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.
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?