Now that Thanksgiving is over, the holiday shopping season starts in earnest. To help you shop for all the baking enthusiasts in your lives, I’ve created a series of gift guides featuring bakeware, accessories, cookbooks, and more.
This week’s gift guide features bakeware, kitchen textiles, and cookbooks. Click on the pictures for links to online buying sources. If you feel I’ve left anything off this list, feel free to e-mail me or share your ideas in the comments. I’m always happy to shop for baking supplies!
Without further ado, let’s get right to it!
Pyrex Baking Sets
Everyone will at some point own some Pyrex, and there’s a reason for that: it’s durable, well-made, and convenient for storage (ok, that’s 3 reasons). For the price ($14.59 at the time I wrote this), it’s a useful and economical gift that anyone can use.
Anchor Hocking Tote Set
If you haven’t noticed by now, I’m big on being able to carry my baked goods to other places (how else would I be able to get rid of the evidence of my weekly bakeventures?). I’d be happy just to get the carrier, but for the bargain price of $21.49 (at writing time), you also get a covered baking dish! Score!
Bennington Potters Centerpiece Pie Plate
Regular readers and eaters have probably heard me sing the praises of this pie plate before, and here I am doing it again. This beautiful, stoneware pie plate is extra deep, so it fits a heroic amount of pie. It’s heavy ceramic, so it also cooks nicely and would definitely knock out an intruder if you hit them over the head with it (don’t try this at home).
These are great if you’re only cooking for one or two, but still want to make cakes and pies (or if you just have a thing for individual desserts). I use the glass ones above regularly, and they work great for things like make-ahead mini quiches, as well as storing things like leftover cinnamon sugar and sprinkles. For more fun, opt for ramekins like the other two options I’ve picked out, or check out eBay, Etsy, or your local thrift store for more unique versions.
Admittedly, I mostly only use my Bundt pan for the occasional rum cake. That said, all this Great British Baking Show I’ve been watching lately has inspired me to make more pound cake-like cakes, so you will probably be seeing more of these in the future. I normally use the classic shape, but I’ve been lusting after the pan above because it makes some really striking cakes. The rose is also awesome, as is this Fleur de Lis. You can also opt for miniature versions, available in metal and silicone.
If you want to make cheesecake, you’re going to need a springform. These are deceptively easy to use for bakeware that involves a latch and interlocking pieces. Cheesecake will be coming up in the not-so-distant future at I Wanna Bake, so make sure your loved ones are prepared with the proper bakeware!
Confession: I rarely remember to use an apron. That said, maybe I would if I had one as cute as these (or this one or this one or this one)! If you’d rather inspect your aprons in person before buying them, you’re bound to find plenty at TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Sur La Table, and many other stores, particularly during this time of year.
Recipe Kitchen Towels
These make for cute decorations, and if you pair them with some ingredients like a bottle of nice honey or some candy canes and/or a baking vessel, you’ve got a gift that looks like it was thought out for you 😛 (more suggestions on those next time). Other options include gingerbread cookies, apple pie, honey roasted sunflower seeds, and cheesy artichoke dip, to name a few.
Long Oven Mitts
Oven burns really suck, and I tend to give them to myself about once a year. With oven mitts that go up to your elbows like the ones above, you can prevent the pain! I did a review recently for a different type of oven gloves which I have renamed oven gauntlets, so you do have a few different options here.
Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, & Ethan Becker
When I want to cook anything, this is my go-to reference. With over 1,000 pages, chances are always good that this book will cover whatever obscure recipe I’m fixating on at any given time (no povitica, though, curiously enough). The instructions are clear, and as long as you follow them, you’re bound to end up with what you were looking for. I am a firm believer that everyone should have a copy of this book in their kitchen.
The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook by Jennifer Appel and Allysa Torey
Don’t quote me on this, but I am reasonably sure that Magnolia is the bakery responsible for the recent cupcake craze, at least in New York. People line up around the corner to get their mitts on these sweet confections sporting an impressive pile of frosting on top. I’ve used two of their frosting recipes before, and they are both excellent. Skip the line, make your own!
The Art of Cookie by Shelly Kaldunski
This book contains some of the most beautiful cookies I’ve ever seen. As far as I’m concerned, it could serve as a coffee table book as well as it serves as a cookbook. Look inside on Amazon to see what I’m talking about!
Pies, Pies & More Pies! by Viola Goren
I love this book mainly for the pie crust recipes. I use them for all of my homemade crusts (savory and sweet). This is the book which ultimately converted me to the homemade crust cult. Anything that makes a strong case against store bought pie crust is clearly worthy of consideration.
Over time, everyone’s bound to amass a pile of recipes. Why not help them out with the organizing? I own both of these recipe keepers, and I love them both. If you’re feeling extra helpful, you can fill them with a few of your own awesome recipes to make for a gift that’s both useful and heartfelt.
That’s it for this week’s suggestions! Check back next week to see my picks in stocking stuffers and baking gift bundles!