Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Baking Bucket List

Today is November 1st. That means one thing, and one thing only - time to get ready for Christmas! I can now 'officially' listen to Christmas music (Michael Buble's new album is awesome!), plan Christmas festivities, make Christmas gifts, and bake to my heart's content.

Since the Christmas season is the baking season, I thought I'd share with you a list of baked goods/food items on my Baking Bucket List. These are recipes/methods that I find a bit intimidating (or that I just have never had the chance to make) that I would like to tackle sooner or later. (But sooner, really.)

Since the months of November and December gives me even more excuses to bake, hopefully I'll get to try some of these over the next several weeks!

Doughnuts. From scratch. Deep-fried and all. I've had my eye on this recipe for Apple Cider Doughnuts for quite some time now. The hot oil scares me.

From Sweet Pea's Kitchen

Bourbon Pecan Pie Brownies. I've had this recipe bookmarked since last November. And this year, I've already decided, I'm making them for Thanksgiving. Even if it means I lug them 400 miles from the Bean Town to my grandma's house. 

From How Sweet It Is

Homemade Pretzels. Either in bun form or these little bites. The whole process seems super involved. Make dough. Let dough rise. Shape dough. Let rise again. Boil. Then bake. So many steps! But these little bites are stuffed with ham & cheese and look so delectable.

From Pennies on a Platter

Focaccia Bread. Particularly this Amaretto Cherry Focaccia bread. We had this at the B&B on our honeymoon, and it was the best sweet bread I have ever had. No joke. Must make soon.

Homemade Marshmallows. Why not? Wouldn't they be the perfect gift, with some homemade cocoa mix?

From Smitten Kitchen
Baklava. One of my mom's friends is Greek. Very Greek. When I was little, I remember going to her house every year at Christmas-time, and there was always this huge pan of baklava. And it was so good. Buttery, sweet, full of walnuts. It has been way too many years since I've had baklava. Time to fix that.

Flour Tortillas. These have been on my list ever since I saw one of my friends mention it on facebook. I had never even thought of it! I usually don't love flour tortillas from the store, but I have a feeling I might think different about the homemade version. 

From the Pioneer Woman

Sourdough Bread. This intimidates me, big time. You have to make a starter, and feed the starter, and time everything just right. I'm just not quite that organized. But sourdough bread is so good! It has to be worth it.

Apple Dumplings. No worries about preparing these; I've just always wanted to make them. 

Cream Puffs. Particularly the kind that you can find at the Illinois State Fair. These things are massive and are so delicious. 

No need to tell me that my photography skills are fantastic, heh.

Of course, there are other recipes that used to be on my bucket list, but have now been successfully prepared! (And devoured.)

Homemade Pizza Dough. I found the best tutorial at Annie's Eats. It's all about the method of baking, well, and the homemade dough.

I need to make this again soon.

Yeasted Coffee Cake. This tasted just like the kind you buy from the fancy bakeries. Another recipe from Annie's Eats. I need to make this again soon.

Apple Danish Braid. My first attempt at pastry with a butter square. Totally worth the long prep and wait time. I'm already thinking about a blueberry version. And yes, again, from Annie's Eats. She knows her stuff!

Cake Pops. Yes, I have become very familiar with cake pops

So, who wants to come to the Bean Town for a weekend and bake up a storm? What's on your Baking Bucket List?


Have Your Way said...

Well I do live in OHIO and I live like maybe 2 hours from you so I would LOVE to come bake with you Sara!!! It would seriously be a DREAM to first off meet you, and then secondly bake with you :)

Some of those recipes look DELICIOUS!!!

Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner said...

This is a seriously ambitious list! If anyone can do it though - it's you! I think I'd love to tackle homemade marshmallows and tortillas most.

Alissa said...

I want to bake bread from scratch. I do not like yeast recipes. I am always worried about killing the yeast, then I make a HUGE mess with the dough sticking to everything when I try to roll it out...good thing I have a friend who always makes cinnamon rolls while I talk to her and husband to make cinnamon rolls when said friend is approximately 7400 miles away :) I would also like to perfect cheesecake making (it would also add motivation to run more)

Sara said...

@Have Your Way - how far are you from Lima?

@Vanessa - yes, the marshmallows are so intriguing!

@Alissa - haha, yes for sure! maybe next time we are together we can tackle cheesecake!

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