Baking Starter Kit

31 05 2010

Perhaps you’re like me and not normally all that into baking? I’ve always thought that there’s not enough room for laissez faire and being really creative (aka ‘being lazy and throwing whatever tickles your fancy into the mix’), and also it’s usually pretty messy. As a result, I’m always on the hunt for minimal admin baking options that allow for some interesting twists, and am pleased to say that numerous no-mess-no-fuss, almost idiot proof recipes are definitely out there.

So, if you’d like to give baking a bash, here’s my recommended (very basic and which I’ll keep up to date as I go along) starter kit of what to buy the next time you are grocery shopping… Oh and let me know if you think I’ve missed out anything vital.

Apron (because you just wouldn’t be a bona fide cook without one now would you?!)

Flours & Whites
Self raising
Regular all-purpose flour (aka Cake flour – I know, go figure right, you’d think this one would be the self-raising one?!)
Baking powder
Baking soda (aka bicarbonate of soda)
Gelatine powder

Sugars
Light brown
Castor sugar
Icing sugar
Dark brown (muscovado) sugar

Essences
Vanilla essence
Almond essence

Dairy
Eggs
Un-salted butter (never cook with margarine. It’s just not done)
Plain fat free yoghurt
Cream
Buttermilk (You can make your own buttermilk by adding 1 Tbsp white vinegar or lemon juice to 1L milk and let it stand for 10 minutes)

Dried fruit
Cranberries
Apricots
Raisins

Chocolate
Good quality dark & milk chocolate – 2 large slabs of each
Chocolate chips

Nuts & Seeds
Slivered almonds
Whole almonds (unsalted)
Walnuts (unsalted)
Pecan nuts (unsalted)
Cashew nuts (unsalted)
Poppy seeds
Sesame seeds
Sunflower seeds
Pumpkin seeds

Other
Grease-proof baking paper
Cling wrap
Muffin papers
Marshmallows (you’ll see why in an upcoming post!)

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4 responses

31 05 2010
Barbs Taylor

Essential baking trays. These are the ones I use the most frequently. I recommend the silicone ones, if you can get them. Muffin trays (large), a large flat biscuit tin (or they are sometimes called swiss roll tins), a silicone loaf shape, a plastic microwave cake dish (with the round hole in the middle) and a metal loose-bottomed cake tin. Two small sandwich cake tins are also useful if you want to make a layered cake.

31 05 2010
Tes

Good information. Thanks for sharing.

31 05 2010
afoodieliveshere

Thanks! Glad you found it useful!

31 05 2010
afoodieliveshere

Thanks B! I am going to do a ‘kitchen equipment starter kit’ next so will add this info there! much appreciated!! xxx

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