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Baker’s Spice Kit

Baker's Spice Kit

Vanilla is one of the most important ingredients that a baker can have in his or her pantry, but it is not the only flavoring that plays a big role in baked goods. Williams Sonoma put together a Baker’s Spice Kit in recognition of this fact, grouping some high quality spices that most bakers would say are kitchen staples into a lovely gift set. The kit includes whole allspice, whole gloves, whole nutmeg, cocoa powder, ground Saigon cinnamon and – because we can’t skip the vanilla – vanilla sugar. This set is especially good for holiday baking, as each of these spices would go well in a gingerbread or pumpkin pie.

Because most of the spices in this kit are whole spices, you will need some additional equipment to use them. A spice grinder or coffee grinder will make short work of the allspice and cloves when you need them, and for the nutmeg you’ll want a nutmeg mill or a microplane. It may sound like a lot more work to grind the spices when you need them instead of scooping them out of a jar, but the flavors are much bolder when freshly ground and the spices last a lot longer when they’re kept whole. Plus, if you are considering a spicy set as a holiday gift, a spice grinder and nutmeg mill might make picking additional gifts for the baker in your life quite easy.

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4 Comments
  • Amanda :}
    November 5, 2010

    ooh i know what i’m getting as a christmas present for my self 🙂

  • Rachel
    November 5, 2010

    I’d love to start using whole spices rather than pre-ground ones. Looks like this might be a good way to start.

  • katie
    November 5, 2010

    You know, I’d love to see you do some traditional Guy Fawkes recipes – Parkin and Bonfire Toffee.

    I will leave you to research them yourself!

  • the blissful baker
    November 5, 2010

    i would love one of these, but it would make a great holiday gift for anyone who loves baking, too!

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