What Makes a Recipe Easy?

What Makes a Recipe Easy?

A recipe that is complicated is something that most people try to avoid, especially if they don’t like cooking, or are time poor.  And people who have never learned to cook but just picked it up over time often find that they don’t like all the fuss and bother of finding those extra ingredients in the supermarket, not to mention paying for them at the checkout. Whatever reason you may have for looking up easy recipes, first you have to decide what exactly it is that makes a recipe easy?

Method counts

It is not always the number of ingredients, but also the method that can make a recipe difficult to make. If you have to cook or one or two out of several ingredients separately, this is going to add more time and effort to make the thing, whatever it is. Or if you have to stir some part of it on the stove very slowly so that it does something – or doesn’t do it – such as turning brown, then this too, adds to the aggravation factor.

Common ingredients = no shopping needed

So if you can find a recipe with fewer ingredients all of which you are sure to have in the pantry – so no special shopping trip needed; and if the method of cooking is just basically mix it all up and put it in the pan, then you’ll be a very happy cook. If that is you, here is a recipe for a cake you may be interested in. It has only four ingredients that can all be tossed into a dish, mixed up and then transferred to the cake pan.

Easy Cake


  • 1 cup of SR flour
  • I cup of coconut
  • I cup of milk
  • ¾ cup of sugar

Method: Mix all ingredients together with a wooden spoon and when smooth place into cake pan. Cook in a moderate oven for about 30 minutes.

Variation: Add ½ – 1 cup of mixed fruit or sultanas.

And if you would like to have a pie with a base, filling and coconut topping that is not only super easy but foolproof for the most slap-dash cook, read on.

Nanna’s Impossible Pie


  • ½ cup of plain flour
  • 125 gm of soft butter or margarine
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1 cup of coconut
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Method: Place all ingredients in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Pour into a greased flan tin. Bake for 1 hour in a moderate oven. Serve hot or cold with whipped cream or ice cream.

See how much easier it is to cook if you choose the right recipe?