People all around the world are feeling the effects of the virus known as the Corona Virus or the Covid-19 virus.
The virus has infected many people and our governments are doing the best that they can do to help stop the spread of the virus and lower the number of people suffering from it.
One thing that governments are having to put in place to help stop the spread is social distancing practices or full-on quarantines.
These quarantines are having people stay in their own homes as much as possible to help slow down the virus which is great in theory, but in reality, it is leading to a lot of boredom and people just do not know what to do with themselves.
There is only so much tv that you watch on a daily basis and your back can get super stiff after sitting down and reading for a few hours at a time.
One thing that can help you get up and start moving while having a little fun with it is getting in the kitchen and starting to bake! Baking can pass the time, help to break up the day, and it gives you a tasty reward when the finished product comes out of the oven.
Below is a list of some fun recipes bakers can try out as they have to stay cooped up to pass the time until the quarantine is over.
1. Giant Gooey Skillet Brownies
This is the most beautifully, messy skillet a baker could ever whip up. Brownies are already the best dessert filled with chocolate and goodness, but a chocolate skillet takes it to the next level and gives you one giant browny everyone can dig into...with a spoon of course!
2. Banana nut scones
Everyone loves the warmth and taste of a loaf of banana bread, so why not take it up a notch and add just a little challenge to the recipe and try something new? Banana nut scones are the perfect thing to make and can be eaten as breakfast or a warm afternoon snack. They do not require any eggs and dairy so it is the perfect recipe to practice your vegan baking skills out on.
3. Pull-apart cinnamon rolls
Instant cinnamon rolls out of the tube are fine for the weekend, but with all of the extra time on your hands why not get a little creative? Make your own cinnamon roll recipe and turn it into a pull-apart bread instead of the typical rolls you can have anytime.
4. Cream cheese and herb doughnuts
Just because you are baking some new recipes does not mean that everything has to be overly sweet or just desserts. These cheesy herb doughnuts are the perfect savory treat to have at any time of the day!
5. Chocolate and avocado?
Don't leave the blog just yet. Stick with us! This is actually an amazing way to put your baking skills to the test. Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate icing sneak avocados into the icing recipe without anyone being the wiser. It tastes great, makes the icing extra creamy, and has hidden health benefits! It is a win-win-win!
6. Turn aging fruit into baked treats
If you want something sweet but do not want to ruin your diet or be caught ith your hands in the cookie jar the whole time you are in quarantine, then this is a great option to consider. Grab fruit out of your refrigerator that is starting to get a little old, slice it up, and bake it! For a little added sweetness you can sprinkle the top of the fruit with a little bit of sugar and cinnamon. You won't be able to put these down!
7. Swedish chocolate cakes
Chocolate cakes can often be complex and a little light, a lot of work with our tongue still having a little something left to be desired. Swedish chocolate cake is a dense chocolate cake that is simple to make and oh so satisfying!
8. Nutella and bread?
Nutella can go far beyond being just a tasty spread put on your morning toast or used to dip your fruits into. Nutella can be used to make one of the best bread puddings you have ever put into your mouth. You will have a nice crusty, crunchy top with an inside that is so gooey it will make your mouth drool just looking at it. Feel free to grab a bunch of spoons and share it with your whole family, but you may not want too!
9. Dark chocolate scones with an orange glaze
Scones are perfect to eat at dinner, as a snack, or even as a savory dessert after dinner. They are tasty every time of the day. Bake a dark chocolate scone and grab oranges out of your refrigerator to make a citrusy glaze to go on top. The chocolate and citrus complement each other perfectly and make an award-winning scone the whole family will dig into.
10. Mexican Crinkle Cookies
These are the gooiest, delectable cookies that you will ever put in your mouth, they take chocolate chip cookies to a whole new level. The only bad thing about these gooey chocolate cookies is that they are so simple and fast to make that you will want to make them every single night!
11. Caramel cheesecake with sea salt on top
If you are looking for a dessert that is a little more decadent, this is the one you want to go for. Cheesecake no longer has to be a basic dessert, this recipe will take your basic cheesecake to a whole new level. Add a homemade caramel layer on top and top it off with sea salt and you will have the most decadent sweet but salty dish you have ever put into your mouth.
Any one of the desserts on the list above will challenge your baking skills, teach you something new, use ingredients you already have on hand, and give you something fun to do while you are stuck at home. Remember, staying home will keep you and your family safe from this virus and keep you from spreading it to other people! Stay home when you can and pass the time in a sweet, sweet way!