Have a burgeoning baker in your life? These gifts will get him or her off on the right foot! I’ve picked several items that I love using in my own kitchen and they range from
1. Cuisinart Food Processor ($99): This food processor makes making pie crusts a breeze, but I also use it in a million other applications.
2. Silpat Baking Mat ($27): Silpat mats are super economical and more environmentally friendly than throwing away sheet after sheet of parchment paper. I have one for each baking sheet I own, and have been using them on the regular for 4 years with no issues.
3. KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer ($300): I know it’s pricey, but this is every home baker’s dream gift. I won’t go into listing all the well-known benefits of owning a stand mixer, but one benefit of the KitchenAid Artisan is that it comes in a rainbow of colors to match the recipient’s kitchen decor.
4. OXO Food Scale ($50): Serious bakers might want to make the switch from volume measurements to weight measurements. I like this scale for its large plate and the light-up screen. It measures in both metric and imperial units.
5. Williams-Sonoma Melamine Mixing Bowls ($30): I purchased the 4-piece set of these bowls after falling in love with my mother’s. They have no-skid bottoms and pour spouts, so they are versatile. Williams-Sonoma now only makes a 3-piece set, but I am assuming they are just as good!
6. Thermapen Food Thermometer ($96): My husband bought our Thermapen for cooking meat to perfection, but I use it as a candy thermometer when making Swiss meringue buttercream, caramel, and confections like marshmallows.
7. Stainless Steel Dishers ($20): These dishers (or “ice cream scoops”) are good for portioning cookies, distributing cupcake batter, and, yes, scooping ice cream. I have three different sizes in my kitchen and use them all the time!
8. Tovolo Silicone Spatula ($12). I am incredibly picky when it comes to rubber spatulas. I like these because the wooden handles are secured to the rubber (as in, the top doesn’t slide off) and the shape makes them perfect for scraping down the sides of bowls because there are no grooves or ridges for dough to get caught in.
9. Oven Thermometer ($14): Most ovens either run hot or cold. I keep an oven thermometer in my oven so I always know that I’m baking everything at the intended temperature.
10. King Arthur Vanilla Extract ($23): This might seem like a weird gift, but good vanilla extract is a valuable commodity to a baker. Usually what they stock in grocery stores is either imitation vanilla or an overpriced tiny bottle of the real stuff. This is 16 ounces of pure vanilla extract perfect, with no sugar added!
11. Microplane Zester and Spice Grater: I use my Microplane zester for, ahem, zesting lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits, you name it and my spice grater for freshly ground nutmeg. For a fun gift idea, pair the spice grater with some whole nutmeg. Whole nutmeg changes lives.
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