'Tis the season to be baking, but why waste your money on ingredients you'll use only once? This week on "In the Pantry," host Aida Mollenkamp tells you the six ingredients every baker should have in his or her kitchen.
1. All-purpose flour . If you like to bake, a good all-purpose, unbleached flour is an essential. "An awesome alternative is white, whole wheat flour," says Mollenkamp.
2. Sugar. Mollenkamp recommends that you stock your pantry with several types of sugar: baker's sugar, confectioner sugar, brown sugar, and a liquid sweetener.
Baker's sugar dissolves quickly and can be substituted for regular granulated sugar measure for measure. Baker's sugar can be used in meringues and simple syrups, or for sweetening cold drinks. You'll also want to keep on hand confectioner sugar, also known as powdered sugar, and brown sugar, especially if you're going to be making cookies. "I'd also recommend having one liquid sweetener on hand," Mollenkamp says, "andRead More »from In the Pantry: 6 Ingredients Every Baker Should Own