National Bake for Family Fun Month, celebrated throughout February, gives us the excuse to get in the kitchen to bake cakes, biscuits or any treat of your choice. A great way to involve children in the kitchen, baking can be adapted to suit all ages and abilities. From a simple flapjack to a complex tiered cake, there’s an option for everyone.
For keen bakers, a customised kitchen means you will have utensils to hand, easy access to tins and trays and space for warming, cooling and refrigerating. With innovative design, your kitchen can become a baking haven. In this blog, our Lead Designer and Co-owner, Will Lyne, shares his top tips for designing the baker’s kitchen of your dreams.
- Include a space where you can wire in a TV, desktop or laptop computer or display an iPad. With lots of recipes and how-to videos online, having tech to hand is convenient.
- A kitchen island creates a dedicated working space. Avoid including a sink or adding appliances – instead, keep a clear space to use for icing cakes or kneading dough.
- Choose worktop heights to suit you. Custom countertops ensure you are comfortable whether you are standing and kneading or sitting down to ice cakes or cookies.
- Marble and granite worktops keep pastry cool. If you do not want to use them for your entire worktop, incorporate a smaller section of this material to be used for baking. Quartz countertops are baker-friendly too and can accommodate rolling, cutting and direct heat.
- If you have the space and budget, wall-mounted double ovens are great for bakers. Convection ovens work with fans that recirculate heat, resulting in even bakes.
- Useful for proving dough, heating plates or defrosting delicate food, warming drawers are a versatile addition to your kitchen. Choose a drawer with integrated vacuum options so you can remove oxygen from storage bags and keep ingredients fresher for longer.
- A food mixer is essential in any baker’s kitchen. Keep it on the worktop so it is accessible and hang additional fittings on hooks or keep in a nearby drawer.
- An extra-wide fridge where you can alter the shelving will provide much-needed space for storing large bakes.
- Make sure you include plenty of electric sockets around your kitchen, near your workspace. You will be able to use your appliances wherever you prefer, without trailing wires.
- Keeping worktops clear is imperative. Combine display and practicality, opting for open shelving with glass decanters for ingredients.
- A traditional or Butler design pantry is perfect for a baker’s kitchen. With ample shelving space for storing baking ingredients, crockery and appliances, a pantry is practical as well as stylish.
- Elevate your drawer storage with intelligent design features – adding a roll-out section to house cookie cutters and measuring spoons or upright tray storage means your drawers are organised and easy to use.
- Invest in a built-in step stool or ladder so tall upper cabinets can be reached easily and safely.
For expert advice on how to plan a kitchen tailored to your needs, message us or call us on 01926 832511.