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    Apr 5, 2020

    19 Products From Sous Chef To Help You Seriously Up Your Baking Game

    Including everything from a DIY churro mix to a stunning proving basket.

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    1. Even if you set to your oven to a certain temperature, several factors mean the internal heat might actually fluctuate. This oven thermometer will give you the accuracy you need to get the best out of your bakes!

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    The stainless steel material can withstand and accurately display temperatures of up to 300°C. It's especially useful for delicate bakes, like meringues!

    Price: £3.99.

    2. This Callebaut milk cooking chocolate will deliver a rich flavour and a clean snap.

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    Made in Belgium, this incredible chocolate is pre-tempered for that perfect snap and contains the ideal fat content for cooking. It's designed to be moulded, drizzled, coated and dipped in the most delicious and low-stress way possible!

    Price: £5.50 for 400g.

    3. Make a loaf that Paul Hollywood would approve of with this traditional proving basket.

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    Just dust this basket with flour and leave your loaf to do its final prove in there – the dough will take on a pretty spiral pattern! The surface of the baking basket wicks moisture away from the surface of your loaf, too, which might help to form a better crust. As soon as your loaf has finished proving in the basket, you can just tip it out onto a floured baking tray for professional-looking bread.

    Price: £9.95.

    4. If you want to make your own tortillas, gorditas, or tamales at home, this masa harina corn flour is the way to go.

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    Masa harina is a corn flour that's been through a process called nixtamalization, which means it's been soaked in limewater. You can use this stuff to make arepas, tortillas, and more, and you can also mix it with guar gum or xanthan gum to make a gluten-free dough.

    Price: £4.25 for 1kg.

    5. Make perfect bakes every time no matter what recipe you're using with this measuring spoon set.

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    Measurements range from 2.5ml to 15ml, so you'll be able to get your proportions down *exactly* in an incredibly easy way.

    Price: £3.99.

    6. This loose-bottom flan tin is easy to clean, and it comes in three different sizes depending on the size of tart you want to make.

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    The fluted edges will add a gorgeous finish to your tarts and flans, and the removable bottom means getting your bake out will be as easy as cleaning this tin. It's made from aluminium, which is actually a better (and more even) heat conductor than stainless steel – plus, the more you use this tray, the stronger its non-stick qualities become. It comes in sizes that will serve two, eight, and 12 people!

    Price: £3.95 for a 12cm two-person tray.

    7. This angled measuring jug lets you see what's in there at a glance, so you won't have to crouch down to get a level reading (yesss).

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    Aside from being incredibly useful, this jug is BPA-free and dishwasher-safe, too. It shows measurements in both millilitres and UK fluid ounces, so you'll be able to use it for a variety of recipes. Plus, its narrow spout helps to prevent spills and dribbles!

    Price: £7.00.

    8. Whether you're making a seed-free jam or your own cheese, this muslin square is a must-have for finely straining your cooking.

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    It's filled with tiny holes that are way finer than those you might find in, say, a colander, and unlike a regular strainer, you can squeeze this material to help you really get the most moisture out of your food. It's made from natural materials that won't affect the taste or smell of your food, and it can be washed and reused pretty much endlessly!

    Price: £4.25 for a 93x100cm cloth.

    9. These ceramic baking beads are the perfect way to prevent the dreaded soggy bottom on your pies and tarts.

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    Place them on top of a sheet of greaseproof paper over your pastry when you blind bake it for a crisp, firm base! These beads distribute heat really evenly, so your pastry won't be partly browned and partly undercooked. They can be reused endlessly, too.

    Price: £7.75 for 700g.

    10. Learn how to make your own sourdough with this informative recipe book.

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    Learn how to make everything from a sourdough loaf to sourdough bales and pretzels with this incredible cookbook, which might just surprise you with the simplicity and effectiveness of its recipes.

    Price: £19.99.

    11. This superfine tool is perfect for grating nutmeg, and it'll basically puree any garlic or ginger you run through it too.

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    It's got a thumb-friendly handle on the top for an easy grip, and the extra-sharp grating holes will really finely grate those hard-to-cut ingredients.

    Price: £3.99.

    12. Save money and reduce your waste with this non-stick cake tin liner that can be reused up to 200(!!!) times.

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    Freezer-friendly and reusable, this useful tool can withstand temperatures of up to 260°C. Because it's so thin, this liner won't affect the heat distribution inside your tin! Just hand-wash it between uses (make sure not to use a scourer or abrasive sponges) and it's good to go again for up to 200 uses.

    Price: £5.95 for a 26cm diameter liner.

    13. Give your bakes the wow factor with this freeze-dried raspberry powder.

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    Just a little of this intense, vibrant powder goes a long way! With its gorgeous bright colour and powerful flavour, it's an ideal way to add a fruity taste to your bakes without affecting their moisture content (which happens when you add fresh berries, and can really affect how well your food cooks).

    Price: £6.50 for 50g.

    14. Make your own Easter eggs at home with these diamond-pattern moulds.

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    Pour melted chocolate inside the moulds, slowly turn them so that the chocolate is evenly distributed, wipe the excess chocolate away with a spatula, and then wait for the chocolate to cool. Once the two halves have hardened, remove them from the mould, gently heat up the edges of both sides and stick them together (at this point you can fill your egg with your favourite chocolates, or even chuck in a little note it you're gifting the egg to somebody else!). This pack makes two full-size Easter eggs or four half shells!

    Price: £17.50.

    15. If you're feeling EXTRA extra, these sheets of edible gold will definitely add some bling to your bakes.

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    Thin enough to add some glam to your bakes without affecting their taste, these sheets look incredible against dark chocolate – just make sure they don't come into contact with water when you're applying them.

    Price: £11.50 for five 8x8cm sheets.

    16. You'll just need to add water to this churro mix to make your own Spanish-style doughnuts.

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    There are instructions in this box that tell you how to make your own churros two ways (just pick your fave option and follow the easy steps). Each box makes an incredible 36 churros!

    Price: £2.95.

    17. This countertop dustpan and brush set can stand upright on your countertops for easy storage, and it's the perfect way to keep your countertops flour-free when you bake too.

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    Clean your surfaces as you go with this incredible set, set which won't standout on your countertops. It will also decrease your chances of spilling crumbs from your dustpan on your way to the bin thanks to the full-cover shape of the collection bucket.

    Price: £7.00.

    18. This lil' pastry brush is perfect for glazing your bakes with jam, milk, eggs, marmalade, and more.

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    Small and nifty, this brush is a great way to add a crisp, flavour-enhancing glaze to your bakes in the most even way possible. It's got a hard-wearing beech handle and flexible-but-firm bristles.

    Price: £3.00.

    19. Whip up the perfect sponge with this 20cm non-stick round cake tin.

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    It's made with iron for even heat distribution, and the non-stick lining means removing your bakes will be (I'm so sorry) a piece of cake. Just make sure to hand-wash this tin between uses with a non-abrasive sponge!

    Price: £4.50