Baking is just so fun. And you don’t necessarily have to always bake hard-core exotic dishes. That’s why we’ll talk about 5 cool things to bake today.
If you’ve not enjoyed the aroma of freshly baked dishes yet, trust me, you’re missing something wonderful. Really really wonderful. Oh wait.. don’t go out to sneak around that bakery near your home. You can just bake some goodies to treat yourself.
Whether you talk of freshly baked cookies, cake or brownies, baking brings heavenly delicacies to your table. Even if you are a terrible cook, you must try your hands at baking. As they say, practice makes a man perfect. So pick your utensils and gather the equipment and ingredients as we dive into finger-licking easy to bake at home dishes.
Cool Things To Bake
No more talking! Let’s quickly get into baking, so ready chefs? Here are five cool things to bake at home:
Who can say no to tiny cute treats such as pretzels? Especially when it gets baked, even diet-conscious people will munch on it.
To make pretzels, you first need to activate the yeast. For that, add 1 ½ cup warm water into 1 tbsp dry yeast, mix it well and leave it aside for about 6 to 7 minutes.
Now in a separate bowl, sieve and mix together the dry ingredients, including 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour, 4 tbsp baking soda, 1 tbsp castor sugar, and 2 tsp salt.
After that, gradually add ½ cup lukewarm milk to the dry ingredient mix and knead it into a dough. You can use a spatula or an electric dough maker but make sure not to overdo it. If the dough gets too sticky, you can add in more flour.
Once done, cover it with a clean damp cloth and leave it undisturbed for about an hour or more. When the dough becomes double its size, knead it a little and divide it into long logs of equal size. At this point, set the oven to 260 degrees for preheating.
Take a plate and dust it with a little flour as we are about to shape and set our pretzels on them. Now take each dough log and roll it into about 3 to 4 feet long and thin logs and shape them as pretzels. If you’re not a pro at shaping the pretzels, just give them a round shape. I know that is not a biting a bullet kind of task for you; thank me later.
Set aside the pretzels on the plate and let them rest for 10 to 15 minutes under a damp cloth. We’re close to the baking part. Take a baking tray and line up the cookie sheet or baking sheet on it. Grease the sheets with butter.
Fill a large bowl with 5 cups of boiling water and mix baking soda into it. Remove the cloth, gently pick each pretzel, put it on a spoon, and dip it into the boiling water for about half a minute. Then take it out, drain the water, and place it on the greased cookie sheet or baking sheet. Bake it for 20 to 25 minutes, and enjoy it with a cup of coffee or tea!
2. Eggless Choco Chip Pizookie
If you adore chocolates, then you surely can’t get over choco chip cookies, right? Why not give this huge pizza-sized choco chip pizookie a try? Set the oven at 180 degrees for preheating.
Start by beating ½ cup butter (at room temperature) until it’s fluffy. Then incorporate 1 cup brown sugar and castor sugar and beat it for about 5 to 6 minutes. Afterward, add ⅓ cup cream cheese or condensed milk and 1 tsp vanilla extract and give it a nice beat.
In a separate bowl, add 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour, 2 tsp cornstarch, and 1 tsp baking soda. Gradually mix all the ingredients with the prepared cream cheese mixture. Add choco chips to the mixture and combine well to make a dough.
Take a microwave-friendly skillet and spread the dough in it as if it’s a pizza. Lastly, sprinkle a little salt on the top. Bake the dough for about 18 to 20 minutes. Serve it with a generous scoop of ice cream. Isn’t it a cool thing to bake?
3. Baked Mac N Cheese
Baked Mac N Cheese can’t be left out while talking of cool things to bake. It is such a fun dish to bake and savory as well. Preheat the oven at 175 degrees. Boil and drain the pasta. Make sauce with ½ tsp butter, ¼ tsp flour, and ½ cup milk. Add cheese as per your preference and thicken the sauce until it is pouring consistency. In case the sauce gets too thick, add more milk.
Roast a bowl of bread crumbs. Now grease a baking tray with some butter. Set pasta into it and put over the prepared sauce. Finally, roasted bread crumbs go on top. And bake it at 175 degrees for half an hour. Dig into the cheesy delicacy. Such a cool thing to bake for cheese lovers.
4. Hot Choco Lava Cake
No way we will leave choco lava cake off this list of cool things to bake. So quickly grab 2 to 3 microwave-friendly containers and grease them with oil. Preheat the oven at 180 degrees. Sieve and add into a bowl 1 cup all-purpose flour, ¼ cup cocoa powder, 1 tsp baking powder, and ⅓ cup of granulated sugar.Take another large bowl and mix together ½ cup warm milk, 1 tsp vanilla essence, and 2 ½ cups oil. Milk must not be cold. Now add the dry ingredients to this mixture and mix well with a whisker. There shouldn’t be any lumps in the batter. You are good to go when the consistency becomes this much that the batter pours in a flow. Neither too thick nor too thin.
Then fill greased ramekins with ½ batter and add in a large chunk of dark chocolate and add in ½ more batter. Prepare 2 to 3 ramekins/containers. Put it into the oven and bake it for about 12 minutes. Take it out and dust a little castor sugar on the top. Enjoy hot choco lava cake and dive into the richness of chocolate!
5. Eggless Doughnuts
Could there be anything better than donuts when it comes to cool things to bake? And the recipe we’re about to jump in is eggless. By the way, I did spell donuts right both times, so don’t worry. Caught you! You still checked it, right? Ha! Ha! Ha!
Add ¼th cup sugar in ½ cup warm milk. Put it into a bowl. Add ¾th tsp dry yeast to the milk. Mix the ingredients well with a whisker, or you can use a fork.
Sieve 1 cup of flour into the milk. Then gradually add the milk into the mixture, if required. Make a lousy dough, then leave it undisturbed for about 25 to 30 minutes.
Afterward, again add 1 cup flour, 1 tsp vanilla essence, 2 to 3 tsp butter (at room temperature), and milk (as required) and knead the dough. The dough should not be too tight, otherwise, you’ll lose the fineness. Again, let the dough rest, this time for about 50 to 60 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the glaze. Just mix together ¼ tsp vanilla essence, 4 tbsp milk, 3 tbsp castor sugar, and 2 tbsp cocoa powder. Set it aside.
Once the dough has rested, roll out the dough into thin big chapatti and cut out dough shapes with a cutter and line them up on a baking sheet. Last time, let the dough rest for 25 to 20 minutes and then bake them up at 180 degrees for about 25 to 2 minutes or until the top gets golden.
Take them out. Let them cool down before giving them a coat of the prepared glaze. Munch on this sweet snack.
You don’t need an occasion to bake goodies for yourself. It can be done anytime, and if you have had a hard day, you better take time for baking. The above-listed treats can be baked at home without much hefts. So what are you waiting for, Christmas? Go and give a shot to these 5 cool things to bake.