Christmas 2018: The Best Baking Cookbooks

Whether they're a kneading newbie or a pastry pro, our round up of the best baking cookbooks to give this Christmas will inspire the perfect gift for the baker in your life. And when they're soon making you a freshly-baked sourdough loaf or whipping up a showstopping cake, you'll reap the benefits too! 

SWEET by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh 

In his first cookbook dedicated to baked goods, desserts and confections, Ottolenghi goes back to his pastry chef roots with his go-to baker, Helen Goh. The cookbook is full of beautifully-shot inspiration for all manner of bakes with clear and easy instructions and results that deliver on both flavour and presentation. If they're an Ottolenghi fan or like to experiment with different types of bakes, this is one for them.

Baking School: The Bread Ahead Cookbook by Matthew Jones, Justin Gellatly and Louise Gellatly

From the team behind London-based bakery, Bread Ahead, comes Baking School, an inspiring guide to how to make everything from the perfect sourdough to those instafamous doughnuts at home. With recipes for bakes from different parts of the world, they'll be baking up a gorgeous focaccia or perfect batch of bagels in no time!

Comfort by Candice Brown

Candice Brown's debut cookbook, Comfort, is full of the delicious showstoppers and signature bakes you'd expect from someone who made it all the way past Paul and Mary to be crowned the winner of GBBO 2016. From a triple-tier Black Forest Gateau, to her nan's Florentines, Comfort is full of nostalgic and accessible bakes.

Mary Berry's Baking Bible by Mary Berry 

From the undisputed Queen of Baking, Mary Berry's Baking Bible is the essential kitchen companion for both new and experienced bakers. They'll learn to make Mary’s classic scones, create a showstopping Victoria sponge, whip up a winning birthday cake and much, much more. Whatever the occasion, this book offers a wealth of baking inspiration, with Mary’s clear and concise instructions guaranteeing perfect results every time.

How Baking Works by James Morton  

GBBO finalist, James Morton, proves how easy baking can be as he breaks down a combination of both modern and traditional recipes into easy steps, explaining the theory behind baking techniques and how to prevent common baking blunders. They'll learn everything from the perfect caramel for Millionaire's Shortbread to how to avoid that infamous soggy bottom!

The Violet Bakery Cookbook by Claire Ptak 

Bringing the bakes of Claire Ptak's hugely popular East London-based bakery to your home, The Violet Bakery Cookbook is a great choice for adventurous bakers who like experimenting with new flavours and techniques. With a focus on alternative flours and less refined sugar, it's a great option for health-conscious bakers too.

Bake Me a Cake as Fast as You Can by Miranda Gore Browne

The perfect book for baking beginners, Miranda's tried-and-tested recipes for cakes, traybakes and cupcakes are incredibly simple to follow and don't require any specialist equipment. 

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