This Sunday it is World Baking Day; a day where everyone, especially those of you who don't usually cook and bake are encouraged to step outside their comfort zone and bake something new, or for the more experienced bakers out there something that you find challenging. I don't know what I'm going to be trying my hand at making this weekend, yet, because trying to make something challenging is rather hard for me as I have a limited kitchen and equipment at the moment, but there will be a new recipe I formulated especially for World Baking Day here on the blog on Sunday; if you want to try it, be sure to have lemons and Greek yogurt on hand, as well as the usual baking ingredients. Also, I thought today to give you a few days to think I'd put together a list of 10 easy recipes, but a few with challenging elements from both this blog, and other sites I love for you to perhaps try your hand at this weekend.
These super easy chocolate brownies are on of the most popular recipes on my blog (and the most popular bake) and if you are new to baking, or you've never made brownies before they are something I'd suggest you try your hand at. This recipe uses cocoa powder instead of solid chocolate so that melting skill has completely been cut out. However, they still taste divine and I promise your friends and family will be pleased when presented with a massive pan of these on Sunday afternoon!
Joy The Baker's book is my go to for finding new and delicious things to bake, so when I was puytting together this list I thought it was only natural to turn to her blog to see what delicious morsels I could suggest. If you are lucky to love somewhere warm like I do at the moment you'll have noticed new season peaches are starting to pop up at the markets. If this is the case, how can you say no to these peach scones?
3. M&M Cookies
A recipe I simply conceived out of boredom and not having any chocolate chips on hand, these M&M cookies can be made with whatever miniature chocolate or 'candy' you happen to have left over, including M&M's, Smarties, Reeses Mini Peanut Butter Cups or any combination of the above. They are also very more-ish.
While my recipe for Nutella Rugelach is quite easy, it has some new techniques and some fiddly bits in it, so I'd recommend it for someone who can bake things like basic cookies and cupcakes with confidence and wants to try their hand at making something that provides a bit more of a showstopper effect, while still actually being simple. Once you have the dough down, you can also make these with jam.
This Chocolate Baileys Mud Cake from one of my regular blog reads Citrus and Candy has been doing the Pinterest rounds like crazy recently. It actually has very few ingredients and is very easy to make. I'd say the only challenging part is if you have never made chocolate ganache before, so this could be a good skill to try and master. Once you've got it, making luxurious chocolate ganache for cakes and truffles will be easy.
If you fancy like making something 'on trend' it looks like the food worlds love for all things salted caramel does not show any signs of waining any time soon. My twist on my favourite go to chocolate chip cookie recipe uses Rolos instead of chocolate chips to easily take care of the 'caramel' element, and are finished with a sprinkling of chefs favourite Maldon Sea Salt. They're both delicious and decadent.
Currently acting as the cover image for my 'Cakes & Cookies' board on Pinterest, I've practically been counting the days until I am back in England and I have the suitable equipment to make Katie Quinn Davies' twist on the classic British Victoria Sponge with Limencello laced cream and balsamic strawberries making up the filling instead of my usual go to's of butter icing and good quality raspberry jam. This is the cake to make if you are baking for a crowd and you want to experiment with recipes already in your repertoire.
Another twist on my ever occurring go to cookie recipe (I will be eternally grateful to Lorraine Pascale for inventing it), this time with the all American, dentists worst nightmare of marshmallow fluff forming a gooey and all together amazing center for slightly smaller cookie versions. Bake these if you just want to be bad.
Afte including the alternative Victoria Sponge recipe, I got thinking about what over twists on afternoon tea classics you could bake this Sunday and I remembered seeing Maple Syrup Glazed scones on the blog Raspberri Cupcakes a while back. Talk about taking two different traditions from each side of the pond.
I made these Flourless Coconut Chocolate Drops off of the Shutterbean blog a few months ago. They were absolutely delicious, and I could not stop eating them. They're also easily adaptable to put your own choice of nibbles in (though the recipe calls for chocolate chips and nuts alongside the coconut that you actually need), and they are also perfect if you have the problem of being gluten free this World Baking Day.
Do you know what you are going to be trying your hand at for World Baking Day yet?