Lucky you, along with your new marriage, you get to set up a new household with new stuff. People get married with different amounts of experience and interest in baking. Baking may be something that you probably did along with your mom, baking Christmas Cookies and birthday cakes. Chances are, you haven’t had a lot of experience baking by yourself.
Even if you have already been out and on your own for several years, there is a good chance that baking has not been a big part of the single life. Baking tends to be a labor of love, that produces more food than one person can eat. Baking is a social kind of cooking, with the end result being a thing of beauty to share with family and friends.
Once you are marred, there will probably be more opportunities to bake for people. Baked goods are always popular at dinner parties, picnics, pot-lucks and casual get togethers.
With some practice you may find that you have expertise in baking and really enjoy doing it.
A bridal registry gives you the opportunity to let your friends and family supply your kitchen with the supplies you need to bake expertly. Even if you already have some baking pans, chances are that you will need new pans or a bigger variety of pans.
Baking pans are made of metal, stainless steel, Pyrex, Corningware and glass. There is a new type of pan made of silicone, with is non-stick and flexible for easy release. Stainless steel pans are long lasting and durable. Non-stick pans are easy to clean, but not as long lasting as stainless steel because the coating gets scratched and may become unsafe to use. Glass, Pyrex and Corningware look elegant and go from oven to table easily, but are heavier than their metal counterparts.
Following are pans you need for a well rounded kitchen. You can always add add pieces to your kitchen artillery on a piece by piece basis.
Round Cake Pan: Get two shallow round pans to make round layer cakes.
Square/Oblong Cake Pan: Bakes up brownies or square cakes. This is a versatile shape that can also be used for baking meals.
Cookie Sheet: Flat sheet for cookies. An angled end gives a good grip.
Jelly Roll or Cookie Pan: Flat pan with shallow rims that help the contents stay put.
Muffin Pans. Use for cupcakes, muffins and mini quiches. Most recipes make 24 muffins, so get two 12 cup muffin pans.
Loaf Pan: Rectangular pan good for breads, such as banana bread, zucchini bread and cranberry bread. The loaf pan can also be used for meat loaf.
Pie Dish: Glass or ceramic dish can go from oven to table, for a bake and serve dish.
Cooling Rack. Metal rack that lets air circulate underneath it so cookies cook faster and more evenly. Get two cookie racks for when you make a batch or two of cookies.
Tart/Quiche Pans: Pans with removable bottoms to make impressive desserts.
Fluted Tube Pan: Formed pan makes an impressive looking cake or Jello mold.
Spring Form Pan: Metal pan with a buckle that opens the sides so the bottom can be removed and the cake can be released. Great for cheesecake and layer cakes.
Angel Food Cake Pan: Angel Food Cake needs its own pan that is not used for any other baked goods. The Angel food cake pan needs to be kept free of fats and oils to bake a perfect angel food cake. Round pan has high sides, and hole in the center and an removable bottom.
Pizza Pan or Pizza Stone: Pans have holes that circulate for even cooking and crispy crusts. Stones are heavy round forms that bake the pizza evenly.