Holiday Gift Guide For New Bread Bakers

Holiday Gift Guide For New Bread Bakers

Emma Christensen
Dec 7, 2011

Know someone who is just getting into bread baking? Set them up in style! This guide has everything a beginning baker could dream of, from sourdough starters and proofing baskets to three cookbooks that are a baking education in themselves.


1 King Arthur Flour Bread Flour, $5 from King Arthur Flour: This flour makes loaves that rise beautifully and develop a fantastic chewy crumb.
2 Sourdough Starter, $13 from Cultures for Health: One of these cultures will get you set up to make loaf after sourdough loaf.
3 Baking Stone, $50 from Williams Sonoma: This clay stone rests on the oven shelf and provides even heat to breads and pizzas being baked on top.
4 Proofing Baskets, $20 from Breadtopia: These are used for the final rising of shaped artisan loaves to help support the dough as it rises.
5 Chicago Metallic Commercial Loaf Pans, $13-$15 from Sur la Table: These are the best loaf pans I've ever found. They're sturdy, easy to clean, and give breads a nice crisp crust.


6 Wooden Baker's Peel, $10 from Target: Useful for shuffling loaves into the hot over and scooping them out again once baked.
7 Combo Cooker, $56 from Lodge Cast Iron Cookware: The round of dough is set in the bottom skillet with the deeper pot inverted over top. This traps steam and creates a super-hot baking environment for baking artisan loaves.
8 The Bread Baker's Apprentice by Peter Reinhart, $21 from Amazon: This is a classic cookbook from one of the best baking instructors in the country. It's perfect for beginners.
9 Local Breads by Daniel Leader, $23 from Amazon: Page after page of sourdough recipes from every corner of the globe. This cookbook is definitely must-have for anyone interested in sourdough baking.
10 Tartine Bread by Chad Robertson, $22 from Amazon: One of my favorite new cookbooks on bread baking with recipes based on the no-knead bread technique. The book includes everything from the basic artisan loaf to crazy-delicious yeasted croissants.

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(Images: King Arthur Flour, Williams Sonoma, Breadtopia, Sur la Table, Target, Lodge Cast Iron Cookware, Amazon)

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