We are driving back this morning from a family trip to Hakifax but I know when I get home, I have a couple of cookie orders to create for Cooking junior. So for that I give to you: “Zesty’s Top 8 Essential Baking Ingredients”
Here is a list of necessities I put together after trying to bake the other night and realizing I had expired baking powder and no brown sugar. Oh dear I said… off to the store I go – or better yet lets lie down on the couch and have some chips!
I never buy the large bags of flour even when they are on sale as I find we don’t use them enough around here and after the bag has been unsealed, flour only keeps for six to eight months.
For me, I like to have all the necessary ammo for sugars… White, brown and icing sugar should be on hand at all times. Pretty much every baked good calls for good old sugar of some sort.
There’s a reason why holiday baking has a distinct aroma and that’s because of holiday spices. I find that ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg are essential spices for this time of year. be sure your spices are fresh before you start baking… nothing worse than a flat package of cinnamon.
I recommend buying milk and white chocolate as required — otherwise they might get eaten before you need them. I am also a fan of chocolate chips. High quality semi-sweet chocolate chips are always good to have on hand for last-minute cookies.
5. Baking powder and Baking soda
Baking powder and baking soda help make dough rise and are essential components in the science of baking. Make sure to check the expiration on these babies or you will have a flat biscuit like I did one time when my baking powder had expired.
6. Nuts and dried fruits
And don’t forget the nuts. Almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts are mainstays in many a festive dish, but feel free to substitute your favorites. You can buy nuts early and store them in the freezer until needed.
Pure vanilla extract is far superior in flavor, There really is no comparison to artificial, which is synthetically produced and one-dimensional.
Like it or not – there is nothing like the real thing. Always have butter on hand as it freezes really well. Don’t skimp and try to cut calories. You are baking. Use the real deal. you will be rewarded in the end.
Now that you are stocked and ready to go, it’s time to break out your favourite recipes, pre-heat the oven and kick off the baking.
Have a super start to your week and I will talk to you on Wednesday.