Learning 2 Bake, from Scratch – III ½

Equipment

I’m interrupting the flow for backstory so y’all know what I have to work with.

I have no idea why I even had cake pans, but I have two 8-inch round cake pans. I now have two 9-inch round cake pans. Because the store was having a buy-two-get-one-free sale, I also have a new springform pan.

I have a variety of cookie sheets. I use the decent, large pair mostly for making bacon (parchment paper keeps them decent). I have a pair of smaller non-stick, a very “seasoned” pair of smaller stick, a pizza pan (no stone), and a large double-walled sideless sheet.

My baking skills, such as they are, are limited to bread – and rather plain sandwich bread at that. So, I have a few bread pans, as well. Oh, I can also make (pretty good, if I may say so myself) pie crust and have four pie pans (two metal, two glass). Back in the day, my office had a pie making contest every fall. When I made pecan pie, I won. When I didn’t, I didn’t.

I have a hand mixer, which I hardly ever use. G*d gave me a Kitchen Aid stand mixer for Christmas, about a decade ago. That story will get its own post, at some point. I’m not sure it is relevant to baking, but there is also a rarely used immersion blender in a drawer.

My electric stove is junk. The stove that came with the house was a not-terrible electric range. When it died, I bought the cheapest stove I could find at the local Habitat for Humanity store. I had planned on remodeling the kitchen and it was just a stop-gap. Twelve years later, it is still stop-gapping. Since Viking was sold and now carries Chinese junk, I have no idea what I want as a new stove.

I don’t think a list of bowls and utensils is needed. They’re mostly the cheap “buy 20 pieces for $100” stainless steel bowls, crappy knives, and meltable plastic spoons and scrapers. There are a few decent things. I wonder if I can get anything for mentioning that I love my Cutco knives – even though I’ve lost the pairing knife and the bread knife (how does one lose a bread knife?!? the things are huge).

Back to baking…

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