There’s nothing better than curling up on a cozy winter day and binge watching some Bake Off. Nothing. Better. When you hear that comforting sound the little stir of the cake batter makes and watch the careful placement of the raspberry on the cake top in the opening credits? Swoon.
I contemplated working ‘soggy bottom’ into the article title then swiftly thought against it. Most overused GBBO term ever? If you’re a longtime fan you are probably tired of it, too…but while I won’t be including any bottom jokes, I have included kitchen items sure to help you get that perfect bake.
I’ve rounded up some seriously cute and seriously useful items for the serious baker. Don’t worry…while I take the baking seriously, I still appreciate some cheekiness, too. So, without further ado, in homage to our favorite quirky show in a tent…
Bakers ready? Let’s begin!
Baking-Inspired Gifts For The Star Baker In Your Life
Can we just start off by gazing at the total cuteness of the pie weights? GAH. They might be a little heavy for a stocking stuffer but I seriously need these babies to appear under my tree this year. If you’ve ever made a pie crust that needs pre-baking you know how handy these would be. And I am certain I’ve just set myself up for a Mel & Sue joke in there somewhere. I miss them. And Mary. Dame Mary, now! As it should be.
But dang it. I should have also included the face tanner Paul prefers and a festive sweater Noel would wear in this roundup. Isn’t he the BEST human on TV? Yes. He is.
But we’re here for the baking right now, not those beloved TV personalities. Those Mason Cash bowls are quintessential Baking Show, too. And the beautiful pale green KitchenAid makes me want to scrap my boring silver one. Haha. You can see how these posts are dangerous, but oh-so-fun to come up with. *Takes short break to pop through a couple of episodes…*
Pretty Baking Upgrades
I mean, this KitchenAid mixer just gives classicly perfect, cute British kitchen vibes, but also it’s the best mixer you’ll ever have and the last one you’ll ever need. Hubs got me one of these for our first Christmas together and every serious baker definitely needs one.
A deep dish pie pan has been on my list for a bit now because whenever I go to make filled pies, it’s always a balancing act to get all the filling into my traditional-sized pie plates. This one is gorgeous and would make a beautiful present for the pie baker. Food52 is one of my very favorite sites for drool-worthy kitchen finds.
This has also been on my list. I’ve used a French rolling pin before and just prefer their size and shape for rolling dough. This is offered in two different widths; it seems like a personal preference, but for myself and for mostly pie dough (instead of biscuits, breads, etc.,) I’d go with the smaller.
It wouldn’t be a GBBO gift guide without these Mason Cash bowls. So cute and classic and a nice heavy weight for holding and mixing batters. I just want all the colors.
These mini pie plates are not only adorable but are also great for making smaller indulgences, especially if you’re a small family like ours of just three. They’re so pretty, and at just $8.95ea you can snag a whole set for pies, serving ice cream, serving sides, etc., Love.
I’ve mentioned how adorable these pie weights are already. And I like the fact that you can use them again and again.
7. Tarte Pan
OK, so honestly these metal pans, yeah, prevent the SOGGY BOTTOM of the pies and tarts we do not want. And the removable bottom is just necessary for getting tarts and quiches out beautifully for serving.
I didn’t even know these were a thing and now I’m obsessed. How beautiful would these make your crusts and cookies! The bottom classic Scandinavian floral pattern is my favorite. But gah think how even a pot pie would be stunning with that center floral option! You could roll out beautiful short bread cookie dough or sugar cookie dough with these. So fun.
Cookbooks + Fun Games
This great gift includes recipes from Paul, Prue and some of the bakers from the show. It’d be so pretty to have out as a coffee table book around the holidays, too! I wonder if it plays the theme song when you open it? Wouldn’t that be magical?
I’ve watched so many seasons of Bake Off, among countless other British shows, I can’t even remember whether with the ‘u’ or without the ‘u’ is the way I’m used to spelling colour. Regardless of my wannabe-Anglophile-tendencies, this is a cute gift for fans of any age.
Kim-Joy’s Magic Bakery is a cooperative baking card game in which you and your friends are working together to run a bakery in a magical forest. We are big fans of card games (less likely to loose pieces, right?) and the illustrations are adorable. This one is for 2-5 players and says for ages 8+. Gifting games is one of my favorite things besides art supplies. Less plastic in the house and hours of enjoyment that usually doesn’t come from other toy gifts. Can’t wait to try this out with my 8-year-old who LOVES watching GBBO with me!
I had a little trouble finding in-stock cookbooks that would ship easily to the U.S. from some of the other bakers, but also, Kim Joy’s items are just too adorable not to include, like this Christmas With Kim Joy book. It would be fun for any friends who are fans of baking, whimsical characters, animals and cuteness.
The Most-Useful Baking Gifts
Have and love these baking sheets that are so useful for everything. They stack together and the cooling rack stacks inside it. They’re also handy for prepping items to serve or moving multiple baked goods from here to there. They bake beautifully, too. I just pop a silicone mat on top for no sticking.
14. Zwilling Scale
A kitchen scale is a must-have for any true baker. Once you start using one you’ll never go back. This one is rechargeable and has a nice large area for weighing larger items. It also has a variety of options for measurements and is easy to clean since it’s one flat surface. Comes in black, too. I have similar thin scale and love how easy it is to store, as well!
15. Bread Lame
Teammate Tara and I collaborated on this article roundup, and this lovely tool is her favorite for scoring the tops of her beautiful sourdough loaves. I’m sure she’d get a handshake from Paul for the gorgeousness she creates, so I’d trust her judgment on this handy tool. The beautiful wooden handle makes it a special gift for the bread-baker in your life.
This silicone mat is so handy for rolling out pie crust, transferring it, and measuring out any other dough you need to measure for a certain bake. It has handy reference charts, rulers and everything you need on an easy-to-clean silicone mat. If you’re buying a gift as a set, you could also include one of these cute cookie baking mats for the cookie sheet.
Alright, friends. There we have it. Lovely gifts for your own star bakers. I’m literally off to go enjoy a cup of tea and a biscuit (yep, and not the flaky Southern kind…wait I am the flaky Southern kind…but I digress.)
Happy baking and gifting and binge-watching THE show of this century (fight me…OK, runner-up is Schitt’s Creek.)
Until next time…
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This one’s for the pinners…