Baking for beginners isn’t as hard as it may initially appear. When you walk past your local pastry shop, it can seem very intimidating to think about how to bake such delights. But like everything in life, we must crawl before we can walk. Starting with easy recipes can build your confidence and enliven your passion for the important skill of baking.
The most important thing is to be willing to try. But if you can follow a recipe, work with your hands and turn on your oven. Then you have all it takes to become a baker. If you can become a good baker will depend on how good you are at following instructions in the recipes, using baking and kitchen tools and learning from any mistakes that you make.
In this article, we have 3 lovely recipes for you to try, read on to go from baking novice to proud baker of delicious treats. I encourage you to give each of these recipes a try! You will thank me later.
Benefits Of Baking
One of the biggest benefits of baking is that you get to eat delicious baked goods like cakes, loaves, muffins, meringue, and crispy cookies. Not only do they taste great in the mouth, but they also smell great as they are being created. These yummy packages also come with several added benefits that are not always immediately obvious.
The Benefits Of Baking Are:
- Baking is a relaxing and stress relieving process; while baking can be done quickly by buying ready mixes and adding all of the ingredients to a blender. When you follow a recipe and take your time, you reap the hidden benefit of relaxation. Sieving the flour, mixing in the butter, Glazing the pastry, it is all a rewarding process.
- Baking is healthy; While eating cakes and biscuits isn’t the best for a person looking to get into shape. Baking is not limited to sweet items, you can bake savoury items too. When compared to frying, baking is a healthier alternative.
- Baking is quite cheap; If you are running low on cash baking can help you save money. With very few ingredients, you can create delicious and cost-effective dishes. Good for your pocket and good for your health.
- Baking can be great for your social life; If you are happy to share your baked good with others, then you will become popular fast. Who doesn’t love homemade chocolate chip cookies or an apple pie?
- Baking can give you almost instant gratification; creating something with our own hands as humans is something that gives us a great sense of pride. It’s an instant injection of confidence and also gives us a sense of achievement? Baking doesn’t take a long time, so you get to celebrate your results in the fastest way possible. By eating them, and even if they don’t turn out as you expected. Which can often be the case for beginners, they will taste amazing as long as you didn’t confuse the sugar with the salt.
- The best fragrance for the home; Baking anything in the oven fills your home with a yummy fragrance that also functions as an alarm for everyone in the house to go to the kitchen. At the same time, it also serves to inform you the baked goods are ready. Baking is unique in its way of uniting all of your senses to take part in the process.
How To Understand A Baking Recipe
While following a regular recipe may be straight forward, baking has its own terminology which may be harder to understand, especially if you are new to baking. For the very best results in your baking, it is important to follow the recipe and the techniques offered, to create your most delicious dishes.
Top 5 Essential Baking Terms
- Sifting - To sift something in baking is to guide dry ingredients through a fine mesh sieve to keep lumps out of your ingredients. It also serves to add extra air into the ingredients to create lighter fluffier dishes. Commonly used for ingredients that tend to clump like sugar, flour, and other dry ingredients.
- Cream - To cream something together in baking, normally means to mix together sugar and a fat, normally butter to create a creamy and fluffy batter. Commonly used for cakes, cookies, biscuits, and icing.
- Drizzle - No this is not talking about the weather, to drizzle in baking refers to lightly pouring a very thin stream of liquid on to something. Commonly used on cakes or pastries to drizzle honey or icing on the top.
- Dust - In baking to dust, something is to lightly cover the surface of a work surface or food. Commonly cakes can be dusted with icing sugar, or you can dust flour on the counter before rolling out your biscuit or cookie dough.
- Fold - To fold something in baking is to mix ingredients together gently and delicately. The process should be done carefully to avoid losing air or deflating batters. Commonly used for meringues, whipped cream or batters.
A Recipe For Complete Beginners
Baking for beginners can be a bit intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. With easy recipes like this one, all you have to do is get the ingredients together, mix, and bake. It is fast, easy, and hard to make a mistake with these cookies. Also if you feel up to experimenting, you can try to substitute the chocolate chip for other treats like almond, peanut or macadamia nuts
Recipe For Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 210 g all purpose flour
- 1 large egg
- 113g of butter
- 54g of brown sugar
- 99 g of granulated sugar
- ½ tsp of baking soda
- ½ tsp of salt
- 2 tsp of vanilla extract
- 170 g of chocolate chips
Optional: Extra chocolate
- Prep time: 10 minutes
- Cooking Time: Less than 10 minutes
- Serves 2 people
Cooking Instructions For Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Prepare the baking tray with greaseproof paper or use a little butter to grease the tray directly.
- Melt the butter on the stove in a pot or in the microwave, so it is melted but not too hot. You should be able to put your finger in it without being burnt.
- Mix the butter and sugars together well.
- Stir in the vanilla and the egg until well mixed.
- Add the dry ingredients to the bowl and combine until evenly mixed.
- The dough will be sticky and soft to the touch.
- Now fold in the chocolate chips.
- Using tablespoons or your hands; scoop out 1 (small cookies) to 2 (large cookies) tablespoons of the dough and place on the baking tray.
- Bake for 7 to a maximum of 10 minutes. They should be lightly brown at the edges and appear a little undercooked in the middle. If you think they need more time, you can turn off the oven and leave them in the heat of the oven to finish cooking but overbaking will give you tough cookies and not crispy soft ones.
Tip: They may look a bit soft when taken out but need time to cool before they harden
An Easy Vegan Baking Recipe
If you are a vegan, you don't have to feel left out there are lots of yummy desserts that you can try. These vegan bakes substitute dairy for plant-based alternatives. Not only making them a bit healthier but also great for vegans and non vegans alike.
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Recipe For Mini Blueberry Muffins
- 500 grams (g) of flour of your choice
- 250 - 400 grams of blueberries depending on your taste
- 2 teaspoons (tsp) of baking powder
- ½ tsp of salt
- 60 ml of agave nectar
- 120 ml of vegetable oil
- 120 ml of soy milk
- 120 ml of maple syrup
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Instructions For Mini Blueberry Muffins
- Preheat the oven to 375 F.
- Line a cupcake tin with paper cups.
- Mix all wet ingredients together in a large bowl until blended.
- Stir in dry ingredients and add the blueberries.
- Blend together.
- Using 2 tablespoons scoop up the batter and add to the cupcake paper cups.
- Add to the oven and set your timer for 20 minutes.
- Bake until Golden Brown.
- Remove from the oven and serve when cool.
Easy And Fancy Recipe
If you are a beginner at baking but want to do something a bit more advanced to impress your friends and family. Why not try this recipe! It is easy to make, bake, serve, and eat. The hardest thing about this French fruit dessert is how to pronounce it.
Recipe For Raspberry Clafoutis (Cla-Foo-Tea)
- 125 g of ground almonds
- 65 g of granulated sugar
- 65 g of brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
- 2 large eggs
- 2 large egg yolks
- 240 ml whipping cream
- 250 g fresh raspberries
Optional: icing sugar for dusting
- Cooking Time: 35 minutes
- Serves 8 people
Cooking Instructions For Raspberry Clafoutis
- Preheat the oven to 375 F.
- Grease a 9-inch baking dish and place on a baking tray.
- Stir the ground almonds, both sugars, and corn starch together.
- Slowly add the eggs, egg yolks, and cream.
- Whisk by hand until blended evenly.
- Pour mixture into the pie dish.
- Sprinkle the raspberries into the mixture.
- Bake for 35 minutes until Brown.
- Remove from the oven and serve.
Optional: Top with icing sugar or frosting and serve hot with some vanilla ice cream.
So what's next? Do you want to learn how to make a layer cake, banana bread, a pumpkin pie, or artisan bread? Then why not check out our blog on baking, or contact one of our tutors to have a baking class. Happy Baking!