Gifts for Bread Bakers & Bread Making 2019

 

My passion for bread baking and all things #realbread have had the nice side effect of getting lovely bread related gifts for birthdays and for Christmas. Over the years, I’ve received many great gifts – some educational, some decorative, some unusual, unique and quirky. If you are looking for Christmas gift ideas for the bread baker in your life, this guide to the best gifts for bread bakers and bread baking should be helpful. There are lots of bread making gifts to choose from and here are my top gift ideas for bread bakers.

1. Bread making books

Bread making books are brilliantly inspirational and educational gifts for bread bakers of all levels. Here are my top picks and all-time favourite bread books which have been with me all the way.

Bread Matters: Why and How to Make Your Own
Bread Matters: Why and How to Make Your Own
The Handmade Loaf
The Handmade Loaf: Contemporary Recipes for the Home Baker

2. Clever bread making tools

These bread making gifts are for bakers who are looking to up their bread baking game.

  • A brilliant bread baking tool is the Lékué bread maker, a wonderfully efficient and practical silicone bowl which can be used for mixing, proofing and baking loaves of bread. It makes for a unique and clever gift for bread bakers, you can also read my detailed review here.
  • One bread baking accessory I cannot recommend highly enough is the La Cloche baking dome, a stoneware baking set with a base and domed lid. Baking with the La Cloche dome will do wonders for the aesthetics of bread loaves, delivering brilliantly crisp crusts and a soft, evenly baked crumb.
  • For those of us with cold kitchens which make proofing bread loaves, and sourdough loaves specifically, a lengthy and sometimes difficult process. Let me introduce the Brod and Taylor Folding Bread Proofer which doubles up as yoghurt maker and slow cooker.
Lékué Silicone Bread Maker
Lékué Silicone Bread Maker
La Cloche baking dome
La Cloche baking dome
Folding Proofer
Brod & Taylor Folding Proofer

3. Bread baking gift sets

This can be a really nice gift idea for budding bread bakers. Put together a bread making kit gift including a mixing bowl, dough scraper, baking cloth and a bread baking book. It makes for a thoughtful and decorative gift to get a newbie baker off to a great start!

Assemble a gift basket for bread bakers:

4. A grain mill for serious bakers

The perfect gift for those serious about bread baking. 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. High-quality, solid beechwood casing, stunning good looks, grinds all grains.
Grain Mill
Komo Fidibus Grain Mill

5. Accessory gifts for bread bakers

Some of the most useful gifts I’ve ever received were bread accessories for storing and serving bread. Here are some practical and decorative ideas for bread accessory gifts.

Wesco bread bin
Wesco bread bin

6. Bread photography

I love taking pictures of everything I bake and this book has helped me advance my bread photography.

Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography & Styling
Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography & Styling

7. Artisan bread baking courses

A brilliant gift to give! Here are some bread baking courses I can recommend:

8. Homemade Bread Gifts for Bakers

Finally, if you want to give something truly unique, personal and homemade, prepare a sourdough starter, bake a tasty sourdough loaf or bake a homemade Christmas bread gift.

Have fun choosing! I’m sure there are many more brilliant gifts for bread bakers out there, so let me know if you come across something special. I’ll add it to the list 🙂

My Challah Baking Story: The Truth Unveiled

 

Guest post by Mariel Slater

Let me tell the “real story” of the Challah versus Striezel bake-off with Pam.

Pam started baking. She got really into it very quick. She is talking about baking all the time and when we get together with friends she often brings bread. I think great. I can get Pam to easily bake me some challah and she will like it as it will be a new and interesting bread for her to bake and in turn I will get me some challah.

Mariel: I WANT CHALLAH
I WANT CHALLAH

I start by mentioning challah every time she talks about bread (did I mention that she talks about bread a lot?). I say, “Pam make me challah”. I say, “Pam please next time make me some challah.” I say, “Pam would you just get on with the challah making?”

No challah.

Finally Pam says, “Mariel come over and we can make challah together.” Hmmm I think. I am crap at making bread but this might turn out OK. Pam will be there and she will lead on the challah making. I agree.

Pam Facebook-messages me:

Pam's Facebook Message

Note where it says “Obviously this is not a competition!”

I think: Obviously this IS a competition.

Usually cooking and competition, this would be fine. I like to cook but am terrible at baking. I’ve never successfully baked yeast bread except for no-knead bread and quicker no-knead bread (see the pattern?). My bread turns out small and hard, my croissants like small crescent-shaped shortbread cookies and cakes are raw in the middle.

I acquiesce – at least I will get some challah type bread? Maybe with Pam there my challah will turn out ok?

Pam promises this isn’t a competition and I agree. When I arrive at Pam’s she has started her bread already and also started the blog post:

Striezel (Hefezopf) vs. Challah Bake-Off & Recipes

It so obviously is a competition.

Long story short – we bake, it turns out well. My challah is AMAZING. It’s like the challah that I have been thinking about and I am very happy.

Learning – if you want to learn to make bread, make bread with Pam 🙂

Here is the recipe that I used.

Interestingly, both bread recipes are quite similar and both are delicious. In fact I am enjoying a piece of Striezel right now slathered in butter. Yum.

I did it!
I did it!