The Home Baker – Best Countertop Surfaces

by Rachel Laurendeau on May 14, 2013

Chocolate rapsberry tarts. Blueberry pie. Apple strudel. Strawberry rhubarb Danishes. Cream puffs with peach preserves. As we head into the warm summer months, I start looking forward to the seasonal harvests and all the fresh fruit that will abound. And of course, I also look forward to all of the baking that can be done with these seasonal treasures.

If you love to bake, you have no doubt dreamed of remodeling your kitchen into the perfect baking haven. But what does that look like? The wish list will be slightly different for each of us but should include:

• A large work surface for rolling out dough either in the form of a large kitchen island or a long countertop.

• A work surface that is at a suitable height for the baker. All the rolling and kneading can be hard on the shoulders and neck if your counter is too high or too low. Forget the “standard” height and have you kitchen remodeler custom design an island or baking center that suits you perfectly.

• A countertop surface that can withstand regular use, is easy to clean, and on which it is easy to roll out pastry. Sounds like a tall order, doesn’t it? Marble has long been the baker’s surface of choice but it can scratch so you need to be careful with your cookie cutters. Manufactured quartz products such as the beautiful options from Silestone are an excellent choice since they are stain-resistant, scratch-resistant and scorch-resistant.

Keeping the needs of the home baker or home chef in mind during your kitchen remodeling is the best route to a successful home improvement that you will be happy with for a lifetime.

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