You’re stuck inside, so you need something to do with your hands that isn’t scrolling through Twitter and Instagram. Friend, it’s time to start “distractibaking.” These ten baking projects are just involved enough to keep your mind distracted during self-isolation, but still achievable even for the novice baker among us. Fire up the oven.
1. Cinnamon Meringue Pie
We’ve never met a pie we didn’t fall for, and this cozy spiced number is no exception. The swoops and swirls of fluffy meringue don’t hurt either.
2. Swedish Cinnamon Rolls
You never had time to nail your dough-knotting technique...until now.
3. Birthday Cake Petit Fours
Is it someone’s birthday? No, but these bites are too cute to pass up. Plus, it’s a blissful hour and a half of not looking at your phone.
4. Chocolate Banana Bread Babka
You’re the fancy neighborhood bakery now. (Psst: If you end up with leftovers, which is unlikely, they make for some incredible French toast.)
5. Strawberry Pie with Strawberry Crust
The secret to this pretty-in-pink crust is freeze-dried strawberries. (Find them on your next trip to Trader Joe’s.)
6. Apple Tart with Soft-Pretzel Crust
The extra effort for a chewy pretzel crust is so worth it. Bonus points if you painstakingly slice your apples and arrange them like an artiste.
7. Glazed Doughnut Cookies
We’re not sure who will get the biggest kick out of these cuties. Will it be the kids or your Instagram followers?
8. Easy Pretzel Buns
There’s something about bread-making that’s incredibly therapeutic, don’t you think?
9. Chocolate ‘High-Ratio’ Sheet Cake
This cake isn’t particularly difficult to make, but it offers the exact amount of chocolate we all need right now (which is a lot).
10. Lemon Pie with Blueberry Meringue
There’s a little bit of sunshine in every slice.