Baking seems quite intimidating to those who have mostly cooked over a stove, scrutinizing every step of the cooking process. To be honest, there’s nothing to get intimidated about it, because baking is simply fun! Don’t agree? Well, then we have thought of an amazing way to prove that baking is fun by curating some easy baking recipes for beginners. Start out easy and once you get the hang of baking, you are going to enjoy it undoubtedly.
All you need to do is indulge in the magic of pouring the batter into the pan and see sweet and savory treats fluffing up and popping out. Baking can actually be that easy! And, in case you have uber-cool kitchen appliances like a Stand Mixer, then you can definitely make some yummy treats with ease.
So, let’s check out these easy recipes for beginners.
1. Start Your Day with Banana Bread
There’s nothing more satisfying than a scrumptious breakfast to start your day with. And, what could be more healthy and delicious than banana bread? The best part, it’s one of the easiest things to bake.
However, baking requires a lot of mixing of dry and wet ingredients together and ensuring the batter is of the right consistency. Well, this process can be a little tiring if done manually. So, this is where we suggest you use a stand mixer. This way your work’s done faster and easier, whether you’re mixing dough or batter.
- Ingredients Required:
For this super easy recipe, you would need 2-5 ripe bananas, flour, cinnamon sugar, melted butter, and baking powder. You can also add vanilla extract, eggs, and dry nuts to add more flavors.
You can start by mashing the bananas to get a pasty consistency and pour it into the mixer bowl. Pour the other ingredients too. If you’re using a stand mixer, then set it with a dough hook at a low speed, and in a few minutes, your banana bread dough is all set for the oven. An hour of waiting and your healthy yet luscious banana bread is ready.
Enjoy your banana bread with a dollop of whipped cream and a healthy Blueberry Smoothie! Super easy, a generous treat to your taste buds and the kids will love it too!
2. Munch on Choco Chip Cookies
Baking cookies is just another way of turning a disastrous day into a cheerful one. So, newbies, if you are having a rough or a lazy day and need a boxful of munchies, you know what to do. After all what could be better than a plateful of Choco-chip cookies!
Moist chocolate, buttery dough, and a chewy texture - undoubtedly Choco-chip cookies are the best all-time dessert. Plus, baking these is extremely easy and you get a dozen in no-time. Well, you can prepare its dough either manually or by using a stand mixer. We suggest using a mixer because it saves you a lot of time.
- Ingredients Required:
To start with the necessary ingredients, you would need flour, cocoa powder, brown/white sugar, melted butter, eggs, baking soda, vanilla extract, and salt. And, of course, loads of Chocolate chips. Making Choco-chip cookies doesn’t require a pool of ingredients. However, it’s open to experimentation such as you can add orange zest, nuts, coconut shredding, oatmeal, white chocolate chips, and so on.
Begin the process by mixing butter, sugar, vanilla extract, and eggs in a bowl, beat until you get a creamy consistency. In another bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt (just a pinch), and cocoa powder, then pour all in the creamy mixture and add Choco-chips. Mix all and once your dough is ready, form small-flattened rolls of cookies on a butter-greased baking pan. Now place it in your pre-heated oven for 15 to 30 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown while the top appears soft and undercooked.
As your timer rings, grab your baking gloves and get your cookie tray out and let it cool. Once the batch cools down, you can munch on the yummy Choco-Chip Cookies you’ve baked.
Also, if you want to add some healthy, nutritious touch to it, just try making oatmeal or banana Choco-chip cookies. Not to mention, those are the yummiest!
3. Ring Birthdays and Anniversaries With A Classic Chocolate Cake
Whether you have a sweet tooth or not, love baking or not, one dessert that is difficult to resist is a Classic Chocolate Cake. Well, we are sure some of you, newbies, freak out when it comes to baking a proper chocolate cake. But trust us, this is surely going to be easy and in a matter of few minutes, your mouth-watering chocolate cake will be ready. So let’s begin!
- Ingredients Required:
When making a classic chocolate cake, you would need a handful of things - flour, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, oil, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and eggs. Well, if you want a layer of Chocolate Ganache on the cake, then you would need some dark chocolate too.
There’s one simple way to bake a perfect, spongy chocolate cake, and that is to start off whisking 4-5 eggs while you add sugar and vanilla extract to it. Continue mixing until you get a creamy consistency and then add a spoonful of oil. Once your wet batter is ready, you can proceed to add the dry mixture of flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder into that creamy mixture. Continue mixing for the next couple of minutes till you get a fluffy and soft batter. Pour it into a butter greased pan and directly put it in a preheated oven for 10-15 minutes. With this, you get your easy-peasy, spongy, and classic chocolate cake in no time.
Also, we have a pro-tip for you - while pouring the dry ingredient, try adding them in 3 sections. This helps in the proper mixing of all the ingredients for that perfect taste. Moreover, don’t forget to top it with some strawberries and loads of whipped cream.
4. Bake A Coffee-Time Snack - Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Coffee Cake
Coffee cakes are quite a winner when it comes to snacks or sweet cravings. Pro-bakers have often suggested that novice bakers must try this cake out. Crispy on the crust but soft, delicious inside with a ribbon of cinnamon sugar in the middle makes for that perfect tea time break after a busy day.
- Ingredients Required:
Gather all the ingredients - grounded cinnamon, granulated sugar, melted butter, eggs, vanilla extract, sour cream, flour, baking soda, and a pinch of salt. Once you have all, begin the process of the mixing.
Kick start the process by greasing a Bundt Pan with oil and then coat it with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. Next, you need to mix butter and sugar in a bowl until it gets all creamy. And then add eggs, vanilla extract, and sour cream to the butter-sugar mix. Once all the wet ingredients are mixed thoroughly, you can start adding flour along with baking powder and salt. Mix and mix, till you get a perfect consistency.
Once done, it’s time to pour the batter into the Bundt pan but it should be done in two parts. This means, first pour some of the batter in the pan, then add a layering of cinnamon sugar and then add the remaining batter at last. Shift the pan to the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes. And, you’re done; the coffee cake is ready to be served!
Try this cake today and enjoy it with a cup of coffee when you relax during the evenings.
5. Binge on Low-Calorie Brownies
Can there ever be a better combination than a brownie topped with vanilla ice cream or a drizzle of hot chocolate syrup? No, right? But it’s also true that these are high on calories. However, you can always give a healthy touch to such high-calorie brownies by switching to natural sweeteners. Wondering how? Well, it’s the new, easy and quick vegan brownie recipe that you can enjoy without adding those extra calories or cheating on your diet.
- Ingredients Required:
Before you start to bake this, here’s a little secret about this brownie. You just need 4 ingredients and you are good to go! Yes, you heard that right, few ingredients yet a yummlicious dish. All you need is dates, peanut butter (loads of it), dark cocoa powder, and a little coconut oil. You can always substitute oil with applesauce or peanut butter. Go on to add some walnuts, choco-chips as well as chopped dates. Collect all these items to begin baking this vegan low-calorie brownie.
Since making this brownie will take only 30 minutes, it’s best to start by preheating the oven. As your oven gets preheated, you can chop the dates after you have soaked them in warm water for 10 minutes and removed the seeds. You can also use a food processor to chop the dates.
Once this process is done, add hot water to the dates and let it soak until it turns into a pasty texture. Now, to this paste, add peanut butter, coconut oil, and cocoa powder. Just make sure you get the consistency right; it should be sticky and thick. At last, add walnuts and some choco-chips and slide the batter pan directly to the preheated oven for 15 minutes.
As your vegan brownies are ready, don’t forget to cool them before your serve. Rich, fudgy, naturally sweetened and super-delicious vegan brownies are just the healthiest treat for your sweet cravings. Also, try making a bunch of these brownies and gift them to your friends and family as well.
We hope these easy baking recipes will help you ace little treats to satisfy the food cravings of your loved ones and you too. So, put on your apron, get your mixers ready, and all the other kitchen tools to bake some amazing lip-smacking recipes today.