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What to Do if You Don’t Have a Rolling Pin

Learn what to do if you Don't Have a Rolling Pin with my simple Bold Baking Basics tips. You'll always have the equipment you need with my chef-tested tips.
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Hi Bold Bakers!

There are so many tools needed to bake properly. Sometimes you just don’t have it all. Luckily there are usually a few things you have around the house that come in handy. For example using the rim of a glass for a cookie cutter or using your fingers to crimp pastry. I like to think that there is a solution for every problem. But what do you do if you don’t have a rolling pin?? Don’t worry, help is on the way.

I have been a pastry chef for more years than I care to remember. I have come up against every baking problem or disaster you can think off. You name it, I’ve done it. Truth be told I still have mishaps, I’m only human after all. One thing that can be hard to account for is kitchen equipment. I mean, you can’t bake a cake without an oven (well, I guess you can make one of my Mug Cakes)? But how do you roll pastry without a rolling pin?

A few years ago I was at a friend’s house in San Francisco at a dinner party. Little did I know I was the chef and not a guest like I thought. My friend told me he wanted apple pie just like his mum in Ireland makes. Thinking that this was easily done I agreed to make it. Halfway through making the pie it came to rolling out the dough. One thing that had never crossed my mind was to check if he had a rolling pin, because he didn’t. Being a bachelor pad there were a lot of baking essentials he didn’t have. That’s where this Bold Baking Basic came in handy…

What to Do if You Don’t Have a Rolling Pin?

Reach into your liquor cabinet and pull out a bottle of wine.

Wrap the bottle in cling wrap to keep it clean.

Flour the bottle and proceed to roll out your dough.

Magically, you have solved your problem and have a beautifully rolled piece of pastry.

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3 years ago

I don’t drink so I don’t have booze in my house

Karen Ooi
3 years ago

Hi Gemma. There are a few types of rolling pin. Some are made from wood, stainless steel, marble, nonstick etc. It’s so confusing. Which type is the best to have? Thanks.

Jan Michetti
Jan Michetti
4 years ago

What kind of rolling pin do you use? I’m thinking I would like one that has the handles that will allow the pin to turn while you roll. Any suggestions?

5 years ago

Yeah, there’s always wine and\or booze in on my kitchen. ????

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Hi Bold Bakers! I’m Gemma Stafford, a professional chef originally from Ireland, a cookbook author, and the creator of Bigger Bolder Baking. I want to help you bake with confidence anytime, anywhere with my trusted and tested recipes and baking tips. You may have seen one of my 500+ videos on YouTube & TikTok or as a guest judge on Nailed It! on Netflix or the Best Baker in America on Food Network. No matter your skills, my Bold Baking Team & I want to be your #1 go-to baking authority.


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