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Starter set for biscuits, cakes and more: what you really need

Judith Erdin
21.12.2023
Translation: machine translated
Co-author: Simon Balissat

Baking newbie Simon Balissat and I have rummaged through the Galaxus kitchen range and put together the ultimate starter set for sweet pastries - and also clarified which baking utensils you can definitely do without.

Are you tired of Sarah from accounting always being praised by everyone for her homemade sweet treats? Your Linzer cake bought at the discount store looks pretty pitiful next to it? Then our video above is just the thing for you.

Baking novice Simon is once again overenthusiastic. And I'm on the verge of despair in return.
Baking novice Simon is once again overenthusiastic. And I'm on the verge of despair in return.
Source: Valentina Sproge

If you don't have time for the video, here are the baking basics in written form. Form! Haha. You get the idea

The basics of mixing and stirring

Mixing bowl, whisk, dough scraper, pastry brush and kitchen scales - all tools you may already have in your kitchen. If not, now is the time to get them. Especially a kitchen scale. If you want to achieve really good results, you need to weigh all the ingredients precisely. Yes, all the ingredients. Even milk, sugar and eggs. For very small quantities, as is sometimes the case with spices or baking powder, it can even be worth having a precision scale. I would never give my own away again. Not only because the baking results are better, but also because the Monk in me is positively triggered when I can weigh everything to the nearest 0.1 g (uuh baby).

And you're ready for your first killer biscuits. I'll show you how it's done here.

Soehnle Page Professional
Kitchen scales
–7%
41.50 CHF was 44.60 CHF

Soehnle Page Professional

Overview in the baking tin jungle

Next up: the moulds. Yes, the penis baking tin is funny. But sorry, you probably won't need it more than once. So limit yourself to a few Basic baking moulds for now. As an author of baking books, I do the same and almost exclusively use moulds that most of us have at home in my recipes. These include an adjustable-length cake tin, a springform pan (ø 24 cm), a 12-cup muffin tin and a square cake tin (approx. 22×22 cm). If the moulds are also non-stick - even better.

And you can pull the next cracker out of the oven.

Soehnle Page Professional
Kitchen scales
–7%
41.50 CHF was 44.60 CHF

Soehnle Page Professional

Like a boss

When it comes to rolling out the dough, you can either rely on "your instinct" and improvise, or you can simply get the right equipment so that you can proudly present your pastries at the end. This includes a rolling pin or a rolling pin and dough sticks to help you determine the right dough thickness. Once the dough has been rolled out, you will need cutters. In my opinion, every good household should have a set of round cutters of different sizes and a few nice biscuit cutters for large Christmas biscuits (star, heart, Christmas tree, whatever you like).

Dr. Oetker cakes 20-35cm (35 cm)
Cake molds
19.40 CHF

Dr. Oetker cakes 20-35cm

35 cm

My Basics Professional muffin baking tray for 12 muffins (7 cm)
Cake molds
15.90 CHF

My Basics Professional muffin baking tray for 12 muffins

7 cm

Dr. Oetker cakes 20-35cm (35 cm)
19.40 CHF

Dr. Oetker cakes 20-35cm

35 cm

My Basics Professional muffin baking tray for 12 muffins (7 cm)
15.90 CHF

My Basics Professional muffin baking tray for 12 muffins

7 cm

The most important thing at the end

With these tips and recipes, you'll easily topple the good Sarah aka "Madame Weisch-imfall-gar-so-schwierig-und-fasch-für-mich-fasch-wie-Meditation-haha" from the office baking throne. Finally, I'll give you one last and probably the most important piece of advice: please buy a pastry brush with real hair! The plastic thing with the creepy rubber bristles, which are a bit reminiscent of the 90s hairstyle of the lead singer of the Prinzen, is no good. The fact that it's "really easy" to wash off doesn't justify the fact that it doesn't fulfil its main purpose: greasing a baking tin or applying cake icing. If you already have one, get rid of it. Now.

Relaxdays Marble Rolling Pin (Dough roller)
Rolling pins
–30%
22.90 CHF was 32.94 CHF

Relaxdays Marble Rolling Pin

Dough roller

Kisag Dough sticks (Rolling bar)
Rolling pins
Quantity discount
11.80 CHF per piece for 2 units

Kisag Dough sticks

Rolling bar

Relaxdays Marble Rolling Pin (Dough roller)
–30%
22.90 CHF was 32.94 CHF

Relaxdays Marble Rolling Pin

Dough roller

Kisag Dough sticks (Rolling bar)
Quantity discount
11.80 CHF per piece for 2 units

Kisag Dough sticks

Rolling bar

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Judith Erdin
Bloggerin und Backbuch-Autorin von Streusel.ch

Baking book author, food blogger and content creator by day. Other people's cat lover, peanut butter junkie and houseplant hospice nurse by night.


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