Several years ago when I had to be hospitalized for a while, I passed quite a bit of time watching the Food Network. (It struck as ironic at the time that here I was watching all these cooking shows when I hadn’t even seen the inside of a kitchen for weeks.)
On one episode of 30 Minute Meals, Rachael Ray admitted that she “can’t bake,” which I thought was bizarre. Wasn’t baking much easier than cooking? I was no kitchen whiz, especially back then, but I had helped my mother make Christmas cookies and a couple pies when I was a kid and had always thought that it was a fairly simple thing that everybody knew how to.
But no, baking is actually pretty intimidating to some people, especially if they’ve had experiences in the past with rock-hard cookies or cakes with burnt edges that were raw on the inside. And if you’re planning to decorate your cake, that’s a whole other skill set to add to the mix.
If you love the idea of making your house smell like fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies but have no idea where to start and don’t even have any equipment to bake with, getting a beginner baking kit can be a first step to get you motivated.
Here are eight baking sets that would be great for a beginning adult baker, whether it’s for yourself or to give as a gift to a newlywed couple or a college graduate who just moved into their first apartment.
This set of baking pans comes in either orange or aqua blue for the trim. It includes two 9-inch round pans, a 9×13-inch rectangle pan, 10×15-inch crispy sheet, and a 9×5-inch deep rectangle pan. All the pans are both heavy-duty and non-stick. Many reviewers claimed that the food slid right out of them!