Maria’s Five Favorites: Get Ready to Bake!

Fall Baking Essentials

Here in Pennsylvania, fall brings with it bright colors, crisp air, and cold nights. The dropping temperatures make me grateful for the cozy warmth that will soon be radiating from my oven. And while I’d usually rather whip up something quick and easy on the stovetop, even I admit that there’s something magical about the heartening warmth, smells, and tastes created from baking.

So since I’ll soon be cranking the oven up to 400, and because Thanksgiving is just around the corner, I’m sharing my five favorite earth-friendly baking tools for this holiday season:

1. Reusable Wooden Pie Box. Smile… With fall comes pie! Safely transport your homemade pies or treats to holiday parties in this unfinished pine and poplar pie box that was made in the USA.

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2. Hand Stamped Quote Pie Pan. Baking a homemade pie for someone says a lot, but having a fun hidden quote at the bottom of the pan says so much more—literally! Better yet, these pie pans are hand-stamped in the USA and made from 100 percent aluminum.

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3. Hand Stamped Mini “Cutie Pie” Pie Pans. Full-size pies too much for you? Try these adorable one-of-a-kind mini pie pans, which have “cutie pie” hand-stamped onto the bottom of each one. They’re extremely versatile, too—bake a pie, mac ‘n’ cheese, or a quiche, or use them as individual serving dishes. They also make a perfect gift for all the cuties in your life!

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4. Tapered French Rolling Pin. Sculptural and functional, this handcrafted rolling pin makes a beautiful addition to any well-appointed kitchen. Each one is lathe-turned in Vermont using local American maple, and then hand dipped. The tapered ends of this traditional French-style rolling pin allow you to roll thin, uniform circles, which is especially useful for making pie or tart dough and other pastries.

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5. Cast Iron Loaf Pan. Produced by America’s oldest family-owned cookware foundry, this cast-iron loaf pan is perfect for preparing breads, cakes, and meatloaf.

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