Bread making supplies

Bread Making Supplies for the Perfect Loaf Every Time

In addition to a well-stocked pantry, every home baker needs a few bread making supplies. Your needs will vary based on how you bake your bread, though. I’ve divided the tools that will come in handy by type. One set is for home bakers who do everything by hand, and the other is for those who use bread machines. If you do a mix of the two, or use a food processor or stand mixer for the mixing and kneading process, follow the handmade list.

Keep in mind that these items are the accessories that are recommended for bread baking, not the items you should keep in your pantry. A well-stocked pantry needs a few basics like flour (all-purpose, whole wheat, bread, cake, rice, etc), sugar, molasses, honey, eggs, milk, yeast, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and a few other goodies, as well as anything you want to use to flavor your bread or to enhance it. For more on the contents of a well-stocked pantry, check out this earlier post:

http://www.breadmachinereviewsandtips.com/general/stocking-the-bread-machine-bakers-pantry

Now let’s get back to baking!

Bread Making Supplies for Handmade Loaves

If you choose to bake bread at home from scratch and without the help of a machine, you will need to have the following supplies:

  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Glass or other Mixing Bowls
  • Rolling Pin (for shaping artisan loaves and pizza crusts)
  • Dough Knife or Scraper
  • Cook’s Knife
  • Bread Knife
  • Loaf Pans
  • Bread Molds
  • Muffin Pans
  • Baking Stone
  • Cast Iron Griddle

Bread Making Supplies for Bread Machine Users

Bread machine users should have these supplies on hand in addition to their bread machine, its kneading blades, and its loaf pan:

  • Measuring Spoons
  • Liquid Measuring Cup
  • Plastic or Wooden Rounded Spatula (to help get loaves out, without damaging your non-stick loaf pan)
  • Timer (so you can add ingredients to cycles, as desired – some machines have a built in beep so you won’t need a separate timer, unless you won’t be in the vicinity of your bread machine)

Conclusion

You might be wondering about the purpose of the supplies listed above. After all, isn’t bread just as easy as mixing, kneading, and rising, then knocking back and baking? In many ways, it is. The supplies listed can help you create diverse and truly artisanal loaves, however.

You can bake in muffin or brioche pans, flower pots, and on a pizza stone to create some really unique shapes of loaves and rolls. These can be lined with parchment paper for a fun and artsy finish, too – even though I didn’t list it as a supply. Griddles can be used for making stove top breads. The different types of knives can help you cut, scrape, and shape your dough and loaves precisely. A pastry brush is on both lists; it can be used to add egg washes, butter, or other crust enhancers during the baking period. Glass bowls help your bread rise without sticking to the side of a bowl. In short, everything has its purpose.

There are many more bread making supplies that a home baker may wish to acquire in time. The list above is just a springboard for beginners. You can bake with numerous other types of loaf pans, as well, and you may find some other specialized equipment intriguing. If you have questions regarding specific baking tools, just let me know. I’ll happily help you bake wonderful bread.

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