Not much is remaining constant at the moment, so we’re delighted that the Great British Bake Off has made it back onto our screens for the 11th series. During lockdown, many of us discovered or rediscovered the joys of baking so we think the show has returned at the perfect time. If you’re looking for a gift for a baking enthusiast or just want to equip your own kitchen, then we’re tracked down the quirky, the useful and the aesthetic accessories you need.
1. ‘Baking fuel’ mug, Laura Lee Designs
Right, first things first – we can’t start baking until we’ve got a cuppa on the go! This ‘baking fuel’ mug makes the perfect kitchen companion, featuring a cheerful design of bakeware. Taken from original ink drawings by Laura Lee, this mug will become your most used piece of ‘baking’ equipment. Available in two sizes, prices start at £10 from Laura Lee Designs.
2. Nonstick baking tray set, ProCook
You can’t have too many baking trays (honestly, trust us, you can’t). This set from ProCook has a range of useful sizes and is good value for money. £18, available from ProCook.
3. ‘Baking’ apron, Sophie Allport
If, like us, you end your baking sessions looking like Frosty the Snowman under a film of flour, then a decent apron is a must. We like this cute one with illustrations of tasty treats, along with whisks, heart-shaped cookie cutters, scales, mixing bowls and wooden spoons on a neutral stone coloured background. Adult size, £21 from Sophe Allport.
4. Pretzel-shaped biscuit cutter, Rex London
Making ‘real’ pretzels is quite a skill and can be time consuming. We like this ‘cheat’s’ version – a cutter which will give your biscuits the shape (if not the size and flavour!) of the real thing. For a clever twist, it’s spring loaded so that the dough turns out perfectly. £2.95, available from Rex London.
5. Round cake tin, Garden Trading
If you’re making large cakes, you’ll need a decent cake tin. This one is made from robust powder coated steel in a range of colours, and has a domed lid for extra space. It also has a tight seal to keep bakes fresh. £25, available from Garden Trading.
6. Blue tit on blossom oven gloves, Mosney Mill
Protect your hands from hot pans and trays in style with these insulated oven gloves. Covered in cheeky blue tits perched among boughs of blossom, this ditsy design on a fresh, turquoise background is sure to cheer up any kitchen. £23, available from Mosney Mill.
7. Springerle and Speculaas pearwood biscuit roller, SousChef
Want pretty, continental-style biscuits with no effort? This pearwood roller features 12 different designs of birds, flowers, berries, squirrels and prestigious buildings. When you’ve rolled the designs out, use a knife or spatula to carefully cut each biscuit out before baking. £27.50, available from SousChef.
8. Amore heart-shaped cast iron trivet, Dibor
The perfect way to protect table tops and kitchen work surfaces, this heart shaped cast iron trivet is made from heat resistant iron and has protective rubber feet to prevent scratches to surfaces and keep it stable as possible when in use. £12, available from Dibor.
9. Masterclass copper finish measuring spoon set, KitchenCraft
This set of four stainless steel long handled measuring spoons has clearly marked with ml and teaspoon / tablespoon markings. They’re held together on one ring so that you’re less likely to lose them, and cost £6.99. See the KitchenCraft website for stockists.
10. Five piece colourful bamboo utensil set, Red Candy
The bright handles of this utensil set means it’s easy to pick out the right one for job. Made from real bamboo, the set contains a perforated cooking spoon for straining, a solid spoon, a solid spatula, a perforated spatula and a fork. Great value at just £9 for the set, available from Red Candy.
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