10 Easy Baking Recipes
Aashna Ahuja , NDTV | Updated: July 13, 2016 12:11 IST
There’s nothing better than a house that smells like cake. Wouldn’t you agree? Baking is sort of magic - the slow process of stirring the batter, the kitchen becoming saturated with enticing whiffs of chocolate and cinnamon, watching the dough rise in the oven and finally feeling content with the gorgeous outcome. For bakers, baking is more than a means to an end, it’s a way of life. You start off with butter and eggs, and end up with a batch of heavenly brownies.
Oh MasterChef, you make it look too easy. Cream the butter, sift the flour and voila! A beautifully baked cake is ready. Well we’ve tried it, and it doesn’t always work like that. Because when it comes to baking, you have to play by the rules. As Laiko Bahrs rightly puts it, “When cooking, go by your own taste. When baking, follow directions”.
From flaky pie crusts, fudgy brownies, and chewy cookies, we’ve rounded up essential tips every baker should adopt before firing up the oven. So toss the boxed cake mixes to the side and conquer your fear of home-made cakes, pies and more.
8 Tips to Make Your Baked Goods Better:
1. Follow The Recipe Verbatim
The calculated science behind baking is not always simple, especially when you’re an amateur. So it's very important that you are familiar with the recipe before beginning the process. Read it two or three times to make sure everything is clear.
2. Preheat The Oven
Get into the habit of preheating the oven before you put anything in. Most recipes will remind you at the start, and with good reason. Also, don’t mess with the oven temperature and cooking time mentioned.
3. Use Room Temperature Ingredients
Prior to beginning, pull out all of the ingredients that the recipe calls for and leave them on the counter. Many baking recipes start with creaming together butter and sugar, which becomes much easier with room temperature ingredients.
4. Sift Away!
Yes, it can be a pain. But sifting dry ingredients improves the overall texture, and even gets rid of lumps.
5. Add Eggs One by One
If you’re using the creaming technique, add eggs one at a time and beat in between or else the mixture will become lumpy.
6. Butter and Flour Your Pans Unsparingly
Be generous while oiling or flouring your pans. Consider every nook and cranny of your pans that could get sticky otherwise.
7. Rotate Halfway Through
Every oven has a hot spot, so you must position the pan as close to the center of the oven as possible. Halfway through the process, turn the pan 180 degrees to ensure evenly baked goods. Don’t open the oven door often as it can lower the temperature and alter the baking time.
8. Cool Down Completely
Do not unmold fresh-out-of-the-oven baked goods. Let them cool completely, allowing the steam to evaporate which makes it easier to handle.
Now that we have gone over the basics, let’s turn up the heat in the oven because it’s time to bake! How about some crumbly cookies for an afternoon treat? Or perhaps you’re looking for the perfect dessert for a dinner party? Whatever the occasion, click through our delectable treats, from a classic chocolate cake recipe to mouth-watering muffins.
It’s time to channel your inner Julia Child and whip up our 10 easy baking recipes.
1. Fudgy Chocolate Cake
Recipe by Chef Divya Burman
Oh so decadent and yet easy-to-follow, you just can't go wrong with this perfect party cake - full of fudgy goodness. With a delectable chocolate ganache, it’s difficult not to demolish it in just one sitting.
2. Eggless Atta Cake
Recipe by Chef Poonam Gupta
In need of a healthy treat? Step this way please. Yes, it’s true - this scrumptious cake is surprisingly good for you. You’d never guess it’s free from butter, eggs and flour.
3. Oat Apple Crumble
Recipe by Seema Chandra
Made from oats, flavoured with cinnamon and minus the flour, our apple crumble is nothing short of spectacular. This recipe is an all-time favourite of those hankering after the ultimate easy dessert.
4. Chocolate Lava Cake
Recipe by Chef Vicky Ratnani
There’s always room for something sweet, especially when it tastes this good and requires only 5 ingredients. Bask in the glory of every party with this absolute crowd-pleaser.
5. Eggless Vanilla Muffins
Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta
Go on, make the world a better place one muffin at a time. Want to go fancy? Frost these eggless muffins and top off with sprinkles.
6. Flourless Chocolate Cake
Recipe by Chef Joey Matthew
A sinful chocolate cake that you can whip up in a flash with just 5 ingredients. Wonderfully moist and so simple, take indulgent cake to the next level with our flourless version. (Just find a good hiding place for it).
7. Ragi Cookies
Recipe by Seema Chandra
Crunchy, crumbly and packed with calcium - you’ll leave your family reaching for another. Enjoy these easy and guilt-free cookies with a healthy twist.
8. Fudgy Chocolate Brownies
Recipe by Aashna Ahuja
These heavenly brownies are pure chocolate overload, featuring a fudgy center, slightly crusty top and layers of decadence. It doesn't get better than this.
9. Coffee Cake with Mocha Frosting
Recipe by Chef Divya Burman
Give coffee cake the ultimate upgrade - layer with a creamy mocha frosting and sprinkle with crushed nuts. Serve for breakfast or high-tea and get that quintessential caffeine kick.
10. Peach Cobbler
Recipe by Chef Aditya Bal
This peach cobbler will tantalize your taste buds no end. Looks so gorgeous you won’t want to dig in, but once you start you won't be able to stop. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, and go straight to heaven!