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Equipment Needed for the Test Bakery

Equipment Needed for the Test Bakery

If a baker wants to develop new products and to successfully modify formulations as ingredient costs alter, to check and develop the manufacturing processes he or she should have a well-equipped laboratory and test bakery.


The equipment

1.Two mixers are included to produce all types of biscuit and cracker doughs, soft cookie doughs, batters for cakes and creams.

2. A dough sheeter is used to sheet the dough to the required thickness for cutting. Cutting and moulding are carried out using hand cutters and moulds. A wire-cut depositor can be added for deposited cookies.

3. Baking is on a deck oven. Two decks are required, one with a standard crown height and heating, the second has a low crown height and additional power for baking crackers.

4. The facility will ensure that the bakery can produce and develop all types of product. It is an ideal facility for developing texture, shape, appearance, flavour prior to trials on a larger baking line.

Specification of the equipment for the test bakery

1. Platform scales

For the weighing of main ingredients, flour, etc.

Platform scales from Brecknell
FIG 1 Platform scales from Brecknell

WS 300 light capacity platform scales.

2. Digital scales for small ingredients

For the accurate weighment of small ingredients.

FIG 2 MBS scales from Brecknell

Accuracy– Within ±3 divisions at full load. Readability to 1mg.

Capacity– 6 kg.

3. Ingredient screener

SM EASILIFT check screener for powder and ingredients from containers or sacks from Farleygreene, UK. 

FIG 3  SM EASILIFT check screener for powder and ingredients from containers or sacks from Farleygreene, UK. 


4.  Hobart Mixer

Hobart Countertop mixer

FIG 4 Hobart Countertop mixer

Suitable for soft doughs, batters, creams...

  • A highly versatile mixer with planetary action
  • Easy to operate and to clean
  • Interchangeable  mixing tools (beater and wire whip) for different applications

5. Morton Duplex Mixer

Morton Laboratory Mixer

FIG 5 Morton Laboratory Mixer

A “Z” blade mixer of 305 litre capacity, suitable for doughs, particularly cracker, biscuit and hard sweet doughs requiring development

6. Dough Sheeter

For the production of dough sheets for cracker and semi-sweet biscuit doughs. The dough sheet may be gradually reduced to the required thickness for cutting by multiple passes through the gauging rolls.

Rollmatic Dough Sheeter SH500-600

FIG 6  Rollmatic Dough Sheeter SH500-600

Rollmatic SH 500-600. Compact sheeter on base with castors and folding tables. 

7. Deck Baking Oven

deck oven

FIG 7   Deck oven

Deck ovens may be heated by gas or electricity. An oven can be specified for baking all types of cookies, crackers, cakes and pastries.
The oven should be specified with two or three decks, one deck with standard crown height and one with low crown height and high heat rating for cracker baking.

Each deck is suitable for two trays (40 x 60cm)

8. Moisture analyser

For checking the moisture content of biscuits, cookies crackers.
Sartorius Moisture Analyser MA

FIG 8  Sartorius Moisture Analyser MA

  • Quick and reliable determination of moisture content of biscuits, crackers and cookies
  • Flexibility to analyse a wide variety of sample

9.  Colour spectrophotometer

Konica Minolta Colour Spectrophotometer

FIG 9   Konica Minolta Colour Spectrophotometer

Versatile bench-top spectrophotometer to measure the colour of solid, pasty, granular and liquid samples either in reflectance or transmittance.

10.  Baking Trays

Baking trays

FIG 10 Baking trays

Cookie stamps from Eddingtons

FIG 11  Cookie stamps from Eddingtons <>

Cookie cutters

FIG 12 Cookie cutters from <>

Sieves and sprinklers with various screens for salt, sugar, seeds, cheese…


FIG 13   Sprinklers


3.14 Plastic bowls, scrapers, spatulas, etc.

A variety of hand utensils for the bakery.

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Brecknell 2017
Cookie Cutter  2017
Eddingtons  2017
Farleygreene 2017
Hobart mixer   2016
Konica Minolta   2016
Mackies  2016 
Morton   2016
Nordic Ware  2016
Rondo   2016
Russell Finex  2016
Sartorius AG  2016


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