Nothing spreads holiday cheer quite like the fresh, warming smell of Christmas baking as it floats through the holiday house. Baking is a perfect activity for people both young and old and is a great way to build family memories and pass down family traditions to the next generation. Aside from being a great way to pass the time and make memories, baking your own delectable treats at Christmas is also both fun and delicious, so here’s a quick guide to some of the essential materials you may need to stock up on.
A mince pie tin
For perfectly home-baked mince pies, you will need a shallow, rounded and non-stick mince pie tin. Mince pie tins are slightly shallower and more rounded on the base than conventional muffin tins, which helps the mince pies to bake more quickly and limits you from putting in too much filling which may cause them to fall apart. Coming in many different sizes from the mini mince pie to the big deep filled variety add a few new tins to your collection to keep your mince pie production line in full swing.
Festive cookie cutters
Nothing says Christmas quite like freshly baked Christmas cookies, so stock up on a selection of traditional festive cookie cutters and decorative Cookie Stencils to really make your selection shine. Some festive cookie cutter favorites include snowflakes, stars, presents, angels, Christmas trees and of course Santa himself but there are now countless more modern varieties including Christmas dogs, ballerinas, and even Christmas cactus’.
Festive silicone molds
Silicone molds are great for sticky and hard to work with baked goods such as gingerbread and also come in handy for more intricate baking designs which require a more flexible mold. If you like to make your own Christmas chocolates then silicone mold varieties can help significantly with the de-molding process too. Dishwasher and microwave safe, easy to clean, easy to store and providing a consistent bake each time, silicone molds are quickly taking over from conventional tin molds.
A festive cake tin
The primary use for a festive cake tin is to store your home-baked Christmas cake over the festive period, but whether you bake your own Christmas cake or not, you will always find a use for one in your home. If you don’t bake your own cake then the tin can be used to store all your new cookie cutters, stencils, and molds in, or it can house freshly baked cookies or mince pies.
Baking Christmas goods is only half the fun and the rest lies in the decorating so stock up on cake toppers, edible glitter, glitter icing, edible paints, and other edible decorative items. Or if you’re feeling extra creative why not try making your own edible decorations and toppers yourself with sugar molds and molding icing?
Presentation boxes and gift bags
Baked goods make great presents over the festive period so remember to also replenish your supply of presentation boxes and gift bags so that you can hand out your cookies, mince pies, chocolates, and cakes to your friends and family.