Marble is one of my most favorite things. My dreams are composed of a marble tile bathroom, and a kitchen filled with marble and copper accents. Two of my most favorite marble accents in my kitchen that also serve essential purposes to my kitchen arsenal is my marble rolling pin and my large marble pastry slab. As you may know from other blog posts, baking was my first love.
That love that started with an Easy-Bake Oven has overflowed into making bread, pasta, pie crust, and other baked goods from scratch. Most of the time, rolling out some form of dough is required. If I could give any gift to an avid baker like myself, it would absolutely be the same rolling pin and marble pastry slab that I have.
I love using marble, especially for pie crusts because the marble is nice and cold. And, if you want a perfectly, flaky, pie crust you want to keep that dough as cold as possible and avoid having the butter melt before reaching the oven.
Plus, these pieces are also gorgeous! Even if I never used my rolling pin or pastry slab, they make the most beautiful accent pieces to any kitchen. Marble is classic, and having an accent pieces is a nice way to get some marble in your kitchen if you can’t quite afford a full marble countertop upgrade. Now, I am getting a little ahead of myself.
- As I said above, marble is timeless. You can be assured that, when you purchase a marble piece, it will never go out of style.
- I like to try to decorate on a budget. I do this by snagging classic looks and pieces, but one of the materials I feel good about splurging on is marble. I know anything marble is going to give the space a feel of sophistication and elegance. And, if anyone knows me, they know my taste in decor and clothing is very sophisticated. But, they also know I like to give an edgy flare to a classic look. 😉
- The beauty of marble is you won’t feel the need to suddenly change your décor. It is timeless and fits with just about any style you are going for.
- My marble pastry slab gives me the feel of having a marble countertop at my disposal without spending the money on a full marble countertop renovation.
- Marble is expensive! There is not really any way around that. You could go for a quartz countertop that looks similar at a smaller price, but if you want the real deal, it is going to cost a pretty penny. This is why I LOVE my marble slab. I do not feel the need to get all marble countertops. I already have one, and it is the perfect size for all my baking and pasta needs. Now, I feel like I have more freedom to look into other countertops that fit my budget better because I already have some marble.
- The rolling pin is heavy, which is helpful with rolling out dough.
- This is a very nice aspect of my marble rolling pin. The pin is heavy, so I do not have to push down on the dough nearly as hard. The pin does half the work for me! I can also get the dough as thin as I want, even with pasta. I don’t know about you, but I love very thin lasagna noodles when I am making lasagna. With my rolling pin, I can get those noodles as thin as I want! (I do not have an electric or hand crank to roll the dough, so I do it by hand with my rolling pin).
- The cool marble relieves any anxiety when working with pie crust or dough that requires very cold butter.
- This is one of my favorite things. I can work with pie crusts without as much fear of my crust coming out tough. The cool slab and pin help ensure that the butter stays cold while I roll out my crust.
- Virtually any kind of dough can be rolled out on the marble pastry slab!
- I have made all kinds of baked goods using my slab and rolling pin. I have made whole wheat lasagna noodles, my whole wheat beer burger buns, bread, pie crust, and pizza dough. There is not much of a limit to what you can do! My next lofty goal is to try to make homemade croissants. I know I will need my marble rolling pin and marble pastry slab for that endeavor.
In the photos, I was making homemade lasagna noodles. I still need more practice to perfect my technique, but once you try homemade, you never go back. I promise, the difference is huge. As is with any homemade baked good. 😉 I hope this post inspires you to try baking more items at home.
My next post is going to be one of my most favorite projects to date! I am showing you how to make a simple DIY clothes rack, that also uses reclaimed wood!
I hope you all enjoyed two of my most favorite kitchen items! Have you tried rolling out dough on a marble top?