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Ingredients that Widen Your Baking Options

The ingredients you keep on hand in your pantry can make or break a baking plan. Though you may not use these baking ingredients all the time, they’re just the right supplies for certain baking projects.

Having these ingredients increases your range of baking possibilities:

  • Chocolate: Unsweetened and bittersweet squares, semisweet chips, and cocoa powder.

  • Confectioners’ sugar: Also called powdered sugar. Good for sprinkling over baked goods or for quick frostings.

  • Cornmeal: Yellow or white. Keep in a canister or tightly sealed bag.

  • Cornstarch: For thickening soups, stews, sauces, and gravies.

  • Cream of tartar: For stabilizing egg whites.

  • Dark and light brown sugars: For baking and making barbecue sauces and glazes for ham and pork. Dark brown is more intense in flavor than light.

  • Gelatin: Unflavored and powdered for molded salads and cold dessert mousses.

  • Honey: For sweet glazes, dressings, and syrups. To thin crystallized honey, set the bottle in a pan of hot tap water.

  • Muffin mixes in assorted flavors: For when you don’t have time to make them from scratch.

  • Vanilla extract, almond extract: For flavoring whipped cream, desserts, and baked goods.

  • Whole vanilla bean: For dessert sauces and vanilla sugar.

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