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June 14, 2010

Baking Essentials

With so much baking going on The Purple Foodie, how could I not have a baking essentials list? A lot of people have asked me about “baking must-haves” and emailed me questions about the basics of baking, so I think I ought to give it some attention with this post. Here is a list of some essential baking equipment that will help you along the way…

Getting ready

Mixing bowls: Get yourself mixing bowls in various sizes. You could either get glass or stainless steel ones. Stainless steel bowls are a lot less cumbersome.

Measuring cups and spoons: Measuring cups and spoons are so convenient. Some measuring spoons even come with a “pinch” and “smidgen” measure so you don’t have to think too much. I use cups only when the recipes I’m using call for them. Otherwise, I prefer to use a weighing scale.

Kitchen scale: You can never go wrong when you use a weighing scale. Baking is an exacting science. Measuring perfectly is extremely important. For example: a cup of flour can weigh anyway between 120-150g. So if the recipe writer intended you to use 120g of flour and you used 150g, you’ve just increased the dry ingredients by 25% (whoopsy!)

Liquid measuring cup: I love my glass Pyrex jug to measure liquids. I’d love the OXO one though!

Oven thermometer: A lot can go wrong if your oven doesn’t heat to the temperature it’s indicating. To check on that, stick an oven thermometer in and know your over better.

Mixing, rolling and cutting

Flour sieve: Sifting flour is so important. A. you get foreign matter out of it and B. you evenly distribute the baking powder/baking soda into the flour so you don’t get hit by the nasty taste of baking powder clumped up together.

Mixer: You could either get a handheld electric mixer or, if you’re going to be doing a considerable amount of baking, the KitchenAid () is an excellent investment.

Silicone spatulas: Such a blessing! You don’t need to incessantly scrape the sides of your mixing bowls with a wooden spoon. With the silicone spatula, the sides will clear up with just a single scraping.

Balloon whisk: To whisk together dry ingredients and to whisk together the wet ingredients, and then to whisk both of them together. This is indispensable.

Rolling pin: To roll out dough for cookies and pies you will need a good rolling pin. When you buy one, make sure it fits well in your hand and at the same time isn’t too heavy. I currently adore my French rolling pin.

Ice cream scoop: For baking? Yes! Ice cream scoops are excellent for making cookies of uniform size.

Cookie cutters: Buy them in shapes and sizes you like to make butter cookies, linzer cookies or even cream biscuits!

Bake it!

Silpat: God’s gift to cookie lovers. Silpats make baking cookies easier than ever before. No cutting parchment to fit your baking pan. No greasing the baking paper. Nothing. Just lay your cookie dough on the magical carpet to bake your cookies without worrying about cleaning up later. Only drawback: they won’t quite give the bottom of the cookie a golden crust, if that’s what you’re looking for.

Parchment paper: I only discovered the goodness of parchment paper when I bought a roll on my trip to the US in 2009. Nothing sticks to it. Nothing! And I thought butter paper was good. Unlike greaseproof paper, parchment paper is reusable.

Pastry brush: You will need this for brushing your pie doughs and breads with eggwash.

Baking pans:

  • Cake pans: Invest in cake pans in 8 and 9 inch sizes. If you’re going to make multi layer cakes, you should buy two or three of the pans so they can all go into the oven at once instead of you going through the whole rigmarole of cleaning, lining, baking, cleaning, lining baking.. again and again.
  • Square pan (9 inch): excellent for making brownies!
  • Muffin pan: for muffins and cupcakes! And while you’re at it, get some cute cupcake liners as well!
  • Loaf pan: for bread loaves as well as cake loaves – I have two large and 6 mini loaf pans.
  • Pie/Tart pan: for making pies and tarts. A 9 inch pan is standard for most recipes. If you’d like mini desserts then get yourself some mini pans as well.
  • Springform pan: for cheesecakes! The removable bottom and detachable sides make hndling the delicate cheesecake such a breeze.
  • Bundt pan: for fancy looking coffee cakes.

Done baking?

Cooling rack: So very important! You need to let your baked goodies cool without the steam condensing and making it mushy.

Cake tester or bamboo skewers: To test if your cakes are done! This cute OXO grip cake tester is on my wishlist.

Dress it up

Offset spatula: This is one handy tool for spreading frosting on cakes or spreading batters evenly in pans.

Pastry bag and piping tips: A pastry pag is good not only for icing cakes, but also for piping dough into pans without getting too messy. As for the tips, a star tip is the easiest, most convenient tip to get you started.

Cake turn table: If you’re going to be decorating your cakes and making them look fancy-schmancy, a cake turntable is an excellent investment (else, imagine yourself circling your table to decorate your cake!). A heavy duty one is much better than the pretty, delicates ones.

Nifty tools

Microplane zester: I swear by this. Zesting lemons and oranges (and other citrus fruits) has never been easier. In fact, this is so sharp, I sometimes grate nutmeg and cinnamon on it. It’s totally worth the price. It’s also good t get some fresh minced garlic real quick.

Melon baller: For making cute little balls of fruit – more for aesthetics than anything else, really. This also doubles as an apple and pear corer.

Vegetable peeler: Your best friend when you need to peel lots of apples for apple pies!

Pastry wheel – fluted or regular: For cutting marshmallows to cutting pizzas to making a lattice crust for pies. You can use it for ravioli too!

Pastry blender: For cutting the cold butter into the flour when you make pies and tarts.

Bench scraper: Excellent to cut off pieces of dough as well as scrape off the dough stuck on the work surface.

I’ve put a heart against baking essentials I swear by. What are your favourites?

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90 Comments

  • Reply arundati June 14, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    good one stop guide for essentials shaheen…i think except the silpat, i have everything else… yes i get obsessive while shopping for kitchen supplies! :)

  • Reply Azzy Spazzy June 14, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    wow! this is such a good post. now you will have all kinds of people following you; from pros on one spectrum to a spaz like me on the other. kudos! :D

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  • Reply Disha June 14, 2010 at 7:44 PM

    Hey S!! Hav been meaning to post a comment since very long! First of all, LOVE the new website! It has such a clean chic look!
    N a lovely post! Very helpful for someone planning to take a leap into baking! Tk care!
    -xo Disha.

  • Reply PurpleFoodie June 14, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    Thank you so much Disha! I still have so much work to do! I’m torn between working on new posts and cleaning up the archives. Miss chatting with you!

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  • Reply Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective June 15, 2010 at 7:21 AM

    Great post! I’ve got most of this…a cake turn table would be nice!

  • Reply Apeksha June 15, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    That’s quite a handy list……great job!

    Have heard about the silpat before……but no idea where to get it in Delhi! Where do u get it in Bombay?

  • Reply The Purple Foodie June 15, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    Hi Apeksha! I haven’t seen Silpats in Bombay… I got mine from the US.

    • Reply Meenu June 13, 2011 at 10:10 AM

      Apeksha
      In mumbai you can check for silpats at Saria Steel near Crawford Market… ph no 022-22082314
      Speak to Ali (owns the store).

      Meenu

  • Reply Nimi June 15, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    hi
    this post is a rocking one…people like me who crave baking r gonna love this!

  • Reply Daniel June 16, 2010 at 1:47 AM

    I think the only one that I would add would be a large-ish soft, thick, horsehair brush for brushing flour off surfaces (as well as cameras!)

  • Reply The Purple Foodie June 16, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    I totally agree with you. Must add that! :)

  • Reply Vidya June 23, 2010 at 11:19 PM

    Some help with oven selection here in B’bay please Shaheen!
    Do microwave cum convection ovens work? Has anyone had any experience with them? Any brand suggestions?
    I had a look at a 42Lt one made by Panasonic and a Samsung 36 Lt one called Smart cook. I have only ever used a dedicated Electric oven so I would love some feedback from anyone who bakes regularly and has used one of these combined function ovens.
    Thanks!

    • Reply ss July 18, 2012 at 7:41 AM

      Plss some help on this…Im about to buy my first oven for baking and am totally confused..I want to usei t mainly to make cheesecakes..which oven should I get?

  • Reply Annoymous July 1, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    Nice post Shahheen, Would like to know if those plastic pastry bags are available in India.A few year back there wre cloth bags available at arife.Do they have plasic ones now?I suppose they are disposable.

  • Reply Miss Stovetop July 1, 2010 at 6:20 PM

    Where do you get your baking supplies from in Bombay Shaheen? Hopefully, I’ll be back in my favourite city next summer so will need to find out about all this :)

  • Reply Dan July 21, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    Yeah, I have the same problem as Vidya. I want to invest in a good oven, but my kitchen isn’t big enough to house both that and a microwave. So I was hoping there was a nice 2-in-1 available that I could buy. I do so want to start baking!

  • Reply Vidya July 22, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    Hey,

    Thank you for all this info! Your website is just wonderful….
    Can you tell me what kind of a micro wave I should have to start baking? I have a simple model, which I use only to heat food :)

  • Reply hungryformore July 23, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    Hi Shaheen,
    Am looking out for parchment paper, here in mumbai, the people at Arife, don’t even seem to have heard about it being sold here in mumbai, will appreciate any help! Thanks

    • Reply The Purple Foodie July 23, 2010 at 11:57 AM

      You can find it at Hypercity, Malad.

      • Reply hungryformore July 27, 2010 at 8:35 PM

        Hello Shaheen,
        Thought I should inform you, saw an ad in Mumbai Mirror for parchment paper-Here it is: Wrap-n-Bake..Amol Paper Mills Pvt. Ltd, ReadyMoney Terrace, 167, Dr Annie Beasant Road, Worli, Mumbai 400018. Tel Nos. 24970303/2299/3344. Their website is: http://www.amolpaper.com & website is: info@amolpaper.com.
        The best is they have a home delivery system, usually by the next morning. Packaging is in 2 sizes Home Pack (30cms widthX10 metres length) and a Catering Pack(45cms width X 75 metres length) The packing is very convenient like the aluminium foil packaging.
        Prices are also very economical!
        Cheers!

      • Reply meenu June 13, 2011 at 10:18 AM

        You cld also check at Saria Steel – they shld be getting some this month.

  • Reply kavi j August 14, 2010 at 10:35 AM

    do you get silicn cupcake moulds any where in mumbai

  • Reply hungryformore August 14, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    Try the OXO products at HomeStop at Shoppers stop etc, they have a wide variety of silicon products.

  • Reply Sandeep September 17, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    Hi,
    I went to Arife Bandra (since it is closer), and asked for a thermometer…the attendant got out a foot-long tube of glass similar to a normal thermometer! What i wanted was a needle insert type, which he said is available in digital only, which i don’t want. I want the analog one with the round dial. Any one knows where i can get such a piece in Bombay (Mumbai to please others :P) MORE IMPORTANTLY…I need a baking stone / pizza stone to make brown bread pizzas which im currently experimenting with, and which unfortunately remain quite soggy on the base. It may have something to do with my oven, but most pizza makers swear by their stone. (BG check: i only make brown bread items) Arife said ‘Stone? Yeh kya cheez hai?’. Shopper’s Stop Bandra said ‘We have Pizza cutters!’ (like i care… :P) Also looking for a pizza peel/paddle/shovel, to put the pizza on the stone once i get it. So please guide me with sourcing/buying:
    1) Instant Analog Thermometer (needle type)
    2) BAKING STONE / PIZZA STONE (+PIZZA PADDLE/PEEL/SHOVEL)

    Thanks!

    • Reply The Purple Foodie September 17, 2010 at 10:49 PM

      Hey Sandeep!

      had seen a baking stone ages ago at Lifestyle (6-8 yrs ago!) Back then I didn’t care for it. However, now I’m kicking myself for not having bought it. I went to local tile shop and none of them had it. They were stumped at my need to porus tiles when the’re so happily pitching the waterproof vitrified tiles. The pizza stone usually comes with a peel, even if it doesn’t, it shouldn’t be too hard to get one custom made.

      What the Arife guy gave you was probably a jam thermometer. What’s the aversion to a digital probe thermometer? I have one of those that I got from Ikea and it works like a dream. It even coverts to give me the functionality of a kitchen timer.

      If you do find a pizza stone, please, please, please, let me know. I want one so bad!

      Best,
      Shaheen

      • Reply Gopika May 4, 2011 at 11:03 AM

        Hey! I was at a cake making class last week, and the Chef suggested using a small piece of sandstone if you can’t find a pizza stone. If you try it, do post your feedback.

        Gopika

    • Reply TallIowegian November 24, 2011 at 6:51 AM

      Hei Sandeep,

      Pizza/baking stones tend to be expensive and fragile. 8X8″ unglazed quarry tiles, (which here are colored dull red), work just as well and should one break replacement is inexpensive. Just place them edge-to-edge either on a cookie sheet or directly on the oven rack. According to Alton Brown terra cotta also works, and indeed some folks bake bread in unglazed terra cotta flower pots. Any of these are susceptible to thermal shock ie they can break if the temperature changes too quickly. To be of any advantage they must be pre-heated before putting the dough on to bake. An inverted rimmed cookie sheet makes a serviceable peel – like a peel should be dusted with corn meal or flour so the dough slides off easilly onto the baking tiles.

      • Reply The Purple Foodie November 24, 2011 at 12:42 PM

        Great tips, thanks! I’ve wanted to try baking in flower pots but I was too afraid of it break in the oven and making the entire effort futile.

  • Reply Sandeep September 18, 2010 at 1:58 AM

    Hi Shaheen,

    Arife did not have a ready piece, and I had not really seen one yet (just did a Google image search :) ), so i was a bit skeptical. I’m a little averse to using digital cooking items because even though they may be more accurate, I think they are not as durable as analog items. But since your also using one and recommend it, I guess I buy it, but I hope Arife gives one comparable to your IKEA piece :)

    Regarding the pizza stone, I’m still searching around. Will let you know if I come across the real thing or something substitutable.

    Thanks,
    Sandeep

  • Reply Sandeep September 18, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Ok, i actually found a supplier for a Baking Stones / Pizza Stones material called Cordierite Stone. Its a global trail from the UK, to Tamil Nadu, which ends in Navi Mumbai.

    The companies are marketing it as firing kiln shelves, but I check up with all and they assure its totally food/baking safe. Its used in the UK for making baking stones anyways.

    Also we can get it in custom sizes and thickness!

    People wanting to source it in the south, specifically Chennai, and generally Tamil Nadu can get it from http://www.abref.in

    People from in and around Mumbai can get it from http://excelsiorceramic.com, which is not too far off, unless you never stepped beyond Peddar Road :P

    Guess the journey/search was fun too! Mission accomplished! Will be heading there soon!

  • Reply Fiona D'mello September 27, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    Hi Shaheen

    I love your blog! Everything looks so delicious! Do you conduct any cooking classes :) would be happy to enroll myself

  • Reply Renita Mascarenhas November 7, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Hie …just wanted to share a few things…got myself some baking tools (finally..after searching a lot)… this may help people (like me, hunting for stuff in Mumbai)
    1) Arife ( Crawford market) – Springform pan
    2) Cheap Jack (Bandra, Hill road) – Tart pan, tray for baking cup cakes, silicone cups for cup cakes, cookie cutters, plastic cylindrical tool for icing, silicone spatulas, measuring cups/spoons,etc..
    3) Andheri market dint help much, so its better to avoid rather than wasting time.
    Will soon check out Arife (Bandra).

    • Reply soumya November 29, 2010 at 7:36 PM

      Renita, if your frm Delhi, pls tell me wre i can get cup cake molds in Delhi

      thanks,
      soumya

      • Reply megha December 7, 2011 at 10:41 AM

        Renita,

        I just got some from Cheap Jack’s at Bandra.

    • Reply The Purple Foodie November 29, 2010 at 7:43 PM

      Hey Renita.. have a look at Baking in Bombay… all those places were already mentioned in it! I keep adding new places to the Google Map as well.. so that should help.

  • Reply Gopika December 29, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    Hi Shaheen

    This is a really great post. Thank you so much for it.
    The problem now, of course, is finding all this in Delhi. We seem to work very differently than Mumbai.

    @soumya a couple of messages above: I found the regular aluminium cupcakes molds in most kitchenware shops. Butter paper cupcake molds at INA (not very good to bake in). But if you are looking for Wilton quality, try CCDS in New Friend’s Colony. It’s by appointment only.

    • Reply Meenu May 4, 2011 at 12:05 AM

      @Gopika
      CCDS in New Friends Colony – can you expand on what CCDS is?
      A google search throws up Cafe Coffee Day…
      Tks a bunch!
      Meenu

      • Reply Gopika May 4, 2011 at 11:01 AM

        CCDS is Culinary and Cake Decoration School. They have most Wilton stuff, even silpats and fondant tools. The shop in INA has the stuff too, but not as good quality. Hope that helps!

        • Reply Meenu May 4, 2011 at 11:09 AM

          Thanks Gopika..didn know such a place existed and am I glad you responded! Will call CCDS and go over…I just saw their Facebook page?

          Which is the place in INA? Good to keep addresses handy.

          Can we connect offline sometime …
          my email ID is meenu.iyer@gmail.com.
          Am on Facebook as Meenu Iyer

          Tc!

  • Reply kapil January 10, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    can any1 plz gve me the contact no of any shop in mumbai,delhi,ahemdabad which can sell me baking paper roll. any feedback vll b sincerely appreciated

  • Reply Smitha January 26, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Hi Shaheen…I am new to baking and I found your site and all your tips really helpful…I am on my way to crawford market to get as much as baking stuff I can catch hold of. Your site is awesome and really helpful for amateurs like me in baking. Thanks a lot for all the great tips.

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  • Reply madhushrree March 31, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    A picture of all the essential bakeware would have been of great help !!

    • Reply The Purple Foodie March 31, 2011 at 8:14 PM

      You can click on the links to have a look at the products on Amazon.

      • Reply Deepa Malini Devi May 21, 2011 at 9:30 PM

        Hi Shaheen,
        I love your site and am going to try out your recipes,but with gluten-free flour as I am gluten/dairy intolerant. Thanks for the tips on bakeware. While I have most of the basic bakeware, I have to pick up stuff like the dough mixer.
        Does Amazon ship Kitchenaid mixers too ? Have just picked up a bun tray from amazon UK,but not sure if they ship heavier stuff.
        Where can I pick up Kitchenaid electrical mixer in Bangalore or Chennai ?

        • Reply Meenu May 22, 2011 at 1:14 AM

          hi Deepa!
          CCDS in Delhi (Culinary and Cake Decorating School) imports the Kitchen Aid mixer – factory fitted for Indian 220 Volts . You can look them up on the net. Lemme know if you’d like their email ID and contact number.
          -meenu

          • Deepa Malini Devi June 12, 2011 at 10:13 PM

            Hi ,
            Thanks, I would like to have the email id and contact numbers of CCDS in Delhi.
            Deepa

          • Meenu June 13, 2011 at 10:14 AM

            Deepa
            Here are the details for CCDS:

            ph no: 011-46323679
            Contact: Rita / Kandy
            email: info@nowletslearn.com

            tc
            meenu

          • Hester December 12, 2011 at 11:40 AM

            A perfect reply! Thanks for tnkaig the trouble.

  • Reply Veera Mistry April 11, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Just got your link from a friend who’s a die-hard fan.. I’m a complete amateur cook/baker (mostly cause I make such a mess while making anything, that it scares me off for a few months at a time!)
    Love what I’ve read so far! I wanted to try out your zuccini and onion tarts but dont have a tart pan and dont know where Arife is in Bandra.. Can you please help!
    Also was looking to get a good oven for my new house.. Any suggestions? People say the oven-cum-microwaves are good but Im not completely sold on them.. Help and Thanks!

    • Reply The Purple Foodie April 11, 2011 at 4:54 PM

      Hey Veera, Thanks for stopping by. :) Arife in Bandra is diagonally opposite shoppers stop. If you go to http://purplefoodie.com/baking-in-bombay/ and scroll down, you will see a Google map with the exact address pinned on it. That should help. The cheapest option is an OTG. I have a Nova OTG for over 6 years and it’s been doing a fantastic job. If you want to invest in the prettier, larger ovens then you should have a look at the Siemens.

  • Reply Meenal April 29, 2011 at 2:16 AM

    Hey Shaheen

    Want to know where i’ll get the callebuts in Mumbai that you always talk about ? Can you please help ?

    Plus do you also get white chocolate chips somewhere ?

    Thanks

  • Reply Seema June 7, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Hi, I just loved it. the list is so perfect. Just a quick query about the kitchen small gadgets like Grater/Zester, Pastry brush, Pastry wheel, Pastry blender, Bench scraper etc do we get these in Bombay any stores?
    Regards,
    Seema

  • Reply Vidhya June 29, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Hi Shaheen,

    I am from Bangalore, but am coming for a small holiday to Mumbai in September, so was checking out if I can find some places where I can buy some baking supplies, and I must say your blog really really helped me out. Could you also help me out with one more thing. I wanted to know if there is any place where I can buy candy thermometers, the kind we can insert in sugar syrups while making candies? Hope somebody can help me out here………. Thanks in advance

  • Reply Vidhya June 29, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Hi Shaheen,
    Hi Shaheen,

    I am from Bangalore, but am coming for a small holiday to Mumbai in September, so was checking out if I can find some places where I can buy some baking supplies, and I must say your blog really really helped me out. Could you also help me out with one more thing. I wanted to know if there is any place where I can buy candy thermometers, the kind we can insert in sugar syrups while making candies? Hope somebody can help me out here………. Thanks for the help in advance

    • Reply Medha August 27, 2011 at 3:27 PM

      Hey i just found out a place to buy candy and cooking thermometers in mumbai. Their website is http://www.servesafe.in, and the owner Mr Hemal Dewda(phone numbers: 022 27666033 / 27664080, 9820075120) is a very helpful person. He guides you well on various uses of different thermometers. There is a vast variety to choose from. The office is located in vashi, navi mumbai, but they do give home delivery as well.

      • Reply vidhya August 28, 2011 at 9:25 AM

        Thanks a ton medha for your help…… i really have been searching for this one desperately

  • Reply Papiya July 17, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Hi shaheen!!
    Firstly congrats!! You have a very well made blog and the effort you have put into it is amazing. I loved all teh recipies you shared.

    Could you suggest a good kitchen oven i can buy?

    Best,
    Papiya

  • Reply Puja July 22, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    HI..

    Just love ur blog….makes me wanna don my baking apron n mitts again..:)
    are ya conducting any classes this month….would really like to join one,….speacially intrested in making cheesecakes..i absolutely adore them..

  • Reply madhushrree August 3, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    hey make of a good waffle iron ? anything Indian ? need for commercial use.
    thanks for help.

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  • Reply Anupriya October 8, 2011 at 11:33 PM

    hey..does anyone have any idea where i could get parchment paper in kolkata?? if u do then pls pls pls pls let me know.. :)

  • Reply deli October 18, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Hey ..Would you know where I can get unflavoured gelatin in Mumbai and vanilla extract? I get vanilla essence every where!

  • Reply Amar January 27, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Any idea how to bake cake in Microwave. I got Godrej Microwave and it has convection. But I am always unable to bake it right. I always pre-heat and bake at 170 degrees C. The top layer of the cake get cooked where as the inner portion is still uncooked. When I bake untill the inner part is cooked, the upper layer get almost burnt. I just want to know what is the problem. My proportion of Ingredients are :
    4 Eggs (200 gms),
    Maida / Wheat Flour – 200 gms.
    200 gms – Sugar
    200 gms butter
    1 tblsp – Baking powder.
    1 tblsp. – Vanilla Essence
    if the batter is thick, I add little milk
    Need your help plz.
    Thanks
    Amar

  • Reply hansu pardiwala April 3, 2012 at 6:55 AM

    hi! could you please give me the address of the Modern Stores you have mentioned….

    thanks

  • Reply palak April 17, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    can anyone tell me a replacer for egg? :(

  • Reply Shibani April 29, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Hi, your article has helped me tons with my cooking experience n so I would like to know where I can purchase a box of valrhona chocolate from and also would like to bring to your attention that your link above stating how we can prepare vanilla extract isnt available anymore. Please do post it again.
    Thank you :)

  • Reply Amar May 2, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Where can I find different size of eggs in Mumbai. In some recipes, they mention large eggs for making cakes

  • Reply Divya May 24, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    hey shaheen!!! just came across your blog while looking for ice cream maker reccomendations…and fell in love with your writing! i live in south bombay and was always envious of people who lived in the suburbs cause of their proximity to hypercity, foodhall etc. had no idea crawford market was such a treasure house! though it began and ended at arife!
    learning so much from each section on “purple foodie”. am a nigella lawson wannabe…i hunt out and pounce on anything that vaguely resembles her kitchen equipment (food mixer, french whisk, pepper grinder etc.).
    just bought a kenwood patissiere and am looking for recipes that use it and not the other way round.
    lovin’ it……..stay purple!

  • Reply Lee June 7, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Love, love, love your blog!

    I’ve just moved to Mumbai from the US and I’m yet to find a nice oven! I was wondering what brand/model of oven would you use in India?

    Also, I was told that maida is a good enough option for good ol’ all purpose flour. Is it?

    Did I say that I love your blog!

  • Reply Sandhya June 8, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    Hey,
    Came across your blog when I was googling for Arife’s store,
    brilliant blog actually helps all the first time bakers like me to find things and
    must haves.
    I am currently struggling with which oven to buy, everyone is talking about convection ovens here. Can you please help me with which brand to buy and is convection good or should I stick to a regular oven.

    Thanks a ton!

  • Reply Salomi July 12, 2012 at 6:45 AM

    I just started baking a couple of weeks ago, and made my first batch of bread rolls yesterday..super proud! Came across your website while trying to find fresh yeast in Mumbai…and I have to say that I completely love your website! The baking essentials and where to find ingredients in Mumbai is so useful to newtimers like me!

    Keep up the great work! <3 it!

    Salomi

  • Reply rd August 2, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    hey i had one question…i have a small otg dat ive been using…its been great..but now i need a bigger one as ive started baking a lot…which one do u think is the best for baking cakes..i read a lot but cudnt get a conclusive answer…otg or convection ..gas or electric…will be waiting for your reply..thnx anyways…i have ur site bookmarked…its jst amazing speciaaly this…i used to go mad trying to figure out where to get stuff in bombay..bt now i can get jst abt anything..thanks

  • Reply vanessa dsouza August 23, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Enjoyed reading your blog. Where can I get ramekins in Mumbai? I bought a blow torch for creme brulee and now can’t find ramekins!! I tried baking it in a large dish, but the sides set while the center is soft!

  • Reply Liji October 1, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Hi shaheen,

    I have recently relocated to navi mumbai and been looking to buy piping bags with tips. I wanted to try making the churros….but been unable to find a decent store. Could you help/ guide?

    • Reply medha October 2, 2012 at 7:12 AM

      hey Liji, there are two shops in navi mumbai selling all baking related stuff…. there is Arife in raghuleela mall vashi (1st floor) and Heera Mani in APMC vashi. Both stores are good…but for better quality stuff i go to heeramani

      • Reply Shaheen October 2, 2012 at 7:16 AM

        You are fast! :) Thanks for helping out the local community.

  • Reply Shaheen October 2, 2012 at 6:53 AM

    Hi Liji, Sorry I can’t help with this but try posting a comment on the Baking in Bombay page and I’m sure somebody will help you out.

  • Reply Anita Bangera March 16, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Hi Shaheen,

    I’m Anita from Bombay. Your blog is extremely resourceful! I’m excited to share your blog link on my blog! I’m sure it will really help my fellow bloggers and friends!

    Regards,
    Anita Bangera

  • Reply Snehal Saraiya March 19, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    I have called for ‘Wilton Recipe Right 24 Cup Mini Muffin Pan’ and ‘Wilton Recipe Right Nonstick 12-Cup Regular Muffin Pan’ from Amazon. I have 18 litre Morphy Richards OTG just wondering if the pan will fit in my oven.

  • Reply ProductPhotography June 13, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Baking is one of my favourite hobbies, and I even enjoy doing it together with my family. Moreover, the pointers given are indeed meritable.

  • Reply nidhi September 9, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Hey sorry to put up such a lame question but is Microwave oven suitable for baking or one needs an Oven only…thought you would be the best person to know this with your experience..
    Thanx

    • Reply Nilesh February 6, 2014 at 6:49 AM

      Microwave Oven with baking capabilities is not suitable for intense baking needs.
      1) Space constraints
      2) Low grilling Wattage (Microwave + Grill = 1000W maximum I have seen) Panasonic Brand
      OTG grilling Wattage (Grill) = 2000W So the difference Quicker baking. Better results

      I was in the same deli ma as you are. I ultimately brought an OTG and have a seperate microwave.

  • Reply Anderson Philips September 10, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    wonderful that list is very much helpful to me

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