As you may already know, I love to teach and bake bread! Here are my top choices for gifting to bread bakers and bread lovers. From beginners learning to bake quick breads to the more experienced baking artisan sourdough- you’ll find a gift for everyone on your list.
I always love getting experiences as gifts. They are one-of-a-kind! My online e-courses are just that.
The bread bundle includes three in depth bread classes: Yeast Bread Essentials, Holiday Breads, and Beginner Sourdough Intensive. This course is perfect for the baker that is interested in becoming a confident bread baker.
Rose Levy Beranbaum's The Bread Bible has really helped me over the years. Recipes include bread made with yeast starters, quick breads, flatbreads, brioche, and much more. From ciabatta, semolina, rye, and sourdough breads to bagels, biscuits, crumpets, and pizza dough- this book has it all!
Bonnie Ohara writes the best book for new bread bakers! Complete with step-by-step photographs and instructions, this beautiful bread baking guide offers a tasty collection of recipes for kneaded, no-knead, and enriched breads.
She also goes over terminology, kitchen essentials, and troubleshooting.
A bread lame is essentially a razor blade attached to the end of a stick that is used to score bread. Because a razor blade is incredibly sharp, it helps you get a really nice and precise cut when you are scoring. This bread lame is the best quality I've ever used!
Be careful not to fly with this sharp tool. Be sure to ship it home instead.
Bryan Ford's New World Sourdough: Artisan Techniques for Creative Homemade Fermented Breads starts with less emphasis on perfecting crumb structure or obsessive temperature monitoring, instead he focuses on the tips and techniques he’s developed in his own practice.
It really is an interesting read and has helped me a lot to perfect my sourdough and really get in tune with it.
When the bread has cooled, it's finally time to slice and eat! Boos brand of cutting boards are the best of the best. We used the large tabletop blocks in culinary school which is why I'm so happy to have my own mini version with these cutting boards.
A really nice, quality gift would be fresh locally milled flour. I encourage you to check around your local community to see what is nearby. If you aren't finding anything, I suggest Janie's Mill flour. It's local to Chicago but they ship out anywhere!