Pantry Staple Baking

We’ve rounded up a collection of recipes that utilize your everyday pantry ingredients. In the recipes below, feel free to switch up your spices, jams, nuts, garnishes, and more with whatever you happen to have stocked in your kitchen. Don’t be afraid to customize the flavor profiles to fit your baking needs! 

  1. Caramelized Banana Bread

Banana Bread

Crowned with golden Caramelized Banana halves and offering a hint of cinnamon flavor, this loaf is all about taking the banana to the nth power of sweetness. If you don’t have sour cream, you can substitute full fat regular yogurt or crème fraîche.

2. Hazelnut-Banana Sour Cream Muffins

With a toasty Hazelnut Streusel topping and the tender crumb of banana bread, these muffins are a welcome treat for any morning. If you don’t have hazelnuts, feel free to swap them out with whatever nut you have on hand.

3. Johnny Bread

Every Sunday morning in households and eateries across Bermuda, johnny bread is served with boiled potatoes, bananas, and codfish. With a golden-brown exterior and tender, fluffy crumb, johnny bread is versatile enough to enjoy with dinner or as a snack smeared with jam or honey. Traditionally, Bermudians cook the dough shaped into a disk or cut into a scone-like wedge in a hot skillet. For our recipe, we bake the bread for a few minutes after frying.

4. Cardamom Flourless Chocolate Cake

Cardamom Flourless Chocolate Cake

The beauty of this cake is the crackled top, which, combined with the cardamom-scented cake, yields the perfect mix of crispy, soft, chocolaty goodness in a single bite. If you’re running low on flour, this is the cake for you!

5. Classic Soda Bread

Classic Soda Bread

A traditional take on quick bread, this soda bread recipe is brought to life by buttermilk and baking soda. These two ingredients combine to create a crunchy crust and a subtle tartness that’s definitively mouthwatering. Plus, this recipe requires only a few pantry ingredients and you can make your own buttermilk by adding 1 tablespoon (15 grams) white distilled vinegar or lemon juice to 1 cup (240 grams) whole milk.

6. PB&J Blondies

This blondie recipe makes the most of two pantry staples: peanut butter and jelly! In a throwback to your favorite childhood lunchbox item, we added luscious swirls of grape jelly and extra peanut butter to the top of our peanut butter-rich batter. Swap out the grape jelly for your favorite flavor.

7. Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

A grown-up chocolate cake, this olive oil stir-together batter has sophisticated cocoa notes complemented by a deep, dark ganache frosting. If you’re running low on butter, this cake is good option because it relies on olive oil for its fat content.

8. Cinnamon Jam Loaf

Filled with sweet, jammy swirls and topped with a nutty streusel, this quick bread makes for a hearty breakfast or tasty dessert. Substitute the jam for whatever fruit preserves or spreads you have at home. If you’re out of cinnamon, use nutmeg, allspice, or cardamom to spice things up instead.

9. Orange-Cardamom Loaves

Orange-Cardamom Loaves

Dripping with sweet Orange Glaze and scented with warm cardamom and vanilla, these loaves are absolutely mouthwatering. This recipe also relies on pantry staple vegetable oil rather than butter to impart tenderness to the crumb. 

10. Sour Cherry Shortbread Linzer Cookies

These are the best sandwich cookies you’ll make this summer. A tiny bit of citric acid in the cookie dough creates a zesty sour cherry flavor, which balances out the buttery shortbread cookies. You can fill these linzer cookies with any jam or  preserve you like, and you can nix the citric acid in the cookie if you don’t have any!

11. Toasted Almond Sablés

Président® butter makes these sparkling sablés the ultimate buttery, melt-in-your-mouth cookies. Here, it imparts a creaminess that complements the flavor of toasted almonds exquisitely. Président is France’s number one butter and our go-to for all crumbly French cookies. 

12. Lime Shortbread Bars

Classic shortbread gets a summertime makeover in these zesty Lime Shortbread Bars. Adding lime zest to the dough adds a bite of freshness and plays up the buttery flavor of shortbread you know and crave. You can freeze the uncooked dough and bake off as you need! 

13. Cheesy Beer Bread

This cheesy loaf comes together easily but packs a whole lot of flavor! Use your favorite pale ale and Monterey Jack cheese, or whatever you happen to have on hand.

14. Marble Sheet Cake

Swirls of rich chocolate batter and sweet almond batter combine to create this stunning sheet cake. Top with a dusting of confectioner’s sugar for a simple yet elegant finish. You can flavor the almond batter with any other extract you happen to have on hand. 

15. Peanut Butter Cookies

Chewy, cakey, and full of addictive nuttiness, this fuss-free recipe checks off all the boxes for the ultimate peanut butter cookie. Plus, it’s the supersize bakery style you know and love. You’ll turn to these again and again when the late-night cravings call.

16. Blueberry Muffin Bread

For all the blueberry muffin fans out there, this one’s for you. With a tender, buttery crumb packed with juicy blueberries and a crunchy sugar-coated top, this Blueberry Muffin Bread is the loaf pan version of everyone’s favorite muffin.

17. Oatmeal Cherry Walnut Cookies

oatmeal cherry walnut cookies

These Oatmeal Cherry Walnut Cookies by Marian Cooper Cairns are the summer cookie you’ll be eating all season long. Who needs raisins when you can have a much bigger, even sweeter flavor impact with plump dried cherries? If walnuts are not your jam, pecans or hazelnuts are great substitutes. Be sure to toast the nuts for optimal flavor. Baking at 350°F (180°C) until the nuts smell slightly fragrant, about 8 minutes, will do the trick. 

18. Classic Olive Oil Cake

A staple in most Mediterranean kitchens, this light and barely sweet cake is perfect for an afternoon snack or late morning tea. A final brush of olive oil just before serving brings the fruity flavor to the front of your palate as soon as you take a bite. Olive oil takes the place of butter in this rich cake. 

19. Flourless Fudgy Cookies

Chocolate lovers will swoon over the rich texture of these Flourless Fudgy Cookies! Top with walnuts, your favorite nut, or whatever nut you happen to have on hand.

20. Do-It-All-Dough

This miracle recipe can go sweet or savory, depending on the baker’s whim. This flexible enriched dough will become the most trusted recipe in your bread repertoire. Luxuriously rich with milk, butter, an egg, and just a dash of sugar, the Do-It-All Dough can become the tender base for both Almond Cream Rolls and Garlic Herb Clover Rolls. So feel free to fill and top with any of your favorite ingredients. 

21. Sour Cream Coffee Cake

This endlessly customizable classic comes together in a flash. The warm notes of vanilla complement the subtle tanginess from the sour cream beautifully in the irresistibly tender crumb. When topped with the nutty crunch from the almond-cinnamon streusel, it’s pure magic.

22. Classic Vanilla Pound Cake

You can choose your flavor with this incredibly simple, perfectly sweet pound cake. Go almond, lemon, or vanilla. Top with your favorite glaze, chocolate sauce, or a sprinkle of confectioner’s sugar. The possibilities are endless!

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