Now I think it’s pretty obvious when I say I’m not a professional (far from it actually) when it comes to baking but I also think it’s fair to say that I’ve passed the beginning stages of baking now and I’m somewhere in the middle!
Being that I started as a beginner to baking only a couple of years back, I think in my time I’ve come to learn a lot of things about baking and honestly, still to this day I’m learning and growing as a baker.
My baking posts are defiantly some of my most read posts so from that, I’m guessing you guys are keen to know more about baking. So I thought I’d share what knowledge I do have about baking with you guys by doing a ‘Baking For Beginners’ series on my blog.
When I started baking and found an interest in it, I was lucky enough to have a family filled with brilliant bakers. My nan, auntie, cousins and mum are all brilliant bakers / cooks so i learnt from the best but I do know that not everyone has that. Therefore, I want my page to be somewhere that people can come and learn about baking, practice my recipes and find themselves a hobby or even a career out of it! That’s the goal anyway.
To kick start my series, I thought I’d share with you the most important part to baking… the ingredients! Having the right ingredients in your cupboards is KEY when wanting to learn how to bake. Honestly, you can make any recipe your own by adding whatever fillings etc you want to it BUT you’ve got to have the key ingredients if you want the main bake to go right. So I’ve put together a list of the ESSENTIAL ingredients you should have and always have in your cupboards.
Essential Ingredients You Need For Baking:
- Plain All-Purpose Flour
- Self-Raising Flour
- White Caster Sugar
- Light Brown Sugar
- Granulated Sugar
- Demerara Sugar
- Unsalted Butter
- Salted Butter
- Stork Butter
- Vanilla Extract / Vanilla Bean Paste
- Baking Powder
- Baking Soda
- Cocoa Powder
- Dried Fruit / Nuts
- Evaporated Milk
- Vegetable Oil
- Golden Syrup
- Icing Sugar
- Royal Icing Sugar
- Chocolate Chips
These are the essential ingredients that I can think of off the top of my head! You can almost guarantee that at least 2 or 3 of these essential ingredients will be in a recipe you want to do so having these on hand is a must.
I really hope today’s first instalment of my ‘Baking For Beginners’ series gave you that helping hand you needed. I just think to myself – I’ve got all this knowledge when it comes to baking as it’s truly a passion of mine as well as a hobby, why shouldn’t I share this knowledge with you guys and help any of you who want to start a baking journey also?
My next instalment will be coming soon so keep your eyes peeled for that!
Sending you all tons of love & hugs as always,