5 Desserts to Bake While in Quarantine

In times like these, it’s easy to eat a lot of packaged snacks and consider a dessert done. Yet we would all love a loaf of home-baked banana bread, so why not bake something right now? Gather all members of your family who would enjoy an afternoon of cooperative baking and choose one of these insanely delicious recipes. 


  1. Strawberries and Cream Scones 

Source - Tasteofhome

Rich with cream and packed with berry goodness, these scones are an experience you want to have. Leave some for the morning after, heat them up in the microwave and enjoy with some peanut butter.


Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 2/3 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

Instructions 

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, lemon zest, salt, and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in cream just until moistened.
  2. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead five times. Gently knead in strawberries, about five times. Pat into an 8-in. circle; brush with egg and sprinkle with remaining sugar. Cut into eight wedges.
  3. Separate wedges and place 2 in. apart on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 425° for 9-12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

  1. Chocolate Raspberry Cake

Source - sallysbakingaddiction


Now, this is some heavy-duty baking that the whole family can have a part it. A piece of this delicious cake will go perfectly with a relaxing cup of green tea.  


Ingredients

  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick; 60g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (240ml) buttermilk or whole milk
  • 1 cup (180g) dark chocolate chips*
  • 1 and 1/2 cups fresh or frozen (do not thaw) raspberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Spray a 9-inch baking pan* (see recipe note) with nonstick spray.
  2. Make the streusel first: Mix the sugar and flour together. Using a pastry cutter or fork, work the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. This takes a few minutes. Fold in the almonds. Set aside to use in step 4.
  3. Make the cake: Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside. In a large bowl using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together on medium-high speed until combined and creamy, about 1-2 minutes. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until combined. Add the dry ingredients and begin beating on low speed. With the mixer running, slowly pour in the buttermilk. Finally, add the chocolate chips. Beat on low until everything is combined. Avoid over-mixing. Using a large spoon or rubber spatula, gently fold in the raspberries. They’ll break a little bit, but try to be extra careful.
  4. Spread the batter into the prepared baking pan. Top with the streusel. If you have any extras, dot the top of the cake with a few raspberries and chocolate chips.
  5. Bake for about 45-46 minutes if using an 8-inch or 9-inch baking pan, though that time changes if you used a different size baking pan. That time is a guideline; the cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. If the cake is browning too quickly on top, loosely tent with aluminum foil as it bakes.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing and serving. You can also let the cake cool completely before slicing and serving.
  7. Cover leftovers tightly and store at room temperature for 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

  1. Lemon Pound Muffins

Source - tasteofhome

These lemony muffins are the perfect dessert for a family brunch. Add these to your Mother’s Day menu and you won’t regret it. 


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • GLAZE:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

Instructions 

  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the sour cream and extracts. Combine the flour, salt, and baking soda; add to creamed mixture just until moistened.
  2. Fill 12 greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 400° until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 18-20 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.
  3. Combine the glaze ingredients; drizzle over muffins. Serve warm.

  1. Chocolate Chip-Cherry Chunk Cookies

Source - tasteofhome

Homemade cookies are definitely better than storebought ones, after all, they are fresh and you can add as many or fewer chocolate chips as you like. 


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 teaspoons baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white baking chips
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries or dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut

Instructions 

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter, gradually adding sugars, until light and fluffy. Slowly beat in egg, vanilla, and maple flavoring.
  2. In another bowl, sift together flour, baking cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Gradually beat into creamed mixture just until moistened (do not overbeat). Stir in semisweet chocolate and white baking chips, dried cherries, and coconut.
  3. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Flatten slightly. Bake until golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Cool on pans 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

  1. Double Cranberry Banana Bread

Source - tasteofhome

Ending the list with the classic that no one can reject. Surprise your family with this delicious Banan bread to keep their spirits up. We all deserve a treat every once ina while, especially now. 


Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans, divided
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Instructions 

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and crumbly. Beat in eggs, banana and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in cranberry sauce, 1/2 cup pecans and dried cranberries.
  2. Transfer to a greased 8x4-in. loaf pan. Sprinkle with remaining pecans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean, 50-60 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. Freeze option: Securely wrap cooled loaf in foil, then freeze. To use, thaw at room temperature.


In conclusion: It’s important to treat ourselves with a baking session with the family and a nice dessert. So choose one of these recipes, get your baking gear and your team. This is the perfect time to bond with the family over delicious food. 



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