Cooking Tips + Kitchen Tips

Published on May 8th, 2013 | by Jennifer Kaplan


Bake With What’s In Your Pantry


Ever find yourself wishing you could bake but have no time to get to the store for ingredients (think an early weekend morning when the kids are bored or a late night realization that you’re on snack duty the next day)?  It happens to me more often than I wish to admit.

I was thrilled when I recently came across a fabulous tool on the King Arthur Flour website:  the Bake With What’s In Your Pantry tool. This page allows you input up to five ingredients and presto a bunch of recipes appear that you can make.

For example, I found flour, eggs, milk, vanilla and oatmeal in pantry. I input the ingredients and the tool delivered four viable recipes:

  1. Rolled Oatmeal Cookies– A classic oatmeal cookie
  2. Oatmeal Crispies– “A basic drop cookie changed to create something unique”
  3. “Escapade in Oatmeal”– Another take on oatmeal cookies, but thicker and gooeyier.
  4. Peanut Butter-Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies-A home made take on the Girl Scouts’ peanut butter sandwich cookies Do-si-sos’®

And, while arguably, none of the recipes could be made with only the five ingredients listed above, I did in fact have ingredients in my pantry for all the recipes.

Grappling with less conventional ingredients? Say, tomato paste, onion, garlic, flour and olive oil? No fear, the Bake With What’s In Your Pantry tool had this suggestion:

  1. Spicy Mini-Empanadas

True, the empanada recipe also called for hamburger and kalamata olives, among other things, but for my purposes its was a fair jump start for a day of savory baking.


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About the Author

is a former marketing consultant who decided, at the age of fifty, to turn her hand to creative non-fiction. Jennifer continues to write about sustainable food and wine, the intersection of food and marketing and food politics for and is the author of Greening Your Small Business (November 2009, Penguin Group (USA)). She was named one of The 16 Women You Must Follow on Twitter for Green Business. She has four kids, a dog, a hamster and an MBA - follow her on and .

One Response to Bake With What’s In Your Pantry

  1. Leanne says:

    This is a great idea! I will share it with my clients. I have a business called The Whole Pantry and am always looking for strategies for simplifying the cooking process. Part of that is reducing trips to the grocery store and this tool will provide recipe suggestions based on what is already in the pantry. Thanks!

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