I've been hard at work on my latest book all about desserts. As I was writing down 157 recipes- some of which have been saved for later publications- I came to a fun realization. Having your pantry stocked with the following items allows you to whip up that birthday cake for a friend, cupcakes for your child's class, biscuits for supper or that special goodie tray for the bake sale- without going out to the market for anything. This list can be accumulated over time. Many of the ingredients have an extended shelf life. The perishables listed at the end are those that you probably have on hand in the fridge anyway. This list is helpful when you're getting started as a baker. Lots of the items can be found in the bulk section of your local health food store. Rising Tide is my favorite local shop in Damariscotta. They carry many different types of flour and sugar to suit whatever recipes I can think up.
In the Pantry
Baking uses many of the same items to create a myriad of different recipes. Here are some things to keep on hand in your pantry to make baking a snap. You can gather them over time to have the staples necessary to whip something up when you need it.
Flour- white, wheat, soy...
Pastry or cake flour
Brown sugar- light and dark
Bakewell Cream- cream of tartar
Egg white powder
Crisco or other vegetable shortening
Various pure extracts- lemon, anise…
Nutmeg- whole and ground
Chocolate- bits, bars and unsweetened squares- white and dark
Seeds and nuts- flax, sesame, poppy, caraway, etc...
Jams and jellies of assorted flavors
In the icebox:
Fresh citrus fruit
Pastor Chuck's applesauce and apple butter
Savor,Linger, Enjoy! -Cynthia