Bread spoons by Niels Datema

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Bread spoons by Niels Datema

These five measuring spoons give the correct quantities of flour, water, yeast, sugar and oil to bake the perfect loaf of bread.

Bread spoons by Niels Datema

Dutch student Niels Datema created the Bread Spoons while studying at the Design Academy Eindhoven to simplify the process of baking bread at home by eliminating weighing scales.

Bread spoons by Niels Datema

Here are some more details from the designer:


The smell of a home baked loaf, the taste of a crunchy crust, the texture of a slice of whole grain bread, all of these experiences can come when you bake your bread with these five spoons.

Bread spoons by Niels Datema

To bake a nice loaf of bread you only need; flour, water, yeast, sugar and oil. Provides these five ingredients in the right amount with the spoons to make the perfect dough.

Bread spoons by Niels Datema

Every spoon is for one ingredient, you can see this on the side of the handle. The rest you need are your 2 hands so you can enhance your breakfast with home-baked bread.

Bread spoons by Niels Datema

Above: experiments

  • Julia

    Sugar not salt?!

    • Klaus

      sugar is used to decrease acidity and to better activate the yeast (at least that's what I think)…anyway I don't think you would need as much salt as the "sugar spoon"

  • Klaus

    I really love the way they are made..
    My problem with this kind of things, both in design and architecture, is the way things are justified:
    "simplify the process of baking bread at home by eliminating weighing scales"
    This doesn't make sense, I mean, a spoon should be easier to use than a weighing scale (modern ones, not medieval ones…)? what if you break one of the spoon? what if you want to make a different kind of bread, with different kind of flour..

    Can't we just say that those are nice spoons, without trying to find a better explanation/excuse (and failing)?

  • Dariusz

    won't the user be making one sort of bread, over and over and over and over again.. I agree with Julia – thought it was salt.? a bit useless as a one liner..

    • Chris

      why not? Most of us eat the same brand of bread over and over again. At least this time we'll be eating it fresh and home-baked instead of favouring mass production. I say "we'll" but I have no intention of buying one, no doubt they'll be ludicrously expensive.

  • Pierre-Louis

    They're never make bread…

  • Doro

    the idea itself is nice. although I disagree with the bread ingredients. "real" bread doesn't need oil or sugar or yeast, just flour, water, salt and culture. it would be nice to see this idea translated for other foods, also maybe with a variable ingredient.

  • http://bradleybowers.tumblr.com Bradley B.

    Fantastic. Playful, informative, and niche . . . it's design!

  • Laura Skeeters

    Simply genial! What an easy way to have fresh baked bread every day and feel great about it!! Love it!

  • David

    I also see flaws/limitations in this design, especially from the washing-up side of things; whats wrong with 1 pyrex bowl with marked levels?

    Beautiful objects I must say, but really, I see nothing special about this at all, unless its aimed at spoilt simpletons who have large dishwashers and cupboard space.

  • xtiaan

    oh goddammit my flour spoon broke in the dishwasher, no more bread!

  • Chloe

    I think you are forgetting that these spoons are not meant to be simply a functional, practical kitchen tool. They are a beautiful, aesthetically pleasing cross between art and design and functionality. I, for one, would love to have these in my kitchen. They would have pride of place somewhere where everyone could see them!

    Also, for those of you thinking the sugar spoon should be for salt – The sugar is what activates the yeast. You mix the sugar and yeast with tepid water and let it sit for a few minutes before mixing with the rest of the ingredients. And yes, salt is often an ingredient in bread, but certainly not the same amount as the sugar spoon you see above.