It’s a gift to have someone in your life who loves preparing fresh oven-baked marvels, whether that person is a professional cake-froster or your sister, who likes to stress-bake (and occasionally stress-burn). There’s just no comparison between store-bought and handmade sweets, so giving them a device that supports their pastime would amply reward them for all those times they were nice enough to share a batch.
Assuming that they’ve already invested in an iconic stand mixer and a stack of nonstick baking pans, these gift choices go beyond the baking fundamentals. There’s stuff for bakers of all skill levels among these presents, including a steam-powered toaster oven for preparing single-serve goodies and a pie-shaped puzzle to keep them occupied while their creations bake.
1. FOR DOCUMENTING BAKING WINS: My Baking JournalGet it now on Amazon.com
This hardcover cookbook is perfect for the adventurous baker who likes to keep track of their tried-and-true recipes. It has a number of helpful templates, such as a checklist of baking tools and ingredients and a chart for quickly converting units of measure.
2. MAKE ENDLESS COOKIES: The Ultimate Cookie CookbookGet it now on Amazon.com
Ooey-gooey cookie recipes are what this cookbook is all about, as implied by the title. The book has 175 different cookie recipes, but it also goes over the fundamentals of baking, such as how to measure ingredients, make a basic cookie dough, and other helpful hints.
3. FOR STICK-FREE BAKING SHEETS: 3-Piece Silicone Baking Mat SetGet it now on Amazon.com
These nonstick silicone baking mats will replace your need for parchment paper forever. They may be substituted for parchment paper when baking or preparing foods like cookies or vegetables that tend to cling to the pan. Furthermore, they facilitate quick cleanups by preventing debris from adhering. There is no need to clean the baking sheet if there is no transfer of liquids (such as sauce or glaze) to the mat.
4. FOR THE PRECISE BAKER: Dough Pastry Scraper/Cutter/ChopperGet it now on Amazon.com
This may seem like a little present, but any baker is sure to appreciate it. You may use this pastry scraper for slicing, chopping, and removing excess dough from your work surfaces. Because it’s made of stainless steel, it’s very low maintenance. The scraper even has measurements on it, so they can always get the exact serving size.
5. FOR REHEATING AND SINGLE SERVINGS: BALMUDA Steam Toaster OvenGet it now on Amazon.com
Bakers who want to freeze dough and bake off a cookie or two at a time, or reheat scones, might benefit from the space-saving design of a toaster oven rather of a full-sized convection oven.
You may leave this one from Balmuda out on the counter; it looks nice and has a hidden weapon (steam) inside. To keep things nice and toasty while still keeping them wet, you may fill a reservoir at the top of the oven.
6. BEST COOKIE PRESS: OXO Cookie Press with Storage BoxGet it now on Amazon.com
To make lovely cookie shapes without a cutter, just pop out uniformly sized portions using a mess-free dispenser. Easily make cookies in festive forms like flowers, butterflies, leaves, and snowflakes with this set of 12 stainless steel design disks. Almost too adorable to eat!
7. FOR FLAVOR EXPLORATION: World Vanillas Kit
This ultra-chic vanilla collection has three extracts flavored with spices and fruits from across the globe.
Pairing a batch of brown-butter blondies with the heady vanilla taste of Madagascar bourbon is a great idea. And if they want to temper the intensity of the Mexican mix, they can always top a delicious chocolate cake with a layer of high-quality Tahitian vanilla icing. Potential outcomes for them are almost limitless.
8. A KITCHENAID ACCESSORY KIT: KitchenAid Sifter and Scale Mixer AttachmentGet it now on Amazon.com
If she has already gotten her hands on the stand mixer of her dreams, you can assist her out even more by getting her some helpful accessories that will make quick work of her cooking chores. With this two-in-one accessory, measuring and sifting will no longer be a messy process.
It has a built-in scale for accurately measuring dry materials and a sifter for producing light batter, both of which it does before depositing the contents into the mixing basin below.
9. FOR THE BREAD WINNERS: Cuisinart Bread MakerGet it now on Amazon.com
Expert bakers may find it difficult to recreate a crusty boule of bread from scratch.
No longer will they need to stand over the stove and watch their bread while it bakes in the oven; instead, they can let the Cuisinart bread machine do all the work.