When it comes to baking, it’s useful to have at least a few simple, go-to recipes under your belt. Homemade baked goods taste better than store-bought, and with the right recipes, they don’t have to be difficult or expensive to make.
We talked to Southern bakers who gave us these staple family recipes that have been perfected over years of practice. The pie crust is easy to throw together for any occasion, as are the lunch rolls (which can be eaten at any meal). The Mississippi Mud makes for a quick dessert that will please any sweet-tooth or chocolate lover.
1 cup self-rising flour
1/2 cup milk
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
3/4 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Combine the self-rising flour, sugar, and salt in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
3. Add the mayonnaise and milk and combine just until everything is moistened.
4. Fill six to eight regular-sized greased muffin cups or 18 greased miniature muffin cups.
5. Bake for six to eight minutes or until golden brown, checking after six minutes. Serve warm.
(Makes two eight-inch pie crusts)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup cold vegetable shortening, cut into small pieces
5 tablespoons ice water
*Some recipes do not call for pre-baking the crust. If so, you can eliminate this step.
1 cup butter (2 sticks) at room temperature
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1 1/2 cups pecans
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 10-ounce bag mini marshmallows
1 16-ounce box of confectioners sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans
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