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Let’s all vow now never to let baking become a lost art. It is so easy and convenient to buy a pie or cake from the store, or a ready-to-go meal that needs to be popped into the oven. Thank goodness for those conveniences because we all have days when we need a meal or dessert in minutes. But baking doesn’t have to take a long time or require a lot of prep work or ingredients. The total time-- from prep work to baking and serving, can take as little as 30 minutes or up to an hour.

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finding a few go-to easy baking recipes that you can memorize and make in a snap, and maybe even add your own twist. Easy dessert recipes such as chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, and sugar cookies are winners. Easy dinner recipes that take little prep time are great to have in your back pocket. Continue to experiment with new easy baking recipes and find new favorites to add to your culinary library. Check the Yummly recipe rating and reviews to see what other home chefs thought of the recipe.

If you’re looking for a quick strata for brunch, a crowd-pleasing casserole recipe, or an easy-to-make pound cake, you’re likely to find it here. From the light and fluffy to rich and decadent, sweet or savory, there are easy recipes for all tastes. Our library is filled with recipes from around the world: Italian, Indian, Greek, and southern food, too.

Baking is more of a science than cooking. You need to measure out the ingredients to ensure the dough rises. Of course, you can still modify recipes to your own taste by adding more cinnamon, for example, or omitting nuts, etc. We’re always pleasantly surprised by how simple, so many baking recipes are-- so long as you follow the instructions.

To be a better baker, you’ll want to understand how your oven works. Purchase an oven thermometer to discover if your oven runs hotter, cooler or exactly as it indicates. This will help you determine precisely how long to bake dishes, as well as if you need to rotate cookie sheets, for instance, to ensure thorough and even baking.

Keep in mind you may need to adjust your oven temperature or the time it takes to baking something depending on 1) your altitude (food loses water faster at altitudes above 3,000 feet), and 2) if your oven cooks more quickly or slowly than the recipe indicates.

Now you might be wondering, “what is an easy baking recipe?”. Things like cookies, most cakes, breads, and bars are typically easier to bake than say molten lava cake, soufflés, and certain pies. Simple and delicious dinners such as stuffed chicken or baked breaded fish are quick and easy, too. You’ll be able to tell how advanced of a baker you’ll need to be to create the dish by reading the directions before you start.

Read the entire recipe before you get started to ensure you have all the ingredients you need. You don’t want to have to run to the store in the middle of preparing your dish for baking. This tip is more important for baking than cooking since some baked goods (mostly cake batters and meatloaf) may need to go in the oven in a timely manner, after, for example, the batter is whipped and air pockets will help it get fluffy, or salt is added to meatloaf.

Keep in mind that with some recipes you cannot open the oven before it is finished baking, or it will fall. Such dishes include soufflés and some breads.

When you search in the easy baking recipes section, be sure to use the filters to find recipes that fit your dietary needs.

Baked desserts

As easy and convenient as it is to run to your local supermarket, bakery or coffee shop to buy pastries, cookies and the like, there’s nothing quite like the smell and taste of home-baked goods. If you bake something from scratch, whether it’s cookies or bread, it’s so cherished that you can give that as a gift. Think about that for a second. People love home baked goods. But we usually don’t have the time for a recipe that takes an entire afternoon to make! In this section you’ll find tons of easy baking recipes that you can serve for all occasions-- breakfast, brunch, as dessert, or with an afternoon coffee, or really whenever.

Baking for Breakfast

We often don’t think of using the oven for breakfast recipes. We often utilize the stovetop for breakfast more than the oven. But there are tons of breakfast recipes that require the use of the oven. Breakfast casserole (strata) is always a crowd pleaser; eggs baked inside pitted avocado halves is a favorite for many healthy-eaters; and shredded potatoes inside muffin cups with some cheese, egg, and chives is a great dish to make ahead of a busy week. You can also use the oven to make homemade granola, which you can have fun customizing with a variety of your favorite nuts, seeds, and dried fruits. Explore our many easy baking recipes for breakfast and start the day with something warm from the oven.

Sunday Prep

Baking some hearty meals and snacks on a Sunday can make the week’s cooking much easier. A casserole can last at least half of the week and free-up time for more cooking! If you choose several easy baking recipes to make on Sunday, you can whip up a few days’ worth of food (or more-- depending on how many people you’re feeding and how robust their appetites are) in just a few hours. In the end, it can be a real time saver!

Preparing to bake

There are a few items we recommend having in your pantry if you are, or plan on, being a frequent baker. Parchment paper is great for baking because it has so many uses. It can be used to line baking sheets and pans of all sizes to prevent sticking; it can be used in place of paper muffin tin liners and much more. A cooling rack for cookies, brownies, and cakes is especially useful to allow baked goods to cool properly so that they’re not soggy or over baked. As mentioned previously, an oven thermometer is key to test if your oven runs hot or cooler than the temperature gauge indicates. You’ll also want a flour sifter to remove any lumps from dry ingredients in baking recipes, which will result in a desirable consistency and texture for the final product.

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