How to Create the Ultimate Home Baking Station
How to Create the Ultimate Home Baking Station (Part One)
Article by: Andrea Lozoya
Baking is a lot of fun, and it’s also a fantastic way to foster your creativity and sharpen your skills. If you love to bake, adding a baking station to your home is an excellent way to cook up new creations and keep things organized. Baking stations offer you a designated area for all of your baking ingredients, goods, tools, and more.
But beware: A baking station might just encourage you to bake so much that you end up starting your own business. Here’s how to create and build the ultimate home baking station.
As with any DIY project, you’ll want to start with the materials you plan to use when building your baking station. Quartz is afavorite choice for bakers, as is marble, which keeps your butter cold while you’re prepping dough or working it into a recipe.
Once you’ve chosen your countertop surface material, consider how to spruce up the wall behind it. Beadboard or shiplap painted in a charming color is a fabulous choice, or you can install a tile backsplash to add some flair and keep the walls easy-to-clean and protected from damage.
Once you’ve decided on the materials, it’s time to think about where your baking station will be. Here are a few ideas to inspire you:
Under a window: If your sink isn’t already taking up this space, consider placing your baking station under a sunny window so you can enjoy the view while you bake and prep your favorite homemade recipes.
Kitchen island: Your kitchen island can easily double as a baking station, but make sure you have plans to organize everything when you’re not using it. A stepped-down section with a lower countertop installed on one side of your island is a great option, too.
End of the kitchen island: Another great option is to create an extension of your island with wheels so you can roll it out, then tuck it away when you’re finished. Just be sure that the extension is lower than the island and that you have room to roll it under
Add on to your kitchen: If you have the budget and the time, a complete extension of your kitchen is an excellent way to designate a particular area just for baking. Always consider the pros and cons of additions or extensions to your home before committing to this type of project.
Pullout shelf: For those short on extra space, a large pullout shelf can double as a counter for your baking endeavors. You can also designate specific cabinets in your kitchen for ingredients, tools, and accessories.
Your baking station’s height is very important since you need to be able to comfortably mix ingredients, roll dough, spread dough for a delicious focaccia, or knead dough like a pro, and perform other baking-related tasks. When designing the station, keep in mind that the counters should be lower than the rest of your kitchen countertops.
Table or waist-height is ideal, which is approximately 30 to 32 inches. If you plan to use an existing table, you can cut the legs to height, making it shorter for better functionality. Ensure that anything with wheels has a locking mechanism, so it stays securely in place.
Stand mixer. Perfect for all kinds of dough and batters, a stand mixer is a must-have piece of equipment for any avid baker. Additional tools like a paddle can be attached for perfect bread and more.
Hand mixer. When baking smaller batches or specific recipes like pancakes, a hand mixer can make your baking projects fast and easy.
Measuring cups and spoons. Stock measuring cups for both wet and dry ingredients as well as measuring spoons for accuracy when you bake.
Cream Chargers. Cream chargers makes the process of whipping cream much easier.
Wooden spoon and rubber spatula. This simple tool is a baker must-have. A wooden spoon and rubber spatula make it easy to “fold” ingredients together and scrape your bowls without damaging them.
Baking pans. From cookie sheets to pie plates, you’ll need a variety of baking pans in different sizes and materials, depending on what you love to bake.
Rolling pin. Perfect for rolling your dough to the right thickness, a rolling pin is a critical tool for any baker’s arsenal to create the perfect homemade white bread.
Wire rack. A wire rack helps your baked goods cool faster, and it’s another must for your baking station.
Pastry brush. A pastry brush makes it easy to add a light layer of butter or egg wash on biscuits, puff pastry dough, and pie crusts. This handy baking tool is also great if you want to apply a glaze, syrup, or another sugary coating on top of cookies or cakes.
Whisk. Every baker needs a hand whisk to mix their ingredients. While a motorized mixer is an excellent piece of equipment, a hand-operated whisk is an absolute must if you want to mix your dough, fillings, or other ingredients in a bowl by hand to ensure you reach the perfect consistency.
Different Knives. Stock your baking station with various knives for cutting fresh ingredients, trimming pie crusts, and general use. Look for a knife set that includes a storage block so you have all of your knives neatly together in one central location.
Blender. No baking station is complete without a quality blender. These helpful tools are perfect for handling tasks like crushing nuts or whipping up a pie filling (depending on your recipe). If you don’t have space for a countertop blender, try a smaller hand blender instead.
Food processor. Add a food processor to your baking station equipment list if you want to make chopping and mixing ingredients easier. This helpful tool can make baking a lot easier, especially if your recipe involves a lot of prep work that consists of getting natural ingredients ready, such as fresh fruit or nuts.
Professional equipment. If you decide to take your baking station to the next level, consider some professional equipment like an oversized electric mixer that allows you to make larger batches of bread, dough, and more. Professional equipment tends to be more expensive, but it’s also more powerful and able to handle larger quantities of your recipes at once.
Cake, Pie, Cupcake Stands, and Covers. Show off your baking skills with some beautiful cake, pie, and cupcake stands. Make sure your stands include protective covers that will keep your delicious goodies fresh while you set them out on display.
Dough Mixer. Hand kneading is a wonderful way to make fresh bread and pastries, but a dough mixer can make the process easy and seamless. This helpful baking equipment typically comes as an attachment that you add to your electric mixer. The unique design is made specially to mix your ingredients until they reach a perfect dough-like consistency.
Piping Tips, Pastry Bags, and Accessories. Decorate your beautiful baked goods with these helpful tools. Look for piping tips, pastry bags, and other unique accessories that will give you artistic control when decorating your homemade cookies, cakes, and cupcakes. Use these items to add colorful icing and decorative designs to your delicious treats for a fun, personal touch.
Pastry Refrigerator to Keep Your Goods Fresh. If you like to prepare your dough and other baked goods ahead of time, look for a quality pastry refrigerator to keep everything nice and fresh.