Necessary Baking Equipment in any Self-Respecting Kitchen!

In order to make even the most basic of cakes, some Baking Equipment are absolutely necessary.

You require good ,b>Baking Equipment but it does not necessarily have to be expensive. You do not require all sort of gadgets and tools which will collect dust and take up space in your cabinet.

You require a good oven for starters and some pans, cake tins and baking sheets.

Here an idiot-proof guide to getting some basic but essential equipment and tools to stock an empty kitchen..so fear not!

Ovens

I use a gas oven and have made cakes in electric and convection ovens.

Temperatures may differ from oven to oven, so it is best that you check the operating manual of your oven to ensure your cakes and breads come out perfectly.

You many use the temperatures specified in the recipes in this website as a guide, though!

I have not used a microwave ovens for purposes of baking as I’m an old-school advocate of gas, convection and electric ovensCake Pans/B>Cake Pans come in various shapes and sizes. The Cake Pans I use are generally do not have a non-stick coating as such, I grease them by brushing butter or sunflower oil on the pans before pouring the cake mixture into the cake pans.

The following pans can be substituted for each other as they have almost the same capacity although you will need to adjust the temperature/cooking time of the oven accordingly.

– 20 cm ring pan

– 14cm X 21cm loaf pan

– 20cm baba pan

– deep 20cm round cake pan – this is mostly commonly used to bake fruit cakes.

– 2 X 8cm X 26cm bar pans.
Other basic pans Loaf Tins

This can be purchased in most good baking appliances store in various shapes and sizes. Loaf Tins are used for baking breads and tea breads.Rectangular cake tin/i>

This is used to make cakes that are cut into slices as the cake will be shallow but large. This cake tin can also be used for making cakes and bake recipes that require layering of cakes/sponges between icing/frosting.Ring Moulds

This is used for making ring-shaped cakes (including this Bengkang recipe) and angel cakes.

Square cake tins

These are most commonly used cake tins for making square cakes that are cut into slices.

Other Baking Equipment

– Wooden Spoons

You will require these in order to mix ingredients for creaming purposes for cakes, icings and frostings.

You can find these in any supermarket or specialty baking equipment store and it comes in various sizes.

– Weighing Scales

You cannot bake anything without a weighing scale! Its an absolute essential.

I have two in my kitchen…one small one that is portable, easy-to-clean and mobile and a large one for those massive cupcakes bakes.

The small one may be portable but I’m yet to take along with me anywhere else…so you’re better just having a medium-sized one in your kitchen.

– Non-stick Baking Paper

You need these for lining cake tins and baking sheets when baking cookies, biscuits and meringues.

Banana Recipes that requires minimal preparation

As Bananas are exceptionally versatile and delicious, there are many easy banana recipes that use Bananas as a topping.

The fruit goes well with ice cream and flavored or unflavored yogurt and used as a topping for cereals and breakfast drinks.As Bananas are exceptionally versatile and delicious, there are many easy banana recipes that use Bananas as a topping.

The fruit goes well with ice cream and flavored or unflavored yogurt and used as a topping for cereals and breakfast drinks.Here are some delicious breakfast and snack ideas using bananas:

Try this snack idea for a healthy mid-afternoon snack option. It’s requires minimal preparation and will be an instant hit for finicky little eaters and active teenagers.Breakfast Ideas:

For a nutrient-packed and potassium-rich breakfast, just add two sliced bananas to your breakfast cereal/muesli, add two spoonful of flavoured yogurt, seeds or nuts of your choice and top-up with low-fat milk. An easy fruit salad:

-cut your favorite fruits for example; green apples, bananas, sweet mango, papaya, grapes and cherries or any other fruit of your choice into a large bowl.

-add a dash of lemon juice, dash of cinnamon powder and nuts or seeds of your choice and top up with plain yogurt.

-Mix well and serve chilled.

Try this refreshing dates and Bananas dessert. Easy and light.Date & Bananas

Ingredients

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 1/2 Tablespoon of sugar

1 cup whole dates

4 medium bananas or 3 large

1 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamonPreparation

1.Remove the pits and slice the dates thin.

2.Slice the bananas in half lengthwise then slice into pieces 1/2 inch thick.

3.Mix together the cream and the sugar with an electric mixer until stiff peaks are formed.

4.Gently stir in the bananas and the dates. Separate into individual serving dishes. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Chill 30 minutes before serving.

Easy Banana Cheesecake recipe

Another version of a popular Banana Cake recipe…the yummy Banana Cheesecake recipe.

It’s very easy to prepare, uses minimal ingredients and most importantly, it’s soooo delicious! Banana Cheesecake recipe.

Ingredients

2 cups digestive biscuits or Chocolate Hob-Nobs, crushed

1/3 cup butter, melted

3 (8 ounce) packs of cream cheese, softened

3/4 cup caster or white sugar

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

1/2 cup mashed bananas

1 banana, sliced, optional

Chocolate sauce, optional.

Preparation.

1. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C.

2. In a bowl, mix together the biscuits and melted butter. Press into the bottom of a greased medium-sized round baking dish. Place in the refrigerator to allow it to set.
3. Meantime, in another bowl, lightly beat the cream cheese with the sugar until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, then the vanilla essence and mashed bananas. Pour into the prepared crust.

4. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the center is set. Cool, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

5. Place the sliced bananas on the cheesecake and pour chocolate sauce on top.Tips:/b>

1. I recommend using Philadelphia Cream Cheese as it’s really soft and seems to do well when baked.

2. You can crush the biscuits in two easy ways: either pound on them gently without taking them out of their wrapping or place them in freezer bags and pound them to crumbs.

Be careful that you don’t tear the wrapping or the freezer bag. That will result in crumbs flying all over your kitchen counter! Yikes!

3. Melting butter is easy; after measuring, place the lump of butter into a saucepan and let it melt over very low fire or you can microwave it on medium. I prefer the saucepan method though.

4. You can purchase the chocolate sauce in most quality shops selling baking products or established supermarkets.

Awesome Banana Layer Cake with Lemon Frosting

Awesome Banana Layer Cake with Lemon Frosting – Ahh…the perfect Layer Cake. Looking for one? Here’s a great recipe and simple too.

You may think a layer cake is difficult to make, well, wrong! It just requires a little extra effort compared to regular frosted cake but the results are so satisfying and impressive.

I recommend trying this recipe out and if you like as much as I do, bake it for the next family birthday.

This simple Banana Layer Cake is absolutely delicious and tastes extraordinary with the light lemon-y cream frosting. Banana-Layer-Cake

Ingredients.

9oz (250g) flour

1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 oz (115g) butter, at room temperature

7oz (200g) granulated sugar

4 oz (115g) soft brown sugar, firmly packed

2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind

3 medium-sized ripe Bananas, mashed

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

2 fl oz (50 ml) milk

3 oz (75g) chopped walnutsFor Frosting

18oz (475 g) icing sugar

1/4 teaspoon grated lemon rind

3-5 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Preparation.

1. Preheat oven to 180 degree Celsius/350 degree Fahrenheit/Gas 4. Grease and line two 9 inch round cake tins with buttered greaseproof paper.

2. Sift flour with baking powder and salt.

3. In mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix well. Then add lemon rind.

4. In a smaller bowl, mix the Bananas with vanilla essence and milk. Add the Banana mixture and dry ingredients to the butter mixture alternately and stir until well-combined. Fold in the nuts.

5. Divide the batter between the cake tins.

6. Bake until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean, approximately 30-35 minutes.

7. Take the pans out and let it cool for about 5 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack and let it cool completely. Peel off the greaseproof paper gently. Prepare Frosting.

1. Cream butter until smooth. Gradually beat in sugar. Then stir in lemon rind and enough juice to make a spreadable consistency.

2. Place one of the cake layers on a serving plate. Cover with approximately one-third of the frosting. Top with the second cake layer.

3. Spread the remaining frosting evenly over the top and sides of the cake.