Rolling out dough, one of the most important steps in making pastry, is a hundred times easier with Joseph Joseph’s roll-up pastry mat ($18). The silicone mat lies flat on the counter without curling and will not slip. Markings along thebottom are handy for rolling rectangles while the circles on top, numbered from 5 to 12 inches, are helpful for making pie crusts and scones. The pastry lifts off easily so you can transfer it to a pie pan or baking sheet. When you’re finished, wipe off the mat, roll it up. and fasten it with theattached strap and button. You’ll wonder what you did without it. Available at Kitchen Outfitters, Acton Woods Plaza, 342 Great Road, Acton, 978-263-1955; KitchenWares by Blackstones, 215 Newbury St., Boston, 857-366-4237; Tags Hardware, Porter Square Shopping Center, 29 White St., Cambridge, 617-868-7711.
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