‘Tis the baking season and time to give gifts to your loved ones who bake pie, cake, bread, cookies and so much more. I’ve had lots of questions about my favorite baking equipment and what to get the bakers in your life. You can always find the list of what I am using in my kitchen in my “Shop” tab at the top of my website. I only post the products that I actually use and love. You’ll find a link my beloved torch below.
I’m also including some gift ideas from small businesses I love. Enjoy!
Gift Ideas from Small Businesses
Silk Oak Designs – My Mom’s leather and stone handmade necklaces can be worn as chokers (as I prefer in the kitchen) or as looser single and double strands. Visit her site to get more ideas and see the selections of designs. They’ve become the only jewelry I wear and each piece tells a story.
Fontana Forni Wood Fired Oven – This is the gift that gives to your entire neighborhood: the wood fired oven of my dreams. It may not be a stocking stuffer, but it’s something I wanted for decades.
This wonderful family-run business also has a gorgeous Copper Olive Oil Cruet that makes a wonderful holiday gift.
Maryfrances Carter Pottery – One-of-a-kind handmade dishes and cake stands. Each one is slightly unique and lovely.
100 Cookies Cookbook – The celebrated book by my friend Sarah Kieffer is perfect for a gift to those who love to bake (no matter their skill level) and you’ll want a copy for yourself too.
Baker’s Field Flour – Specialty flour is a fantastic gift for someone who loves to bake. Baker’s Field stone milled flour is one of my favorites and it’s based here in Minneapolis.
Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day – The perfect gift for the beginning baker who wants to bake bread but not spend all day doing it. Easy, fast and it’s tried and true, just read the 2000+ reviews on Amazon.
Donate to Appetite for Change – I featured Appetite for Change founder Princess Haley on my Instagram this fall for Share the Mic MN. She is one of the most inspiring women I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. Appetite for Change is a 501c3 not for profit organization doing incredible things for youth in North Minneapolis.
The Best Baking Equipment
Start with a Blow Torch! It is a super fun and exciting tool that I use as often as I possibly can. It is great for toasting meringue, marshmallows and the sugar crust on creme brûlée.
A pretty Pie Dish is super useful and makes it more likely your loved one will bake you a pie!
Below are a few photos of the staples, but check out my full list here.
A solid, heavy duty rolling pin will get used constantly, especially for the pie lovers and anyone who likes cinnamon buns. There is no right or wrong shape, but what is most comfortable to use. The rolling pins with handles are easier to use if you are rolling lots of stiff dough, but the French or Dowel pins allow you to have a better feel for the dough. I use the French (tapered dowel) and handled pins most often. Full selection here.
Rubber spatulas and bench scrapers are essential. If someone is just setting up kitchen these are the perfect gifts, since they are used constantly and super utilitarian. When you check out my full baking equipment list, you’ll find several sizes and brands that I use constantly.
Straight sided cake pans are maybe my most essential baking equipment. Sturdy and deep is how I like my cake pans.
Bread baking equipment and knives are perfect for those who are getting into baking their first loaf or playing with a 100 year old starter. You can get by with just a few things to bake a great loaf of bread or you can take it to the next level. Find more Bread baking equipment.
Bundt pans are a super fun and useful pan. Maybe my favorite cakes to bake, since a simple cake can look so spectacular. find them here: Baking Equipment
Cookbooks! There are so many to choose from and I have a list of all the books I have baked from recently and for decades. There are also a bunch that I wrote (including the one pictured above, which is available now!).
This rolling rack, which is used to store my hot baking trays as they come out of the oven and where I can store baked goods, so they don’t clutter my counter is for the serious baker who is taking over the whole kitchen with all their baked goods. It’s a good thing! You’ll find everything from this rolling rack to my camera equipment in my Baking Equipment List!