bags, biscuit cutters. ummmm think that is about it!
28/01/2013 at 20:20
thank you both - yes QI I keep wantint g to bake but then never have the right stuff so I want to get some new stuff on sat x
28/01/2013 at 20:27
What do you fancy making?
And forgot the electronic scales, they are invaluable The butter and eggs I tend to have in as well but forgot them!
28/01/2013 at 20:28
Ooo a real lazy one - pre-scored parchment paper - it just amkes it quicker to rip a sheet off!
28/01/2013 at 21:02
QI, where do you get the parchment paper?
For me, its caster sugar, icing sugar, unsalted butter,plain and Sr flour...little cases of various sizes. Electronic scales are fab and id like a fancy mixer, it's on my wish list - handheld mixer does the job but flour and icing sugar tends to go everywhere when you turn the mixer on!
28/01/2013 at 21:11
Morrisons Since baking ahs become fashionable there is stuff that I can get in Morrisons that I could only get in Sainsburys or specialist shops before
I always have pectin in as well but that's because we make lots of jam
28/01/2013 at 21:42
Always have plain flour, SR flour, caster sugar, icing sugar, cocoa powder, eggs, butter, vanilla extract (not essence. H bought essence once, he got sent back for extract), colourings (gel, not liquid, except red, which I use for red velvet cakes)
Equipment - I use silicone muffin trays, but put a paper case in, digital scales, a few mixing bowls, wooden spoons, spatula, electronic whisk, disposable piping bags, 1M nozzle, decorations, wire cooling rack, and a cupcake carrier to store them in.
28/01/2013 at 22:22
Ingredients-same as Robin. Vanilla essence is the one thing I have to keep in the cupboards-if I run out of anything else I can generally get it from the co-op but that is one ingredient I can only seem to get from the bigger stores.
Equipment: tesco value scales (electric would be more accurate but as most baking is done by proportions this works just as well), tesco value measuring spoons, muffin tray, paper cake cases (cupcakes work well using these in the muffin tray), spring form round tin, square tin with removable base (only used for Christmas cake), loaf tin (bought as a pair from a general hardware store for about £5), spatula (my best bit of kit), mixing bowls of different sizes, measuring jug, cheap sieve(for icing sugar), electric mixer (I have a ken wood one which has a lid but I'm used to using a hand whisk and make better cakes using this even if the flour does go everywhere!) think that's it. I've said where I got them from to show you don't have to buy really expensive stuff.
28/01/2013 at 22:35
cheers QI, Ill have a look for that
KK, interesting about getting better results with a hand mixer, I just assumed it would be easier, quicker and less messy with a stand mixer and results would have been better!
29/01/2013 at 08:52
Think it's partly because it's what I know so don't overbearing things which I seem to do with the kenwood even on a low speed-sure I'll get it right eventually! For non-sponge things the kenwood is great so making biscuit dough etc works a treat and buttercream icing is much easier in there as the icing sugar doesn't end up all over the kitchen!!!
Oops overbeat not overbearing!
29/01/2013 at 09:06
Buttercream is my biggest bug bear, it goes Blimmin everywhere. I made cakes with M yesterday and just put glace icing on top as I coukdnt deal with the mess again! My mum's had her Kenwood for about 30 years and uses it loads still but to be fair she doesnt make a lot of sponges, it's more fudge and tablet she tends to make. Hmm I'll maybe look at magimix as an alternative...
29/01/2013 at 09:41
I have a bread maker so tend to have yeast, strong bread flour, butter, salt and things like mixed spices and cinnamon.
For cakes I do have a mixer but tend to mix by hand. I've got two dial scales and they work fine. We've got lots of biscuit cutters. Also useful are measuring spoons and cups - especially for American recipes. Have a look in your recipe book and see what size cake tins are used for the recipes you want to make. You can scale up or down the proportion of eggs, flour, butter to fit the tin - can't recall the formula off the top of my head but my delia cook book has it and I'm sure if you googled you would find it.
My hardest thing is our oven which cooks cakes super fast so I'm always guessing temperatures and timings.
29/01/2013 at 12:46
Thanks all, some things on here I hadnt thought of. I like baking anything, I have loads of recipes I want to try.
I;m off to lakeland at the weekend so will get some bits in there.
29/01/2013 at 12:50
I'm going to start calling you Suzie homemaker lol xxx
Lol Munchkin - I have got the bug bad!
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