Wednesday, August 11, 2010

12 Pantry Item's Every Aspiring Baker Must Have

So I'm taking a baking break this week... actually not really... I just didn't take pictures of the chocolate cream pie I made which mysteriously disappeared while I was out of town this weekend. Hmmm... I'll have to talk to my man, Sneaky McSneakerson, about that!

So... if I were stranded on a desert island or if you live in Oklahoma like myself and are unable to visit the store due to the annual (or biannual) ice storm and have an urge to bake --  I would be able to make do with a baker's dozen of pantry items. 

Welcome to my baking shelf! I like to keep all of my baking goods (other than flour, sugar, brown sugar and refrigerator items) in one place. If makes finding ingredients fast and easy! 

As for the flour, sugar and brown sugar... they get their own containers! I suggest everyone own a set of canisters. I have seen some adorable ones at Pier 1, Williams - Sonoma and of course Target (where my lovely canisters are from)!

Alright... Top 12 Pantry Item's Every Aspiring Baker Must Have
  1. All-purpose flour
  2. White sugar
  3. Brown sugar
  4. Table salt
  5. Baking powder
  6. Baking soda
  7. Vanilla extract
  8. Eggs
  9. Milk
  10. Butter
  11. Vegetable shortening (Crisco)
  12. Chocolate (chips, bars, coco powder)
Extra baking items I personally like to keep around
  1.  Peanut butter
  2. Cream cheese
  3. Sweetened condensed milk
  4. Powdered sugar
  5. Corn syrup
  6. Honey
  7. Old-fashioned rolled oats
  8. Nuts
  9. Food coloring
  10. Sprinkles
Did I miss something in my must have list ? What do you always keep in your pantry?


  1. I use nutmeg, cinnamon and golden raisins often!

  2. I would add graham crackers/graham cracker crusts and a few different varieties of cake mixes. Otherwise, it's a comprehensive list!

  3. I added the recipe for the cinnamon rolls on my blog (finally). You should give them a try. :D