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30 Easy Things To Bake In Under An Hour That'll Make You Look Like An Expert Pastry Chef

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Let's face it: whipping up the same meals every day of the week can be a little boring. 

But luckily, we have crafted a list of easy things to bake to help kick your chef skills up a notch. And these quick and easy meals include simple recipes to make with pastries. From strudels, flatbread, all the way to vegan donuts, there's something on this list for everyone. Who knew cooking could be so simple?


1. Cheesy Bacon Twists with Puffy Pastry

These bad boys are sure to spruce up your morning breakfast routine! You can't go wrong with some bacon and cheese.

2. Puff Pastry Smoked Salmon and Goat Cheese Quiche

Ah, the perfect Sunday breakfast. Make a nice quiche for the entire family to enjoy.

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3. Easy Strawberry Cheese Danish Pastry Bites

These cute little Danish bites are perfect for a person on the go. Make these the night before a busy week, or set them out in the mornings for everyone to take as they head out the door.

4. Vegan Cinnamon Banana Bread

We all know banana bread is one of the best inventions out there. Try this awesome (vegan) recipe with a dash of cinnamon to spice up the flavor.

5. Strawberry Cream Cheese Turnovers

Gone are the days where you make your turnovers from the box. Use this fail-proof recipe to make your own from scratch.

6. Sweet Potato and Apple Donuts

Another awesome vegan recipe to add to your list. Sweet potato is an awesome substitute for tons of things in the kitchen. Give these bad boys a try and see if anyone can guess the secret ingredient.

7. Homemade Cronuts

Try your hand at these adorable Cronuts. They are bound to impress anyone who takes a bite.

8. Overnight Carmel Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

The best kind of dishes are the ones you don't have to do a lot with — and they still taste amazing. Let these amazing rolls work their magic overnight and we promise you'll never want to stop eating these again.

9. Baked Sugar Donuts

Craving something sweet in the morning? We've got you covered with these amazing sugar donuts. You'll have to stop yourself because you'll always just want one more.

10. Blueberry Croissant Puff

Tired of the basic croissant or Danish? This recipe will help take your baking skills to the next level.


11. Elegant Palmiers

These palmiers are perfect for a light afternoon dinner or tea on the patio. Your guests will be begging you for your recipe. But it's up to you if you want to share your secret.

12. Savory Pie Crust

This pie crust can be used for savory dinner and lunches dishes, or to top off a sweet dessert. Do we smell a pot pie in the making?

13. Vegan Blueberry Scones

Starbucks who? Take on your own recipe instead of driving down and picking up scones that have been sitting out all day.

14. Vanilla Custard and Almond Crowns

This recipe will make you wonder why you didn't start making your own crowns years ago. This simple recipe is perfect to take for lunches to work or a mid-day snack.

15. Blueberry Vanilla Pastry

Add some color to your regular lunch routine with this flavorful blueberry pastry. It will be your new go-to snack when heading out the door for errands.

16. Chocolate Crescents

Did someone say chocolate? Adding chocolate and bread is always a good idea if you ask us!

17. Three-ingredient Flatbread

Take on this easy flatbread with just three ingredients. You'll whip this up so fast you'll be able to tackle another recipe on this list.


18. Oscar Tomato Tarts

These tarts are perfect for a hot summer day. They are light and filling and won't leave you regretting eating too many before you hop back in the pool.

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19. Mini Caprese Bites

Mix up your caprese salads and turn them into bites. Your guests will love munching on these before dinner.

20. Roasted Garlic Puff Pastry Flatbread

Forget Dominos and Pizza Hut! Make your own delectable pizza right in your kitchen. The crust will taste ten times better because you made it yourself.

21. Hand Pies

This dish is a new take on pot pies. Create individual hand pies for everyone to pick up at the table and dig into.

22. Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

These pinwheels will go with just about any dipping sauce you make. So, have plenty on hand! Can someone pass the ranch, please?

23. Bacon and Cheese Swirls

Get your stomachs ready, because you'll want to eat these all summer long. And if you have leftovers, this is one of the best quick and easy meals to warm up the day after.

24. Ham and Cheese Puff Pastry Melt

This flaky, golden crust will melt in your mouth. Now, what kind of cheese should we add in here?

25. Chicken, Spinach, and Artichoke Puff Pastry Parcels

The perfect combo. Anything you throw artichokes into, you know it will blow your mind. These easy, pull-apart pastries are something the whole family can enjoy. And if you have a couple picky eaters on your hand, these parcels can easily be substituted. The options are endless!


26. Lemon Raspberry Tart

End your sweet tooth craving with a tart. It has to be healthy because there is fruit in it, right?!

27. Coconut Cream Pie Bites

These bite-sized pies are a great addition to any dinner. Be sure to add this to your holiday dessert menu as well.

28. Caramel Apple Strudel

Who says you can't be the Pillsbury Dough Boy? It's time you step away from the box and make your own pastry. This strudel is perfect for beginners and the end result will be amazing.

29. Twisted Nutella Danish

Of all the easy things to bake, you can get your chocolate fix with this Danish idea. Mix the ingredients, twist, pop in the oven, and serve.

30. Low Carb Butter Cookies

Did someone say low carb? Just a handful of ingredients and you'll be able to whip these up in just minutes.

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