Wednesday, 12 November 2014

My Top Ten Baking Store Cupboard Essentials

1. Butter
We'll start our list in the fridge. A key ingredient for most cakes and bakes (and also for liberally spreading over hot crumpets). 

2. Eggs
Eggs too are rather a staple for baking and are used to add structure, leavening and to bind ingredients together. Pretty vital then. 

3. Sugar
Caster...brown...light muscovado....golden caster...dark muscovado....soft...icing sugar. At this rate, half your store cupboard will be covered in sugar granules. Various sugars are used for various purposes, for example, you'll need caster sugar for a classic Victoria Sponge, dark muscovado for a festive fruit cake and soft brown sugar for gooey fudgey Brownies.

4. Vanilla (I use Nielson Massey)
Avoid essence at your peril. You only want the good quality extract made from vanilla beans for the best possible flavour

5. Baking Powder
To give a little height and rise to your baking. The perfect partner to....

6. Plain flour 
Add to the first three ingredients on the list and you have yourself a lovely sponge!

7. Cinnamon 
A warming spice is a must for baking at this time of year. Cinnamon, Apple and Sultana Chelsea buns anyone?

8. Chocolate (I mostly use Green & Blacks)
If my supply of chocolate (dark, milk, white...I'm not fussy) reaches below 100g there is a siren on top of my store cupboard that starts screeching. I ought to really patent the Emergency Chocolate Siren. 

9. Almonds
The sweet almond is the worlds most popular nut. 'nuff said.

10. Lemon
Fancy whipping up a simple, sweet Lemon Drizzle Cake? A comforting Lemon Meringue Pie? Then you'll definitely need a couple of zingy lemons in your fruit bowl

What are your Top Ten Store Cupboard Ingredients?

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