What do bakers like to get from Santa?

Discussion in 'Pastries & Baking' started by live_to_cook, Dec 18, 2000.

  1. live_to_cook

    live_to_cook

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    You hardcore bakers out there, please help.

    My wife's the baker in the house and I want to get her something nice from Santa... online vendors would be okay, it can arrive in January and still be effective.

    She just got the Cooks Illustrated baking book and loves it.

    She's not shy about buying her own pans and equipment, but tends to limit her ingredients to what you can get at the local supermarket. I was thinking perhaps exotic/expensive ingredients that make a big difference would be the way to go...

    Vanilla beans? Superfine cooking chocolate? Your suggestions?

    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. live_to_cook

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    Crudeau: Get the chocolate from a bakery supply place ... do you mean, don't buy it online?

    [This message has been edited by Live_to_cook (edited 12-18-2000).]
     
  3. m brown

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    Where do you live? We can help you find venders near by!
    For christmas I would love to get some great baking books (payard, neo classical pastries, pastry arts magazine, chocolate magazine, etc.), antique art prints of pastry advertisments, unique cookie cutters, aprons, chef coat, wonderful paper pans, anything non stick and high temperature resistant, plastic scrapers and a mixer, bread machine, rolling pins, an assistant to clean up my mess, baking lessons in NYC, or Napa Valley!
    hope this list helps you too!!!!
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  4. nick.shu

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    mm, a big can of sevarome hazelnut paste
     
  5. mezzaluna

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    How about a Penzey's gift certificate? Try them at penzeys.com.
     
  6. isa

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    How about a gift basket with everything in it for either pies, cakes, cookies or bread, you choose the theme according to what your wife like to make.

    In the basket, put all the tools needed, ingredients.

    Or make one basket with just expensive ingredients like dried cherry and blueberry, macademia nuts etc.
     
  7. cape chef

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    M brown, I love pastry arts magazine.
    The two things I would buy a pastry chef are.
    an Icecream maker with a removable bowl for easy clean up. And a 2 inch thick Italian marble slab for dough and sugar work.
    Also I would by 200 pastry brushes because me and all my cooks are constantly stealing his
    Please don't tell
    cc
     
  8. m brown

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    Do not pay excessive chocolate prices!!!
    Right now Paris Gourmet, 1800 PASTRY 1, has a new line of chocolate called choconoel for a great price, 3 to 5 dollars per pound. Look for good prices by buying from purveyers in bulk and either gifting or splitting the cost with friends, family or even try a local baker or restaurant. If you pay C.O.D, you could do really well!
    Also try Uster imports, Swiss Challet, Harry Wills, DairyLand, Otto Brem, D Rosen, WhiteBakers and other purveyers in your city.
    Please, beware of retail on baking items, you could get taken to the cleaners!!!
     
  9. live_to_cook

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    Thank you for all your replies and suggestions... I knew I came to the right place.
     
  10. live_to_cook

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    m brown -- I live in Buffalo, NY... I couldn't find a Paris Gourmet site, do you know of one or only the phone number? I would buy my wife a large brick of chocolate but she's not done much chocolatier work, more baking ... of course if she decided not to make candy she could still eat it (or is it strictly cooking stuff?)
     
  11. live_to_cook

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    Nick.Shu: Hazelnut paste? Sounds like it would fit the expensive and exotic characteristics... what's it used for?
     
  12. live_to_cook

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    cape chef -- Pastry brushes, now that's something she needs that's always aggravating her. Last time she made tiropita (Greek cheese pie with phyllo) she threatened it was her last because all the pastry brushes she buys lose bristles ... can you recommend a brand that's sturdier? Thanks for your help.
     
  13. isa

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    Visit www.bigtray.com they have good products and excellent customer service. Their boar brushes are great. I've used mine often and it never lost a hair.
     
  14. live_to_cook

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    Boar brushes? Sounds scary but .. thanks Sisi.
     
  15. cape chef

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    live_to_cook,
    Home depot, isle # 4
    best darn brushes you can buy......and then you can paint your kitchen when your done
    cc
     
  16. kylew

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    Would gift certificates work? If so you could ceratinly expand her palate beyond the local supermarket. As someone who likes to bake I would be pretty damned happy with anyone who gave me a gift certificate to www.kingarthurflour.com. More funky flours than I knew existed! For vinilla beans etc. you might try penzeys.com
    Kyle
     
  17. nick.shu

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    ok, for those wanting to source cheaper callebaut - try sicao - callebaut recipe manufactured in singapore - belgian choc made with asian labour costs. Apparently for a couverture, it is little bit more temperamental than the belgian stuff, but cost will overwhelm that.

    Hazelnut paste, usable in pastries and ice cream - ive recently made sicao milk choc couverture and sevarome hazelnut paste icecream - it is quite warm here right now - 30 - 42 degs celsius. warning - sevarome paste is a lot more potent than, say, carma hazelnut paste. The skies the limit. Im thinking about hazelnut and chocolate brioche ATM.
     
  18. nick.shu

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    P.S those using bristle brushes, i hope you guys are soaking the brushes in warm water first.

    This releases the loose bristles.
     
  19. shroomgirl

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    OOOO NIck -shu...bacci ice cream and bread!!!do you put love notes in them too?

    They got all my ideas....LeNotre's first book on baking...visit a restaurant supply house for fun stuff.

    The only thing I can add to the food lists are liquors....Grand Mariner/Triple Sec, Brandy, Cognac, Armangac
    I rehydrate my dried fruits in liquors.

    Concentric cutters are good. I really use my tiny animal cutters.

    Nick Malgiari gives good pastry classes in NYC...Peter Kump School.
     
  20. mudbug

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    Live to cook,

    Does your wife have a Silpat? If not, I guarantee it'll make her happy.

    What specifically does she like to bake? ie: bread, pastries, cookies, working with phyllo, working with puff pastry, muffins, pizza?