Since quarantine has been in effect, many of us have been baking bread and cookies and all sorts of delicious goodies. It seems like everyone has been posting about their latest baking achievements. While these are all awesome, I haven’t seen a lot of variety to what’s being shared. It's mostly been bread to be honest.

This week’s DIY will change that! Here are three unique recipes that will bring your baking skills to a whole new level. Forget cookies and banana bread. This is Baking Out of the Box! 

Let us know if you try any of these recipes OR if you've made something you're really proud of during quarantine. We wanna know! 

Chocolate Puff Pastry Twists

This is the easiest recipe on the list, but it definitely will impress anyone who tries it. This chocolate twist is made with only four ingredients: frozen puff pastry, butter, Nutella, an egg, and optional sanding sugar. If you want to make it more challenging, you can try making your own homemade puff pastry! To make the twists, you need to roll out one sheet of puff pastry and evenly coat it with the hazelnut spread. Roll into a long tube shape and then cut in half lengthwise. Twist the two halves together so you have a braid. Repeat with the other pastry dough and brush both braids with butter before placing in the oven. Be sure to eat these right away for the best flavor! Get the full recipes with step-by-step picture instructions by visiting Just a Taste.

Fruit Tarts

Fruit tarts are as beautiful as they are delicious. A perfect summer dessert, fruit tarts are light and fresh with bright citrus and buttery flavors. They are a little tricky to make and require some patience, but the results are so worth it. For these, you will need to make the crust, pastry cream filling, and glaze as well as cut and assemble the fruit. Don’t let all the steps scare you though. Watch the video below and read through this article from the Preppy Kitchen so you can feel confident when you make your own fruit tarts! 

(These make perfect gifts for neighbors and friends and will brighten anyone's day!) 

French Macarons 

Macarons are probably my favorite dessert. That being said, I’ve never even attempted to make them. They have a bad reputation for being extremely difficult to make correctly. From having to perfectly measure and sift the almond flour to making sure the egg whites get beaten to the right consistency, there is a lot to account for when following a macaron recipe. Luckily, Tasty made a video showing how to make perfect macarons. You can see how hard it is to make by the baker’s many tries to get it right. Hopefully seeing what mistakes she made will help you avoid those same mistakes.

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