Any activity that promises something warm and delicious by the end of it is great in my books. Baking is an excellent form of therapy because it relieves stress, improves your mood, gives you a sense of accomplishment and you can satisfy your cravings without even having to put pants on!
I know when you are starting out, baking can seem a little overwhelming. All those types of measurements, having to calculate how to double... Oh, who am I kidding? Triple batches. But once you get used to all that it really is quite simple and straightforward. Just expect to have a couple mishaps in the beginning. It's all part of the learning process. You know what they say: Practice makes perfect!
So strap on your apron, dust off your measuring cups and try baking one of these simple recipes!
10 Chocolate Chip Cookies
Everyone needs a basic chocolate chip cookie recipe. I love me some chewy chocolate chip cookies and this recipe is absolutely fool-proof. You'll be whippin' up the best cookies in no time!
9 Sponge Cake
This sponge cake recipe is a great way for beginners to get used to the process of baking cakes. It's extremely fluffy and airy (I call it Cloud Cake) and can be used as a base for many recipes.
8 Banana Bread
One of the best smells to ever fill a house is that of banana bread. This simple recipe is awesome on a rainy day and a perfect way to get rid of your over-ripe bananas.
7 White Bread
What's the best thing since sliced bread? This recipe! It's a great beginners recipe; simple and delicious. Try this one out a couple of times until you're comfortable and then try new bread recipes.
6 Carrot Cake
I am a sucker for a good carrot cake. Smear it with some homemade cream cheese frosting. Mmmmm... Try this recipe for Easter!
My boyfriend seems to be allergic to the kitchen but whenever I make brownies, he always seems to pop in. Brownies are definitely a staple recipe and this uber chocolatey recipe may just become your new fave.
4 Red Velvet Cake
The red velvet cake craze hit a few years ago, shortly after the avocado craze – Remember? Not without good reason though. Red velvet cake can be positively scrumptious. Try this recipe out for yourself.
3 Apple Pie
Nothing quite hits the spot on a chilly fall day like a warm piece of apple pie. The secret to a great apple pie is a flaky crust that can hold its own. Next time you have too many apples than you know what to do with, try this recipe out.
I know that baking a cheesecake can seem a little daunting, but it is really quite simple once you get a hang of it. Try this basic recipe out and then try building on your own flavor preferences.
1 Lemon Meringue Pie
Oh, lemon meringue pie. You are so perfect and beautiful. I don't really care for overly sweet desserts, but this lemon meringue pie recipe has the perfect balance of tart and sweet and a perfectly airy meringue.