xmas gift guide III – bakers

a reader who commented on my gift guide for foodies gave me the idea to think beyond foodies and specify and extend the gift ideas for home-cooks. so here goes the extended gift guide – for bakers. they already have a lot of the basic equipment – so you ought to think out of the box. the baker will be delighted to get special or even vintage gadgets to add to their hobby. things that you only get if you put some effort in it. like a shiny pink spatula (i myself must have ‘killed’ over 7 in my not very extensive baking career already, so a substitute is always welcome), a particularly hard to get or exquisite ingredient (like, around here where we live, that would be fluff), an odd shaped mould, a vintage tool or, as seen in the upper part, particularly cute sprinkles, food coloring, decoration or chocolate drops).

make a ‘baker’s kit’, offered in a biscuit tin or a vintage gugelhupf mould, with various little things and tools inside. i’m pretty sure my friend who’s a keen baker would love it. here are a few of the items you could use to make it – of course there are no limits to your creativity.

1 green, red and white melted chocolate drops for baking, via layer cake shop
2 candied violets in a cute jar, for decorating, by demel in austria
3 organic lavender bulbs, for infusing, by purple haze lavender farm
4 striped paper straws, by paille en papier, via kikkerland
5 various odd shaped and colored sprinkles, white snowflakes and candy canes, via layer cake shop
6 striped goodies paper bags, via layer cake shop
7 pink polka dot cupcake sheets, via layer cake shop
8 biscuit and cookie tins, via my greener home
9 cupcake shaped gift tags, random
10 red baker’s twine, via layer cake shop or bhldn
11 madeleine biscuit moulds, via walmart
12 glass pastry cloche, via gilt groupe
13 heart shaped silicone baking shapes, via armada silicone
14 vintage appeal gugelhopf mould with lid, via avrupas catering equipment
15 scalloped white porcelain cake stand, via 21st century lifestyle
16 fluff marshmallow creme (in zurich available at the english book store)
17 cooking thermometer via amazon uk
18 pink shiny spatula set by le creuset, via bed, bad and beyond
19 professional quality baking spray by sprink, via ruth pretty catering

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