Baking Basics: My Must-Have Ingredients
Welcome back to another Baking Basics installment! Today we’re talking about stocking your pantry with baking ingredients, one of my favorite topics!
I’m sure most of you keep the basics like flour, sugar, eggs and butter, but what else can you stock up on to be ready to whip up practically any recipe on a moment’s notice? I keep a big stash of baking supplies at the ready so that when inspiration (or a last-minute visitor) strikes, I don’t need to run to the grocery store unless there is a specialty ingredient involved. Once I start to get low on something, I put it on my grocery list so I can re-stock it (a habit I picked up from my grandma!) before I’m completely out.
Below is everything I keep in my pantry on a regular basis, along with brand recommendations and links, where applicable. Is there anything you would add to the list?!
I buy all of the flours below from King Arthur Flour; my local grocery store carries most of them, but I’ve provided shopping links for your reference.
2. Bread Flour
3. Cake Flour
4. High-Gluten Flour
5. Rye Flour
I buy my granulated sugar and powdered sugar in bulk at Costco or Sam’s Club and order the superfine sugar from King Arthur Flour (link below); the others are purchased at my local grocery store.
8. Granulated (white) Sugar
9. Light Brown Sugar
10. Dark Brown Sugar
11. Powdered Sugar
12. Superfine Sugar
I buy Scharffen Berger unsweetened chocolate; the rest are Ghiradelli, all purchased at my local grocery store.
13. Unsweetened Chocolate
14. Dark Chocolate
15. Semisweet Chocolate
16. Milk Chocolate
17. White Chocolate
I use Hershey’s brand unsweetened cocoa powder from the grocery store; I buy Valrhona Dutch-process cocoa powder from Chocosphere.
18. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
19. Dutch-Process Cocoa Powder
I use a variety of brands for my chips, all of which I buy at the grocery store, with the exception of the cinnamon chips. See notes below.
20. Dark Chocolate Chips (Ghiradelli)
21. Semisweet Chocolate Chips (Ghiradelli)
22. Miniature Chocolate Chips (Ghiradelli)
23. Milk Chocolate Chips (Ghiradelli)
24. White Chocolate Chips (Ghiradelli)
25. Peanut Butter Chips (Reese’s)
26. Butterscotch Chips (Nestle)
27. Cinnamon Chips (King Arthur Flour)
Vanilla and Extracts
These are all purchased at the grocery store, except where noted below.
28. Whole Vanilla Beans (Beanilla)
29. Pure Vanilla Extract (King Arthur Flour) and Vanilla Bean Paste (King Arthur Flour)
30. Almond Extract
31. Anise Extract
32. Anise Oil (King Arthur Flour)
33. Coconut Extract
34. Lemon Extract
35. Mint Extract
36. Peppermint Extract
37. Food Coloring
38. Allspice (ground + whole berries)
39. Anise Seed
40. Baking Powder
41. Baking Soda
42. Caraway Seeds
43. Cardamom (ground + green and black pods)
44. Cinnamon (ground + sticks)
45. Cloves (ground and whole)
46. Cream of Tartar
47. Espresso Powder
48. Ginger (ground)
49. Nutmeg (ground and whole)
50. Poppy Seeds
51. Pumpkin Pie Spice
52. Sage (dried)
53. Sesame Seeds
54. Salts – Table Salt, Kosher Salt, Sea Salt and Fleur de Sel
All purchased either at the grocery store or in bulk at Costco or Sam’s Club.
56. Dried Apricots
57. Dried Cranberries
58. Dried Figs
59. Dried Mango
All purchased from Nuts.com.
63. Peanuts (dry roasted, honey roasted and roasted Virginia)
Miscellaneous Baking Ingredients
If not purchased at the grocery store, a link is included.
67. Breadcrumbs (plain, Italian and panko)
68. Candies, such as peanut butter cups, M&M’s, Reese’s Pieces, Hershey’s Kisses, candy canes, etc.
71. Corn Syrup (light and dark)
73. Diastatic Malt Powder (I use this in my bagels.)
74. Evaporated Milk
75. Graham Crackers
79. Maple Syrup (always use pure maple syrup for baking, not imitation such as Log Cabin, Aunt Jemima, etc.)
82. Non-Stick Cooking Spray (i.e. Pam)
83. Oats (old-fashioned and quick cooking)
84. Peanut Butter (I don’t recommend using natural or homemade peanut butters for most baking recipes, as they are too oily. My brand of choice for baking is Skippy.)
85. Pumpkin (canned)
86. Shredded Coconut (sweetened and unsweetened)
87. Sweetened Condensed Milk
I purchase all of these at the grocery store, and buy organic where possible.
88. Butter (salted and unsalted)
90. Cream Cheese (Philadelphia brand, always)
92. Sour Cream
93. Whole Milk
94. Yeast (Red Star Active Dry Yeast and Red Star Rapid Rise Yeast)
These are all purchased at the grocery store. I don’t do much baking with olive oil or sesame oil, but I do use them often in my cooking.
95. Coconut Oil (refined and unrefined)
96. Olive Oil
97. Sesame Oil
98. Vegetable Oil
Again, these are all purchased at the grocery store. I primarily use white vinegar for baking, but figured I would include everything in my stash.
99. Balsamic Vinegar
100. Golden Balsamic Vinegar
101. Champagne Vinegar
102. Cider Vinegar
103. Malt Vinegar
104. Red Wine Vinegar
105. Rice Vinegar
106. Salad Vinegar
107. White Vinegar
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This is a pretty comprehensive list of everything I keep stocked for recipes, with the exception of things that are purely for everyday eating, such as rice, cereal, pasta, bread, etc. I included brands and sources where applicable, but again, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask below.
I hope this has provided inspiration for adding some fun ingredients to your pantry!
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