For those who plan to bake now and then, a handy list of the most basic ingredients used in baking can be a good guide to being prepared.
Below is a list of nonperishable items that are essentials for almost any baker.
It’s followed by optional ingredients and flavorings that some bakers will use often and others may not use at all, and a few perishable items important to keep stocked, since it’s nearly impossible to bake without them.
Although some recipes may call for special ingredients, almost all baked goods based on a dough or batter require the same basic set of ingredients, usually flour, a leavening agent like baking powder to help the dough rise, sugar, eggs, milk, oil, and flavoring.
- Oil (canola oil is a good choice)
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
Baking Spices and Flavorings
- Ground cinnamon
- Ground nutmeg
- Ground cloves
- Ground cardamom
- Ground ginger
- Other flavoring extracts (almond, orange, mint)
- Powdered dry milk or canned evaporated milk (add water to substitute for fresh milk)
- Cake flour
- Whole oats
- Powdered sugar
- Corn syrup
- Brown sugar or molasses
- Cocoa powder
- Chocolate chips
- Nuts (almonds, walnuts, or other favorites)
- Dried fruits
Perishable Items (Refrigerated)
- Packaged dry yeast