A snow day means you suddenly have the whole day to play in the kitchen — hurray! But a snow day also means you can't run out for ingredients, so if you're planning on a baking project, it needs to be based on what you already have in the pantry and refrigerator.
Flour, butter, eggs, maybe milk — what can you possibly make with these simple ingredients? Quite a few things, especially if you can sneak in a few other staples such as cinnamon (our easiest cinnamon rolls!) or maybe you have a few very ripe bananas on the counter just begging to be transformed into banana bread.
Vanilla and chocolate are classic cakes to make since most people have vanilla extract and chocolate as regular pantry staples. Here we offer some alternative approaches, as well as options for apple and banana. And just because you're baking from staples doesn't mean you can't get a little fanciful. Vanilla magic cake might look like it involves some wizardry, but the ingredient list is pretty standard!
- Sunken Apple Cake (Versunkener Apfelkuchen)
- How To Make a Molten Chocolate Bundt Cake
- Nutty Banana Sheet Cake
- How To Make Vanilla Magic Cake
These yeast-based breads don't need an overnight proof or require an ancient sourdough starter, so you can make them within your snow-day timeframe with a set of common ingredients.
- How To Make Challah Bread
- How To Make Basic White Sandwich Bread
- How To Make Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread
Quick Breads, Sweet Rolls, and Muffins
There is nothing cozier than the smell of cinnamon wafting from the kitchen. Send the kids out to shovel the drive and then reward them with fresh, hot-from-the-oven cinnamon rolls!
- How To Make Monkey Bread
- How To Make Banana Bread
- How To Make the Easiest Cinnamon Rolls
- Pear and Cinnamon Coffee Cake
- Morning Glory Sweet Potato Muffins
Cookies, Bars, and Brownies
A batch of cookies is a classic snow-day treat. You can make chocolate chip cookies, of course, but a snow day is a bonus day, which means you can stretch a little, so try the palmiers or jammy granola bars!
- Dorie Greenspan's Blondies
- How To Make Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Cookies
- How To Make Classic French Palmiers
- Jammy Granola Bars
- Pantry Cocoa Brownies
Not all baking is sweet! These savory pastries are just as rewarding as a batch of brownies and may even stand in for lunch — especially if served in a blanket fort.