Monday, October 18, 2010

Out of the oven...and into your heart

Lately I've been doing a lot of baking. There is something pleasant about a toasty kitchen when the weather outside starts to get cool. I love baking. The only hard part is keeping supplies on hand in my teeny tiny apartment.

I have an entire cabinet devoted to baking supplies: flours, sugars, baking soda and powder, sprinkles, and more. But, there never seems to be enough space for everything. I try to just keep necessities and buy anything else as needed.

This weekend I had to run out for some molasses because I've been craving gingerbread. But now, I have 3/4 of a jar of molasses to fit into my already stuffed cabinets. It's nice to not have to run to the store every time you want to bake something, but the items you only use every so often can really add up. So it got me thinking...

What ingredients do you always keep stocked? What's your favorite specialty item?

Applesauce Gingerbread (from the Apple Cookbook by Olwen Woodier)

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsps baking soda
  • 2 tsps ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9x13 inch baking dish. Melt butter over low heat. Pour into a mixing bowl. Beat in sugar and molasses.

Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat. Beat in the applesauce. Sift the flour baking soda, ginger, and cinnamon into the applesauce mixture and stir well to combine thoroughly.

Spoon into the baking dish and bake for 35 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Turn onto a wire rack; cool completely.

Serve with vanilla ice cream.


  1. I agree, molasses is not an every day item... but, hey, now you can make your own brown sugar! I keep those same ingredients stocked - but items like confectioners sugar, whole wheat flour and yeast aren't always in the pantry because I use them so sporadically.

  2. how crazy is it that I did not know that you could make brown sugar at home. I am in awe. it's weird too because the other day I was totally like, what is brown sugar anyways. but, apparently the thought went out of my head before I had a chance to google it!

    thank you so much for sharing!

  3. that looks so good!
    in the cooking realm, i always have pasta and some kind of marinara sauce on hand. for baking, im usually never out of sugar but everything else is up in the air. i have a relatively stocked baking cabinet but it seems like there is always ONE ingredient i am missing when i want to whip something up!

  4. That happens to me too. And then I'll run to the store for that one thing and I'll buy 12 new ingredients in the baking aisle. This past weekend when I went, I couldn't just buy one kind of flour. I was like ooh cake flour, ooh wheat flour, ooh bread flour and oh yea all I actually needed was all purpose flour. It's a problem for me ha.