I'm the worst baker!!! but want to start...

Anavy - posted on 10/27/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Hi do you have any good and easy recepies, I love to cook, however I've never been to interested on desserts, cakes or cookies, now that is getting sooooo cold I want to start baking, but really need your help. Thanks!!!

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Amanda - posted on 10/31/2009

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Quoting Catherine:

Make some beer bread. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a bread loaf pan. Don't use glass. I use a 9 x 5 inch pan. Measure out 3 cups of self-rising flour, 1/2 cup sugar in a bowl. Mix those together with a spoon. Add a 12 oz. bottle of beer. I use my husband's home brew, measured out in a measuring cup, or a bottle of any beer. Mix well. The batter will be lumpy. Now melt 1/4 cup of melted butter and pour on top. Bake for an hour. Each time I use a different beer and I get a different taste. Yummy! Good Luck!



with the beer bread you can also use any carbinated soda. It comes out a little sweeter but it's always good! Some people don't like cooking with beer or want anything to do with it and I heard that, it is actually really good! And make sure not to over mix the batter! ENJOY

Martha - posted on 10/30/2009

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an easy recepie is buy a box of pineapple cake mix can of crushed pine bowl of cool whip bag of cocnut , and box of french van instant pudding bake cake let it cool poke holes in it mix instant pudding pour into holes in cake put coc nut on top of that cool whio on top of that put in frig let cool for about hours ENJOY its good its called hawaii wedding cake

Allison - posted on 10/30/2009

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i love to bake but hate messy recipes with lots of ingred.



my stand by is a box of cake mix and a can of fruit



example: can of pumpkin mix with spice cake mix. throw in handful or 2 of choc chips and spoon onto greased cookie sheet. 350 degrees until donw about 15 min



also: can of cherry pie filling mixed with devil's food cake mix. spoon 2 tbsp of pie filling into greased cake pan, mix cake mix with remaining pie filing. pour over cherrys in pan and bake 350 until knife comes out clean. invert and shave choc on top. yummy and looks really cool.

Carol - posted on 10/30/2009

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the easy way to start is from the cake mix. get one box form the market and just follow the direction... it's hard to mess with the mix. the only USEFUL tip i'd say is "shift" the flour before you start. good luck and enjoy~ you'll love bake in no time... ^^

Cathy - posted on 10/30/2009

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Hi Anavy! I love to bake and my favorite season for it is coming up. I have copied a couple of my favorites from my Busy People's Christmas cookbook.



Cherry Cream Cookies

These cheerful cookies are so cute with their red-sugar sprinkles on top and cherry-red cream filling center. Children especially like their burst of cherry flavor.



4 egg whites or 1/2 cup liquid egg substitute

2 cups plus 2 tablespoons Homemade Sweet Baking Mix

1 teaspoon almond extract

1/4 cup fat-free mayonnaise

1 tablespoon red colored sugar (found in the baking aisle)

Filling:

8 tablespoons fat-free cream cheese

3/4 teaspoon sugar-free cherry drink mix (do not make as directed)



▪ Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

▪ Spray two cookie sheets with nonfat cooking spray.

▪ In a medium-size mixing bowl with a spatula stir the egg whites, baking mix, almond extract, and mayonnaise until well mixed.

▪ Drop by the rounded teaspoonful onto the prepared cookie sheets. You can put fifteen cookies per sheet. These cookies are small and do not rise much. Sprinkle the tops with the red sugar.

▪ Bake for 6 to 7 minutes

▪ While the cookies are baking, put the cream cheese and the cherry drink mix in a small bowl and stir with a spatula until blended.

▪ Remove the cookies from the pans and let cool slightly.

▪ Cut each cookie in half horizontally and spread the center with a small amount (about 3/4 teaspoon) of the cream cheese mixture.



Yield: 30 (1-cookie) servings





Homemade Baking Mixes



Use these mixes only as directed in my recipes. I do not know how well they will work in your own recipes, since I have not tested them. Also, do not interchange the whole wheat for the all-purpose mix or vice versa, because these mixes have been tested only as directed in each recipe. I cannot guarantee a quality product when baking mixes are substituted for each other and not used as directed.



3 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup Splenda granular

2 teaspoons baking soda



▪ Combine the flour, Splenda, and baking soda in a large mixing bowl. Stir with a fork or wire whisk.

▪ Store in a plastic zip-top bag or sealed container until ready to use.





Snickerdoodles

These cookies taste just like Grandma used to make, except they don’t have all of the fat.



1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

3 tablespoons sugar

4 ounces fat-free dessert whipped topping (half of an 8-ounce container)

2 egg whites

1 (18.25-ounce) box white cake mix, dry (do not make as directed)

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour



▪ Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

▪ Spray three cookie sheets with nonfat cooking spray.

▪ In a small bowl mix together the cinnamon and the sugar.

▪ In a large mixing bowl combine the whipped topping, egg whites, cake mix, cream of tartar, and flour. The dough will be stiff, but still sticky to the touch.

▪ Spray your hands with nonfat cooking spray and roll 1 rounded teaspoon of dough at a time in your hands to form a ball.

▪ Roll the ball in the cinnamon-sugar mixture and place on the prepared pan.

▪ Bake for 7 minutes.



Yield: 60 (1-cookie) servings

Catherine - posted on 10/29/2009

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Make some beer bread. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a bread loaf pan. Don't use glass. I use a 9 x 5 inch pan. Measure out 3 cups of self-rising flour, 1/2 cup sugar in a bowl. Mix those together with a spoon. Add a 12 oz. bottle of beer. I use my husband's home brew, measured out in a measuring cup, or a bottle of any beer. Mix well. The batter will be lumpy. Now melt 1/4 cup of melted butter and pour on top. Bake for an hour. Each time I use a different beer and I get a different taste. Yummy! Good Luck!

Kathy - posted on 10/29/2009

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Best advice for baking is do not give up, the best cake or cookie is the ones that look the worst lol. I made a grey cake once and it was fabulous :) I love to bake and have gotten lots of cook books from family and yard sales and thrift stores. Betty Crocker cook books are the best for beginners ;) You can also find easy recipes on the backs of chocolate chips, cocoa, cake mixes and everything else in the baking aisle :) Good Luck and let us know how it goes :)

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Minted Brownies - I box brownie mix, 16 - 20 unwrapped mini mint patties (ie York Mint patties). Prepare brownies according to pkg for 9 x 9 in. pan. When brownies are done, place mint patties in single layer over top and return to oven to melt - about 3 mins. Use a knife to spead out the melted patties. Let cool.

Gwen - posted on 10/28/2009

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1 box of brownie mix,fix as directed on package,add a little chocolate syrup and about a cup of cho.chips stir and bake as directed.nuts are optional

Jesse magic bars:one stick of butter melted in a 9x13 bake pan or glass dish,one cup of graham cracker crumbs,one can of sweet and condensed milk,one cup of nuts,one cup of cho.chips,one cup of coconut.Layer it just like that press it down a little and bake till golden brown.

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