Great Gifts for Bakers – a gift guide that’ll help you find the perfect gift for the baker in your life!
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Why a baking gift guide?
I’ve considered myself a baker for a long time. When I worked in a corporate office and we had a potluck I always brought a baked good.
I love baking. It’s kind of like meditating for me. Zen. Calming.
Part of what I like about baking is that you don’t have to do it every day (unlike making dinner). Its’ a special treat.
And, well, it makes a special treat. Whether you’re making a cake, or a pie, a whole grain loaf of bread, or sourdough bread, or even simple cookies. They are special, which makes baking special.
Who is this gift guide for?
So, I wanted to put together a gift guide for the baker.
Whether you’re giving the gift to someone who’s an experienced great baker, or someone who is just learning to bake. There’s something for everyone in this list. Heck, you might even find something for yourself in this list.
The picture above has some of the fun things I’ve baked: Clockwise from upper left: Peppermint Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies; Garlic, Tomato, and Cheese Twisted Yeast Bread; Lemon Souffle Cheesecake; and Dakota Bread
Let’s start with the Basics
Mixing bowls – I was given a set of these types of mixing bowls many years ago, when I got married actually. I still use them almost daily, for every kind of items imaginable, but especially for baking. You always need one bowl for dry goods and one for the wet mixture. I like that these bowls nest into one another, so they only take up as much space as the biggest bowl.
Spatulas – I use spatulas like these for every aspect of cooking – from making dinner to scraping all the cake batter out of the bowl. A good set of silicone spatulas are a must in every kitchen.
Air insulated cookie sheets – I swear by these sheets. I love the air insulated ones. I’ve tried baking on regular cookie sheets, and have burned the bottoms of more cookies that way. The air insulation helps make sure you get even baking on your goodies.
Silpats – Non-stick, reusable, washable, these are indispensible. I use these for baking cookies. I line baking sheets under a pie so that in case the pie spills out as it bakes, the cleanup is easier.
Rolling pin – I like a good old-fashioned rolling pin. Nothing fancy. I find they are way easier for me to use. Simple is best here, in my opinion.
Fine mesh sifters/sieve – use these for sifting flour, for straining chunks out of pie filling or ice cream, for rinsing things. Of course you can use these to strain pasta for tonight’s dinner as well. Which makes them super useful for all kinds of things in the kitchen.
Hand mixer – This is another essential item to a baker’s kitchen. I find that a hand-mixer is easier to use than a big stand-mixer. I like things to be a bit smaller.
Cookie dough scoop – I use my cookie dough scoops all the time. They make for even cookies. And, they make cleanup easier in that I don’t have to wash my hands after rolling out 30 cookies!
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Beyond the basics
Banneton Proofing basket Bread bowl – I was given this basket by Chefast, and I love it. Want really pretty risen loaves of bread? This proofing basket is the way to go. This set comes with a linen cloth liner for the basket so the dough doesn’t stick to the basket. It also comes with a scraper and some stencils to make it all pretty.
Dough cutter/scraper – This is the same one that I have in my kitchen, and it’s the one that America’s Test Kitchen recommends. Cut through dough with ease when you use this scraper. The textured, slip resistant handle has a solid seal to the blade to keep food out of the handle for easy cleanup. And the steel blade is sturdy and rust-resistant.
Marble counter top board – you’ll love it for rolling out pie dough, cutting cookies and more. It’s cool surface helps keep dough from sticking which means you won’t have to use a lot of extra flour, making the final product more tender. A marble board is also great for cooling candy.
Marble rolling pin – This fancy rolling pin is a special treat for a baker. It helps keep the dough cool, and the extra weight helps flatten out dough more easily.
Cake stand – A beautiful and durable cake stand not only to decorate, but to display those beautiful cake creations.
Digital food scale – Baking requires precision, and you can’t go wrong with an actuate scale with a nice readout to get those measurements.
Stand-mixer – Making baking a breeze, a stand mixer helps with everything from cookies to breads.
Whipped cream dispenser – I actually find this to be indispensable. I make all my own whipped cream, but this dispenser means I don’t have to stand around mixing for a long time. Just pour in the cream and powered sugar (and any flavorings like vanilla, bourbon, or cocoa), shake it all up, and insert the charger. And you’ve got perfect whipped cream. Oh, and be sure to get extra chargers.