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  • noya Jan 21, 2009 08:26 AM
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I'm not a baker myself, so consider me clueless. Price range is flexible--$25 on the low end, $75 on the high. Thanks so much in advance!

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  1. Take a look at Pampered Chef Stoneware. I've given it to many as gifts.
    A pizza stone is about $25 & is very versatile. I use mine every day & even have the small bar pan in my toaster oven. Makes a huge difference. One friend just got a lasagna pan for Christmas & she absolutely loves it. It was around $40ish. There are muffin pans & bundt cake pans that are all made of stoneware as well.

    My other suggestion would be a Kitchen Aid Mixer and that would be several hundred dollars.

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    1. re: Isabella

      Before I even clicked on the topic and read this response, my first thought was a baking stone. I would look at fibrament stones as opposed to pizza stones from Pampered Chef. Fibrament is very good quality and you avoid the handles that come on the Pampered Chef stuff. Handles are unnecessary and they can get in the way.

      http://www.bakingstone.com/index.php

    2. If you don't know what they have I would suggest a King Arthur gift certificate.

      I also agree with the baking stone, and you could put in a bench knife/scraper and a sil-pat.
      A gift that would be very unique if they would be interested in a chef's jacket. I love to bake but I cant wear aprons, so a chefs jacket keeps my blouse clean and gets me in the proper mood. You can personalize them with colored buttons and linings if your interested.

      Chefwear.com

      1. How about a scale? I have (and love) the Salter one, which weighs in US and metric:
        http://www.amazon.com/Salter-Bakers-D...
        (When using it, it's best to put a sheet of plastic wrap over the weighing platform to keep ingredients from falling between it and the control area.)

        1. It depends on what they like to bake. If they are bread bakers, a good banneton would be a great gift.

          http://www.villagekitchen.com/mfg/mat...

          Whole vanilla beans, sparkling sugar, high quality chocolate in slabs, high quality cocoa, high quality dried fruits etc. would all be wonderful for the baker who bakes sweet things. (Meduri World Delights carries some exceptionally fine dried fruit - I'm a passionate baker and personally would be thrilled to receive a gift of one of their products. www.meduriworlddelights.com

          )

          The King Arthur gift certificate another poster mentioned is a great idea if you are not sure what the person already has. (Another reason I suggested the vanilla beans etc.)

          1. They probably have a stand mixer if they bake. One of those new beater blades (Beater Blade+) that scrapes the bowl as it beats and gets down into the dimple at the bottom would be very welcome.

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            1. re: Candy

              Great suggestion!

              1. re: Candy

                Be aware that the company designing the Beater Blades + is not making them for the 5 qt. Viking at this time. If you want to complain let me know and I can supply you with the 800 number to voice your complaint. I had the problem crop up with a very good customer today.
                I called the distributor who told me that they might be available towards the end of the year. They need more nagging, on their dime. That is not good enough, we need them now.

              2. all great suggestions so far - my favorite is the Beater Blade, but that's because it's the one thing i haven't gotten yet ;)

                i'll also add:
                - Silpat baking mats or pan liners
                - French rolling pin
                - stackable cooling racks
                - set of stainless steel mixing bowls and/or measuring cups & spoons
                - cookie press
                - pastry bag & set of tips

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                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  I love the narrow measuring spoons that are sold either bu King Arthur a or Sur LaTab because they can get into narrow spice jars. The scale and the Taylor thermo sold on the same page is also a great idea.

                  I forgot about the Beater Blade, but check to be sure that their mixer is compatible.

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    Agree. I would go with the Beater Blade if your friend has a stand mixer. I got one (as a holiday gift to myself) and love, love, love it. It makes a huge difference when you don't have to stop repeatedly to scrape the bowl.

                  2. If your baker doesn't have a wooden pastry board (one that has a lip on either side to keep it from slipping off the counter), that is very useful. Since I don't like using a pastry bag, another idea is the mechanical pastry bag from WS. Anything from KA catalog is a welcome gift.

                    1. & don't forget books!!! depending on what the person likes to bake:

                      like how to bake etc by nick malgieri

                      the king arthur books

                      the great holiday baking book by beatrice ojakangas

                      baking in america by greg patent

                      bread books: breadbaker's apprentice, beard on bread, classics. . .

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                      1. re: soupkitten

                        all great suggestions!

                      2. I like baking vessels. A nice tart pan with removable bottom, ramekins, specialty shapes such as bouchon molds, charlotte molds...

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                        1. re: jaykayen

                          thank you so much everyone. as usual, I am beyond impressed with your ideas. I have no doubt that the gift will be a huge success thanks to your advice. Really, I am so grateful for your suggestions!

                        2. You'd totally have to spy in the kitchen to see what she doesn't have.

                          Maybe even pie weights... although I think they are a bit of a waste of space since beans do the job well.

                          If you want to go ultra personal.... Williams-Sonoma offers personalized items. i.e. on the wooden handle on the spatula.

                          1. Perhaps a marble baking slab? Not to put in the oven but to roll out dough.

                            1. One of the self scraping beater blade,paddle specific to her mixer.SILPAT,parchment paper,baking stone,marble prep slab

                              1. A selection of bread flours, a selection of natural salts and/or seed packets (all avail in grocery stores, health store) and a bag of dry yeast placed inside a nice ceramic proofing bowl!

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                                1. re: HillJ

                                  Penzey's has some nice gift boxes for bakers. My pick would be their Extracts Gift Box--Double-Strength Vanilla, Pure Almond, Orange and Lemon--$37.99:
                                  http://www.penzeys.com/scstore/giftbo...

                                2. This is a shoo-in: Silpat Brand non-stick baking mats (only Silpat please)..they run $20 and never go on sale. Add ons: Heat resistant spatulas with thin edges and different sizes.

                                  Yes, we bake a lot..and my cousin owns a chain of bakeshops/cafes.

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                                  1. re: trvlcrzy

                                    Why only Silpat? I have four matfer exopats - I use them regularly, (I've had them for a few years now), they work great and I paid $9 a piece for them (half sheet size). I think they're more expensive now, but they do go on sale.

                                    1. re: flourgirl

                                      Definitely the Silpat/Exopat route. If they don't have them already, they will revolutionize their baking experience.

                                      I've used them both, they're interchangeable. Get the half sheet size.

                                      And if they don't already have them, maybe a couple of commercial grade half sheet baking pans to go along with the exopats.

                                  2. Take a peek at some of the nordic ware bundt and cup cake pans. They have some awfully cute and funny ones and they are well made. William sonoma and amazon have most of them, also the nordic ware site.