If there’s someone in your life that loves baking, you’re probably well aware. And if you’ve enjoyed free fresh-baked breads, cakes and cookies from said home baker, what better way to give back than gifts to further fuel their passion? In this gift guide you’ll find new cookbooks, pantry staples and handy tools that any baker, regardless of skill level, is sure to love.
1. Our Place Ovenware Set
The makers of the Instagram famous Always Pan have created another multitasking marvel to up your baking game. Our Place’s new Ovenware Set includes an oven pan (which can also be used as a stovetop griddle), oven mat and a trio of stoneware baking dishes available in a variety of colors.
Buy: Our Place Ovenware Set, $195
2. west~bourne House Baking Set
Chef Camilla Marcus’s zero waste provisions brand is all about creating “nourishing and craveable food products with the least impact on our environment.” This vegan, gluten-free and additive-free set of baking mixes is made of regeneratively sourced whole grain wheat alternatives (like buckwheat and sorghum) that are packed with protein, fiber and antioxidants. It includes their House Pie Crust Mix, House Muffin Mix and House Pancake + Waffle Mix, all in compostable plant-based bags printed with soy ink.
Buy: west~bourne House Baking Set, $30
3. What’s for Dessert: Simple Recipes for Dessert People Cookbook
While she’s no longer making gourmet Skittles or Oreos from scratch for our entertainment, Claire Saffitz continues to share her baking tips on her own YouTube channel, which has the same name as her first cookbook: Dessert Person. Saffitz’s second cookbook, which came out earlier this month, seeks to answer that ever-important question—what’s for dessert—and shows that you don’t need fancy equipment or even a celebratory occasion to enjoy a delicious dessert.
4. The Christina Tosi x JPD Cookie Tray
Jono Pandolfi, a ceramicist whose handmade designs have graced the dining tables of some of the world’s best restaurants, has teamed up with Milk Bar CEO Christina Tosi to create a special edition version of their classic oval server. It has a custom pink glaze and is perfect for serving homemade cookies for a holiday party or a special treat for Santa. Oh, and it comes with a recipe from Milk Bar’s new All About Cookies cookbook.
“When you spend time in the kitchen, you put your heart and creativity on display,” Tosi said. “Jono Pandolfi could not get that more, creating incredible, glazed works of art that make you feel as excited to dig in. We eat with our eyes first, right?”
Buy: The Christina Tosi x JPD Cookie Tray, $55
5. Saltverk Birch Smoked Salt
Most desserts are pretty sweet, but the best desserts have a harmonious balance of flavors and textures. And what better way to offset sweet than with some fancy flaky sea salt? Saltverk’s Birch Smoked Salt is made by taking flaky sea salt and drying it over birch smoke according to old Icelandic tradition. Woodsy, smokey and slightly sweet, this salt brings depth to whatever you add it to, whether that’s smoked salt caramels or sprinkled over cookies.
Buy: Saltverk Birch Smoked Salt, $12.99
6. Snackable Bakes: 100 Easy-Peasy Recipes for Exceptionally Scrumptious Sweets and Treats Cookbook
Dessert lovers know that for most baked goods, you can’t beat that fresh out of the oven taste. But making desserts from scratch can be time-consuming and sometimes more trouble than they’re worth. But what if you could make something delicious that can be assembled in 20 minutes or less? Jessie Sheehan has done just that with Snackable Bakes.
7. Le Creuset Bread Oven
Earlier this year, Le Creuset added a new piece of cookware to its collection, and I can’t help but think it was inspired by the spike in interest in breadmaking during the pandemic. If you know a home baker that is still keeping their sourdough starter alive, you can help them level up their bread game with this gorgeous piece of cast iron cookware. The domed lid circulates stream, which is supposed to help you achieve a perfect texture and crust, and the low profile base browns the bottom of your loaf evenly.
Buy: Le Creuset Bread Oven, $300
8. The Spice House Baker’s Deluxe Collection
High quality ingredients can make or break a bake—especially for pared down recipes with just a handful of items—and this giftable spice set has all of the staples. It includes Saigon ground cassia cinnamon, cocoa nibs, ground ginger, ground cardamom seeds, ground nutmeg, ground cloves, Dutched cocoa powder and crystallized ginger nibs.
9. Breville the Handy Mix Scraper
This unique hand mixer comes with two sets of beaters: classic stainless steel beaters and rubber scraper beaters that maximize contact with the bowl while minimizing sound. The mixer itself can sense which beaters are inserted and adjusts the speed accordingly. The Handy Mix Scraper has nine speed settings, an ergonomic handle and a detachable storage compartment that houses all the attachments and swivel cord when the mixer isn’t being used.
Buy: Breville the Handy Mix Scraper, $149.95
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