Adding to this, many who have never baked before are baking to reduce stress and increase mindfulness during this crazy time which is fueling a high demand for baking supplies. If you or a loved one have caught the baking bug, we would recommend you visit your kitchen shop soon to get the best selection and put away the aggravation around such early holiday shopping.
Wondering what to buy your favorite baker? Here are a few ideas we love to get you started, from affordably priced to splurge:
Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking by Michael Ruhlman, $17.00 paperback
Why we love it: Michael Ruhlman gets to the very truth behind cooking: It is not about the recipes but rather about basic ratios and the techniques that make food come together.
How to Bake Everything: Simple Recipes for the Best Baking by Mark Bittman. $35.00 hardcover
Why we love it: This book isn’t about the latest craze in recipes but ways to look at baking that helps you have a thorough understanding of the ‘why’. If you have every wondered how the contestants on the Great British Baking Show manage to create masterpieces with little direction, here’s a hint: It is about learning the fundamentals. When you know how things come together, everything else falls into place for (nearly) perfect results every time.
Baking Tools & Accessories
Digital Scale like this one from GreaterGoods: $11.95
Why we love it: After solid reference cookbooks, the most important baking tool is a scale. You simply won’t get the same results using only measuring cups and spoons. Choose a digital scale like this one that gives you both ounces and grams. Every baker, no matter if they are a novice or an expert, will appreciate a nice digital scale as a gift and this one has the added bonus of giving back to children in need.
Collapsable measuring tools: From $10.00
Why we love them: The latest release of collapsible measuring spoons and cups are great for every baker. They clean and store easily and are usually brightly colored to help you locate them in your utensil drawer. If your baker already has a basic set, consider getting copper or decorative, handcrafted versions from your local kitchen store or Etsy. These pretty options will make your baker feel cared for every time they bake.
Gifts For the Baker Who Has EVERYTHING
A Display Stand: from $39.00
Why we love it: A pretty cake stand with a glass dome cover is something special to put any baked good in – from pies to cupcakes or cookies to the holiday gingerbread cake.
Baking Classes: from $84.00
Why we love them: We’ll have to admit, as Northern Colorado’s premiere recreational cooking school, we are a little biased. But the advantage here is hands-on instruction. If your baker is fairly new to baking, a baking class is the perfect way to learn the techniques that will serve as the foundation for great baking the rest of their lives. And for expert bakers, there is instruction on patisserie, making pate choux, filo pastry and more. As an added bonus, bakers love to bake for others, so this is a gift that is sure to give back to you in the form of eclairs, cookies & bread!
Whatever you choose, your gift will be well received by any of the bakers in your life. Happy Gifting!