5 Basic Baking Tools I Can't Live Without

Over the last several years my husband and I have tried very hard to let go of things we don't need in the kitchen. Some of it was overkill from our wedding registry and others were things that just didn't turn out to be as helpful as we originally thought. That said, these 5 baking tools will always be in my kitchen and you'll have to pry them from my cold dead hands.

Ok, so cold dead hands is probably a little far, but I'd like to think that when that day comes that I'll go peacefully while baking bread so it could in fact be plausible right? Regardless of how my last days are spent these are still 5 tools that breathe life and sanity into my kitchen.

1. Scale:
For many years I was puzzled as to why I didn't get the beautiful results promised from the recipe I was trying out. I measured everything perfectly, rotated my pans, checked the dates on my baking powder... but none of that helped. It wasn't until I started weighing ingredients that things really came together like they should. Humidity is high here in the Midwest and even in large bulk storage containers there's still enough moisture to alter the weight of flour and even sugar.

2. Bench Scraper:
Do you own one? Have you forced yourself to use it? If you answered yes then you probably love it the same way we do. If you haven't well then guess what your plans are for a Friday night? They make clean up a snap, they pop spilled boiled sugar off your stove (not that I would ever be so messy), they cut clean so edges of biscuits aren't pinched down.... seriously, if I was ever a pirate, I would request a bench scraper for a hand, I love it that much.

3. Straight Silicone Rolling Pin:
I never thought I would swear loyalty to a rolling pin before. Truth be told, before I owned this sleek, silicone orange one... I didn't actually have one in my possession. Usually I used my balsamic vinegar bottle to roll things out, but once this came into my life, I haven't looked back. It cleans up easy and distributes pressure well creating flat level surfaces on whatever your're rolling out. You can find it here on Amazon.

4. Flat Sheet Parchment Paper:
I have professed my love for flat sheets of professional grade parchment paper in the past and my sincerity about the topic hasn't waned any. It's so marvelous I now use it for more than just baking, you just can't understand it's full glory until you've made the switch!

5. Stand Mixer:
Yes I can do anything my stand mixer does by hand... but I don't really want to. I'm not however married to the Kitchenaid brand and support many other professional grade, home sized brands on the market. My Kitchenaid Pro was given to me as a wedding gift and I couldn't have been more thankful. It's made life easier for sure, even if it weighs what a small cow does.

How does your top five baking tools differ? Do you double-plus love your measuring cups? What makes them great? Let us know in the comments below!

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(Image: Sarah Rae Trover)