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Store These Staples: 10 Basic Baking Ingredients For Your Kitchen By Pankaj Sharma

  in Food and Drinks | Published 2016-08-23 01:19:15 | 244 Reads | Unrated

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Nothing is more frustrating than realizing you ran out of a particular ingredient and have to rummage for a substitute, borrow from a neighbor, or dash to the store, right in the middle of your baking! Whether you’re a regular baker or bake occasionally, it’s always a good idea to ensure you hav e plenty of basic ingredients on hand, to avoid last-minute delays.

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Nothing is more frustrating than realizing you ran out of a particular ingredient and have to rummage for a substitute, borrow from a neighbour, or dash to the store, right in the middle of your baking! Whether you’re a regular baker or bake occasionally, it’s always a good idea to ensure you have plenty of basic ingredients on hand, to avoid last-minute delays. Wisk by Cakesmiths conducts cake baking courses and professional cake decorating classes in Mumbai, and we’ve compiled a list of must-

have basic baking ingredients that you should always keep in your kitchen:

 

1. Chocolate: Chocolate is an important ingredient you’d want to keep on hand, whether it’s for making chocolate cakes or breaking it up to use as chocolate chips, as well as creating rich chocolate toppings. For most recipes, plain chocolate with around 40 perecent cocoa solids is sufficient, unless stated otherwise. You could also keep some milk and white chocolate on hand for other recipes.

 

2. Cocoa: Another important ingredient for chocolate cakes, cocoa imparts a rich chocolate flavour. A few tablespoons in place of flour along with melted chocolate will give a lot of depth to your recipe. Cocoa is also great for making chocolate buttercream for icing and cake filling.

 

3. Butter: For most cake recipes, butter is a must and it’s also an all-round item to keep in your kitchen. Butter gives a distinct flavour and it’s especially beneficial for adding to creamed cakes.

 

4. Baking powder: Baking powder is comprised of bicarbonate of soda and cream of tartar. Cream of tartar is an acid which is added to baking powder as it activates the bicarbonate of soda, which causes it to release carbon dioxide and aerate the cake with moisture. Baking powder is commonly used in baking, especially in baking creamed cakes.

 

5. Bicarbonate of soda: This can be bought separately, however it’s still necessary to add an acidic ingredient and moisture to activate it. Common acids that are found in recipes are milk, buttermilk, and tartar. Bicarbonate of soda has a very strong flavour so ensure not to overuse it. IIt is best used in cakes that are full-flavoured, such as ginger cake.

 

6. Sugar: Caster sugar is the most commonly used sugar for making cakes, especially for creamed cakes as it has a fine texture which blends well. Try to keep icing sugar on hand as well, which is used for making buttercream and icing glaze. Brown sugars are great to have around as they enhance the flavours of fruit cakes.

 

7. Vanilla extract: Vanilla is an essential item to keep around, and its worth buying a real vanilla bean instead of vanilla essence, as the former has a much richer and better flavour.

 

8. Flour: Both plain flour and self-rising flours are refined, or white flours that are crucial for baking. If a recipe calls for plain flour, it will also specify a particular raising agent such as bicarbonate of soda and baking powder.

 

9. Eggs: This is another all-rounder ingredient, which can be used in many recipes. Eggs are generally used in cake batters to trap air in the cake, and to also bind ingredients.

 

10. Sunflower oil: This is a multi-purpose culinary oil which is ideal for baking as its flavour is mild and allows the flavours of the other ingredients to shine through.

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