Tips & Techniques

What to Bake for New Neighbors

June 28, 2014

There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to keep the conversation going.

Today: Love your neighbor as yourself -- with boxes and bags of baked goods. 

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As kids, we jumped at any opportunity to run an errand to our neighbor's house. Be it borrowing a few eggs or drumming up business for our lemonade stand, we rang the doorbell with confidence and -- using the biggest words in our vocabulary -- chatted up our neighbors like they were family. Fast forward a decade or two, and we've moved into our own houses and have new batches of neighbors to meet. We now agonize over this once-relished task, and pace behind our doors, mulling over gift options for greeting the locals. 

Our Provisions Editor, Posie Harwood, recently moved into a new apartment and reached out to the Food52 community for tips on what to bake for her new neighbors. She received such good advice, we wish we lived next door.

More: Packaging that looks as good as what's inside


Tell us: What are your favorite edible gifts? 

Challah photo by Mark Weinberg, marshmallow photo by Sarah Shatz, all other photos by James Ransom

See what other Food52 readers are saying.

  • Wayteach
  • rmyyra
  • Posie (Harwood) Brien
    Posie (Harwood) Brien
Student, aimless wanderer of grocery store aisles, almond butter's number one fan.


Wayteach September 21, 2021
I love to bake, but there are only two of us here. Neither of us needs baked goods! BUT, I hate putting out my garbage cans each week. Both my husband and I walk with canes. SO, I made a deal with the family across the street which has four high school/ college age sons. Their mom is a busy teacher. The boys take care of our cans, and I bake them a treat each week! It’s a win-win!
rmyyra June 29, 2014
My husband is a whole grain brewer and I have been experimenting with baking breads with his spent grain. These 'experiments' make great new neighbor gifts as well as opening the conversations that lead to new friends.
Posie (. June 28, 2014
the best!! thank you to everyone for such good advice -- I think I'll just be baking weekly for my neighbors now