The man who invented the cronut just gave us the perfect last-minute gift idea.

By Christie Calucchia
Updated March 05, 2020

When it comes to shopping for bakers, who better to take advice from than coveted pastry chef Dominique Ansel? After all, he is the mastermind behind one of the decades most popular confections: the cronut. The famed chef shared his best gift ideas on Amazon, and the selections are perfect for novice and pro bakers alike.

Along with a KitchenAid stand mixerZwilling J.A. Henckels knives, and All-Clad cookware, Ansel included this Rectangular Baking Dish Set from Staub in his gift guide—and we think it’s the perfect last-minute present for anyone on your list who loves to spend time in the kitchen.

Staub is known for its high-quality bakeware that won’t break the bank, and this baking dish set is no exception. It comes with 7.5-by-6-inch and 10.5-by-7.5-inch dishes with glass porcelain enamel finishes. Featuring a simple French design, the durable stoneware retains heat without absorbing moisture and can go straight from the oven to the table without skipping a beat. It’s even safe to pop them in the microwave, freezer, or broiler, along with the dishwasher for easy cleaning. Use them to make everything from baked lasagna to roasted chicken.

Many Amazon shoppers agree with Ansel and recommend the dishes because they’re versatile, easy to clean, and look beautiful on a tablescape. “These are amazing. You can put these in the oven OR the microwave,” one reviewer wrote. “They’re beautiful, great for baking, and clean up spectacularly easily. Plus, they look fabulous.”

Available in nine colors, including dark blue, matte black, and ivory, the dish set is currently 20 percent off its usual price. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your baker friend (or for yourself) head to Amazon to get the discounted set of Staub baking dishes today.


Buy It: $40 (orig. $50);