If you love to riff on recipes while making healthy dinners or brunches recipes but avoid turning on the oven unless you need to roast some veggies or chicken, then perhaps it’s time to expand your repertoire. Baking can seem intimidating to those who mostly only cook on the stove-top, where adjusting spices and flavors while things come together is a part of the process. Suddenly you can’t taste it until it’s all the way done! And woe to anyone who needs a baking powder substitute and just throws in baking soda instead, hoping it’ll work (or vice versa).
But there’s no need to be intimidated. There’s a magic to pouring batter into a pan, popping it into a hot oven, and discovering a fully cooked, light and fluffy treat when the timer goes off. And not only is baking fun, but it can also be rewarding when you end up with delicious treats to eat or share with family and friends. Whether you’re a seasoned pro just looking for something simple to make, or a newbie just starting to get flour on your apron, these recipes are great for when you’re just starting out, or simply want to make something without a lot of fuss. From bars and brownies to cookies, simple cakes, tarts and muffins, to even an easy no-knead bread, these are the two dozen recipes every baker should have in his or her back pocket. Give them a whirl, and build your confidence!