Basic Baking Pantry List

9:03 pm

In order to bake, it’s probably helpful to have an idea of what a basic pantry and tool chestshould look like.  This, my friend, is a bit of a tricky wicket as what one considers “basic” another may consider a “luxury.”  I have done my best, however, to bring to you what I believe really are the basics.  That being said, I firmly stand by my opinion that there is no reason to go out and buy all of your baking needs at once – even those on a basics list. :-)   I found it much easier on my budget to get some of the really core items to have on-hand (those are bolded in the list) and the rest I bought as the need arose.

I’ll warn you though that this method may prove frustrating to some.  For a long time, I still needed to go grocery shopping for every recipe I wanted to make and would sometimes find myself going to three different grocery stores to find the item or tool I needed in stock.  Not yet up to the contents of the ideal “expanded” list (coming soon), I still find myself heading to the store on a regular basis when baking, though by now it’s become almost part of the ritual.

One tip that I fail to abide by time and time again is to read the WHOLE recipe through thoroughly and make sure you have all ingredients before starting.  Oftentimes I’ll miss an ingredient or two because I glanced through the recipe and then must cat-proof everything halfway through to run to the store (or try to bribe Rick with promises of treats without end).  I even had to go to the store three times in one night (and you think I would have learned).

The basics list I bring you below is one that I compiled with my own experience, the help of my two new loves – Bon Appetit Desserts: The Cookbook for All Things Sweet and Wonderful and The Art and Soul of Baking as well as my baking consultant (read: mom/baker extraordinaire/dietitian/professor and overall food expert) and fact-checking with the internet.  I tried my best to keep this one truly basic, but please let me know if you think I overlooked anything and I’ll add it here or to my “expanded” list.

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Flour/Grains
All Purpose Flour
Cake flour

Sweeteners
Granulated Sugar

Corn Syrup
Dark Brown Sugar
Light Brown Sugar
Confectioner’s (Powdered) Sugar

Fat
Non-stick spray

Vegetable Oil
Solid Shortening (ex: Crisco), small container

Chocolate
Bittersweet Chocolate
Cocoa Powder, unsweetened
Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
Unsweetened Chocolate

 

Leaveners
Baking Powder

Baking Soda

Yeast, active dry

Thickeners and stabilizers
Cornstarch
Cream of Tarter

Spices
Salt

Cinnamon
Cloves, whole
Cloves, ground
Nutmeg , ground

Flavorings
Real Vanilla Extract
Coffee
Lemon Juice
Almond Extract
Mint Extract
Peppermint Extract

 

Mix-ins/Garnish
Raisins, dark
Pecans, whole, raw
Walnuts, whole, raw
Old-fashioned/Rolled Oats
Quick Oats
Sprinkles, nonpareils, etc for decorating
Liquid Food Coloring

Perishables
Unsalted Butter
Lemon/Lime/Orange
Large Eggs
Milk

Pans
9 x 13 baking pan

(2) 9” Round Cake Pans, 2” high sides
8 or 9” Square Baking Pan
Loaf Pan
Muffin/Cupcake Pan, standard 12 c. capacity
(2) Rimmed Baking Sheets (cookie sheets)
Pie Pans

Tools
Aluminum Foil
Box Grater, four-sided
Toothpicks (for testing doneness)
(2) Cooling Racks
Dry Measuring Cup Set
Hand Mixer
Knives
Liquid Measuring Cup, 2 c. size
Measuring Spoons
Mixing Bowl Set (sm, med, lg)
Pot Holders/Oven Mitts
Metal Ruler
Rolling Pin

Scissors (to be kept in the  kitchen)
Silicone Scraper
Saucepan, small, thick-bottomed
Spatula, icing (can also be used to level)
Timer
Oven Thermometer
Wire Whisk
Wooden Spoons

Cookie Cutters/Biscuit Cutter
Pastry Brushes
Parchment Paper
Peeler
Piping Nozzles and Bags
Plastic Squeeze Bottle
Plastic Wrap
Muffin/Cupcake Liners
Strainer (can also be used as a sifter)
Strawberry Huller
Vegetable Peeler
Wax Paper


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