Saturday, 28 April 2012

My Baking Cupboard


The lovely Jo at What Do You Make of My Cake had a fantastic idea this week. She decided that, as fashion blogs are always full of 'inside my wardrobe' posts, that baking addicts may well be interested in an 'inside my baking cupboard' post. I have to say, that as I frequently indulge in a bit of what I call ' Kitchen P*rn (c'mon, please! I meant compulsive purchasing of 'Beautiful Kitchens' magazine and regular reading of other kitchenware catalogues such as Lakeland), my nosiness in terms of Other People's Kitchens sadly knows no bounds. It's the ideas it generates, you see, in terms of decor and equipment for the room that is, for me, very much the heart of the home. I get a warm, fuzzy feeling when I see a kitchen that is lovely, but more importantly, clearly loved and used well by its owner.


Aaanyways, I don't know if you're interested, so I hope this won't bore you, but in case you are as obsessed (and nosy) as I am, I thought you might like a peek at my kitchen and baking cupboard. The kitchen has been recently fitted - in March - so I am very lucky to have been in the position to decide what I wanted (to a certain extent), and where, in terms of cabinets. We are limited a bit though, by the size and a gallery style layout (so my dreams of a big American style kitchen, complete with mahoosive island unit will have to wait).

One thing I knew I wanted when we designed the kitchen, was to incorporate a specific area for my baking kit. I use large acrylic tubs for my flours (inspired by watching too much Barefoot Contessa), and I'm a great Kilner jar fan, but I was absolutely fed up of having to take things out of cupboards to find the stuff at the back. Having had pan drawers for saucepans in my old kitchen, I decided these were the way to go. Consequently, we had some additional pan drawers put in so I could use them for my baking kit.

The top one I use for odds 'n' ends - cling film, foil, baking papers (I tend to get pre-cut packets from Lakeland for cake tins etc in different diameters), baking beans, rolling pin etc.


The middle drawer I use for flours, sugars, baking chips etc. I love the way I can just pull the drawer out and lift the container I need.


I use the bottom drawer for my mixing bowls, jugs, sieves, hand-mixer, and other items.


I use one smaller drawer for things like spatulas, brushes, etc.


I have one area of a tall larder unit that I use for some of the other baking kit, such as piping kit, sugarcraft items, cupcake cases, cookie cutters, food colourings and paints, sprinkles etc. (I somehow have managed to accumulate a lot of these *mumbled in an embarrassed tone*). I keep these little, fiddly items in plastic containers.


I keep some of the smaller baking ingredients in another wall cupboard. This includes things like baking powder and soda, extracts, dried fruit, nuts, cocoa and my all-important chocolate stash.


I have one other cupboard that I use for baking trays and cake tins. Finally, here's my beloved Kitchen Aid, which is now 9 years old and counting ...


I haven't gone to the extreme of actually naming it (although when the thought has crossed my mind whether I should, 'Barney' seems a possibility - goodness knows why), but it has provided so many hours of enjoyment and resulting eating pleasure, that I love it to bits. It's sadly started to show signs of the dreaded breakdown of the grease in the head (and consequent seepage), so I suppose at some point I should get it serviced. But for now, it keeps on doing what it does best.

Anyway, I hope you've enjoyed this little peek into my world. I've linked this post back to Jo's original one, so that you can check out her cupboard. So, now the question. What do you keep in yours?

Susie

16 comments:

  1. oh crikey you've made me feel really guilty for having such messy cupboards ;-) xxxx
    http://honeysmummy.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I guess I also just benefit from having to have had a massive clear out while the work Watson. Just gave me the chance to get really organised :)

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  2. Wow your new Kitchen is lovely! I think it's a great idea to have all your flours labelled in jars in that drawer! and I'm a definite fan of anyone who has fluff and Reese's peanut butter cups in their baking cupboard! I wrote a whole page about my baking cupboard a few weeks back on my blog home page about baking cupboards if you want to check it out!

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    1. Thanks Gem, Reeses's and Fluff are fairly recent discoveries and I've yet to try the Fluff out in anything. I will check out your blog thanks - it's on my reading list already but I must have missed that post :) x

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    2. Well if you want to try out your fluff I can recommend making the s'mores bars I baked recently, they are the most delicious thing I have baked all year (and I bake alot!) the baking cupboard bit is a page on my blog which might be why you missed it, you can find it here: http://cupcakecrazygem.blogspot.co.uk/p/baking-cupboard.html

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    3. Thanks Gem. I did find the page now - ww your cupboard looks amazing and I'm envious of your American ingredients, lol! Love it! I did try leaving a comment but my computer went on a mad half hour and I don't think it logged. Anyway, thanks for the s'mores bars recommendation - I'll definitely give them a go! :)

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  3. Great post Susie! I enjoyed nosying round your lovely new kitchen. I love your big drawer of Kilner jars and the little drawer of spatulas. I want to buy more spatulas now as I only have one!

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    1. Thanks Jo! I love the silicone spatulas - you can get them in so many colours! :)

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  4. Your kitchen is so organised...I think I'd be a little embarrased to post my kitchen...it is smaller than Rachel Khoo's little Paris kitchen though, so I have an excuse! I dream that one day I will be as organised as you and Jo!! :-)

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    1. Thanks Laura - I was super-organised on this occasion as I'd had a massive clear out (*whimpers*) as I needed to get rid of some kitchen kit I just wasn't using - my local charity shop did very well out of me :( But it gave me the opportunity to redo everything. Give me another few months and I suspect it will look slightly different! :)

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  5. You kitchen it lovely! Using pan drawers for jars and containers is such a great idea - I currently do that back of the cupboard 'oh I didn't know I had this' thing on a regular basis (except when it involves chocolate - that never gets lost at the back of the cupboard!).

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    1. Yes - the drawers are fab! I have a bad back and so those, combined with moving to an electric eye level oven (which I did some time ago - just re-used it in this kitchen) have made life so much easier! :)

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  6. What a lovely - and organised - kitchen. Mine is feeling quite messy in comparison!

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    1. Thanks CC. I was having a good day though - you should see it after a mad baking session! :)

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  7. What a lovely kitchen!! So much space and so organised! I'm so envious! I'm definitely too embarassed to share mine which is tiny and super messy! I must follow in yours and Jo's footsteps and be more organised!

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    1. Thanks Ros! I find I have to be super- organised or I'd probably never get around to doing anything - it'd be too much hassle having to find things I need :)

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