Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Baker
Baking is a passion and since Valentine’s Day is all about love, enthusiasm, and devotion, why not consider a gift this year that expresses the same sentiment but in a different way to those who rely on the oven to work their magic? Bakers put a lot of effort into having the right tools, bowls, pans, and appliances to bring their creations to fruition but with the constant introduction of new products, there’s always something a baker needs (as opposed to wants), including:
Emile Henry Pie Dish
Most bakers covet anything French, especially an Emile Henry pie plate: a French-made provincial pie dish made of durable stoneware that resists scratching and chipping. With a decorated fluted edge, a white interior and a choice of exterior colors (including red cerise, pink, azure (blue), vert (green), citron (yellow), tangerine, slate, olive, and blanc (white)), the 9-inch Emile Henry pie plate is dishwasher safe. The pie dish sells for $37.49 at www.amazon.com with free shipping for Prime members or at Sur La Table (www.surlatable.com) for $29.99 plus shipping (free shipping for all orders over $59).
Rosanna Cake and Cupcake Stands
What better way to celebrate than with a cake (or cupcakes) displayed on a beautiful cake stand, especially if the stylish stand looks as good as the dessert on top? Rosanna, a Seattle-based tableware design company makes some of the most beautiful cake and cupcake stands on the market in a variety of colors including beautiful pastel shades. Cake stands sell for $18 – $120 while individual cupcake stands are now on sale for $9.50 each at www.rosannainc.com – all of which come wrapped and secured in a beautiful box that resembles a vintage hat box.
Chicago Metallic Bakeware
Most bakers will concede that high quality fresh ingredients make a difference but what many don’t know is how important a good quality pan is. Known as the “baking experts” Chicago Metallic has been crafting baking pans (and accessories) for home bakers for more than 100 years.
Made with heavy weight aluminized steel, the Chicago Metallic baking pans are strong, durable, and distribute heat evenly to ensure baked goods are cooked properly. Offerings include cake pans (8 and 9 inch, angel food, tier, springform, square), muffin, cupcake, loaf (mini and regular), bread (perforated, French, and ribbon), pie, pizza, tart, cookie, jelly roll, roasting, and specialty pans. To see the full line of bakeware, go to the company’s website: www.chicagometallicbakeware.com. Prices range from $10 – $30 and can be purchased at retailers (Williams Sonoma, Sur La Table, Macy’s, Bed Bath & Beyond) and on-line through the company’s website listed above, www.chefscatalog.com and www.amazon.com.