Teaching your children how to cook and bake is one of the most important lessons that you can pass on. When you have a kitchen that is outfitted with silicone bakeware and the Silpat baking mat, the job is even easier. Silpat baking mats allow your children to successfully create baked goods without sticking or even greasing the pans and cookie sheets.
I know how over overwhelming it can be because there are so many different kinds of pans. I was once a beginner and didn’t know a bundt cake pan from a cupcake pan. The fact that baking pans come in so many shapes and sizes, and are made of different materials doesn’t make it any easier.
One reason for buying the oven is that you would want to cut down on time and cost, especially if you are running a bakery. The only thing you need to decide on is what your goals are, the size of the oven, and for what purpose you need it. It depends on the size of your business and what the footprint of the oven needs to be.
When baking different things, different kinds of flour are used. For instance, wheat flour is important for all yeast bread but if you use wheat flour in yeast bread, it’ll turn into a heavy cake and you sure don’t want that.
Slowing down is good and should be an enjoyable factor, not an annoying factor. So much of life is rushed. There is a constant pursuit in society after what brings instant gratification. Baking puts a halt on instant gratification and frenetic activity. We have to slow down, watch, read, and notice and pay attention to the ingredients, to the smells, to the way the batter forms between our fingers or in the blender. The more attuned we become at baking, at noticing how different ingredients react and act together, the better bakers we will be.
Of course if you are baking sans gluten, you have to add a substitute ingredient to hold things together. The best gluten substitute I know of is potato starch. Use about a tablespoon for each cup of gluten-free flour. Arrowroot starch is also a good alternative for baking and both of these starches are wonderful thickeners for sauces and soups.
For baking cakes, you will need cake pans of different shapes and sizes. You can also look for different cake stencils in order to decorate the cakes you just baked. If you want to add icing to your cakes then you’ll need rubber spatulas to spread the icing and you’ll need pastry bags to make decorative icing designs.