See all coverage of Chowhound's COVID-19 for more information on what to do when it comes to food, including others who are currently in need – and don't forget to wash your hands often. Then dirty them with flour and butter and feel a little calmer, at least for a while.
Also enjoy feeding your family when you are all at home together. If you're more isolated and feeling lonely, consider taking a virtual date with a friend (or your grandma) to bake something sweet – or savory – then hop on a video chat while snacking a cup of coffee drink or tea and catch up.
Most of these recipes call for eggs, milk and butter, but not all. And none is complicated, because for most of us, that's the last thing we need right now.
This small-scale dessert from Scandi Bites from Trine Hahnemann is perfect if you don't have anyone around to help you eat your baked goods and aren't good at self-imposed portion control (uh, hello). The jam is made with frozen berries, but you can also just smear it on some store-bought things from the jar in your fridge. And while the pink sprinkles are delicious, you can use regular scouring sugar, turbinado sugar, or whatever you have left to decorate Christmas cookies – or nothing at all. Get the raspberry cake slices recipe.
Peanut butter jelly bars
If you have bananas that get blotchy, you know what to do: make Chowhound's easy banana bread recipe. If yours aren't ripe yet, wait a while – but that's why it's worth getting into the habit of freezing overripe bananas so you're ready to bake banana bread whenever you want. (And depending on what's in your fridge and pantry, consider stuffed banana bread or banana bread mix ins.)
Chocolate Chip Cookies
These simple, vegan, gluten-free cookies (sweetened with maple syrup) are packed with protein, so you can snack on them in the morning too. They are also very flexible – use a different nut or seed butter, swap agave nectar or honey for the syrup if you're not out and if you don't have a trail mix, then stir a combination of nuts, seeds, dried fruit and / or chocolate to form the entire 1/2 cup total. Get the peanut butter trail mix cookie recipe.
Mocha Pudding Cake
If anything deep, dark, and super rich is enough, this one-bowl waterproof, dump-and-stir cake is here for you. It is divided into three layers during baking: a crispy top, a cake-like center, and a sticky pudding-like base. If you don't want to add the brewed coffee, check out some replacement ideas. And if you're out of fresh milk, try canned whole coconut milk. Get Chowhound's mocha pudding cake recipe.
Chocolate crazy cake
No butter or eggs? No problem. Crazy cakes were popular during the Great Depression and in wartime because they didn't need dairy – which makes them good vegan options nowadays. Instead of icing, you can simply dust the whole thing with powdered sugar, pour some caramel sauce over your slice on the plate or break out the ice. Get the chocolate crazy cake recipe. 03/25 / 70aceaba-0389-45f5-b41d-53e736feee21 / easy-skillet-cornbread-recipe-chowhound.jpg “/>
If you want to make a big pot of chili for the week, there is no better partner than cornbread with skillet. And if you only have regular milk, you can sour it with a little lemon juice or vinegar to use in place of the buttermilk you need. Get Chowhound's cornbread recipe.
Muffin pan popovers
These make for a fun, mini soufflé-like side for any number of savory dinners, but also work as breakfast with a hint of jam. Best of all, you only need six ingredients and a standard muffin tin to make them. Get Chowhound & # 39; s muffin pan popovers recipe.
Onion poppy seed quick bread
A bakery-style bread made from crusty bread without kneading is worth making, but if you're still suspicious about working with yeast (or just don't have it in your pantry), try some savory quick bread. This is speckled with caramelized onions and poppy seeds. Roast it as a side dish for soup, eat a slice of butter as a snack or use it for improved grilled cheese. Get Chowhound's quick bread recipe for onion seed.