Stocking a baking pantry for the first time? Before you spend a fortune, know there are a few staples that will carry you through most basic recipes. Make sure you invest in some closet organizers and tightly sealed containers, such as Tupperware or Rubbermaid containers, to keep ingredients fresh and make it easier to find what you need. If you stock your pantry with these simple ingredients and organizers, you'll create a baking pantry that will allow you to make that first cake or first batch of homemade bread with no problems.
You'll want to buy a bag of all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour to handle most baking recipes.
Stock your pantry with a container each of white granulated sugar, brown sugar and powdered sugar. For decorating cupcakes and cookies, pick up some colored decorative sugars as well. For making candies, pick up a bottle of corn syrup and a bottle of molasses.
Make sure you get a bottle of olive oil, a bottle of canola oil, and a small tub of lard or shortening for your varied baking needs.
No pantry is complete without at least one bottle of vanilla extract and another of almond extract, the two most commonly used flavorings in most American baking recipes. Spices commonly used in baking recipes for flavoring are cinnamon, ground ginger, all spice, ground cloves and nutmeg.
You'll also want to make sure you have the following baking items on your kitchen shelves: baking powder, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt, baking chocolate, cocoa powder and corn starch.
While you'll need to buy specific items to accommodate individual recipes, these staples will be the ones you'll use over and over again. Make sure you store these ingredients in cool, dark places in tightly sealed containers so they retain freshness and quality.
With so many types of flour to choose from, such as spelt flour, soy flour, quinoa flour, rice flour, organic bread flour and even gluten-free flour, your head may begin to spin. If you want your recipe to be a success, you'll need to understand what each type does and whether it's right for your recipe's need.
The word "soufflé" strikes fear in the hearts of both professional chefs and home cooks. Fortunately for anyone who desires to attempt a soufflé, they are not nearly as difficult as many people would have you believe.