In a post I made about wedding registries, the lovely Cachetes and I were discussing how much fun and highly knowledgeable a bakeware thread might be. And behold, here it is!
What we basically want to know is which pans are invaluable and which are a waste of time. I myself am wondering if 8 inch versus 9 inch round pans are best, how many muffin pans are practical, and if I really need TWO springform pans? (Some manic woman at the Bloomingdale's registry suggested I'd need two... She also tried to convince me to register for a Lalique figurine and 12 additional salad plates in addition to the ones that come with the 5-pieces sets AND the accent plates I had my eye on. Um. No.)
Anyway, I bake only on occasion, and right now, what I have is pretty slim pickin's:
- 1 stainless steel jelly roll pan by Chicago Metallic for Williams-Sonoma (LOVE.)
- 1 small insulated cookie sheet
- 2 Pyrex glass baking dishes (13 x 9 and 8 x 8)
- 1 Pyrex pie dish
- 1 aluminum muffin pan that I really should toss out
- A madeleine pan. I know. I KNOW. But it was ON SALE and I have used it TWICE, okay?
I also have a Kitchen Aid hand mixer, some decent glass mixing bowls, a whisk, two rubber spatulas (I need nicer ones though, let me tell you), and a little sugar mesh shaker that I adore.
After I get married, I plan on baking far more than I usually do, especially because my FH loves lemon meringue pie, brownies, cheesecake, and a million other items he somehow eats regularly and never gains weight on. (That brat.)
So what bakeware items and baking related utensils, gadgets, etc do I need for my future home?