For most people, making time-consuming recipes is just too much to fit into the hustle and bustle of daily life. But if you have the time, why not make something from scratch that you would normally just buy at the grocery store! This list of time-consuming recipes will surely impress all your friends and leave you bragging for ages.
1. Pizza dough
This very popular Italian food is probably something you tend to get delivered instead of making it yourself. You might even buy pre-made pizza dough and construct your own pizza at home, but there’s nothing like breaking out the flour and yeast and getting your hands messy. It’ll take some patience, but imagine how proud you’ll feel after taking a bite of the pizza you built from scratch! Plus, there are tons of different dough and crust types, so you can customize your delicious pizza dough however you like.
If you’re a bread lover like me, this next time-consuming recipe will surely top your culinary to-do list. Making bagels requires many steps and is a lot more complicated than you might think, but creating these from scratch would be a yummy success. Sure, it’s probably a lot easier to just buy a pack of bagels from the grocery store, but if you have the time on your hands, why not just make them yourself! There are tons of recipes out there for a bunch of different flavors and textures of bagels, so you’ll be sure to find something that suits your tastes!
Even though this next time-consuming recipe only needs a few ingredients, there’s a reason why most people prefer to buy their pasta instead of making it. It’s not the simplest of tasks, but I assure you it will be well worth it in the end. The feeling of being able to serve your friends and family the pasta you created from scratch will never compare to just cooking pasta from a box and will leave all of them speechless. Plus, you can find tons of recipes online that don’t require a pasta-making machine, so you can do it by hand!
4. Cheese tortellini
If you think you’ve mastered the art of pasta making, then why not take it up a notch and make your very own tortellini! This time-consuming recipe requires all the same steps as simple pasta making, but you’re adding a cheese filling to the center and wrapping everything together in one delicious bite. Give yourself a few hours to make a batch and freeze any leftovers you have for another time. You can also fill your tortellini with anything you like, so get creative and show off your mad pasta making skills!
Our next recipe on this list essentially has the same structure as tortellini and is just as tasty! Making both the dough and pork filling might take up a couple hours of your time, but will leave you feeling extremely proud of yourself. You’ll surely impress all of your friends and family at your next get-together and you’ll never be going back to frozen potstickers. Add some even more flair to your culinary creation by making a dipping sauce to go with your beautiful new appetizers!
Italian food lovers will rejoice when they see this next time-consuming recipe! These tiny, pillowy bites of goodness are sure to be next on your cooking list. Similar to making pasta, gnocchi doesn’t need many ingredients but needs some time and commitment. But, the end result will have you bragging to everyone you know for years because of how hard you worked to perfect your craft. Sauce it up even more by making your own pasta sauce from scratch, making the meal completely made by hand.
Next up, we have one of the most beloved french foods of all time: the croissant. You might be asking, why would I want to try to make such a delicious pastry when there’s a bakery down the street that makes them perfectly? Well, if you’ve got the time, there’s nothing to lose! This recipe will take a lot of time and patience, but you’ll be rewarded with a flaky, buttery crescent all rolled up into a perfect bite. If you’re nervous about taking on this recipe, you can find step-by-step tutorials on how to make croissants online!
8. Baked Alaska
Unfortunately, one of my all-time favorite desserts is very time-consuming to make, but I guess that’s that fun of it. If you’ve never heard of this amazing and somewhat confusing creation, you’re in for a real treat. Baked Alaska is made of a brownie or cake base, topped with ice cream, and then completely covered with meringue before it is put into the oven. You might be wondering why you would ever put ice cream in the oven, but if made properly, the ice cream will not melt. The egg whites in the meringue create a barrier around the ice cream, protecting it from the heat of the oven. There are certainly a lot of steps in the recipe, but I believe it is well worth your time and effort!
9. Spring rolls
This next time-consuming recipe is one that definitely takes lots of effort and practice and probably a lot of patience. Whether you’re making the spring roll wrappers from scratch or buying them pre-made, there’s still some skill required when rolling the roll. You could fill these with vegetables, chicken, or really anything you like! Be ready to brag about making these because it’s no small feat!
There’s definitely some french influence on this list and for good reason! The French have perfected their bread and pastry making craft so much so that anyone else is pretty much too intimidated to recreate them. But, don’t let fear stop you from this one. Baguette making will take a lot of trial and error, but once you get it right, you’ll have made a crispy, golden, and soft masterpiece that will have you bragging for ages!
11. Cinnamon rolls
I don’t know anyone that doesn’t like a cinnamon roll! So, why not make them yourself? Just like any of the other recipes on this list that include yeast, this recipe will take time. You’ll also need some skill and practice if you want them to come out just right. But, if you’ve got the time and the dedication, no one’s stopping you! Roll up those sleeves and roll up some rolls!
Last but not least, we have the crunchy shelled, creamy filled treats that are cannolis! This Italian delight will require making dough and filling, as well as deep-frying skills. But with time and persistence, you’ll have that perfect cannoli in no time, impressing anyone who tries them. The concept of this recipe seems simple at first glance, but the logistics of actually putting together everything perfectly can be a challenge that few are willing to take. So, if you have some free time coming up, take the challenge and make something you’ll be proud of!