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Baking & Desserts: Fresh Breads, Cakes, Cookies and More

Whether it's cake, pastry or fresh bread, a home filled with the delicious aroma of baking is one of life's great joys. We'll also venture into the world of creams, custards, puddings and frozen desserts. What could be sweeter?
  1. Scones & Biscuits (10)
  2. Muffins & Quick Breads (22)
  3. Cookie Recipes (30)

Chocolate Tart Recipe
This baked chocolate tart recipe is stunning and elegant, with rich, creamy chocolate flavor. The tart dough is simple to make and pretty easy to roll out.

Fruit Tart Recipe
This fruit tart recipe will show you how to make a beautiful, colorful fruit tart filled with luscious vanilla pastry cream and brushed with a clear apricot glaze.

Lemon Tart Recipe
This lemon tart recipe is sweet, lemony and creamy, and you can make up the filling in about two minutes, then bake it in a crispy, buttery tart shell.

Apple Tart Recipe
This apple tart is a beautiful dessert to make during autumn and winter, and it's surprisingly easy. Just arrange apple slices in your tart shell, sprinkle with sugar and bake.

Strawberry Tart Recipe
This fruit tart recipe will show you how to make a beautiful, colorful fruit tart filled with luscious vanilla pastry cream and brushed with a clear apricot glaze.

Vanilla Pudding Recipe
This vanilla pudding is a simple, but flavorful, basic pudding recipe. It's nice and creamy, and it's best made with pure vanilla extract and whole butter.

Tart Crust Recipe
This tart crust is pretty easy to roll out, so it's good for making larger tarts — like 6 to 10 inches. Smaller tarts use a crumbly dough which is harder to work with.

Butterscotch Pudding Recipe
This butterscotch pudding is another easy variation on the basic pudding recipe. We make it with brown sugar, pure vanilla extract and whole butter.

Chocolate Pudding Recipe
This chocolate pudding recipe is easy to make and it's rich and smooth and creamy. You can easily modify the recipe to make vanilla pudding or butterscotch pudding.

How to Make Biscuits
Homemade biscuits are easy to make if you know the right technique. Learn how to make perfect, flaky biscuits.

Puff Pastry Recipe
This recipe for puff pastry is quite a bit easier to make than the classic puff pastry method, which, truthfully, can be kind of tedious and time-consuming.

Flaky Pie Crust Recipe
This flaky pie crust is perfect for all kinds of baked pies, like fruit or custard pies. The recipe will make a top and bottom crust, or two bottom crusts.

What is Gluten?
Gluten is formed from the proteins in wheat flour. Gluten is developed by adding water to flour and kneading, and it's what permits baked goods to rise.

How to Make Pizza
Making your own pizza isn't hard — you just need a few basic tools like a wooden pizza peel and a pizza stone. But once you start making your own pizzas, you may find that you want to make pizzas all the time.

Buttercream Frosting Recipe
Buttercream frosting is the simplest frosting you can make, and I like to make it with butter and shortening for the best flavor and texture. This buttercream recipe will make 3 cups of frosting.

Pound Cake Recipe
Pound cake is a dense, buttery cake that was originally made with a pound each of butter, sugar, eggs and flour. This pound cake recipe uses a half-pound of everything instead. So it's really a half-pound cake — but that doesn't mean it's half as good.

Cream Cheese Frosting
Cream cheese frosting is perfect for red velvet cake, carrot cake and apple spice cake, among others. This cream cheese frosting is a variation on a basic buttercream.

Vanilla Cake Recipe
This vanilla cake is made using the creaming method, which gives the cake a light and fluffy texture. For the best vanilla flavor and aroma, use pure vanilla extract, not the imitation kind.

Chocolate Frosting Recipe
This recipe for chocolate frosting is a simple buttercream you can mix up in minutes. It's a rich chocolate cake frosting made with melted chocolate, butter and shortening.

Yellow Cake Recipe
This basic yellow cake is a classic, and for good reason. Soft texture, buttery flavor, moist and sweet, it's a cake-lover's cake. Makes two 9-inch layers.

Butter Cake Recipe
This easy butter cake is a basic yellow cake made with butter and egg yolks, which makes it super moist with a rich, buttery flavor. Makes two 9-inch layers.

Red Velvet Cake Recipe
Red velvet cake has a striking red color that makes it quite dramatic, especially against white cream cheese frosting. This red velvet cake recipe makes two 9-inch layers.

Carrot Cake Recipe
A moist carrot cake topped with a classic cream cheese frosting is one of the great all-time cakes. This carrot cake recipe features warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and ground ginger.

Chocolate Cake Recipe
Everyone loves chocolate cake, and this two-layer chocolate cake recipe is a true classic. We bloom the cocoa powder to give the cake much deeper chocolate flavor.

White Cake Recipe
This basic white cake is made with all egg whites, which gives the cake a light, airy texture and snowy white color. Basic white cake recipe makes two 9-inch layers.

Sponge Cake Recipe
This sponge cake recipe is made with whole eggs and melted butter, so it's quite a bit more moist and tender than angel's food cake, with a subtle vanilla flavor.

Lemon Frosting Recipe
This lemon frosting recipe, a variation on a basic buttercream, will make about 3 cups of frosting, which is enough to frost a two-layer 9-inch round cake.

Peach Pie Recipe
I feel guilty making peach pie from fresh summer peaches. So instead I use frozen peaches, and the pie is amazing, and I can have it all year round.

Apple Pie Recipe
This classic apple pie is perfect for holidays, or when guests are coming, or just anytime you want some fresh apple pie. It's great by itself or served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Cherry Pie Recipe
This cherry pie recipe is made with tart cherries, and it's perfect for holidays and special occasions. You can make this pie with fresh cherries or frozen ones, as long as they're unsweetened.

Pumpkin Pie Recipe
This recipe for pumpkin pie is smooth and silky and features various warm, autumn spices and seasonings. The recipe will make two 9-inch pumpkin pies.

Coconut Custard Pie
This coconut custard pie recipe is an easy variation on the classic custard pie. We toast unsweetened coconut flakes until they're lightly browned, then stir them into a sweet, silky custard.

Custard Pie Recipe
Custard pie dusted with freshly grated nutmeg is such a simple thing, but the flavors are pretty amazing. I love the way the silky, smooth, rich custard and the earthy, spicy nutmeg combine.

Pecan Pie Recipe
Pecan pie is one of my favorites. Nutty, crunchy and sweet, it's almost like candy in a pie crust. This pecan pie recipe is easy to prepare and you can double it if you want to make two pecan pies.

Lemon Meringue Pie
Lemon meringue pie is a classic pie made with a sweet, lemony custard topped with stiffly beaten egg whites. You can make this lemon meringue recipe using a pre-baked pie shell or make your own.

Strawberry Pie Recipe
This fresh strawberry pie recipe is an easy no-bake pie. First we cook the strawberry glaze, stir in fresh strawberries, then pour it into a graham cracker pie shell.

Blueberry Pie Recipe
This blueberry pie recipe is a perfect way to use fresh blueberries when they're in season. But you can definitely make it with frozen blueberries, and it'll still be really good.

Chocolate Cream Pie
For this chocolate cream pie, we prepare the filling, which is basically a chocolate pastry cream, pour it into a pre-baked pie shell and then chill it. It's that easy.

Whole Wheat Bread
This whole wheat bread has a satisfying flavor and texture that's perfect for sandwiches. Or just eat it straight from the oven with some butter.

Buttermilk Rolls Recipe
These buttermilk rolls are soft and fluffy and they're perfect for a holiday dinner or anytime you want to do something special for dinner.

Dinner Rolls Recipe
Dinner rolls are a simple bread to bake at home, and they're perfect for holiday dinners. These buttery dinner rolls will add a special touch to a home-cooked meal.

Easy Bread Recipe
This basic white loaf is one of the easiest breads you can bake. It's not too yeasty and has a nice dark crust, so it's perfect for sandwiches.

Graham Cracker Pie Crust
This graham cracker pie crust is perfect for all kinds of unbaked pies, like cream pies, chiffon pies and fresh strawberry pie. You can substitute chocolate graham crackers, vanilla wafers or gingersnap crumbs.

Basic Pizza Dough Recipe
This basic pizza dough recipe is enough to make three small pizzas, and you can prepare it using a food processor or stand mixer. It's an easy pizza dough recipe.

Flour Basics: All-Purpose Flour, Bread Flour & Cake Flour
Wheat flour is the most common flour used in baking. Learn about the difference between bread flour, cake flour and all-purpose flour.

How To Make Your Own Baking Powder
You can make your own baking powder by combining baking soda with cream of tartar. Find out the exact formula for making your own baking powder.

Brown Sugar Recipe
Here's a simple recipe for making your own brown sugar. You can really taste the molasses in the brown sugar when you make it yourself this way.

Cinnamon Sugar Recipe
Cinnamon sugar is used all the time in baking, and mixing up a batch is as easy as stirring. This recipe makes 2 cups of cinnamon sugar.

How to Make Frosting
Buttercream frosting is one of the most simple kinds of frosting for cakes or cupcakes, and it's surprisingly easy to make.

How to Cut Butter Into Flour
What does it mean when a recipe says to "cut in butter?" This illustrated tutorial explains, and shows you exactly how to do it.

How To Make Creme Brulee
Creme Brulee is one of the most elegant desserts around and also one of the simplest recipes. This tutorial will show you how to make Creme Brulee.

English Muffins Recipe
You can cook these tasty English muffins on a griddle or even a cast-iron skillet, and they're delicious, warm and yeasty, perfect for breakfast or brunch.

Simple Biscuits Recipe
This recipe for homemade biscuits is simple and easy. The key to making perfect biscuits is to make sure you don't overwork the dough.

How To Caramelize Crème Brûlée - Part 2
It's the marvelous caramelized sugar on top of the crème brûlée that makes it such a classic. In part two of this tutorial, you'll learn how to caramelize a crème brûlée.

Pastry Dough Recipe
Pastry dough, also called "short dough," is a light, sweet, crumbly dough used for making tarts and pies.

Pumpkin Bread Recipe
Pumpkin bread is one of my favorite quick breads and it's a wonderful recipe to make during the autumn months. This pumpkin loaf recipe can be made with fresh or canned pumpkin puree.

Easy Banana Bread
Banana bread lets you put overripe bananas, that would otherwise be destined for the garbage, to good use.

Corn Bread with Corn
Cornbread with corn is a great variation on the basic corn bread recipe. You can make it with fresh sweet corn, or frozen or canned.

Buttermilk Corn Bread
For a delicious variation on the basic corn bread, try this buttermilk cornbread recipe.

Mexican Corn Bread
This Mexican cornbread is made with fresh green chiles, sweet corn and shredded cheddar cheese, for a savory corn bread that has a little kick to it.

Basic Corn Bread
This basic corn bread recipe is sweetened with honey and is a perfect accompaniment for soup or chili.

Simple Syrup Recipe
Simple syrup is a solution of sugar and water that's used to sweeten and add moisture to cakes and other desserts. Here's a basic simple syrup recipe.

All About Butter
Butter is the most prized cooking fat because of its delicious flavor and rich, creamy mouth-feel. Learn all about butter and how to cook with it.

All About Cream
Check out this overview of several different types of cream, including my personal favorite, clotted cream.

Creme Anglaise Recipe
This creme anglaise recipe is simple to make, with only eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla. Creme anglaise is a classic vanilla custard sauce.

Creme Brulee Recipe
This classic creme brulee recipe is simple to make, with only eggs, cream and sugar. Try this easy creme brulee recipe.

Baking Soda and Baking Powder: What's the Difference?
Are baking soda and baking powder the same thing? Find out what happens when you try to substitute baking soda for baking powder.

New York Cheesecake Recipe
New York cheesecake should be rich, smooth and creamy with a dense, decadent consistency. The way we bake it ensures this New York cheesecake recipe turns out just right.

How to Make a Milkshake
Making a rich, thick milkshake is easier than you think. You mostly just need to know the right ratio of ice cream to milk.

Tips for Making the Perfect Cheesecake
Making cheesecake can be tricky, as it can sometimes crack, or turn out gummy or misshapen. Here are some tips to ensure a perfect cheesecake.

Sorbet is a type of frozen dessert often made with some type of fruit or fruit juice along with a sweetener and other ingredients. But sorbet never contains dairy or eggs.

Ice Cream
Ice cream is a frozen dessert made with milk, cream, sugar and flavoring ingredients, and most importantly ... Read more about how ice cream is made.

Streusel Topping
This cinnamon streusel topping will really spruce up your homemade muffins and it can be mixed up in just a few seconds. Just sprinkle it over muffins before baking!

Sherbet is a frozen dessert made with fruit, milk, and sometimes egg whites, and might be the most widely misspelled and mispronounced dessert ever.

In the culinary arts, the word fondant can refer to one of two types of sugar-based ingredients used in ... Read the definition of Fondant.

Cream Puff Recipe
This cream puff recipe is made with choux pastry and filled with vanilla pastry cream. To make frozen cream puffs you can fill them with vanilla ice cream.

Choux Pastry Recipe (Pâte à Choux)
Choux pastry is used for making beignets, cream puffs and éclairs, and the dough is first cooked on the stovetop and then baked until brown and crisp. Here's a choux pastry recipe.

Beignet Recipe
Beignets are sweet fluffy New Orleans doughnuts made from deep-fried choux pastry, then tossed in powdered sugar. This beignet recipe shows you how to make them.

Thanksgiving Pie Recipes
Here's a list of the most popular Thanksgiving pies, along with recipes for each one. If you think you know the top Thanksgiving pie, you might be surprised.

Chocolate Eclair Recipe
Éclairs are an elegant French pastry with a crispy shell filled with luscious vanilla pastry cream. This chocolate éclair recipe is a true classic.

Pastry Cream Recipe
Pastry cream is a classic filling for all kinds of pastries and cakes. This vanilla pastry cream recipe is perfect for filling your cream puffs or éclairs.

Cream Cheese Brownies
These cream cheese brownies are made by swirling tangy cream cheese into a rich, chocolatey brownie batter. The result is heavenly. Makes one 9 x 13 pan.

Cocoa Powder Brownies
If you want brownies but the only chocolate you have is cocoa powder, try this recipe. Cocoa powder brownies might even be better than the other kind.

Skillet Brownies
Skillet brownies are fun to make (and eat). I like to use a cast iron skillet because it gives the brownies the nice chewy edges that I love.

Classic Chocolate Brownies
These are the brownies that spring from your deepest, most chocolatey fantasies. Moist and gooey in the center, they're the classic chocolate brownies.

Chocolate Chip Blondies
Blondies might be the easiest thing in the world to bake. If you've never baked anything before in your life, blondies are what you should start with.

Lemon Bars Recipe
These mouthwatering lemon bars are made with a layer of shortbread crust topped with a tangy lemon filling, then baked and dusted with powdered sugar.

Piping Bag
A piping bag (also called a pastry bag) is a bag in the shape of a cone that can be used for decorating cakes, cookies and pastries, and also for filling pastries. Piping bags are also used for squeezing mashed potatoes and other puréed ingredients onto pans or platters.

Royal Icing Recipe
Royal icing is a sweet, hard icing made from egg whites and powdered sugar, and it's perfect for decorating cookies. Here's an easy royal icing recipe.

Why Do Cookies Spread?
If your cookies spread too much when you bake them, it's probably for one of the reasons described in this troubleshooting guide.

Easy Brownie Recipes
Brownies are one of the easiest things you can bake. If you're craving brownies, one of these easy brownie recipes is sure to suit your fancy.

Chocolate Souffle Recipe
Chocolate souffle might be the ultimate dessert, and it's a great way to finish off a meal with a flourish. This chocolate souffle recipe serves six.

Measuring Ingredients in Baking
Weighing your ingredients will help your cakes, pie crusts and other baked items turn out the right way. Learn why weighing is more accurate in baking.

What is Kneading?
The word kneading refers to working dough by hand to develop the glutens in the flour. Kneading dough is what gives bread its texture and structure.

Classic Cake Recipes
The thing about baking a cake from scratch is that it's not really any harder than using boxed cake mix. These classic cake recipes are perfect for birthdays and other special occasions.

How to Make Hot Chocolate
Making hot chocolate from scratch is a million times more delicious than the instant kind, and it's certainly easier than driving to the coffee bar to order it.

Hot Chocolate Recipe
This hot chocolate recipe is made with whole milk, half and half, and semi-sweet chocolate chips. But you can adorn it with anything from cinnamon to peppermint.

Spicy Hot Chocolate
This spicy hot chocolate has a little kick from cayenne pepper, and the secret ingredient: ground cardamom, which adds warmth, sweetness and a wonderful, exotic aroma.

Hot Cocoa Recipe
This hot cocoa recipe is made with whole milk, half and half, cocoa powder and sugar. It's easy to make, and you can mix up the ingredients in advance so that you can mix up a batch whenever you like.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Peppermint hot chocolate is warm and cool, refreshing, festive, and chocolatey. And there are a few ways to make it, including a couple of techniques just for the grown-ups!

Homemade Marshmallows
Homemade marshmallows will transform your smores into something truly sublime, and your hot chocolate will never be the same.

How to Make Whipped Cream
Whipped cream is the most sublime dessert topping there is, and you can make it yourself in about five minutes. These tips will help you get it right.

Rosemary Focaccia Bread
This crusty focaccia bread is made with fresh rosemary and olive oil. It's an easy bread to make and it's great for snacking, sandwiches and even pizza.

Chocolate Ganache
Chocolate ganache is made with melted chocolate and heavy cream, and for a very smooth ganache, it's important to blend them together carefully.

Chocolate Sauce Recipe
This chocolate sauce is easy to make and it's perfect for drizzling over ice cream or as a delicious dipping sauce for fresh berries or whatever.

Raspberry Sauce Recipe
You can make this easy raspberry sauce with frozen or fresh raspberries. It's perfect for drizzling over ice cream, pound cake and other desserts.

3 Easy Dessert Sauces
These three easy dessert sauces will suit any type of dessert, whether it's a frozen treat like ice cream or baked yummies like cakes and muffins.

Mushroom Quiche Recipe
This mushroom quiche is loaded with savory mushroom flavor and you can use any of your favorite mushrooms. I like to use cremini, shitake and oyster.

Quiche Lorraine Recipe
Quiche Lorraine is basically bacon and eggs baked in a pie, which means it's absolutely heavenly. Cheese is optional, but highly recommended.

Spinach Quiche Recipe
This spinach quiche features feta cheese for a rich, slightly tangy flavor. You can make it with fresh spinach or frozen.

Easy Quiche Recipe
You can serve this savory cheese quiche with a tossed salad for a simple lunch, brunch or dinner. Make it with Gruyere or Emmental cheese.

French Baguette Recipe
The classic French baguette might take a lifetime to master, but you don't have time for that. Here's a simple baguette recipe that will amaze you.

Sherbet or Sorbet?
A reader wants to know the difference between sorbet, sherbet and other frozen desserts. Read Danilo's explanation.

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