I’ve been baking for so long that I no longer need or use a recipe for most things. A few years ago, it occurred to me that I use the same basic recipe for cookies, muffins, cupcakes, cakes, crackers, and pizza crust. If you keep a few basic ingredients on hand, you can whip up something tasty in a few minutes.
The basic recipe is
2 cups flour. This can be a mix of unbleached white, whole wheat and other types, depending on what you are making, and your mood.
1/4 to 1/2 cup oil. (The type depends on what you are making. For instance last night when I made pizza crust, I used olive oil. However I found out the hard way that olive oil completely ruins chocolate chip cookies!)
1 Tablespoon baking power
1 Teaspoon baking soda
1/2 Teaspoon salt.
Sugar. Again-the amount depends on the use. I use about one cup of sugar for cookies. I put about a tablespoon of sugar in any kind of bread, such as pizza crusts. If you use a liquid sweetener, add a bit less liquid.
Liquid. Add enough to desired constancy, usually about 1/2 cup.. I like to use vanilla soy milk in cookies. In pizza crust or muffins I’ll usually use water. I have used half vegetable broth and water with good results.
Last night I made some ginger sugar, oatmeal cookies with this recipe. This are all that are left.
To make chocolate cookies, I added 1/2 cup cocoa powder, 1/4 cup extra sugar, and some chocolate chips and some Reese’s Pieces Chips to my basic recipe. These are “Son Approved”.