Baking on a Budget

baking on a budget

Few of us can resist the deliciousness of a baked treat – whether it’s a warm apple pie, a gooey chocolate fudge brownie or a sweet and wholesome cupcake, people go crazy over oven-baked desserts. While store-bought options are oftentimes delectable, if you’re on a budget, baking treats yourself is idea.. Not only is the end result delicious, but the baking experience itself is a fun way to pass the time with your kids on a dreary weekend afternoon. Looking for ideas when you’re baking on a budget?

Check out this list of three delicious recipes below, then update your OurCart smart list and head to the local grocery store with the best deals on your baking ingredients. It’s always important to compare. Grocery stores often run deep discounts on baking products and knowing where you can get the lowest price can help you keep the cost of your baking habit even lower!

Chocolate layered pie

This heavenly recipe from All Recipes is made of chocolate pudding and topped with whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup. Making everything even better is the fact that the crust contains pecan nuts – which can of course be substituted for a plain crust if you have a nut allergy. Ready to bake? Add the following ingredients to your OurCart smart list:

 Flour
Butter
Pecans
Cream cheese
Sugar
Milk
Pudding mix
Whipped topping

The preparation time is around two and a half hours and detailed instructions can be found at the link above.

Brown sugar oatmeal cookies

A true classic, this recipe for brown sugar oatmeal cookies from the Food Network is simply delicious. And with just a 30 minute start-to-finish bake time, it’s the perfect recipe for a homemade snack on the run.

Add the following ingredients to your OurCart smart list to pick the grocery store with the best deals:

Dark brown sugar
Salted butter
Eggs
Vanilla extract
Flour
Salt
Baking soda
Oats

The cookies are prepared by beating the butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract and eggs in a bowl. In a separate container mix the baking soda, flour and salt, before adding it to the main bowl along with the oats. Then add to a baking tray and put inside the oven. For more detailed instructions and exact measurements, check out the recipe link.

Baked Raspberry and Lemon Cheesecake

This creamy cheesecake recipe from the BBC is ideal for a dinner party or cookout, as it embraces delicious and zesty fresh fruits. You’ll need to add all the baking essentials, such as sugar, butter and eggs, to your OurCart smart list. Special ingredients include:

Yogurt
Lemon
Raspberries
Cream cheese

Detailed measurements and instructions can be found on the BBC website. Bakers should keep in mind, however, that this delectable dessert takes a little while to prepare: The preparation time stands at around 20 minutes, while the baking time  is almost two hours. Consider preparing this wonderful cheesecake the night before a dinner party and keep it chilled in your fridge.

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