Baking and pastry-making intimidate many an accomplished cook, but great tools can eliminate many of the pitfalls and instantly improve your results. These gadgets, plates and pans have made our apple pies, tarts and cakes, tenderer, crisper, quicker, and more beautiful.
1. An ergo apple corer
We were glad we had OXO’s apple corer while testing the tarte Tatin recipe. It calls for cored apple halves, and this tool removes the core and ends in one swift motion. Serrations at the end make it easy to plunge the tool into the apple, and the soft rubber grip prevents slippage when your hands are slick with apple juice. The drawback is that you have to be good at guessing exactly where the core lies. If your aim is off, you’ll have to do a little core clean-up once you cut the apple in half.
OXO Good Grips apple corer, $6.50 at Cooking.com.