Yup we have officially entered the most wonderful and busiest time of the year. If you are like me I tend to stress about getting the perfect gift for my family. This is why I have decided to put together a quick gift list for that baker in your life. I will be totally honest, some of the links below are affiliate links, not all are, but I recently decided to become an Amazon affiliate as I buy so many baking items from them.
My #1 gift for a baker is this book Icing on the Cake by Tessa Huff. My brother and sister-in-law gifted me this book a few years back for my birthday and it has been my go to baking book. The recipes are amazing (I haven't found a bad one) and she has many baking and cake decorating tips for all levels. Oh, and my beautiful macarons you see on social media, the recipe in this book is where it all started.
When I won the State Fair in 2019, part of my prize package included this set from Pepe Nero. I now cannot live without it! The rolling pin comes with adjustable thickness rings and I use it to roll out all my cookie and pie doughs. I HIGHLY recommend this bundle for a gift. Plus it comes with 4 thickness rings (rolling pin is 18 Inches long), cookie cutters, non-stick silicone baking mats (15.7 X 19.6 Inch), dough cutter (10 Inch), 7 decoration pens and a pizza roller.
This one is on my personal wish list (and I am not an affiliate for them). I've been eying this pink apron from Hedley & Bennett fo some time now. They also have free embroidery so you can even write the baker's name on the apron. They have the cutest kids aprons as well. They have a 30% off Black Friday event going on now so I wouldn't wait.
All bakers need a good turntable. For many years I used a low profile one from Wilton. It was ok until I wore it out and wanted something else. I now use an aluminum alloy cake turntable and I love it. The quality is impeccable and it is so easy to turn.
For the person who loves macarons, I have created the Macarons of the Month Club Gift Subscription. You may choose from a 6 month or 12 month subscription, however, if you to gift yourself this amazingly delicious gift I promise I won't tell anyone! The gift subscription will start in January, 2022. You can also join the monthly subscription as well. This allows you to skip months or cancel anytime. Local Ohio residents only.
Happy shopping and remember to never underestimate the joy of sweets!
Throughout the year I have been asked numerous questions about baking and if I had any helpful tips. Therefore, I have decided to share some of my most used tips/tricks/items I love with you.
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1. How to correctly measure flour: This is huge. Have you ever made cookies and they turned out really dry? I have, many times. The problem could be how you're measuring the flour.
2. Use a scale to measure out your ingredients. Have you ever seen ingredients listed in g, mL, oz before? This is because it is more accuracte to measure out ingredients instead of using measuring cups/spoons. Next time you bake, try measuring out the ingredients. I bet your bake will taste and look MUCH better.
3. Yes the quality and type of your baking pans matter. There is so much to go into on this so I figured it's best to reference this article from All Recipes. See Below. My FAVORITE pans to use is the Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baking Half Sheet Pan*. Yes this is one of my secrects to getting the perfect macaron and sugar cookies for my cookie cakes. It bakes everything evenly and is sturdy enough that it doesn't warp in the oven
The 10 Best Baking Pans of 2021 | Allrecipes
4. Get to know your oven. It took me about a year and a half to perfect my macarons and learning my oven played a major part in this. Learn where your hot spots are and if you should use convection vs. regular baking setting on the oven. For me, I use convection when baking any cakes or sugar cookies, however, when baking macarons I use the regular bake setting.
Things I rececommend for all bakers
Using the right utensils and baking supplies while baking makes a difference as well in how your bakes turn out. Here are some items I rececommend and love to use myself:
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Kitchen Scale*: Nicewell Food Scale, 22lb Digital Kitchen Scale Weight Grams and oz for Cooking Baking, 1g/0.1oz Precise Graduation, Stainless Steel and Tempered Glass
Baking Pans For Cookies*: Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker's Half Sheet, 2-Pack, Silver
Mixing Bowls*: Pyrex Glass Mixing Bowl Set (3-Piece Set, Nesting, Microwave and Dishwasher Safe)
Kitchen Aide Mixer*: I would be lost without this! KitchenAid KSM3316XCU Artisan Mini Stand Mixers, 3.5 quart, Contour Silver
Measuring Cups/Spoon: Hearth & Hand Measuring Spoons from Target, Pampered Chef Measuring Cups
I hope you and your family have a wonderful time baking together this holiday season. Remember, never underestimate the joy of sweets!
PS. If you don't feel like baking, but still want to decorate cookies, check out my Holiday Sale where you can find Decorate Your On Cookie Kit, Hot Chocolate Bombs, and Macarons of the Month Subscription.
Christa is a mother of two rambunctious boys who loves sweets! She has been baking and decorating cakes for over 12 years. When she is not baking or decorating she is enjoying time with her family.