Cooks who work on marble countertops already know that marble is great for working with pastry and chocolate. When chilled, a marble surface is ideal for keeping dough from sticking -- particularly when you're not keen on adding too much extra flour. If you're an avid baker, it's an essential tool to have in your kitchen. And you can get one for around $30!
You can find marble boards in all shapes and prices, but look for a board around 16" x 20" inch range, which is a good size for most dough rolling and working needs. We like this basic board from Sur La Table, which you can pick up for $40. For a larger, heavier board, the 24" x 16" marble pastry board from Williams-Sonoma will run you about $130. (It's also made in Spain, as opposed to China for the Sur La Table board.)
Another frugal option: look for remnant marble countertop pieces, or pick up a marble floor tile at home improvement store.
Do you have a marble pastry board?
Buy It! White Marble Pastry Board, 16" x 20", $39.95 from Sur La Table
(Image: Sur La Table)