When the number of items in The Perfect Pantry's cupboards, spice rack, refrigerator and freezer hit 225, I started to think about what I really need, use, love, crave... and maybe, just maybe, what I could do without, if I had to. The Things We Can't Live Without Week, Day Two.
If I were stranded on a desert island and for some reason got the urge to bake -- though this never ever happens at home -- I would absolutely, positively, be able to make do with this baker's dozen items from my pantry:
- All-purpose flour
- Whole wheat or white whole wheat flour
- Granulated white sugar
- Brown sugar
- Table salt
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Vanilla extract
- Unsalted butter*
- Frozen puff pastry
- Chocolate (chips or bars)
(*Update: Thanks, readers -- how could I forget butter? I substituted for refrigerated pie crust, so don't expect to find any pie on my island!)
What else would be on your must-have-for-baking pantry list?
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