What are some of the basics for baking bread? For a lot of breads there are not a lot of things required, although a good mixer is a must, unless you can do it with your hands. Most of the items needed you probably already have. I no longer can so hubby bought me the best gift I have ever received, a Kitchenaid mixer! I love it, it gets a lot of use that is for sure, I have been making my own bread and baked goods, I have even mixed meatloaf in it!
A good baking sheet is a must also, they come in various sizes for your baking needs.
Baking pans vary for whatever kind of breads you want to make. I sometimes use a baking sheet, or a basic bread pan,but my favorite pan to use for artisan bread baking is a SuperStone Covered Baker.
Other items may include spatulas, wooden spoons etc
When you are letting dough rise, it is important to have it covered correctly, you can use a plastic wrap of some kind greases so it does not stick to the dough, but to me that is a pain, so I like to use a linen type of cloth. I received one like this when I ordered the SuperStone pan, but something like the one pictured here works great.
My latest addition to my baking supplies is a kitchen scale, this one pictured I received for review and I love it. It is called Chef's Necessities and you can read my review here.
The last item I like to have is a cooling rack like this one. They come in various sizes depending on your needs.