Get your bake on, cheap & easy!
Cheap easy treats to make. Yum!
Keep it simple stupid recipes anyone can do.
Here’s a bunch of easy cheap treats to make at home out of stuff you’re likely to have lying around (mmm…2 ingredient banana pancakes anyone?).
Use up your leftovers (mmm bread & butter pud…comfort food for cold nights), or raid the pantry (pancakes, cupcakes, cookies…).
Why waste effort, time or money on sweet treats when it can be easy, cheap & yummy?
Yep. Get your sugar rush on & go crazy.
All you need is a bag of popcorn, a little oil & a saucepan with a lid & your movie night’s set.
Heat a quarter cup of oil in a big saucepan with a good fitting lid on medium high heat (when it’s hot enough the grain of corn is meant to spin slowly, you don’t want the oil smoking ).
Add half a cup or so of popcorn grains and cover with the lid.
Lift up the saucepan every little while (maybe 20 seconds or so, I do it pretty often or get paranoid about them burning) and gently shake it to turn the grains.
Keep going until the popping slows down (to a couple of pops in a few seconds). Serve with salt and butter.
OMG. Who doesn’t love caramel corn? Cheap easy treats to make don’t get much yummier!
Take the half cup of corn you’ve popped and put it in a big bowl.
Stir half a cup of butter, three quarters of a cup of sugar and a big spoonful of honey in a saucepan for about 5 minutes until dissolved.
Bring it to a gentle boil and leave it to simmer for 5 more minutes.
Mix it through the corn, then eat it, or cool and break it up first.
Sunday brunch…Easy dinner…Tasty snack…Whatever…
Mix C flour, 2 eggs and about 1 ½ C milk until smooth.
Fry a large spoonful or two into a non-stick pan (or pour some in to thinly coat the bottom) and cook gently until golden on each side, turning over when bubbly on top and set.
Top with honey, syrup, lemon juice and sugar or whatever you feel like.
Paleo. Healthy. Low-carb. Low-fat. But mainly just plain more-ish!
Use around one large mashed banana to 2 beaten eggs and mix it up really well (optional: you can add cinnamon if you have it, or some peanut butter or other nut butter to the batter).
Cook smallish-sized rounds a few minutes each side until browned (not too big because they’ll be too hard to turn, and only a low to medium heat so they cook through without burning). Voila.
Awesome plain or with something yummy on top like nutella or maple syrup or icecream.
Note: if you’re using an oven to make your snack, preheat it first while you make the mixture.
Bread and butter pudding (stale bread made tasty)
Yep, it’s one of the old school easy cheap treats to make, plus it uses up stale bread and makes it deeeelish!
Spread sliced stale bread and/or fruit bread with butter (and jam or honey or whatever).
Whisk up a custard mix (use about 4 eggs, 1½C milk or non-dairy alternative and 2 Tsp sugar per 6 slices of bread).
Halve bread slices and layer in a greased ovenproof dish, pouring egg mixture over layers.
Bake at 180˚C (350˚F) about 45 minutes until golden brown and set. Serve plain or with icecream or cream if you have them.
My tip? Kahlua is mind-blowing. Ahhhh.
Simply splash in some sweet liqueur if you have some, I drizzle it on the custard (& add a bit to the custard if there’s enough).
It’s amazing how good butter, sugar & sprinkles can taste…
Who doesn’t love a cupcake? Even us big kids! & they’re super easy cheap treats to make at home.
Half a cup soft butter, 2/3 C sugar, 3 eggs, 1½ C SR flour (or of plain flour plus 1½ cups baking powder) and ¼C milk (add a teaspoon of vanilla extract if you have it, or some thinly grated lemon rind or zest)
Mix until smooth then spoon into patty cases (don’t fill right up) or a greased cupcake pan.
Bake on 180˚C (350˚F) about 20 minutes until golden.
If you can wait…cool them completely, then ice them (if you don’t wait until they’re cold, the icing will melt off). If you can’t wait, whack on some nutella or jam, lemon juice & sugar or something else yummy.
Put this on something, like your cupcakes, or a biscuit, or your tongue…
Mix well: Half a cup of soft butter with 2 cups icing sugar mixture & 2 tablespoons of milk.
Colour or flavour (vanilla, maple syrup, cocoa, coconut) if you like.
Good for granny visits. Good for the munchies. Another of the easy cheap treats to make with not much stuff.
Mix half a cup each of soft butter and sugar, beat in an egg (and tsp vanilla extract if you have it), add a cup each of plain flour and SR flour (or 2 cups plain plus a tea spoon of baking powder) and a tablespoon of milk, and mix until smooth.
Put heaped spoon-fulls on a greased (or lined with baking paper if you have it) baking tray and flatter them a little (leave space between each one).
Bake at 180˚C (350˚F) about 15 minutes.
Choc-chips or chopped up nuts
&/or you can swap out a bit of the flour for some cocoa or desiccated coconut