So instead of boggling you down with a ton of recipes this week, I thought I would mix things up a bit with a holiday gift guide for bakers and dessert lovers in your life! Or you know, gifts for yourself because you deserve it!
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KitchenAid 5Qt Artisan Series with Pouring Shield – Price as low as $285 on Amazon, depending on color.
For the longest time, I’ve been baking without a KitchenAid in my own home. I’ve actually taken to borrowing my grandmother’s KitchenAid (which is the exact one you see in the picture) and it is a workhorse! You can’t ask for anything more in a stand mixer, plus with all the attachments available, you can pretty much make anything. Rest assured, this is on my own wishlist this year!
Bouchon Bakery – $25.80 on Amazon
This is an absolute must-have in any baker’s library. I read for this book whenever I need inspiration or advice on the best way to approach a recipe. Keller breaks down the process of successfully making incredible artisan bread in your own home and brings a mix of recipes that will satisfy both the novice and expert baker. I also highly recommend any of Thomas Keller’s books.
Baking Stone 14″x 16″ – $41.99 on Amazon
A baking stone is essential for crispy pizzas and a nice crust on bread. It is a must-have and my life was forever changed since getting one!
Cast Iron Dutch Oven 6Qt – $70.99 and up, depending on color on Amazon
Dutch ovens are also great for getting a great crust on no-knead breads, plus they are also great for poaching fruits and frying doughnuts!
LorAnn Oils – varies
I have a collection of oils from this brand and they are my favorite!! They are great for baking, or even adding to teas. Having a collection of these is a gateway to some fun, experimenting in the kitchen.
This is the ice cream maker I have. Sure, there are other ice cream makers that may be more fancy and lots more expensive, but out of all the ice cream makers I’ve used, this one hold a special place in my heart and it out performs some of the more spendy brands out there. The going price for this is anywhere between $30 – $40, but I was able to get a brand new one for only $15 on eBay!
Cuisinart 9-Cup Food Processor – about $126 – $149, depending on where you go
Again, I have a cheap food processor at home, but frequently borrow this food processor. It makes quick work of absolutely everything, plus it’s dishwasher safe. Honestly, if there is one kitchen item I would say I could not live without (besides my mixer), it would be this.
EatSmart Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale – about $37
A kitchen scale is so, SO important for consistently awesome baked goods. Certain treats, like macarons, are almost impossible to get right every time without a scale to measure out the ingredients. I like this particular scale because it is very sleek and easy to store away when not in use. It can also weigh up to 15 lbs which is important when you are measuring ingredients right into your mixing bowl.
Fancy Box Culinary Box – $39, plus shipping per box
This box is not just for baking and dessert lovers, but for anyone who loves being in the kitchen. Each month, they will send you an assortment of gadgets and ingredients with a total retail value of at least $80. It’s a great way to keep the gifts coming for however long you want!
The Vanilla Experience from Beanilla – $29.95
This includes the vanilla extract kit, plus three vials of vanilla beans. I made my own vanilla using their kit and it is the best vanilla I’ve ever had. This is a must!!!
Darth Baker -$24.99
This is just too awesome! If you are’t a Star Wars fan, Mod Cloth has a ton of other choices, too!
Marble Rolling Pin – $19.96
I love a good heavy rolling pin like this to get even dough. This is perfect to roll out cookies and pasta.
This book is by Joy the Baker and it is AWESOME! There really isn’t anything else I can say about it except that you need this book in your life!
Incredible Edible Flowers – $11.95
Edible flowers make striking garnishes to cakes, cupcakes, cheesecakes and other baked goods. This is a great way to have some available at all times!
Cuisinart 6 Piece Bakeware Set – $80 (on sale for $49.99 at Macy’s until 12/21/14)
This is perfect for someone just starting off, or in need of an upgrade. Plus, hello sale!
Crepe Maker – $49.95
I have this crepe maker and I absolutely adore it, plus it is so reasonably priced. It’s great for breakfasts as well as desserts.
Creme Brulee Torch – $30
A good kitchen torch is perfect not just for making creme brulee, but also roasting marshmallows indoors and caramelizing pretty much anything you can get your hands on with ease and total control.
12 Days of Christmas Treat Box – $125
This box is a collection of 12 of some of the best small batch desserts around
Sweet Lydia’s Peanut Butter S’mores Bars – $23 for 6
Or anything from Sweet Lydia’s, really. If you want the best marshmallowy goodness, you need to get Sweet Lydia’s.
This is such a great box for anyone who loves sweets. Each month you will get 4 – 5 treats from bakeries around the US. It’s always a surprise and always delicious. (You can also enter my giveaway to win a 3-month gift subscription for yourself or a loved one!)
Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes – Kindle $14.44 Hardcover – $20.47
I just got this book from PopSugar Must Have and I absolutely LOVE it! There are a lot of great stories from Dominique, plus crazy inventive recipes. I mean, he DID invent the cronut after all. Oh, did I mention that the cronut recipe is in this book? Yup, you definitely need to get this book (and a copy for yourself!)
Himilayan Salt Plate – $34.95
This plate is AMAZING! I own two of them. One for hot foods, the other for cold. Use it to grill your food, or freeze it and use it to eat ice cream and fresh fruit for an amazing food experience.
Chocomize Hot Chocolate Spoons – varies
Hot chocolate on a spoon is the best thing ever. Plus, Chocomize has a ton of other chocolate treats and desserts. (they also have macarons at a decent price!)
What do you hope to get on Christmas this year> What are some of your absolute holiday gifts for the bakers and dessert lovers in your life? There are probably a thousand things I wanted to include on this list, but I tried to keep it down to either things I really want or things I think are absolute must-haves that someone might not buy on their own right away.