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Kitchen Whiz: Celeb-Bookmarked 'Stress Baking' Ideas

Kitchen Whiz: Celeb-Bookmarked 'Stress Baking' Ideas

Baking has always been a beloved pastime. But in recent months, it’s as if COVID-19 has prompted many to use baking as a coping mechanism while on quarantine—stress baking, if you will. With psychologists also citing its benefits to mental health, it's almost no wonder why people are deliberately spending time in the kitchen.

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If you too are looking to relieve your anxiety (or just craving for baked goods) you’re certainly not alone!  Our favorite celebrities are also discovering their inner bakers, mixing ingredients and popping out delicious treats straight out of the oven!

If you’re into the classics, here are some to start with!

Erwan Heussaff's sourdough bread

Sourdough bread has become increasingly popular these days, so much that content creators are trying it out! Here, Here Erwan Heussaff attempts to bake loaves of them in Australia, offering two different options depending on the level of difficulty you prefer. 

Lauren Young's dark chocolate chip cookies

The Fil-Am is another content creator who's been baking quite often! She took to IGTV to bake a batch of cookies that requires little time and a simple toaster oven!

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Cookies are always a good idea, especially if they’re home made!!!! 🍪🍪Finally found a recipe where I don’t have to wait for my dough to set - just mix it up, pop it in the oven and enjoy!! These cookies don’t flatten out when they cook so best to shape them or flatten the cookies a bit before you cook them. I used dark chocolate instead of semi sweet chocolate chips to give them a richer taste. But feel free to use any chocolate you have. 💖 INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup butter (melted)
1/2 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 cup dark chocolate Mix the butter, sugar, vanilla and eggs. Add your dry ingredients and mix. Incorporate your chocolate. Roll into balls and flatten a little bit. Bake at 180 Celcius for 8-10 minutes. Got my chocolate from @tigreyolivachocolate!!! Music: Mornings Musician: Jef

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  • Melted butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Large egg
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Kosher salt 
  • Dark chocolate

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Liz Uy's chocolate cake

After reopening her cookie business, whipping up cinnamon rolls at home, and showing social media a lemony “slice of sunshine” dessert, Liz Uy baked a decadent chocolate cake following her pastry chef friend’s recipe. Watch this IGTV as the celebrity stylist guides  you through it (while being guided by Miko Aspiras himself!)


  • Plain flour
  • Sugar 
  • Cocoa powder
  • Baking powder
  • Salt 
  • Eggs 
  • Vegetable oil
  • Milk

Juliana Gomez' bagels

Who knew the UP Diliman undergrad loved bagels? Soon after she posted this album, her comments section was flooded with requests for the recipe. Turns out, she followed that of Peter Reinhart, who uploaded the exact ingredients and step-by-step on Epicurious!

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Making friends with the magic that is yeast and a wicked recipe, a duo so rewarding this is my third batch of bagels in less than a week 🥯

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Ingredients (dough):

  • Barley malt syrup, honey, rice syrup, or diastatic malt powder
  • Instant yeast 
  • Kosher salt
  • Lukewarm water 
  • Unbleached bread flour

Ingredients (poaching liquid):

  • Water
  • Barley malt syrup or honey (optional)
  • Baking soda
  • Kosher salt

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Banner images courtesy of Erwan Heussaff




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