Some people are extremely intimidated by baking; hey, we get it. The feeling of seeing your soufflé come out sunken, your cake burned, or your cookies rock hard is not the best feeling in the world. The trick to mastering trickier recipes is to start with the easy, fool-proof ones. Going by the book is key to making sure your baking comes out just the way it was intended to (and won’t set off the smoke alarms). Here are super easy and beginner-friendly baked goods you can start baking today:
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate chip cookies are a staple. Everyone loves them and making them can be as fun as eating them if it becomes a family activity. For an added dose of health, we added oatmeal for some delicious fiber, and to make it a legitimate breakfast cookie. There are many ways to play around with the consistency of cookies, but because this is beginner-friendly, we recommend doing it exactly how the recipe calls for it, with the only thing being altered is the amount of time in the oven; we suggest checking if they are done a bit before it says so (for any baked good).
When it comes to brownies, there are literally one thousand different ways to make an assortment of textures and densities. We have been using a recipe that is not in the least bit difficult, and will have you making delicious brownies in under an hour, prep time included. The only novel thing about this recipe is the double boiler you’ll be making in order to melt the chocolate, but trust us, it’s easy. Just take a pot, fill it with 3 inches of water, bring it to a boil, then lower to simmer, put a bowl big enough to sit on top of the pot, and fill the bowl with the chocolate and butter for them to melt. We promise that it just sounds complicated, it really isn’t.
Banana bread is a classic. It’s good for breakfast or a snack, when having people over or just for an added treat around the house. It’s easy to make and makes the whole house smell divine. Our little trick to banana bread is to use bananas that are on the verge of going bad, that’s when they are the sweetest! Add some walnuts, or any kind of nut to be honest, for an additional crunch. If you have a real sweet tooth, go for a drizzle of maple syrup on top.
Marble Cake is yet another go-to recipe. You have yourself some vanilla, some chocolate and a fun little project in the baking too. Once you combine the two flavors, if you have children, or if you don’t, go ahead and take a knife and mix the two in the bread pan. This recipe is so satisfying, especially with a steaming cup of coffee or tea.
We couldn’t have a list like this without mentioning blueberry muffins. Again, these could be either breakfast or a snack, but no matter when or where they are eaten, they are downright delicious. Make sure to pick a batch of blueberries that are big and fat and bursting with flavor, the smaller they are the sourer they’ll be, and you don’t want that; sweet is the way to go.