See Chowhound's entire COVID-19 cover for more information about what you can do about food for other needy people – and remember to wash your hands frequently. Then get them dirty with flour and butter and at least feel a little calmer for a while.
Also enjoy feeding your family when you are all at home together. If you are more isolated and feel lonely, you should arrange a virtual date with a friend (or your grandmother) to bake something sweet or savory. Then you can engage in a video chat while having a snack, drinking a cup of coffee, or tea and catching up.
Most of these recipes require eggs, milk and butter, but not all. And none is complicated because for most of us this is the last thing we need now.
This little dessert from Scandi Bites by Trine Hahnemann is perfect if you don't have anyone to help you eat your baked goods and you are not very familiar with the self-imposed portion control (um, hello). The jam is made from frozen berries, but you can also just spread a few things bought in the store from the glass in your fridge. And while the pink sprinkles are gorgeous, you can use regular grinding sugar, turbinado sugar, or whatever you have left over from decorating Christmas cookies – or nothing at all. Get the recipe for raspberry cake slices.
Peanut Butter Jelly Bar
If you have bananas that get stained, you know what to do: Make Chowhound's simple banana bread recipe. If yours are not yet ripe, you will have to wait a while – but for this reason it is worth freezing overripe bananas so that you can bake banana bread at any time. (And depending on what's in your fridge and pantry, consider filled banana bread or banana bread mix-ins.)
Chocolate Chip Cookies
These simple, vegan, gluten-free cookies (sweetened with maple syrup) are filled with protein, so you can feel good in the morning. They're also very adaptable – use a different nut or seed butter. Swap agave nectar or honey for the syrup when you're on the go and if you don't have any trace mix, stir up a combination of nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and / or chocolate to get the full half cup. Get the peanut butter trail mix cookie recipe.
Mocha Pudding Cake
If only something deep, dark and super rich is enough, this foolproof one-bowl cake is there for you. When baking, it separates into three layers: a crispy top, a cake-like center and a sticky pudding-like base. If you don't want to include the brewed coffee, you can find some substitution ideas. And if you run out of fresh milk, try canned full-fat coconut milk instead. Get Chowhound's Mocha Pudding Cake Recipe.
No butter or eggs? No problem. Crazy cakes were popular during the Great Depression and during the war because they didn't need dairy products – nowadays they're also good vegan options. Instead of icing, you can simply dust it with powdered sugar, pour a little caramel sauce over your slice onto the plate or break out the ice. Get the chocolate crazy cake recipe.
Easy Skillet Cornbread
If you prepare a large pot of chilli for the week, there is no better partner than corn bread with a pan. And if you only have normal milk, you can acidify it with some lemon juice or vinegar to use in place of the buttermilk you want. Get Chowhound's corn bread recipe.
Muffin Pan Popover
These provide an entertaining, mini-souffle-like side of any number of hearty dinners, but are also suitable for breakfast with a hint of jam. The best thing is that you only need six ingredients and a standard muffin tin to make them. Get Chowhound's Muffin Pan Popover Recipe.