Have you ever peered over the counter at your local bakery and café to marvel at the efficiency with which the bakers move around their workplace? It’s enough to make anyone doubt their own efforts in the kitchen back home and lose all nerve when it comes to whipping up some treats for the family.
Never fear, at Crustique we know all the ins and outs of the baking trade and we’ve put together a list of all the weird and wonderful gadgets you can use in the kitchen to create those delicious bakery desserts you see at our counter. It’s so much easier to do a good job in the kitchen if you have the right tools at hand, so have a look at the nifty gadgets below and put it on your wish list!
1. The Edge Brownie Pan
Everybody knows the brownies at the edges of the pan are the most delicious – you get the soft, warm, gooey centre bit, flanked by the deliciously crispy, flaky edge that bake right up against the pan. We have wonderful news – there’s no more need to get involved in any fisticuffs over these lovely best-of-both brownies! The Edge Brownie Pan allows you to make every brownie in your batch the belle of the ball.
2. The Kitchen Safe
If you bake at home for an extra income, it can be a little bothersome if your family or housemates keep sneaking bits and pieces of your product. This futuristic storing kit is perfect for cupcakes and cookies and can be locked with a timer that specifies when the contents are accessible. Come to think of it, it’s also a clever solution for those of us who have trouble sticking to our diets when there are freshly baked treats in the vicinity!
3. The Magisso Cake Server
Okay ladies and gents; get ready because this gadget is pure genius. Gone are the days of being glared at while you divvy up the cake lest somebody gets a less than adequate slice (then having to balance the cake precariously on an egg lifter as you serve). Enter the Magisso Cake Server, a marvel of Finnish design that allows you to cut a perfectly uniform slice every time and serve it without spilling as much as a crumb. It’s brilliant design like this that gives us hope for the future of humanity.
4. Water Boiling Alarm
We’ve all done it – put a pot of water on the stove to boil, walked away to do something else and promptly forgot all about it until we were alerted by a burning smell that all the water has boiled away, leaving a nasty layer of minerals stuck to the bottom of the pot. This water boiling alarm goes off as soon as the water comes to the boil, alerting you that it is time to add your ingredients. Pretty nifty if you ask us!
5. Purifi Pan
This product is still in the development phase, but check how great it is! The concept is very simple – you eliminate cloying cooking fumes right at the source without the need for conventional oven hoods. The electronic purifying element attaches straight onto the pan’s rim and converts the aromatic fumes into a refreshing gust of cool air.
6. The Perfect Bake™ smart scale & interactive recipe app system
We’ve been sneaky and kept the best gadget for last. We don’t want to go out on a limb here, but chances are this app system is the best thing that could ever happen to a novice baker.
The system (which is compatible with iOS and Android devices) includes three color-coded mixing bowls, a smart scale, a phone/tablet stand, and an oven thermometer. The real-time scale connects to your phone via an ingenious mobile app that guides you in the process of preparing a variety of baked goods. You pour the ingredients directly into the bowl on the scale and the on-screen app alerts you as soon as you’ve added enough. Baking in this way (i.e. using weight instead of volume) ensures perfect results every time.
A quick roundup of the benefits of this clever system includes:
- It automatically scales any recipe so you don’t have to get tangled up in complicated arithmetic
- You don’t need any measuring cups or spoons – you simply pour until you hear ‘ding’
- There are 100s of delicious recipes pre-loaded onto the app
- You can input the ingredients you have on hand in your fridge and pantry to see what you can make without going to the shops
- The app provides a handy shopping list when you try a new recipe
These wonderful gadgets make it so much simpler to create bakery and pastry treats. Now that you know what you will need to kit out your kitchen, all you need to do is keep an eye on the Crustique blog to stay informed of the latest baking trends and foolproof baking tips. Happy baking!