Baking has become somewhat synonymous with the coronavirus crisis, offering a sliver of joy and comfort in these times of darkness and uncertainty. So while we're spending more time than ever in our kitchens, it makes sense to invest in some items to complete your baking arsenal. Read on for our selection of our most coveted baking wares, all imbued with a sunny disposition to make your baking experience all the more joyous.

A classic, timeless style, Emile Henry’s wares are sure to be staples in your kitchen long after quarantine finishes. Crafted from Burgundian clay, this dish is the perfect tool for whipping up all manner of delicious pies and tarts.

A fresh set of crisp tea towels always go down a treat, and the pared-back, minimalistic style of this Country Road offering would complement any kitchen. And if you’re monogramming-mad, you can even opt to get it personalised, making it a perfect gift (or gift to self).

We all need a little injection of whimsy in our lives (especially when times are as difficult as they have been recently). These measuring spoons from Davis & Waddell combine function with a little fun – perfect for baking with children, or if you’re a child at heart yourself.

If you want to add a little variety to your back-to-back banana bread baking adventures, expanding your set of moulds will certainly encourage some more creativity. This bundt tin from Nordic Ware, the purveyors of baking tools that many a professional swear by, is a must-have whether you’re a baking rookie or very experienced, to help create that classic ring-shaped German cake (this lemon and yoghurt version looks particularly delicious).

Le Creuset’s high quality, long-lasting wares make for excellent investments for your kitchen – but their dreamy new shell pink range has made adding to basket all the more tempting. The whole range is pastel perfection, but this utensil jar might be top of our wishlist – helping keep tools tidy in the prettiest way imagineable.

Currently lusting after this pretty baking tray from Villeroy & Boch: a simple cream dish delicately adorned with a spray of watercolour blooms. Ideal for making delicious apple crumbles or perfecting your cinnamon rolls recipe.

While any mixing bowl will do the trick, there’s something about an earthenware version that helps elevate your baking out of the ordinary. This bowl from heritage British house Mason Cash, in a delicious shade of powdery mint green, is hardy and beautiful, sure to be a staple in your kitchen for many years to come.

While this adorable cakelet pan would be ideal for Valentine’s Day, we personally think it’s too cute for use only one day a year. One for creating baked goods to share joy with your loved ones – or one to tuck away for future baking when you can see your loved ones again (which is, hopefully, very soon).

Story by Tess de Vivie de Régie. Holding shot from Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette. 

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