To start making bread, you need a work surface, a container for raising the dough, a kitchen scale, a room thermometer, and an oven. The other tools listed below will make your life easier, but you can do without them.
Here’s a full list of items you may find useful:
- Large cutting board (so-called pastry or kneading board).
- 5–7 L plastic bowl.
- Baker’s knife, butcher’s knife or large kitchen knife.
- Razor or scalpel.
- Small colander or strainer.
- Kitchen scale.
- Two baskets, preferably oblong, some 25–28 cm long and 7–10 cm tall
- Two tea towels for lining the baskets.
- Two large plastic bags.
- Rectangular pizza stone, the largest you can fit in your oven. (If you don’t have one, you can use an appropriately sized marble slab or a few firebricks.)
- Room thermometer.
- Pizza peel. (A flat cookie sheet or flat, temperature-resistant tray could be used instead.)
- Electric blanket.
- Powerful water spray bottle.
- High-power mixer, with a bowl that holds at least 5 L. The Electrolux Assistent Bread Mixer is the best I’ve used; it has a special bread-folding attachment that works the dough gently.