My friends keep making fun of me about my grocery bill. They are right in a way. I have almost all types of flour in my pantry. Three different kinds of sugar, liquid sweeteners like honey, molasses, all different kinds of baking chips and the list goes on. I know that most of the beginners will probably take the list to the grocery store and buy whatever is required, but if you stock your pantry with some basic ingredients, you can bake almost anything that is basic and not too fancy. Of course, if you want to make strawberry cake, you will need starwberries and you will have to go grocery shopping for that. So, here is a list of the very basic ingredients you will need to bake basic goods.
- All purpose flour - Go for unbleached one
- Whole Wheat flour - optional if you are into bread baking with whole wheat flour.
- Whole wheat pastry flour - you can use this in place of all purpose flour in almost all the bakes except for the yeast breads.
- Bread flour - only for yeast bread baking projects.
- Oats - rolled oats is preferable since this is used for most of the recipes.
- White granulated sugar.
- Light brown sugar - optional.
- Dark Brown sugar - optional.
- Molasses - optional.
- Maple Syrup - optional.
- Corn Syrup - optional
Note: Honey, maple syrup and corn syrup can be interchanged in a recipe without a significant effect on the end product. If you have white sugar and molasses, you can substitute for brown sugars.
1 cup of light brown sugar = 1 cup white sugar + 1 TBSP molasses.
1 cup of dark brown sugar = 1 cup white sugar + 2 TBSP molasses.
- Butter or Margarine.
- Shortening - optional.
- Canola oil or vegetable oil.
- Baking Soda
- Baking Powder
- Cream of Tartar - optional
- Yeast - only for yeast bread baking projects and some biscuits too.
- If substituting eggs - refer to Basics page.
- Ener - G egg replacer
- Flax meal or milled flax seeds
- Corn Starch
- Milk or buttermilk (You can make buttermilk using milk and vinegar)
- Different kinds of juices
- Yogurt or sourcream
- Spice powders like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg etc.
- Vanilla extract
- Almond extract - optional.
- Chocolate chips
- Nuts of various kinds
- Dried fruits of different kinds
- Unsweetened cocoa
- Baking chocolate squares
Cake = flour+salt+sugar+fat+leavener+flavoring+binder+optional extra +liquid
Cookie = flour+salt+sugar+fat+leavener+flavoring+binder+extra
Pie crust = flour+salt+shotening or butter
Bread or rolls= flour+salt+sugar+yeast+water+oil+optional extra
Muffin and quickbreads = flour+salt+sugar+liquid+leavener+binder+fat+optional flavorings+optional extra
Biscuits = flour +salt+sugar+baking powder+fat+liquid (buttermilk or yogurt)+ optional extra
Of course, this list does not cover the cheesecakes or other speciality baked good. I have also not included salt in the list or water since every kitchen has it. This list is very basic. When you start baking, ingredients will accumulate depending on what you bake. That is a warning and don't blame me if you run out of space in the pantry or your spouse gets mad at all the packets of stuff in the pantry.
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