Sweet and Savory Recipes for Quarantine

Article by Isabella Ewing and Maggie Knee (“the Facetime bakers”)

Being stuck in the house for weeks on end has led to people getting very creative with ways to cure boredom. If you haven’t seen them already, many teenagers are posting their freshly painted bedrooms, newly dyed hair (and, subsequently, bathrooms), and delicious baked goods. 

Baking is a stress-reducing, family-fun activity that results in a creation everyone can enjoy- granted that everything goes well! Some members of The Voice staff have also been indulging in sweet and savory treats, and have compiled some of their favorites below. If you need to satisfy a sweet tooth or fix a last minute dinner that still tastes great, feel free to use one of these recipes. We hope you enjoy!

Contents: Pound cake, cinnamon buns, super easy grilled cheese

Pound Cake- easy, baked in bundt pan. Cooking time= 90 minutes, serves 10

Ingredients: 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp fine salt, 5 eggs, 3 cups all-purpose flour, 3 cups sugar, 1/2 cup vegetable shortening, 2 sticks of butter, 1 cup milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions: preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a mixer, cream the butter and vegetable shortening together, adding sugar a little at a time. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each egg. Mix dry ingredients together in a separate bowl (this includes flour, salt, baking powder) then add to the mixer in an alternating pattern with the milk, making sure to end with flour. Simply put, you add a little bit of dry, then some milk, then some dry, on and on until everything is used making sure to end with the flour mixture. This is the hardest step, but important because otherwise the cake will be very dense. Mix in the vanilla. Pour into a pan, greased either with butter or vegetable shortening, and bake for around 90 minute, or until a clean toothpick is pulled.

Homemade cinnamon buns– medium, baked on baking sheet or low pan. Cooking time= 15 minutes, serves 30

Ingredients: For a simple bread dough (dough can also be purchased at store)… 1 packet of yeast, 2 1/4 cups of warm water ~ 110 degrees, 3 tbsp sugar plus 1/2 tsp sugar, 1 tbsp salt, 2 tbsp canola oil, 6 1/2 cups bread flour. For the filling… 1/4 cup of brown sugar on each roll, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon on each roll. For the optional icing… 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 4 tbsp whole milk

Directions: For the bread… dissolve yeast and 1/2 tsp sugar in a large bowl, then leave it alone until bubbles start to rise. Mix remaining sugar, salt, and 3 cups flour together. Stir oil into yeast bowl, then add flour mix and stir until smooth. Add in remaining flour a half cup at a time. Take the dough and place it on a floured counter for kneading. Knead for around 10 minutes, until elastic. Place in greased bowl, turning the dough to cover it in grease. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1.5 to 2 hours. Once risen, pouch dough down. Start pulling off small sections to make individual rolls, and reflour a counter space. For the filling… roll out each small dough ball flat, trying to maintain a small square for easy rolling, and sprinkle the brown sugar across the dough. Add the cinnamon all over. For a stronger cinnamon taste, simply add more. Grab one end and slowly start rolling, the same way you would roll a towel. If the roll is too long to fit on the pan standing up, cut off the ends. Once all your rolls are made, pop them in the oven at 350 degrees for around 15 minutes. For the icing… put powdered sugar, vanilla in mixer and beat. Add milk slowly. Pour over hot cinnamon buns

Grilled Cheese– easy, 2 minutes on each side in a hot pan, serves one

Ingredients: 2 slices of bread (your choice on type), Butter, Cheese any flavor you want, You can also add bacon, ham, turkey into the middle

Directions: Turn on your stove to about a 5-6, put your pan on that burner, Get out your first slice of bread and butter one side of the slice. Place that slice butter side down on the pan. Put your cheese and any extras on the slice in the pan. Butter one side of your other slice of bread and put this slice butter side up so that the two buttered sides are on the outside. Wait until the bottom slice gets golden brown until you flip. Once both sides are golden brown put your sandwich on your plate. 

Fried Mac and Cheese bites– medium, but always use extra caution when frying with hot oil. Time varies, serves many

Ingredients: How ever much mac and cheese as you want ( homemade or store bought), 2 eggs, 1 ½ cups breadcrumbs, 2 cups vegetable oil

Directions: Put Mac and Cheese in fridge until it is firm (3-4 hours). Take out firm mac and cheese, get your cookie scooper or get ready to roll the mac and cheese into balls (as many as you want to make/ are able to make). Put a frying pan on high to heat up before the oil. Put your eggs into one bowl and beat them. Put your breadcrumbs into the other bowl. Pour your oil over the heat on the stove. Put your mac and cheese first into the eggs then bread crumbs pressing to make a crust making sure the whole ball is encrusted. Place the now crusted balls into your hot oil and make sure you get all sides evenly fried to a golden brown. Pat off excess oil once the balls are out and placed on a plate with your paper towel.

We hope you try out and enjoy making these recipes with your loved ones. Stay safe PV!