While the holidays are a popular time for cookies and other sweets, bread baking is a year-round staple for many. Artisan loaves are at the top of the list. Bakers looking for professional results can let their dough rise in a banneton (proofing basket) before baking it on an Emile Henry baking stone or in a cloche, which is a baking stone covered with a bell-shaped domed lid that traps steam for better rise and a crisper crust.
For traditionally shaped loaves, home bakers prefer aluminized steel pans by USA PAN with an easy-release silicone-based, nonstick finish. This is especially useful for gluten-free breads, which tend to be sticky and fragile.
The Great British Bake Off exposed American cooks to the digital scale for precise ingredient measurements. A popular one by Escali comes in a lot of colors and does metric and imperial measurements. All our digital scales have a tare feature so you can put a bowl on the scale, zero it out, and weigh what you put in it. Zero it again and you can measure all the ingredients in one bowl.
A new item at Orange Tree Imports this season is a puppy-treat baking pan for making dog-bone-shaped biscuits. It allows pet owners concerned about what they feed their pets to control the quality of their treats.
Holiday cookie basics have been improved by the advent of silicone, including the Silpat nonstick baking mat to use on cookie sheets for even baking and easy cleanup. Silicone spatulas and spoons are great for mixing and are heat resistant to 400 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. There are also silicone muffin pans with wire-rim structure, so they are easy to move in and out of the oven.
Rimmed sheet pans are perfect for popular sheet-pan dinners. The Nordic Ware line of aluminum bakeware is made in Minneapolis. USA PAN bakeware has a nonstick silicone coating for easy cleanup. You can add a rack to do oven-baked chicken, bacon, or roasted potatoes.
Families love making holiday cookies together, and we’re seeing a trend toward cookie stamps, springerle rolling pins, and cookie cutters to make a wide variety of cookie styles. The OXO cookie press is perfect for spritz cookies—a Wisconsin holiday favorite.
For those with a small family (or a small kitchen), toaster-oven-sized cheesecake pans, sheet pans, and muffin tins are also perfect for personal-sized treats and homemade gifts.
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