Today I’m sharing the essential ingredients, tools and gadgets I use in my kitchen for BAKING. I love to cook, but baking is my true passion and I would own a bakery or cafe in a heartbeat. Something about the science and precision of baking is truly fascinating. I know, I’m a nerd. Ever since high school I have loved watching Cupcake Wars; the bakers’ ability to pair flavors and decorate flawless desserts left me in awe and eager to get in my own kitchen to learn the skills of the trade.
The most important lesson I’ve learned over the years when it comes to baking? Perfection is not necessary for something to taste amazing. Over the years, I’ve baked some pretty awful desserts (my original version of black bean brownies being one of them). The most recent mishap involved a Starbuck’s Lemon Loaf recipe where the bottom half completely stuck to the pan. Even still… the flavor was there, and with some troubleshooting and parchment paper the next loaf came out super clean and just as delicious. Moral of the story? Baking should be fun and is just like any other skill, it takes practice.
The list below includes all the essential baking ingredients I keep in my kitchen. This is a great foundation for those of you that want to begin baking but don’t know where to start. Whether you want to bake more at home or have the ingredients you need when a craving for brownies or chocolate chip cookies hits… this list is key! Besides the basic raw ingredients, I’ve also included other gadgets and tools that I’ve found helpful and use often in my kitchen!
Baking Essentials – Dry Goods
- All purpose flour
- White whole wheat flour
- Bread flour (if you like to make bread)
- Oats (quick cook or old fashioned rolled)
- Baking soda
- Baking powder
- Yeast (again for bread, cinnamon rolls, etc.)
- Corn starch
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Granulated sugar
- Light brown sugar
- Chocolate chips
- Vanilla extract
- Peppermint extract (because I LOVE mint)
- Peanut Butter
- Canola/vegetable oil
Baking Essentials – Perishables
Although the following aren’t specifically ingredients, baking can require a little bit more equipment than preparing dinner. I’ve added Amazon links to all the items, all of which are fairly affordable! Otherwise, your local Target, grocery store, etc. will have them too.
Baking Pans and Sheets
- Large cookie sheet
- 9″x 9″ square pan (brownie pan)
- 9″ x 12″ pan
- Loaf pan (for things like banana bread)
- Muffin tin