10 Best Recipes for Beginner Bakers

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10 easy baking recipes for Beginner Bakers.

Here at Baking with Granny, we love to bake. (The clue is in the name!). I was extremely fortunate to grow up with a trained baker for a mother, and always have her on hand to keep me right on my own baking journey.

However over the years I’ve been more & more aware that my “normal” is not the case for everyone. I’m often asked what recipes are best for beginner bakers, so I’ve put together a collection of some of my favourite easy, fool-proof recipes with beginners in mind.

Whether you have decided your New Year resolution for 2024 is to become a baking master, or you just want to turn your hand to using baking as a way to relax and unwind. These 10 Best Baking Recipes for Beginners is the place to start!

Rock Buns

Rock Buns recipe from Baking with Granny.

There’s a reason we all learnt to make Rock Buns at school… Because they are one of the easiest things to bake! Making them the perfect treat to start your learning to bake journey with.

They’ve also been a long time favourite recipe here on Baking with Granny, always ranking in the Top Ten Most Popular of all our recipes. So why not give them a go? I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Rock Buns
Perhaps most famous for being the bake everyone made in Home Economics, Rock Buns are a delicious tea time treat.
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Rock Buns recipe from Baking with Granny.

Jam Tarts

Jam Tarts recipe. Little pastry cups, filled with strawberry, raspberry and apricot jam.

For a beginner baker, pastry recipes can seem somewhat daunting. Especially when it comes to home made pastry!

My simple Jam Tarts recipe is a great place to start your pastry journey. With an easy shortcrust pastry and the most uncomplicated filling you could use.

Jam Tarts
Home made shortcrust pastry cases, filled with your favourite flavour of jam. A favourite with every generation.
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Jam Tarts

Sultana Cake

Sultana Cake recipe from Baking with Granny. The perfect teatime cake.

When it comes to cakes, I’m a big fan of loaf cakes. Why? Because of how simple they can be!

There’s few more simple than my Sultana Cake. Half a dozen ingredients, mixed in the one bowl. For extra ease, you can even use a loaf tin liner and save yourself the stress of attempting to line your tin with greaseproof paper.

Sultana Cake
A real teatime classic. Sultana Cake is super simple to make and perfect when enjoyed alongside a cuppa.
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Sultana Cake recipe from Baking with Granny. The perfect teatime cake.

Easy Bread

Easy bread recipe from Baking with Granny. UK recipe for an easy loaf of bread. Perfect for sandwiches, toast or just eaten straight from the oven!

I first shared this Easy Bread recipe in 2020, mid pandemic, when the shops didn’t have stock of very much at all. As the name suggests, it’s a very easy bread recipe, perfect for those wanting to make bread for the very first time.

The great thing about this recipe is that it only uses a handful of ingredients – you can even use plain flour if it’s all you have. And it creates the perfect base for many bread-type creations – loaves, rolls, baguettes…it’s even my go-to for pizza dough!

Easy Bread
Your new go-to bread recipe. Easy Bread is simple to make and provides the perfect base for many bread types.
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Plain Scones

Plain Scone recipe from the UK. Popular in Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland.

In theory, scones are very simple to bake. But as is often the case, with many kinds of baking, we tend to overthink how to make them perfect.

Fear not – I have put together all my top tips for making the perfect scone! And if you can master a Plain Scone recipe, you open up an entire world of scone expertise.

Plain Scones
The perfect base recipe for nearly every kind of scone. Plain Scones are definitely worth mastering if you want to bake really great scones.
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Plain Scones recipe from Baking with Granny. Fool proof recipe for plain scones, easy to make and always delicious.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip cookies recipe from Baking with Granny. UK recipe for classic cookies, easy and simple to make.

Fun fact about this Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe – the origins of the recipe is from a kids magazine in the 1990s.

How I’ve managed to keep hold of the original magazine clipping for 30 years is nothing short of a miracle. But the fact the recipe was intended for kids to be able to make should be a sign of how easy & fool-proof this recipe is.

Chocolate Chip Cookies
An international classic, chocolate chip cookies are a timeless favourite with every generation.
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Chocolate Chip cookies from Baking with Granny. Easy cookie recipe, using golden syrup and milk chocolate chips.

Easy Cinnamon Swirls

Cinnamon swirl pastry recipe.

My recipe for Easy Cinnamon Swirls is a big favourite in the Baking with Granny house. A go-to weekend breakfast that you will love trying.

It uses a shop-bought puff-pastry, giving you a chance to work with a different kind of pastry, whilst avoiding being overly complicated.

Easy Cinnamon Swirls
A simple weekend breakfast, Easy Cinnamon Swirls are quick to make and always quickly eaten too!
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Easy homemade cinnamon swirls recipe from Baking with Granny.

Highlander Shortbread

Highlander Shortbread recipe from Baking with Granny. Classic buttery Scottish shortbread rounds, with a delicious coating of demerara sugar.

Here in Scotland, we love a bit of Shortbread. Not only is it delicious but it’s easy to make, especially when you have a good recipe to follow.

Highlander Shortbread is a great one to start with because you don’t even need a cookie cutter to make it!

Highlander Shortbread
Real Scottish shortbread, made a little bit more special with edges coated in demerara sugar.
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Highlander Shortbread biscuits, stacked on a black slate chopping board. The biscuits are golden in colour, with sugar coated sides.

Butterfly Cakes

Classic butterfly fairy cakes, British recipe from Baking with Granny.

Who doesn’t love a little Butterfly Cake? As kids we thought they looked magical but as bakers we soon realise they are deceivingly easy to make.

Simple little sponges, with an easy buttercream –  two great skills to master. And the good thing with fairy cakes is that you get a dozen opportunities to practice!

Butterfly Cakes
Little nostalgic cupcakes, with a soft sponge, sweet buttercream and two little "wings" on top.
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Custard Creams

Custard Creams - Recipe for the classic British biscuits. Sweet,crumbly, custard biscuits; sandwiched with

One of my favourite recipes from my own Granny. Custard Creams are easy little biscuits that certainly don’t lack anything in terms of flavour.

Again, you don’t need any fancy equipment or cookie cutters to finish these biscuits –  just a fork!

Custard Creams
The classic British biscuit, home made Custard Creams are even better than the shop bought version.
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Custard Creams - Recipe for the classic British biscuits. Sweet,crumbly, custard biscuits; sandwiched with buttercream.

Happy Baking!

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