I received a wonderful range of bread related gifts last year: books, a personalised apron and an inspiring bread baking course with Bread Matters. These presents really helped me to improve my baking skills, so I wanted to share a wishlist of gifts for bakers.
My gift ideas come in lots of shapes and forms, from speciality flours to food photography equipment and gourmet breaks, so hopefully you’ll find a suitable baking gift in this list whatever your budget.
What to get a baker?
As reviewed here, the Lékué bread maker is a wonderfully efficient and practical gift for bread bakers.
My Xmas treat to myself this year
Tartine Book No. 3 (Ancient Modern Classic Whole)
Working with whole grain flours, sprouted and fermented breads… can’t wait to explore!
Colourful floursack tea towels (sheets of fabric made of very thin cotton threads) -
very soft, absorbant and durable and super handy for bread bakers’ tasks such as covering dough or lining proving baskets.
I was given a speciality flour ‘bouquet’ which introduced me to the beautiful Kamut® wheat flour and made me experiment with chickpea flour. A great present for the experimental baker!
Bread baking starter set
A starter set including a mixing bowl, dough scraper, baking cloth and a copy of Richard Bertinet’s book ‘Dough’ to get the newbie baker off to a great start!
- Starter Baking Set, The Bertinet Kitchen
You can also assemble your own bread baking gift basket:
- Food Preparation Bowl Set
- Plastic Dough Scraper
- Banneton Proving Baskets
- The ultimate bread book: “Bread Matters: Why and How to Make your Own” by Andrew Whitley
- Heavy-duty Loaf Tin
- Oven Thermometer (for ovens as temperamental as mine)
- Thermapen Instant Food Thermometer (to avoid undercooked breads)
- Electric Scales (an absolute MUST)
- Luxury Oven Gloves with Fingers
A granite baking stone to perfect bread and pizza baking. It’s a very useful piece of baking equipment, I use it all the time!
Stand or hand mixer
A stand or hand mixer is not only a great gift for a baker, it’s a useful present for any cook. Both products below come with dough hooks…
- KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer
- Foldable Plastic Stand Mixer (easy to use, fold up and pack away to store; good for light bread doughs)
- Bodum Bistro Hand Mixer
Grinding flour at home and using fresh flour for bread baking makes a baker’s homemade goods even more flavoursome. Choose a quality and versatile grain mill for the best results!
- Komo Fidibus Grain Mill
A medium-sized, electric grain mill from Germany, highest quality, solid beechwood casing, stunning good looks, grinds all grains.
Bread knives, boards, bins & baskets
Why not put together a nice set for storing and consuming the baker’s tasty goods? Here are some wonderfully stylish ideas to get you started:
- A top quality Bread Knife
- Bread Board
- Bread Bin
- Bread Basket
- Russell Hobbs Glass Touch Toaster
The boss of all toasters & Which? magazine Best Buy. Browns well, toasts quickly and can fit a wide range of bread sizes incl. pita bread thanks to its extra-long slots.
The best bread books
My all-time favourite selection of bread books which have been with me all the way
- Bread Matters: Why and How to Make Your Own by Andrew Whitley
- The Homemade Loaf: The Best European and Artisan Recipes for Homemade Bread by Dan Lepard
- Crust: From Sourdough, Spelt and Rye Bread to Ciabatta, Bagels and Brioche by Richard Bertinet
- Knead to Know: The Real Bread Starter by The Real Bread Campaign
- Tartine Bread by Chad Robertson
- Rustikale Brote aus Deutschen Landen (in German) by Gerhard Kellner
And maybe this cook book stand to accompany your book gift:
I love taking pictures of everything I bake! Why not help your loved one advance their food photography ambitions:
- Canon Powershot G16
- Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography & Styling by Helen Dujardin
Artisan bread baking courses
What a brilliant gift to give! Here are some bread baking courses I can recommend:
- Bread Matters Courses, Macbiehill Farmhouse, Lamancha, West Linton near Edinburgh, UK
- Various Bakery Courses at The Bertinet Kitchen, Bath
The courses range from an Introduction to Bread Making to 5 Day Bread Making Courses to a Croissant and Viennoiserie Masterclass
Finally, if you want to give something very personal and homemade, prepare a sourdough starter for a budding baker or bake a tasty sourdough loaf.
Have fun choosing! I’m sure there are many more brilliant gift ideas for bakers out there, so let me know if you come across something special, I’d love to add it to the list