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5 Easy Dessert Recipes for Beginners

Updated on January 18, 2016
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Verity is currently studying a physics degree and a teaching degree simultaneously, in her spare time she likes to cook & play video games.

Introduction

As a self taught cook & baker, there was lots of time spent when I first started out just looking for recipes that were at my skill level. So I started keeping a binder of recipes, and I marked on each one their 'difficulty level'.

When my friend asked me to introduce her to baking, I pulled out my trusty binder and let her pick. She then borrowed my binder to use with her little cousin as a fun day-time activity.

It was then that I realised that people who are just starting out might benefit from a helping hand and a bit of guidance. As such I made this guide of beginner level recipes. At the end of each one there are some tips to help you, and some suggestions as to how you can step up the difficulty once you've mastered the recipe! Happy baking!

This is how they turned out when I made them (I doubled the recipe to make 24).
This is how they turned out when I made them (I doubled the recipe to make 24).

Fairy cakes

Ingredients:

  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 100g Soft Butter
  • 100g Self-Raising Flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C (356F) [or 160C (320F) for fan ovens]. Take a muffin tray and put a paper cupcake case in each hole.
  2. Put the sugar and butter in a bowl and mix together, mix until the mixture only falls off the spoon when tapped against the side of the bowl.
  3. Sift the flour into the mixture. Add the eggs and the vanilla. (At this point if you would like to add any extras like chocolate chips or raisins, add them now). Mix well.
  4. Spoon the mixture evenly into the paper cases. Put the tray in the oven for 20 minutes.
  5. Let the cakes cool, and enjoy!

Notes

This recipe should make 12 cakes. If you are worried about getting egg shell in the mixture, you can crack the eggs into a different bowl, scoop out pieces of shell and then put the eggs into the mixture. It can be seen in the photo above that I intended to make 24 but only got 17, this is because I over filled the cases, to avoid this, only fill your cases just over halfway.

Golden Syrup Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 100g sugar
  • 100g butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Golden Syrup
  • 75g Self-Raising Flour
  • Another 75g Self-Raising Flour
  • Any Extras (Chocolate Chips, Raisins, etc)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180C (356F).
  2. Mix the sugar and butter together until it has the consistency of paste.
  3. Add the first 75g of flour to the mix, plus any extras that you're adding. Mix well.
  4. Add and mix in the rest of the flour.
  5. Arrange on a baking tray in 10-12 blobs, you do not need to flatten them!
  6. Place in the oven for 12-15 minutes

Notes:
This recipe is very adaptable, you can try using chocolate syrup or honey instead of golden syrup, and you can add any extras you like; nuts, dried fruit, chocolate, honey comb, the list is endless.


I made these for halloween, moulded them into pumpkin shapes and decorated with melted chocolate and edible ball bearings.
I made these for halloween, moulded them into pumpkin shapes and decorated with melted chocolate and edible ball bearings.

Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Egg

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 175C (350F).
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, and mix together until smooth.
  3. Arrange spoonfuls of your mixture onto a baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 6-8 minutes.

Notes:
These cookies are done when they are brown on the bottoms and still soft, they take a while to cool but don't touch them while they are hot.
You can use either smooth or chunky peanut butter for this recipe. If you would like to 'spice up' this recipe you can melt some chocolate in the microwave spoon it over the biscuits and decorate with marshmallows, nuts, chocolate chips etc.

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Eton Mess

Ingredients:

  • 500g Strawberrys (Hulls Removed)
  • 400ml Double cream
  • 3 Ready Made Meringues (Crushed)

Method:

  1. Set aside 4 strawberries, these will be used as decoration later. Purée half of the remaining strawberries in a blender. Roughly chop the other half.
  2. Whip the double cream until it is stiff. Then fold in the crushed meringue, and the puréed and chopped strawberries.
  3. Spoon the mixture into glasses or bowls, and top with the strawberries that you set aside earlier.

Notes:
To remove the hull of the strawberry, that just means removing the leaves and the tiny core beneath the cap of the berry, this can just be done by chopping the leafy part off with a knife.
To add a unique flavour to the dessert you can try adding a tablespoon of a fruit or ginger cordial.
This recipe should make 4 servings.

Chocolate Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 100ml water
  • 100ml cocoa powder
  • 100ml sugar

Method:

  1. Whisk all of the ingredients together in a pan.
  2. Let it simmer on the stove until it is of the required consistency

Notes:
This chocolate sauce can be kept for a very long time in the fridge and can be reheated as necessary. When cooled this sauce does not harden, it stays runny even in the fridge. Any kind of cocoa powder can be used, I used a dark chocolate cocoa powder, but you can even use hot chocolate powder if you wish.

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    • VerityPrice profile image
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      VerityPrice 20 months ago from UK

      Thank you peachpurple! I'm glad you enjoy them :)

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      peachy 20 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      love your recipes, thanks for yr share

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      VerityPrice 20 months ago from UK

      Thank you Kristen :) Oh i highly encourage you to brave it and give it a go haha! Please keep me updated :D

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      Kristen Howe 20 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great recipes. I would love to make them next year, if I'm brave enough to try baking.

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      VerityPrice 20 months ago from UK

      Thank you very much! :) Please tell me how they go when you try them :D

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      MaayaDR 20 months ago

      hey interesting recipes. Got to try this holiday.