As Mother’s Day approaches, I wanted to get this gift guide out for all of the sourdough loving, bread baking mommas this year. Whether she is a seasoned bread baker, or a novice to the sourdough world, I hope that this curated list makes shopping for her a breeze this year!
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1. Dehydrated Sourdough Starter
If she doesn’t already have a starter going, or just needs a backup, this dehydrated starter is great for the beginner and the seasoned breadmaker alike. It only takes a few days to get the culture active again and after that you can continue feeding this starter indefinitely.
2. Sourdough Starter Jar with Thermometer
When I first started baking sourdough, I would get a very active starter and then the next day it would die and nothing that I did could revive it. I changed the water that I used, the flour that I used, and the ratios that I used until I finally discovered that the place on my countertop that I kept my starter was getting sunshine through a window during the afternoon and the heat from the sunshine was ruining my starter. The ideal temp for a starter is between 75 and 85 degrees fahrenheit and this thermometer starter jar would have saved me a week of troubleshooting my starter! This one also comes with rubber bands and markers on the container already so that you can easily tell when your starter has doubled and is ready to use.
3. Wooden Stir Spoons
These are my favorite stir spoons for sourdough starters. They are easy to wash, natural, and durable. They are just the perfect essential that every sourdough-making momma needs in her kitchen!
4. Proofing Basket
If she doesn’t already have one of these, get her a proofing basket! This is such an essential and game changer when making sourdough. These help maintain the shape of the bread as it rises, which is especially important for sourdough since this is a wetter dough that will have a harder time maintaining its shape without one.
5. Bread Lame for Dough Scoring
Right before you bake your sourdough, you should make a slice in the top of the dough to allow it to expand as it bakes. Anyone who has tried to do this with an ordinary kitchen knife will tell you that a bread lame is truly a staple for sourdough baking. This one is affordable and popular. It also comes with 10 replacements and a leather cover.
6. Sourdough Scoring Book
Once you have the basics down, you can start exploring new patterns and ways of scoring the sourdough. These can be as simple or as intricate as you like. Scoring sourdough is truly an art that takes time, patience, and practice; but it is also one of the most satisfying parts of making fresh bread. This book is perfect for the sourdough bread maker who is looking to explore the world of sourdough scoring as an art. (You will definitely want a good bread lame for this!)
7. Sourdough Everyday Book
I am always looking for ways to use my sourdough starter discard. This book is great for every sourdough baker. It offers both bread recipes and sourdough discard recipes for a great no-waste approach to sourdough bread baking.
8. Danish Dough Whisk
This tool is great if you are mixing your sourdough by hand. It is easy to clean, mixes the flour faster and easier than any other handheld tools that I have tried (it’s as effective as hand mixing) and it keeps the dreaded sticky dough off of your hands. I would highly recommend this if you are making the bread by hand.
9. KitchenAid Dough Hook
If she is using a KitchenAid to mix and knead her sourdough, this attachment is a must.
10. KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer
This is so helpful when making any kind of bread. It significantly cuts down on the kneading time and does the work for you. I started making daily bread once I switched from hand kneading to using a KitchenAid Mixer.
11. Dutch Oven
This is another staple for sourdough bread baking. The dutch oven works to give that crisp crumb that we all love without burning, while ensuring that the inside of the bread if fully cooked too. This one is a quality option at a great price point.
12. Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Bread Oven
A luxury cast iron bread oven – this is always such a perfect mothers day gift for any mother who loves baking bread! Not to mention, this comes in so many beautiful colors.
13. Bread Box
A bread box keeps your homemade bread from getting hard overnight. If you frequently have leftovers, this is a great gift for her. This one also comes in a variety of beautiful colors.
14. The best sourdough cleaning brush
If she is making sourdough, she knows the pain of cleaning a jar of starter or bowl of dough. It sticks to EVERYTHING and is a full chore of its own to clean up. If she’s using a sponge, upgrade her to this cleaning brush that makes cleaning just a little bit easier!
15. Sourdough Baking Starter Kit
Lastly, If she is new to baking sourdough, and you aren’t sure what to start with, I HIGHLY suggest this sourdough baking starter kit. It has most of what she will need to get started and is a great price on Amazon.