2017 Baking Challenges + January Baking Challenge

Thank you so much for entering this giveaway and supporting Sally’s Baking Addiction. Winner is Meg who wants to learn how to make bread and soft pretzel bites. She has been notified via email.

Homemade bread bowls on sallysbakingaddiction.com

And a giveaway 🙂

Before we dive into 2018 and a new year of baking challenges, let’s take a moment to appreciate all the time, work, and effort you put into participating in these challenges. 2017 was the first year I started our monthly baking challenge and I’m FLOORED at the response this series received. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for making the monthly baking challenges a success. And, more importantly, for making them fun!!! I look forward to them each month.

For anyone just joining us:

What is the Baking Challenge?

  • On the 1st of every month, I post a new recipe complete with a quick how-to video, plenty of tips, tricks, and photos.
  • I want you to bake the recipe yourself during that month! Come back and tell me how it went.
  • If you’d like, share your photos throughout the month using #sallysbakingchallenge on Instagram or email me, tweet me, or upload a photo of your recipe to my Facebook page. I want you all involved!
  • If you don’t like a particular flavor in that month’s recipe, there is an alternate Monthly Baking Challenge recipe.

2017 Challenge Review

Click on each link to view the challenge recipe.

We started in February with Chocolate Lava Cakes

Chocolate lava cakes on sallysbakingaddiction.com

March: Sky-High Chocolate Mousse Pie (this was our Christmas dessert!)

Sky high chocolate mousse pie on sallysbakingaddiction.com

April: Two-Toned Frosting Rose technique

How to pipe two-toned frosting roses on sallysbakingaddiction.com

May: Strawberries ‘n’ Cream Cake Roll

Strawberry cake roll on sallysbakingaddiction.com

June: Icebox Cake!!

Icebox cake on sallysbakingaddiction.com

July: Homemade Cherry Pie

Homemade cherry pie on sallysbakingaddiction.com

August: Checkerboard Cake

Checkerboard cake on sallysbakingaddiction.com

September: Sunflower Cupcakes

Sunflower cupcakes on sallysbakingaddiction.com

October: Pumpkin Roll

Pumpkin roll on sallysbakingaddiction.com

November: Pie Crust Designs

Pie crust designs on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Each month, I witnessed more and more of you participating in these baking challenges. We ended the year with the most participation yet!

December: Snowman Sugar Cookies with royal icing

Snowman sugar cookies on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Scroll through #sallysbakingchallenge on Instagram. This community is not only special, but massively talented. I LOVE seeing all your photos of the recipes this year. I’ve said it a million times, but you inspire me. I put together a few collages of all the December baking challenge pictures I received through email, on my Facebook page, on Instagram, or in my Facebook group. Look at all these beautiful cookies!

And this was the first time many of you worked with royal icing. It’s incredible.

January Baking Challenge

I received many requests for this one. Bread. Yeast. Rolls. Ahhh! We’re kicking off 2018 with a deep dive into bread bowls. This bread bowl recipe doubles as a basic dinner roll, pizza crust, and crusty bread recipe to always have on hand. It’s straightforward, versatile, requires little ingredients, and is completely manageable for yeast beginners.

This month you will conquer your fear of yeast.

Homemade bread bowls on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Giveaway!

Today I’m giving away a KitchenAid Stand Mixer to kick off 2018’s baking challenges. 1 winner will receive a KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-qt. stand mixer with pouring shield in Empire Red. 

How to enter:

Simply leave a comment on this blog post with a challenge recipe you’d like to see this year. A particular cake, cookie, bread? A technique you’ve been nervous to try? I’d love your requests as I build the 2018 baking challenge calendar. This giveaway is open to the whole world. Giveaway ends Sunday, January 7th at 12am EST. A winner will be selected at random and notified via email.

Check back tomorrow for the recipe, step-by-step pics, and the alternate January recipe.

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  1. Eileen Boycec on January 6, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    I would love to make a rum cake.  A deceased friend of mine use to make them and I am craving it!



  2. Maryssa S on January 6, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    Macarons !!!!



  3. Donna Porter on January 6, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    I would love to know how to make the perfect birthday cake. I can not find a great tasting recipe with a delicious icing. I want to make my hubby one for his birthday this year. It is not until November so I have plenty of time to get the best recipe!



  4. Laura Herman on January 6, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    I’d love to see your take on German chocolate cake with coconut pecan frosting. 🙂



  5. Reena Zhang on January 6, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    I would love to see baklava or some other Greek pastries!!



  6. Hunter on January 6, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    Mousse cakes!



  7. Chandra on January 6, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    I would love to see a recipe challenge on any of the following: Burnt Almond Cake, crepe cake, croissants, any Danish pastries!! 🙂



  8. Trish Musgrave on January 6, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    Oh man, my dad makes the best lemon meringue pies, and every time I try mine turn out not so well. So my challenge recipe is lemon meringue pie!!



  9. Tanvi Vaidya on January 7, 2018 at 12:09 am

    Hi Sally! Marshmallows should be interesting



  10. Heaven Kelough on January 7, 2018 at 2:19 am

    These desserts look amazing. Thank you so much for the chance to win. I would love to see a cinnamon roll challenge or a monkey bread cake.



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