The Ten Best: Luxury baking items

Baking is an easy and fun way to spend time with your family.
Baking is an easy and fun way to spend time with your family.
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1 You can embrace yummy mummy style and opt for chintz, but the Sainsbury’s Great British Bake Off collection features a countryside-themed apron.

Available from October 1, you can get stuck in to cooking with the kids, but with a bit of style – £7.

2 Classic good looks and high-quality craftsmanship make the Artisan stand mixer the ultimate in food mixers. Its robust all-metal construction, powerful 10-speed motor and tilt-up head design makes mixing large batches easy.

Take away the mucky side of cooking with this helpful gadget – £799.95, (John Lewis).

3 If you want a more affordable mixer that still meets all your basic baking needs, try out the Hearts stand mixer.

It has a 300W motor, five speeds and a beater eject button with safety feature – £30, from Next.

4 Once you’ve spent the day with the kids baking up every cake and treat imaginable, you need to have somewhere to put them.

Orla Kiely’s set of three round nesting tins are the perfect decorative way to keep them from going stale – £35, from Illustrated Living.

5 Add a touch of quirky retro charm to your kitchen with a large wall-mounted analogue clock featuring iced fancies – £15, from English Table.

6 Once you’ve done all that hard work, spending the afternoon baking up a storm, it’s always nice to sit down with a cuppa.

A Keep Calm and Have A Cupcake mug is the perfect choice – £8, from McLaggan Smith Mugs.

7 Elizabeth crockery is a range of kitchenware that meets your every need. You can get matching cups, plates, bowls, teapots and cake stand.

They are all dishwasher and microwave safe for convenience – £7.50 to £95, from Marks and Spencer (pictured above).

8 Perfect for encouraging your budding Jamie or Nigella, the Honeybake baking set will encourage your child to get involved and feel grown-up like mummy.

The toys are made of high-quality painted wood and the set includes a range of devices.

Suitable for children three years old and above – £50, from Berry Red.

9 Add a touch of vintage charm to the kitchen with this set of four songbird ceramic measuring spoons by Disaster Designs.

A beautiful baking aid that makes a thoughtful gift idea for anyone that loves to cook, or a treat for yourself.

The set includes all the different sizes you’ll need – £8.99, from Mollie and Fred.

10 If you’re looking at giving your kitchen a revamp, or you’re seriously considering making some big changes, then the Rangemaster Elise 110 Dual Fuel Cooker can provide a classic British touch.

Available in baby blue, the ultimate range cooker has a stainless steel gas hob with six burners.

It’s inspired by generations of gourmet excellence – from £2, 574, from Rangemaster.