Friday, November 6, 2015

A Gift Guide for the Baker

Remember I told you I was working with a few dozen other bloggers to make your Christmas (and really all shopping for 2016) a complete breeze? How you were going to get to sit in your pajamas, with your feet up, drinking wine coffee? Well the day has come. The guides are ready and posted at the bottom of this post

But first for me-me-me-me-me! (you remember the tune for that right?)

I'm so excited about this gift guide! Like I said earlier this week, everything on this guide is something that I would love to have.


If you're a reader and don't just look at the pictures, my goal is to let you know what I like about the item and why I think it is important for successful and fun baking. 

If you're not a reader, well - you may just want to look at the pictures. But don't stop not reading until you've entered the giveaway!


All of these items can be purchased on Amazon which I thinks makes things easier. And here is a little tip. If you click the picture or the text it will take you to the item on Amazon where you can see more about the item. If you think you might like to buy it or want to think about it a little, put it in your cart. That way you can go back later and examine more closely and eliminate things without rechecking my blog post. Disclosure: these are affiliate links.

And it begins . . .
http://amzn.to/1GJPCoL
Can we talk mixers? Here I have selected the Kitchen Aid Artisan Series 5 Qt Mixer. They make bigger, more expensive ones and some smaller models, but I think 5 qt is a good size. If you want to spend less than $100, I like this hand mixer. I really like that is comes with a storage unit for the attachments. Those things have a way of getting spread out everywhere.


http://amzn.to/1MyVvkS
Ramekins. They are just plain fun. Everyone likes getting food in their own little dish! These are 6 oz. That's a good size for creme brulee or chicken pot pie. These ramekins are high quality stoneware by Emile Henry. You can search around Amazon for other colors and other price points.    $30
http://amzn.to/1H7NA1z
8" & 9" Cake Pans. This is what I know. The shiny aluminum cake pans are better than the dark ones. Cakes rise better in lighter (colored) pans. And size does matter. If you bake you need to have both sizes.     $6


http://amzn.to/1MyX6XK

Food52 Baking The rest of the title is 60 sensational treats you can pull off in a snap! I'm a little obsessed with all things Food52 these days so I couldn't help but put this on the list. I WANT THIS BOOK! Look at how beautiful it is!   $13


http://amzn.to/1Sol9xE

Baking by Dorie Greenspan  This book is full of recipes that Dorie developed over 30 years of baking in restaurants, pastry shops and home baking. I have this cookbook and have made several things from it. The best part about it though is all of the things you learn from the stories and from the dessertmaker's glossary.   $26
http://amzn.to/1Mz1NAV
Best Oven & Grill Thermometer  This is important. Every cook/baker should know what the temperature really is in their oven. This can also be used on the grill. Hmmm . . . now that I think about it maybe you should give someone this before Thanksgiving.   $10


http://amzn.to/1PnACy0
This is the OXO Good Grips Medium Cookie Scoop. These are great for helping to make cookies be the size they say they should be in the recipe. So you don't end up with 24 cookies all run together instead of 36 perfectly sized cookies that are actually round. I want one of these for making truffles. Ummmmmmmm . . . truffles . . .  $14
http://amzn.to/1RwIHzF
Every baker needs a food scale. This Camry Digital Food Scale Measuring Cup is a measuring cup combined with a food scale. I love this idea. It measures in ml, oz, grams, kg, pounds - no converting grams to ounces.  Yum!  $15
 http://amzn.to/1RwuWRJ
The HIC Oblong Rectangular Baking Dish Roasting Lasagna Pan is about the cutest 9"x13" pan I've ever seen. It's way cuter than any roasting or baking pan that will be at any party.    $38

http://amzn.to/1LQDbq8
I was over 45 years old when I first needed a souffle pan. But when I needed it, I needed it. If I had had this HIC Porcelain Souffle Dish I wouldn't have had to spend a whole afternoon looking for one. Now I use if for any casserole that calls for a 2 quart dish. And I make an occasional souffle. Don't make your son's and daughters wait 45 years for a souffle pan. That is just mean.    $17
http://amzn.to/1LQDFws
This Millbrook Silicone Non-stick, Non-skid Pastry Mat is so way cool and a hefty improvement over the Tupperware one that I've been using for the last 35 years. And yes, I still need the measured circles to tell how big my crust needs to be. A great gift.    $17

I frosted way too many cakes before I got my first Offset Spatula. Stick one of these in the baker's stocking.  $8
http://amzn.to/1LQEl4P
This thing is so cool! Can you guess what it is?          Did you guess Pizza Stone Scrubber Brush? If you didn't you were wrong. A Pizza Stone Scrubber Brush! That's so much better than those plastic scrapers that come with the stones when you buy them.    $10


http://amzn.to/1RwzMyc

I really want this Ironwood Gourmet Acacia Wood Pizza Peel more for grilling pizza than for baking. But you can use it for baking so I'm including it. I think you should buy this for someone.    $17


http://amzn.to/1LQERji
Something else I wish I had discovered in my younger days - the Revolving Cake Stand Frosting cakes is like WAAAAAAY easier when you have one of these babies.  $46
 http://amzn.to/1LQFadY
Everyone needs a couple of Non-stick Silicone Baking Mats.  That way you don't have to worry about whether you ran out of parchment paper the last time you made cookies.    $10



http://amzn.to/1MAYM3c
I'm completely biased toward Stainless Steel Measuring Tools. They are just better. And I like this set of spoons because the long skinny spoon will fit into practically any spice jar.   $30



http://amzn.to/1RwD18X
I'm a bad dough roller. I have no idea how people figure out how to make dough 1/8" thick. These Rolling Pin Spacer Bands are the answer to all of your dough rolling needs.    $15



http://amzn.to/1LQGkGk

This last item is a splurge. And completely self-indulgent on my part. I want one of these in my kitchen. It's a Sonos Play:1. A Compact Smart Speaker for Streaming Music.  It connects directly to your home wi-fi. It streams music directly from a free Sonos app on your smart phone or computer.
Music in the kitchen. Heaven.   $199
(this is the lowest priced Sonos - they have many other models with more features as well as wireless TV sound equipment. I have experience with a more expensive version and it has great sound for the whole home)


https://www.etsy.com/shop/one30oneDesign


OH WAIT! One more item. This is a cake tester by One30One Design. You're probably thinking what I was thinking before I had one. Why would this be better than a toothpick or skewer? Well because it is. I promise. It works better. And it's way prettier than a stick and is made with one of a kind handmade lampwork beads. I promise.    $19.50

Now for the good part.



In celebration of gift guides everywhere

I'm giving one lucky winner one of these cake testers 
AND a $50 Amazon Gift Card to get you started on your baking purchases!
Enter the rafflecopter at the bottom of the post, the giveaway will run for 1 week and the winner will be notified via email – good luck!

 And all these bloggers - 

each and every one of them has at least one gift guide and giveaway of their own! 

Stop by one.
Or ten.
Or all.

So grab a cup of coffee, find a comfortable chair, put your feet up and SHOP!!!!!




 

86 comments:

Rita C. said...

I think this is one of the best blog link parties. evah. Perfect timing, too, on the weekend, and timely enough to start watching for deals and shopping. Thanks, Karen, for the baker's list.
Rita

D Johnson said...

I would love to have the HIC Oblong Rectangular Baking Dish Roasting Lasagna Pan. It's really nice!

NanaDiana said...

You can sign me up. I LOVE that rubber band idea for gauging the depth of your crust! I have that exact silicone mat for rolling things out and it is PERFECT...a real workhorse that I have used so many times.
Fun post, Laura! xo Diana

Erin Ellis said...

I would LOVE the Sonos speaker! I would normally say the Kitchenaid, but I got one for Christmas :)

Unknown said...

I would love the ramekins.

Charity Cram said...

I most like the KitchenAid Mixer. I sure would be handy!

Carol said...

I love the pizza peel.

Amy C. said...

I could use more silicon mats! They are the best invention!

Kayley said...

I think the digital food scale measuring cup is super cool! Two important and related kitchen tools combined into one.

Bridget Heiple Reich said...

The KitchenAid Mixer!! :)

Julie said...

I'd love to one day have a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer. They're pricey, but they look so nice!

Anonymous said...

Bailey Dexter I would love the Kitchen Aid Artisan Series 5 Qt Mixer, this would such a help making my gluten free bread!

Beth A said...

The mixer!

Betsy @ Happily Ever After, Etc. said...

I should totally buy my hubby those ramekins! I only have four and instead of using them for adorable little portions of food they are always being used for ketchup holders. Silly man.

kellyr78 said...

I would like to have the Revolving Cake Stand .

carol clark said...

i like the KitchenAid Mixer.

beverly e said...

I do believe I would have to go with the Kitchen-Aid mixer... mine came over on the Mayflower. Thanks for the giveaway!

Emily Smith said...

I would like the shiny aluminium cake pans. I need a new set. My current ones don't work very well.

Colleen said...

First; thank You for this wonderful giveaway opportunity.
All very handy kitchen items.
My choice would be a toss-up between the kitchen-aide mixer or the revolving cake stand.

Katie Contests said...

I love ramekins! They are extremely useful and versatile.

Anna said...

I have a kitchen aid, couldn't live without it! Would love to have the hand held mixer for all the "little" stuff. Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

Cookbooks, I love reading the stories that come with most cookbooks now.

Raina said...

I would love the silicone baking mats. I heard they are life changing when it comes to baking things!

Nancy Shaw said...

O My Goodness... What a hard choice this is. I would love the Food52 Baking Book for "small" ideas.

Rebecca Brewer said...

I would love to have measuring spoons that fit into anything. I have some beautiful ones that look lovely hanging on my wall but they fit into nothing!

Wild N Mild $$$ said...

I really want that KitchenAid Mixer!
Jennifer Rote

amy guillaume linderman said...

i would love the HIC Porcelain Souffle Dish! i love to make lemon souffles and cheese souffles but my souffle dish broke

freddie said...

My favorite item is the HIC Oblong Rectangular Baking Dish Roasting Lasagna Pan. dwelchert at yahoo dot com

Stacey Roberson said...

I would love to have the Kitchen Aid Mixer. I would use this almost every day.

Rose-Marie said...

I love the ramekins, especially in red! They inspire me to get baking!

Shay said...

I love the mixer1 (and your blog)

Natalie said...

Of course I would love to have the Kitchen Aid Artisan Series 5 Qt Mixer.

Alina Conn said...

I would most love to have the silicone mats for baking cookies.

Krista said...

I'd pick the lasagna pan!!

L J Dogsmom said...

All are quite tempting. Of course I would not say NO to the beautiful Kitchen Aide, and it comes in great colors. The silicone baking mats are always useful. And that wooden Pizza Peel for grilling is to die for.

Rebecca B said...

I love the lasagna pan because it's the perfect size for family portions!

Michelle J. said...

I'd love the OXO cookie scoop!

imklvr said...

This is a GREAT post!! Thanks! I found that Kitchen Aide Mixer in purple.....I ne-e-e-e-ed it!!! ;) Dona

Sean C said...

I would love the Stainless Steel Measuring Tools.

Mandy said...

id love the cookbook for my collection

Kathy Davis said...

I love all the items. The Kitchen Aide would be appreciated, but I could use the revolving cake stand too.

Eyreka said...

The oven and grill thermometer

Designed Decor said...

This list id for me! I am the gadget queen! I love the pizza pan scrubber nad I need the cake tester, it is so pretty!

laborders2000 said...

The souffle dish would be a great gift for a baker.

Nicole said...

I'd love those rolling pin guides. I'm always wondering how to gauge dough depth.

Cindy said...

I would LOOOOOVE to own a Kitchen Aid mixer!

Jillian Too said...

I would love to have the Stainless Steel Measuring Tools.

latanya t said...

Stainless Steel Measuring Tools

♥Heather Dawn♥ said...

I would like the Camry Digital Food Scale Measuring Cup.

LauraJJ said...

Oh they are all such great ideas! I have not seen many of them! I really love the Camry Digital Food Scale Measuring Cup !!!!

MidMichigan Mom said...

I would want to get the mixer. I had one and sold it when we were moving cross country. I don't know what I was thinking! But seriuosly, the mixer is a dream when baking several batches of cookies!

Family Wantland said...

Thanks for this opportunity!!! I really, really, really have been wanting this: Kitchen Aid Artisan Series 5 Qt Mixer!!

Suzanne

Laurie B. said...

Great ideas, thanks for sharing. I would love to have the pastry mat and the spacer bands (I am still using the big bulky Tupperware mat).

Elena said...

The Kitchen Aid mixer

Bliss said...

Gotta love lasagna pans.

Amber Terry said...

I really like the KitchenAid mixer!

Thanks for the chance to win :)

carolann88fan said...

My favorite would be the KitchenAid mixer, but I am in love with the cake tester. The cake taster makes cooking more fun.

Suzanne Bennett said...

I love that cake tester. it is sooo cool

Elise McConnell said...

I think the only thing I don't have is the cake tester! One can always use more measuring cups though!

Joanne said...

I've always wanted a kitchen aid mixer!

Mom Knows Best said...

I would love the mixer

Sandra Ross said...

That cake tester is soo cute, definitely could go on my wish list

steve weber said...

the souffle baking dishes!

Brooke Randolph said...

The Sonos would be awesome but I could also use another oblong baker

meghan b said...

Would love the cake stand!

Linsey R said...

So many AWESOME gift ideas for the baker!!! I'll be adding one of each to my holiday wish list, hehe!! Thanks so much for sharing all of these great products and ideas--it's so nice to get holiday gift inspiration all in one place and I've enjoyed visiting your blog so much!!Thank you!! I'll be visiting you again soon!!! Happy Holidays!!! :)

the cape on the corner said...

i love that they make the pizza stone scrubber brush! i have a pizza stone and i usually just pick at it with my nails since i don't want any soap getting into it!
b

Brenda Haines said...

I have always wanted a Kitchen Aide mixer, so that would be my first choice. Thanks for the chance!

amanda whitley said...

i have always wanted a Kitchen Aid Artisan Series 5 Qt Mixer

Cheryl A said...

I would love that revolving cake stand but I think I need the rolling pin spacer bands.

Patty said...

I bought a friend one of the cake testers, but I might like one myself. However, I realllly need a new mixer! Thank you for this sweet giveaway just in time for holiday baking.

mmstarla said...

Such a great gift guide! I would definitely choose the KitchenAid Stand Mixer. I don't own one and have wanted one for years. It would be a great help! starla.batesATyahoo.com

E (E Kay) said...

I like the sonos player and the revolving cake stand

Ellen said...

I would like to have Millbrook Silicone Non-stick, Non-skid Pastry Mat

Crystal Sell said...

I'd really love a non stick silicone mat. I've wanted one for forever, just never gotten around to it!

Tina Woo said...

I would love the pie rollers. I can never get my pastry even.

Amanda Sakovitz said...

the cake tester by One30One Design

Christina Maria said...

I would.love the mixer, I have had one on my wishlist forever !

Rachel said...

I really like the Millbrook silicone non-stick, non-skid pastry mat. My pie crust always sticks to the counter top.

Betsy Barnes said...

Betsy Rubendall Barnes

I would most like to have the KitchenAid Mixer. I have been wanting to own one of these for a long time :)

mary gardner said...

I would love to have the Non-stick Silicone Baking Mats. I have one but one is never enough!

Thomas Murphy said...

I want the Non-stick Silicone Baking Mats.

rounder9834 @yahoo.com

Audra O'Hara said...

I’d like to own the non-stick silicone baking mats. I can see myself using those a lot!

autumn grace said...

Kitchen aid mixer would be just fine...TY

Laura H said...

The mixer!

Tara said...

I would love to have the silicone baking mats!

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