Avoid leaving cake mixture or melted chocolate in your bowl by using a bendy spatula which can easily skim around the sides.
A wooden spoon is a great all-rounder in the kitchen. If you don’t have a food mixer , use it for beating your cake mixes. A large metal spoon is handy for folding in flour or whisked egg whites.
Whisks are designed to give volume and aerate foods and are therefore important for cake making. An electric whisk or food mixer make short work of whisking and creaming. The food mixer, with its different attachments, is more versatile but also more expensive.
You can buy one-piece rolling pins or the type with a fixed handle at either end, depending on which you find easiest. For really smooth results make sure the pin is wide enough to fully cover the width of dough or icing you are rolling out.
A pastry brush can be used to glaze your pastry with egg wash or milk or for brushing filo pastry with melted butter. It’s also good for brushing off excess icing sugar when cake decorating.
Baking recipes often include oil, milk or other liquid ingredients and a measuring jug is essential for getting the quantities right. As a measuring jug is needed for so many cooking purposes, it’s always useful to have one to hand.
a few little rules …
It’s essential to supervise children in the kitchen at all times. Don’t forget to tell them the hygiene and safety rules before you start. Explain why some things in the kitchen are dangerous.
Make sure and mop up spills straight away Hold and use knives with great care (show children the correct way).
Always wear oven gloves when putting something in or getting something out of the oven.
Watch out for fat spitting from a hot frying pan or roasting tin.
Turn pan handles into the hob, but not over a flame.