You’ve probably spent a lot of time at home as I have. They said to find a hobby, one that will be a stress-relief to help you pretend the world is much better than its current state. Baking has definitely been a relaxing (most of the time) hobby. At the beginning of staying at home all the time, I was baking every week, just to have something to look forward to. I bet some of you can relate.
So, here are some of the things I’ve baked and loved.
Yep, we jumped on that sourdough wagon. We got our sourdough starter from Easy Tiger and had a few months of sourdough baking. We mostly followed the Easy Tiger bread recipes. Our sourdough adventures ended because we realized we didn’t eat that much bread, but it was fun while it lasted! Many of our friends were also baking sourdough, so it was fun to share photos of our loaves and talk about baking tips.
Will made several loaves of sourdough and I’ll say, hot bread straight out of the oven is heavenly!
The Doubletree Signature Cookie
If you’ve ever stayed at a DoubleTree Hotel, you know about the free cookies they give to guests. Lucky for me, I work at a hotel near a DoubleTree, so they graciously send us cookies every once in a while. Well, they released the secret recipe a few months ago and I’ve made a few batches of this delicious cookie since.
These cookies are made with rolled oats, chocolate chips, and walnuts, but I think the secret ingredients are the pinch of cinnamon and the freshly squeezed lemon juice. I highly recommend making the full recipe (26 cookies) and having extra in the freezer whenever you crave some dessert.
Salted Brown Butter Crispy Treats
If you’ve ever been to a party I’ve hosted, you’ve probably had these rice crispy treats. I found this recipe when I was cooking through the first Smitten Kitchen cookbook and it’s been my go-to dessert recipe since. It’s quick, easy, and always a crowd-pleaser. You can find the recipe on the Smitten Kitchen blog.
A local shop called Confituras is known for its jam and biscuits and they have a buttermilk biscuit kit so you can bake the biscuits at home. These biscuits were so good!
Recipes from Half Baked Harvest
I’ve been making my way through the Half Baked Harvest Super Simple Cookbook this year and baked a few hits the last couple of months. I’ve found the recipes (or variations of it) on the Half Baked Harvest blog, so you can try them out.
I’m becoming sure that browning the butter makes baked goods tastier. In the cookbook is a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe with browned butter. This recipe on the blog is a variation.
I made the Cinnamon Roll Bread Rolls from the cookbook and the chai frosting is the best part! The recipe is also on the blog. As the name suggests, this recipe is more bready than cinnamon rolls, so be warned if you’re looking for a different type of recipe.
The Butter Pecan Bars from the cookbook were so good! Here’s a variation of the recipe on the blog.
I hope you have been baking some delicious things at your home too! It’s about to be prime baking season, so I hope some of these recipes will make it to your oven!
Have you found any favorite recipes? Share in a comment below!