The Best Baking Blogs for 2018
By Courtney Cosby
Baking is intensely satisfying. Who does not experience pure joy from the process of taking a few ingredients, carefully whipping them together and creating delicious baked masterpieces? Whether you do it for yourself, for the enjoyment of watching others indulge in your creations, or simply because you just love the baking aspect of baking, you grab new inspiration from any of these experienced bakers.
Joy the Baker
Stemming from New Orleans, Joy Wilson from Joy the Baker is a household name in many homes today. Joy is a trained professional baker who developed her love for baking from her father who originally trained her. She works hard to add to her archives of baked goods that have set a standard for bloggers across the baking realm. Joy has a talent that is nearly unmatched with both the mixing bowl and her camera as well as her entertaining and engaging writing style that will win your heart just as she has her countless fans.
Kristin Rosenau found that baking was her creative outlet which stole her heart while studying to get her master’s degree in astroparticle physics, thus the birth of Pastry Affair. Kristin’s rustic approach to all things food offers helpful baking hints for the home baker such as how to get your biscuits to rise perfectly and tips on the best way to freeze cookie dough. Filled with ample amounts of butter, sugar and gorgeous photography, Pastry Affair is sure to hold a place in your pastry loving heart.
Sally’s Baking Addiction
Sally, who learned to bake from her beloved grandmother, quit her job in finance to be a full-time baker and food blogger. If you want to be a better baker, check out her guides along with her amazing and highly rated recipes. Every recipe at Sallys Baking Addiction is designed to help every baker to gain necessary skills and confidence to bake from scratch. She has a wide array of recipes from cookies to appetizers and flavorful main dishes.
Two Peas and Their Pod
If you love cookies, this is the place to go. Although Two Peas and Their Pod offers fresh, simple and family friendly recipes that could fill any five course menu, Maria is known for her collection of over 200 cookie recipes! If you are into meal planning, you can also find great resources for scheduling your family’s meals at Two Peas and Their Pod.
Hint of Vanilla
This cheerful blog will add a touch of happy and adventure to anyone’s day. Megan Voight’s Hint of Vanilla breaks the mold with a modern twist while maintaining a classic appeal with timeless recipes. Megan has a passion for the outdoors and exhibits this in her recipe posts. She is a master at creating gorgeous lattice pie crusts and her bread recipes are to die for. She adds life to recipes with flavorful ingredients in breads like her braided basil pesto bread which is made with fluffy, pain-au-lait dough.
The Perfect Loaf
Maurizio Leo at The Perfect Loaf dons himself the “pathological sourdough baker” as he journeys forward to make the perfect loaf of bread. Maurizio’s interest in baking stems back to childhood when he worked in his father’s Italian restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He can currently be found in his home kitchen, mixing up baking inspiration and naturally leavened sourdough with a wild yeast starter. He is serious about baking from scratch too – he has been known to grind his own flour with a manual flour mill. The Perfect Loaf provides sourdough recipes for every level of baking as well as helpful techniques to mix and bake dough. Don’t miss his FAQ section on working with sourdough starters – it is a sourdough baking game changer!
Cookie and Kate
Cookie and Kate features vegetarian recipes and whole foods that are combined to create rich flavors along with healthy eating. Here you can find delicious and beautifully photographed seasonal recipes as well as tips on how to use healthy ingredients and how to find the best whole foods. This is a resource any healthy baker should peruse.
Wood and Spoon
Kate Wood, self-taught baker and clinical dietician by day is the creator of Wood and Spoon. From cookies to pies and cakes, her charming desserts are sure to please as much as her entertaining blog posts where she shares her tales of adventures wifing and mothering two in the Heart of Dixie. Her photography is simplistic and sophisticated with minimal props, placing all of the emphasis on the gorgeous food creations from her home kitchen.
Brown Eyed Baker
Michelle at Brown Eyed Baker strives to inspire bakers of all levels to explore their kitchens with her favorite recipes for comfort foods and desserts. Michelle grew up in an Italian family where the kitchen was always bustling with activity where everyone gathered and shared life while enjoying amazing food that was being created. Brown Eyed Baker shares recipes that are primarily made from scratch and has recipes for new bakers as well as those who want to try more challenging dishes. If you are new to baking, check out her Baking 101 section for helpful tips.
Butter and Brioche
Thalia Ho is a self-taught baker as well as recipe developer and blogger at Butter and Brioche. Thalia is always baking and frequently traveling away from her home in Brisbane, Australia. Her blog includes decadent recipes that spread tales of happiness, truth and love. Some of her featured recipes helped to pull her out of some of her darkest struggles and to a place of healing. This blog is beautiful and intends to use food as a way of human connection. Thalia strives to bring joy with every heavenly recipe and post she shares.