We've heard it over and over, and yet it's true: These really are stressful times. And, for some, baking is a great way to relieve stress and to relax a little. But even if you don't find the act of combining butter and sugar to be soothing, there is definitely something exciting about taking a fresh and delicious-smelling creation, which you made yourself, out of the oven—not to mention the fun of eating it. For those looking to try some new recipes this week, here are five great options.
Chocolate Cupped Cakes With Coffee and Chicory
This coffee creation is a testament to native New Orleanian and pastry chef David Guas, who included it in his recipe book Damgoodsweet: Desserts to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth, New Orleans Style. This lava-cake, souffle-like dessert is the thing to try for those craving the rich flavors of chocolate and chicory. Click here for the recipe.
Here's a recipe that will put your brown bananas to use and tastes amazing, and the best part is that you almost always have the ingredients already lying around the house.This banana bread recipe is very standard, and you can customize it to your taste by adding chocolate chips, spices, or even apple sauce to get the perfect loaf. Click here for the recipe.
Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate chip cookies are considered a good ol' reliable option when it comes to baking, and for good reason. Try this Tasty recipe for their best, gooiest cookie ever—it even comes with a video! Click here for the recipe.
Vegan Apple Pie
Test out this incredible vegan apple pie recipe that is absolutely so good that you wouldn't be able to guess it. The recipe is easy enough for those with only beginner pie techniques and is a definite crowd-pleaser. Click here for the recipe.
Duke's Lemon Drop Sheet Cake
As summer comes to a close—though it might not feel like it in New Orleans—try baking Duke's refreshing lemon drop sheet cake. This lemon cake with lemon cream-cheese icing is zesty and filled with flavor. Click here for the recipe.