Hello fellow bakers :) As promised, here is my post on the crucial ingredients that you should always have in your pantry, just in case you want to whip up a quick dessert. These ingredients appear in almost all recipes in one way or another…. so here is your bare baking necessities–ingredients guide!
1. All purpose flour
Just like in the name, this flour is used for everything! It’s all purpose! Flour is often a main ingredient in baked goods, from cookies, to cakes, to brownies, to even pies.
2. Granulated sugar
This is your basic, white sugar. Not to be confused with confectioner’s sugar–which is powdered sugar–this is also in most dessert recipes. This ingredient tends to be used up quicker than you think, so make sure you keep it in stock!
3. Brown sugar
There are two types of brown sugar, regular (often called dark) and light brown sugar. I always have regular brown sugar in my pantry–this is what most recipes call for. I wouldn’t buy light brown sugar unless a recipe specifically calls for it. The difference between light and regular brown sugar has to do with the amount of molasses that is added. Light brown sugar will have a lighter, more delicate and less molasses-y taste, and is usually used in lighter desserts, such as blondies (recipe to come!), certain kinds of cheesecakes, and variations of brown-sugar cookies.
4. Baking soda
I always get baking soda and baking powder confused. Baking soda comes in the orange box that you keep in the fridge–it’s used more frequently than baking power. This ingredient is used to make dough light and fluffy. Make sure you double check that you use baking soda instead of baking powder in your recipes when needed–if you use baking powder instead, your dessert will come out very firm and dense. (Some recipes do indeed call for baking powder. If you end up buying this just for one recipe, don’t fret–it will last forever in your cabinet).
5. Vanilla Extract
Vanilla extract is used in most cookie and cake recipes. It helps give your a batter a burst of sweetness and a nice vanilla tang.
Eggs are the binding ingredient of any recipe. Along with butter (which you should also have in your fridge) it makes your dough moist and combines your dry ingredients.
While this seems like a weird thing to have in a dessert, salt is essential. A dash of basic table salt actually helps enhance the flavors of the sweet ingredients.
(images taken from Google)
Do you guys have any baking ingredients that you always have on hand? I’d love to know! Also, I wanted to take a moment to give a shout-out to a reader… Maggie sent me this picture of her using my frosting technique to make cupcakes!
If you guys have any pictures of recipes from the blog that you’ve tried, send me an e-mail or leave a comment! itsacakewalkblog (at) gmail (dot) com
And remember–it’s a cake walk! :)