The BBC’s Crème de la Crème edition of The Great British Bake Off has swapped amateur bakers for professional pastry chefs, but has it inspired you to try some of the advanced techniques on display and re-create the elaborate pastries and bakes at home?
If so, here are five professional-style kitchen gadgets that could help you up your baking game.
Kenwood Chef Sense KVC5000T, £400
Any serious (or seriously aspiring) baker will need a stand mixer, and a good one will take the hard work out of mixing, whisking and kneading.
Kenwood’s Chef Sense stand mixer comes with useful design features – the wide brim on the mixing bowl plus an extra wide feed chute in the splash guard can help minimise mess – and there are a plethora of extra attachments available to help you do even more. It’s not cheap though, and we have uncovered Best Buys at around half the price.
Are you just paying for the brand name, or is there a reason Kenwood is a popular choice? Find out in our full Kenwood Chef Sense KVC5000T review.
We’ve also reviewed the rival KitchenAid Artisan mixer, and models from Bosch and Tefal. You can compare by heading to all of our stand mixer reviews.
Sage Kitchen Wizz Pro BFP800UK, £340
A food processor is an essential piece of kit for precision chopping, slicing, grating and blending.
This one claims to go above and beyond – given that it’s endorsed by Heston Blumenthal, carries a hefty price tag, and is dubbed the ‘Wizz Pro,’ you’d expect it to.
It is powerful, heavy-duty and has an extra-wide feed chute as well as an array of accessories including a dough blade, reversible grating discs and an adjustable slicing disc.
Thermomix TM5, £925
The Thermomix inspires cult-like devotion in many, and it makes regular appearances on TV shows like Masterchef. So what’s the appeal of this expensive kitchen machine?
It’s an all-in-one machine that can weigh, prep and cook food at the touch of a button, and comes with an exciting repertoire of recipes – from dough to sorbet – plus a high-tech control panel to oversee all of this.
We were intrigued to see if the Thermomix really is a kitchen saviour, or if it’s a bit of an over-indulgence, so we sent it home with one of our experts who gave us her first impressions.
Find out whether we’re Thermomix converts in our Thermomix first look review.
Neff B57CR22NOB pyro steam oven, £667
For a perfect bake, you need an excellent oven. Neff ovens are often featured on Bake Off, probably partially because they look slick with their slide-under doors – but they also come with impressive features to pique the interest of keen bakers.
This one has a steam cooking function, to help you get the perfect golden bread crust or crisp pastries, and pyrolytic self-cleaning so you don’t have to worry about cleaning up afterwards.
Rangemaster Professional Plus 110, £1779
If you’re taking things to the next level, a range cooker will give you plenty of space to go all out with your baking.
The Rangemaster Professional Plus 110 has two roomy ovens so you can get a large batch of biscuits on the go at once, as well as plenty of hob space for whipping up perfect sauces, custards and ganaches.