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Cabbage Patch Kids. Beanie Babies. Turtle Rangers. Toys, like childhood, are fleeting.
Unless the toy is the Betty Crocker Easy-Bake Oven, which stands the test of time. No wonder. So simple! So satisfying! So very, very easy! The drill: Open a package, add water, and bake a sweet. (They even make Queasy-Bakes for boys, complete with slimy, wormy treats.)
But ambitious junior bakers — Nigella wanna-bes, mini Emerils, Bouleys-to-be — won’t be happy with such artless fare. They need a bigger culinary challenge. So we oblige, and present DailyCandy’s Easy-Bake recipes. They’re delicious treasures the kids (and you) can sink some teeth (and muscle) into.
Parents, get out of the kitchen. (But keep an eye on the proceedings.) Kids, get ready to impress. (And don’t forget the golden rules of cooking: Unplug the oven. And clean up after yourselves!)
1. Ambrosia Cream Pie
Super quick, but looks super fancy. (Perfect way to appease Mom and Dad when they need calming.)
1 package pie-crust dough (like Betty Crocker)
1 serving vanilla pudding
bananas, sliced thin
strawberries, sliced thin
To make crust:
To make filling:
2. Handy Candy Fruit Pie
One part homemade pop tart, one part sophisticated pastry.
1 package pie-crust dough
1 tablespoon fruit preserves or jam (strawberry works great!)
3. Rainbow Surprise Seven-Layer Cake
This recipe takes some patience, but it’s all worth it when the secret surprise is revealed. A perfect birthday cake.
1 box white-cake mix
1 can white frosting
1 package food-coloring drops (red, blue, green, yellow)
To make the cake layers:
To make the frosting:
To assemble the cake:
Let the bake-off begin!