The days are getting cooler and mornings are crisp and perfect for a hot cup of coffee. The leaves are falling and that means Autumn baking is here! I am so excited to get back into the kitchen and start baking sweet seasonal goodies for my family. I was on the phone the other day with my best friend, and she was telling me that she has this amazing cookbook with yummy recipes she wants to try, but always forgets to pick up the basic ingredients she needs on her grocery runs to throw together one of the tasty creations. I was telling her how I keep a running mental checklist of all the basics that I use the most of, and that as soon as I start to get low on one of those ingredients, I grab it the next time I am at the store. I thought about how nice it would be to have a printable checklist of some basic ingredients that I would use this season and want to keep stocked in my pantry and fridge. So I thought I would create a simple checklist that you can print out and use as well! You can print this fall baking essentials checklist out on regular printer paper and go through your pantry and refrigerator to see if you are low or missing one of these items.
I am sure there are ingredients you may use that I do not have listed, so I left a couple blank spaces in each category to write in your own.
If there are two special ingredients I use the most of this season, it would be canned pumpkin and fresh apples. I use canned pumpkin in breads, muffins, and pancakes all season long. I also love to throw together a quick apple crumble in a deep cast iron skillet. Apple pies, apples in our oatmeal for breakfast, apple muffins and bread and apple cake… ok, now I am hungry! I also use a lot of cinnamon from now until all through Winter. I like to sprinkle it on just about everything for that warm seasonal flavor. On coffee, muffins, oatmeal, yogurt, cold cereal, breads etc.
I created one ink-friendly version and one prettier image-heavy version you could display on your fridge.
To print the simple ink-friendly version click here.
To print the pretty checklist click here.
I always like to have paper muffin liners and parchment paper stocked in my kitchen. I use both a lot when baking. Plus, it is a real pain to have to run to the store in the middle of baking because you realize you are out.
What ingredients do you use the most this baking season? Anything you think I am forgetting?
I hope you and your family are enjoying the changing seasons and are leaning into the coziness of cooler days.
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