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! 

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Three Ingredient Baking by Sarah Rainey

Tapping into the trend of the moment, Three Ingredient Baking features 100 recipes for beautiful bakes made with just, you guessed it, three ingredients. This is a cookbook that proves you don’t need a store-cupboard full of ingredients to make incredibly delicious bakes. Our favourites? White Bread Plait and Chocolate Praline Brownies. Perfect for budding bakers.

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Biscuiteers Book of Iced GiftsFrom the popular Notting Hill Bakery, Biscuiteers, this cookbook demonstrates all of the essential recipes and techniques to make their amazing biscuits in a home kitchen. From different types of dough and icing skills, to how to make all sorts of biscuit designs, from ice cream toppers and wedding favours to Christmas tree decorations, this book is a treasure trove of ideas.

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.

Classic by Mary Berry

Who would you trust more than Mary Berry to teach you how to master the baking classics? While Mary’s latest cookbook is not solely dedicated to bakes, there’s a sizeable chapter dedicated to all manner of cakes and sweet things, from Summer Berry Pavlova to Ginger Spiced Ring Cake, Apple Tarte Tatin to Syrup Sponge Pudding.

The Violet Bakery Cookbook by Claire Ptak 

Claire Ptak hit superstardom in 2018 when Harry and Meghan chose her to bake their wedding cake. Bringing the bakes of her 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.

nadiya family favourites

Nadiya’s Family Favourites by Nadiya Hussain

From Great British Bake Off winner, Nadiya Hussain, her new cookbook is a celebration of all manner of family favourites as well, of course, as cakes and bakes. With a chapter dedicated to sweet things, Nadiya stays true to what she’s known for with show-stopping bakes and kid-loving treats. Peanut Honeycomb Banana Cake? Yes please.

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.

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