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Baking is a fun hobby for many, and there’s even an entire week dedicated to the art of baking.  If you’re not a big baker, that’s ok because National Baking Week is dedicated to everything sweet and delicious and will give you a reason to try something new.

Let’s look at National Bake Week and what it’s all about.

What Is National Bake Week?

National Baking Week

National Bake Week is a time for us to dig into our drawers and pull out those baking pans, cookie sheets, and pie molds to create a masterpiece!  

It gives you a good reason to have friends over to do baking contests or just show off your baking skills to your family.

National Bake Week is celebrated on the first Monday in April every year.  It originated in Britain, and the United States picked it up because it was such a fun idea and a way to encourage households to grab those baking tools and start baking.

Discover New High-Quality Cookware

Having high-quality non-stick bakeware is essential to your baking. You don’t need to spend a fortune to make the recipes we outlined in this post, but we recommend finding a brand you trust that performs well while baking.

There are several benefits to having high-quality versus cheaper bakeware.  Firstly, you can taste the difference. Using good tools when cooking will help diminish the chances of your food getting burned.

Secondly, investing in higher-quality bakeware will ensure that it lasts for years, which you typically can’t say about cheaper products.

Finally, cheaper kitchen wares won’t be able to hold heat as well as the higher-quality cookware.  Overall, choosing superior quality will help everything taste and look good, which you want in the end.

Get Creative and Try Something New

We often bake things we are comfortable with and know other people love.  But, because National Bake Week is a particular week, find that inspiration and bake something new and creative.

How about getting a little crazy for the observance day and finding something new you’ve never tried?  You never know what you can come up with. 

Pinterest is a great way to explore new recipes and categorize them so you can save them and come back to them later.

Have a Baking Party

What better reason to throw a party than National Baking Week!  Invite your friends over and have everyone bring a bakery food item that they made at home. 

Everyone can try them and then vote on the best one! Make sure everyone brings the recipes so that you can exchange them at the end of the party.

Recipes To Try During National Bake Week

There are so many delicious recipes you can try, so we went ahead and broke down some of our favorite categories with a few ideas for you.

You can follow these recipes to the tee or add your twist to make them your own. You may want to try and get your family and children involved during the process and make it a family baking night!

Cupcakes

Cupcakes baking ideas

Cupcakes are a wonderful and easy treat to make when you have company over. You can make them as simple or complex as you would like. You can use a nonstick muffin mold to create the perfect shape. 

S’mores Cupcakes

Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut White Chocolate Frosting

Waffle Cakes

Apple Crumble Cakes

 

Cookies

Cookie recipes

Who doesn’t love cookies? Try nobody! Cookies are one of those down-home, exquisite treats you look forward to during the holidays because at no other time will you find more variety at friends and family’s houses. 

 So why should you have to wait until the holidays to bake some delicious, fancy cookies? That’s what National Bake Week is all about. It gives you the excuse to pull out that cookie baking sheet and start baking!

Lofthouse Cookies

Strawberry Shortcakes Cookies

Lemon Butter Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Related Links: Strawberry-Lemonade Macaron Recipe

Muffins

Muffin recipes for national bake week

Muffins are always lovely to have in the morning with some coffee. They are great for making ahead of time and handing to your kids or spouse as they rush off to work. 

Make them healthy or sweet; either way, they are meant to be a cherished quick meal.

Chocolate Chip Muffins

Cinnamon Muffins

Zucchini Muffins 

Banana Oat Muffins 

Bread

How to bake bread

Most people buy their everyday bread for sandwiches and toast, at the grocery store. Still, there is an entire array of homemade bread recipes you can try that will open up your palette about what can be done with a bit of yeast and water and an excellent bread mold!

Monkey Bread

Whole Wheat Beer Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Sun-Dried Tomato Focaccia Bread

Pies

Pie recipes

Baking pies require more finesse because you deal with pie filling, pie molds, and pie crusts and hope the crust turns out perfect.   The great thing about pies is that you don’t have to spend a lot of time making sure the crust is perfect.  You can simply go out and buy one if you really want to!

Below are some not-too-difficult and straightforward recipes that explode with flavor and will sure to be a crowd-pleaser at any gathering during National Bake Week.

Brownie Pie

No-bake Peanut Butter Pie

Perfect Apple Pie

Cherry-Berry Pie

Related Links: Recipes For Pies and Tarts

Conclusion

Hopefully, this article will inspire you to get up and get baking.  It is fun to try new recipes; it’s fun to eat the finished product! After all, that’s the reason for National Baking Week. 

So, in the spirit of the delicious week celebration, take the time to have some fun with family and friends as they are some of the most precious things we have in life.

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