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Old 12-20-2011, 05:20 PM   #11
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Old 12-20-2011, 05:58 PM   #12
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I agree with Gourmet Greg on a high quality electric mixer and a wire cooling rack. The KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer is excellent.

More suggestions;
Good quality baking pans in various shapes and sizes, (I like Chicago Metallic professional line, which is aluminized steel), wire whisks, silicone spatulas, parchment paper, stainless steel mixing bowls...

Here are some essential baking ingredients, besides the obvious flour, sugars, etc. (I can recommend brands if you're interested):
Vanilla extract
Natural Cocoa Powder and Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder
Semi-sweet, bittersweet, and unsweetened block/bar chocolate
Semi-sweet and bittersweet chocolate chips
I forgot to add cinnamon and nutmeg to the list!
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Old 12-20-2011, 09:28 PM   #13
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Okay, this is a bit unusual, but I've been using this type of product for nearly 20 years and wouldn't be without it. What I'm posting is large sheets of what I have, but one could cut this product to fit any cooking/baking pan. I've done it.

The cookie sheets are the same ones I began keeping house with in 1968 and with the help of these Teflon sheets, they should last another 40+ years.

I also use them in my other baking/cake pans and have never found any fault with them.

I can't remember the company I purchased my Teflon sheets from, but these are essentially the same thing. Just cut to shape.

Another "plus" with these sheets is that you can gently slip the sheets off your cookie sheet and onto a cooling rack, not damaging the cookies at all. Then, you can cool the cookie sheet in readiness for another batch of unbaked cookies. Slip the Teflon sheet back on, drop the cookies and have at it once again.
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Old 12-21-2011, 12:31 AM   #14
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great ideas so far. She already has a bunch of the suggested items though.

Does anyone have comments on the special, perforated and shaped pans for baking french bread and baguettes? She really enjoys making breads and has tried french bread a few times on a regular cookie sheet. This looks like it might work well for her.

Keep the suggestions coming.
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Old 12-21-2011, 01:27 AM   #15
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My wife loves baking, if I bought her anything to do with it for a pressy she would nail my hand to the cake stand.
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Old 12-21-2011, 03:38 AM   #16
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Haha Bolas! I was thinking the same thing. I never did like getting non-personal items for gifts from my husband, like vacuum cleaners or irons, but I have to say cooking tools are a little different if Mr Doves wife enjoys baking then it would not be drudgery to her and some cool tools would make it even more fun! Hmmmm! And perhaps the reason your wife would nail your hand to the cake stand would be because she caught you "snitching" some cake! Lol!
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Old 12-21-2011, 04:17 AM   #17
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I agree with Bolas and Somebunny!

I really do not like it when people buy me things relating to my hobbies or special interests. Those areas of my life are unique to me and part of the fun of those hobbies is selecting the items I use. Also, quite honestly, well meaning people usually tend to miss the mark when selecting those presents. I always cringe when people say I got you the perfect gift or you just have to read this book.

Buy her the kind of present you would buy your girlfriend, you can't go wrong!
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Old 12-21-2011, 05:31 AM   #18
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great ideas so far. She already has a bunch of the suggested items though.

Does anyone have comments on the special, perforated and shaped pans for baking french bread and baguettes? She really enjoys making breads and has tried french bread a few times on a regular cookie sheet. This looks like it might work well for her.

Keep the suggestions coming.
We have a few Chicago Metallic coated perforated double loaf pans. They're collecting dust because:
- Our dough seems to rise better on a non metallic surface &
- Bake better directly on a hot clay 'stone'
- Not being a dish washing machine fan, the perforated bread pans are a pain to clean.
- Removing loaves from the hot pans can be problematic.
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Are there any cake decorating classes in Denver? A gift certificate to a class might be appreciated.
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I agree with Bolas and Somebunny!

I really do not like it when people buy me things relating to my hobbies or special interests. Those areas of my life are unique to me and part of the fun of those hobbies is selecting the items I use. Also, quite honestly, well meaning people usually tend to miss the mark when selecting those presents. I always cringe when people say I got you the perfect gift or you just have to read this book.

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