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Digital Food Scale
Bread baking is done by weight and ratios so using a digital scale creates accurate measurements. This small investment makes bread baking easier, especially for multiplying or reducing recipe size.
Having a plastic dough scraper is an essential part of a bread baker’s toolkit! This helps you with dividing dough, shaping, and moving shaped dough more easily.
Dutch Oven Combo Cooker
A standard home oven takes all the steam out of the environment, which creates a dense, hard crusted loaf. Adding steam is critical! The best way to bake a sourdough boule (round loaf) at home is by using a large cast-iron Dutch oven like this one. Look for at least 3.7 quart capacity or 10-inch diameter pots.
You can score your dough before baking with a serrated bread knife but a bread lame makes scoring much easier! A bread lame uses a straight razor to make sharp cuts easily.
I use parchment paper in nearly every bake I do. From lining loaf pans to helping pizzas and calzones transfer easily in and out of the oven. This brand is especially durable at higher heats as compared to others.
This baking steel is excellent for baking pizzas in the home oven! I use the 0.25″ version.
I use this cooling rack as a place for my freshly baked bread to rest and cool so that steam doesn’t accumulate on the bottom crust.
If you don’t have a sourdough starter or a friend who can share, buying a sourdough starter online is an excellent option! Breadtopia offers a live starter as well as a dehydrated starter. Cultures for Health is another great company that sells a dehydrated starter that can be rehydrated and revived for making wonderful naturally fermented breads.
Rocking Pizza Cutter
I love using a rocking pizza cutter to make clean cuts through sourdough pizzas.
Digital Heat Thermometer
Use a digital heat thermometer to measure the temperature of your baking stone before baking pizza, baguettes, and other breads.
Mesh Shaker for Flour Dusting
A mesh shaker is a great addition to your baking toolkit. Fill it with some white flour to use for evenly dusting a work surface, the top of a loaf for shaping, or before doing detailed scoring.
Flax Cloth Baker’s Couche
This flaxcloth linen baker’s couche is used for long breads like baguettes.
This tool is perfect for moving baguettes, pizza, calzone, and other breads in and out of the oven.
Everyday Bread Baking book
Written with the beginning baker in mind. There are 8 master recipes and each subsequent recipe uses one of the master recipes as a starting off point, making it easier to get started with making lots of different kinds of breads!
Celebrate with Bread Baking book
This book is for beginning bakers as well as intermediate bakers looking for something new. Go through the seasons of the year for seasonal breads as well as many different holidays from various cultures.