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Essential Bakeware

Amy_C | | Jun 16, 2007 03:43 PM

I love desserts and baking but I'm embarrassed to admit that my bakeware selection is extremely limited. Currently I own a square and loaf pyrex, a muffin tin, and 2 cookie sheets. With Amazon's 4 for 3 sale, I'm looking to buy some more baking pans but I'm not sure what's useful and what's unnecessary. So I'm wondering if chowhounders can offer some suggestions about bakeware. I usually only bake half a recipe because a whole recipe is too much.

Things I'm looking to buy:
- Mini tart pans. It seems like the concensus is the light surface is better than dark nonstick surfaces that browns too quickly.

- Springform
I'm wondering if it's possible to bake say, an entire cake batter in the springform, then cut the cake in half rather than baking it in 2 cake pans. I don't see myself baking many cakes in the future so I'm skipping buying a set of cake pans.

- Xlarge muffin pan
Similiarly, another idea I had about cakes was bake some large cupcakes, cut off the dome, turn them upside down, cut the cake into 2 or 3 slices, then frost and fill it like a regular cake and make small mini cakes. I wonder if these can also bake mini angel food cakes.

- Angel food cake pan
Unless there's another way to bake angel food cake.

Mini Muffin Tins
- Are these really that useful for anything other than mini muffins, they look awfully cute.

Pastry decorating kit
- Any specific brands or things I should look for?

Are there any really important pans that I'm overlooking?

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