October Baking Challenge

Welcome October! With a new month comes a new Sally’s Baking Challenge. This challenge recipe is brought to you by popular request, a quick homemade candy recipe to celebrate the Fall season. Perfect as we prepare for the holiday season! Before we get started, let’s review what the baking challenge is:

MONTHLY BAKING CHALLENGE

On or around the 1st of every month, I post a new recipe complete with a how-to video, plenty of tips, tricks, and photos. I want you to bake the recipe yourself during that month, then come back and tell me how it went. 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. If you don’t like a particular flavor in that month’s recipe, there is an alternate challenge recipe. Here is where you can find all the recipes that have been baking challenges: Sally’s Baking Challenge page

LOOKING BACK ON SEPTEMBER

September Baking Challenge recipe: Choux Pastry

Every month shows more participation than the last! September 2018 brought in the most bakers, all trying their hand at homemade pâte à choux. And what delicious creations you all made! I witnessed hundreds of you challenge yourself with this delicate French pastry, whipping up such indulgences as eclairs with pumpkin mousse, churro cream puffs, salted caramel apple cream puffs, fig jam cream puffs, cheesy gougères, and cookies ‘n’ cream profiteroles. You had complete creative control and totally ran with it. This was a more involved challenge and I loved hearing about your sense of accomplishment after you finished. A GIANT thank you everyone who participated. I hope you’re all so proud of yourselves!

Take a look at some of your photos on Instagram. And here’s a bunch that are either there, sent to me, posted on my Facebook page, or in my Facebook group.

Giveaway winner for September is Caitlin and she has been notified. 🙂

OCTOBER BAKING CHALLENGE

October 2018 Baking Challenge: Pumpkin Spice Toffee

My 2nd cookbook, Sally’s Candy Addiction, was published in Fall 2015. I wanted to draw attention to this cookbook as we celebrate its 3 year anniversary, so I took a recipe straight from its pages. Many readers haven’t attempted homemade candy before, so I knew this would be the perfect challenge for October. Like September’s Baking Challenge for choux pastry, homemade toffee has the reputation of being difficult. While it definitely requires you to carefully read the instructions before beginning, you don’t need to be a candy expert to prepare it. Requiring only about 20 minutes of cook time, homemade buttery toffee reminiscent of your favorite Heath bar candy bar is totally doable. And we’re flavoring it with pumpkin spice, white chocolate, and toasted pecans. I made this toffee dozens of times at cooking demos on my Sally’s Candy Addiction book tour and samples were gone in minutes. I literally couldn’t make enough of it!!!! You’re going to flip.

Chewy, buttery, and crunchy pumpkin spice toffee made on the stove with only 7 simple ingredients! Topped with white chocolate and toasted pecans. Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

GIVEAWAY

Everyone who participates in the October Baking Challenge and shares their photo on my Facebook page, in my Facebook groupemails it to me, or on your public Instagram account using the hashtag #sallysbakingchallenge is automatically entered. My assistants and I will keep track of your photos and randomly select a winner at the end of the month. This giveaway is open to the whole world. Giveaway ends on October 30th 2018. A winner will be selected at random and posted on the November Baking Challenge blog post on October 31st.

1 winner will receive: $250 Amazon Gift Card

Check my blog tomorrow for the Pumpkin Spice Toffee recipe + video tutorial and the alternate October Baking Challenge recipe!

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  1. Alison on October 1, 2018 at 12:52 am

    Sally I love all your cupcake recipes with some good frosting in my mouth and I love all the chocolate of the world recipes you provide us ,especially dark chocolate melting in my mouth yum 🙂

  2. May on October 1, 2018 at 3:32 am

    omg, pumpkin spice toffee sounds absolutely fabulous. And easy too 🙂
    Perfect for fall. I can’t wait to try it!

    • Sally on October 1, 2018 at 10:36 am

      So happy you’ll join the challenge this month!!

  3. Julie on October 1, 2018 at 3:32 am

    omg, pumpkin spice toffee sounds absolutely fabulous. And easy too 🙂
    Perfect for fall. I can’t wait to try it!

    • Sally on October 1, 2018 at 10:37 am

      It’s seriously amazing! Thanks for joining the challenge this month 🙂

  4. Elinor Terrell on October 1, 2018 at 7:01 am

    This will be a big challenge for me.

  5. Laura ~ Raise Your Garden on October 1, 2018 at 7:59 am

    Pumpkin spice toffee sounds FABULOUS! Want to hand out toffee for Halloween….or Halloweiner as we call it around here because we raise and and rescue Dachshunds! Can you imagine how popular out house would be with your toffee recipe and maybe some hot mulled cider? I’m dressing up as a bee this year =)
    http://www.raiseyourgarden.com

    • Sally on October 1, 2018 at 10:37 am

      Your Halloween celebration sounds incredible!!

  6. Willa on October 1, 2018 at 8:25 am

    I have your fabulous cookbook, I just couldn’t decide which recipe to try first…This is it ..Thank you!

    • Sally on October 1, 2018 at 10:37 am

      Hope you love this toffee!

  7. Christina Zoellner on October 1, 2018 at 8:47 am

    This will be the first challenge I participate in (I just found these challenges) and I am so excited! I cannot wait for the recipe!

    • Sally on October 1, 2018 at 10:38 am

      I’m thrilled you’ll be joining the challenge this month! Welcome 🙂

  8. Ellie on October 1, 2018 at 9:26 am

    I can’t wait to try this!!!! I love making toffee, especially your chocolate peanut butter saltine toffee!

    • Sally on October 1, 2018 at 10:38 am

      That chocolate PB toffee is so good- and so addicting!!

  9. Sue on October 1, 2018 at 9:51 am

    Been following you for awhile and have tried some of your fabulous cupcakes. Never attempted toffee before so bring on the challenge.

  10. Birdie on October 1, 2018 at 10:05 am

    Anything pumpkin! This sounds pumpkin toffee sounds delish!

    • Sally on October 1, 2018 at 10:38 am

      Thank you!!

  11. Krissie Weber on October 1, 2018 at 10:18 am

    This toffee recipe is perfection!! I make dozens of batches every year to give as gifts and take to parties as a hostess gift. It’s also very versatile…sometimes I use cashews, coat with dark chocolate, top with sea salt, top with Christmas sprinkles for the holidays….so delicious! Thank you Sally for all your hard work on so many amazing recipes!!

  12. Sandy on October 1, 2018 at 10:18 am

    This will be my first baking challenge that I am participating in. Its perfect that it is pumpkin. Cannot wait to give it a try. Going to a dinner party this weekend and I think the toffee along with a bouquet of flowers will make a great hostess present!!

    • Sally on October 1, 2018 at 10:39 am

      Oh how sweet! What a perfect hostess gift- I’m thrilled you are joining the challenge this month!

  13. Sharon on October 1, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Someday I hope you’ll publish a recipe for penuche candy. Love it!

  14. Kristine Volmar on October 1, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Congrats to Caitlin on winning the September challenge! I can’t believe how many people participated. They all look great! This month’s challenge will be the first time making candy for me. That’s why I love these challenges. Always trying something new that I never though I would.

    • Sally on October 1, 2018 at 10:39 am

      I’m so happy you love these challenges, Kristine! Thanks for participating 🙂

  15. Olga on October 1, 2018 at 11:12 am

    I love toffee! Wish autumn never ended, all these delicious calories to be baked 😀 Cannot wait to try it!

  16. Lynda on October 1, 2018 at 11:27 am

    Yay, something gluten free! Thanks, Sally!

  17. Cora on October 1, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Is baking challenge open to canadian residents ? Last giveaway was only open to Amercians so I figured I would ask. My new years resolution was to try to cook/bake out of my comfort level / new things to try and your monthly challenge has been great excuse.

    • Sally on October 1, 2018 at 12:46 pm

      Hi Cora! The America’s Test Kitchen giveaway was only open to the US, you’re right. The baking challenges that I host on my website are open to the whole world, so please participate if you’d like!

  18. Erin on October 1, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    This is the recipe from your candy book I’ve made over and over again. It’s such a unique treat to bring to holiday gatherings, and I love the combination of white chocolate and fall spices.

  19. Patricia Oleson on October 1, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    The “Jump To Recipe” link is not working.

    • Sally on October 1, 2018 at 12:44 pm

      Hi Patricia! There is no recipe today, it’s coming tomorrow 🙂

  20. Jaime Patrick on October 1, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    I think that I will choose this one to be the first challenge I participate in!!! I absolutely adore toffee, and all things pumpkin spice and white chocolate!! I can’t wait!!! And I have all three of your incredible cookbooks! LOVE THEM!!

  21. Annmarie on October 1, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Oh this looks amazing going by the picture i think it’s something I’m definitely going to enjoy making ……and eating ….obviously . I might even enter the challenge .

  22. Chanel on October 1, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    I actually just made toffee on Sunday and it was a huge fail because my heat proof spatula melted into it! Do you have one you reccomend!

  23. Lisa on October 1, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Hi, Sally-

    Is the Butter Cookie with Orange & Chocolate Ganache the alternate challenge? Thanks!

    • Sally on October 1, 2018 at 10:35 pm

      Hi Lisa! You guessed right, it sure is! The blog post will be publishing in a little over 1 hour, so check back.

  24. Kelly Kardos on October 1, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    Can’t wait for the recipe-this looks delicious and perfect for fall!

  25. Brittany Audra @ Audra's Appetite on October 1, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    I’ve never tried making homemade toffee before, but I love how approachable you make these challenges!! 🙂

    • Sally on October 1, 2018 at 10:32 pm

      Thanks Brittany! I hope you have the chance to participate this month. 🙂

  26. Jen on October 1, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Oh.my.god!
    I just started trying to eat super healthy and cut down the sweets, but I think I’ll have to make an exception for this!!! Looks way too good not to try!!

    • Sally on October 1, 2018 at 10:32 pm

      A few pieces of this is so worth it, promise.

  27. Greta Miranda on October 1, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    Hi Sally,

    Can you help with the alternative receipe for the challenge please?

    Thanks,
    Greta

    • Sally on October 1, 2018 at 11:11 pm

      Hi Greta! The alternate baking challenge recipe will be listed tomorrow with the pumpkin spice toffee recipe. 🙂

      • Greta Miranda on October 1, 2018 at 11:20 pm

        Oh, thank you. Will keep a check!



  28. Tracie on October 1, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    That feeling when you see your photo featured in the monthly challenge picture compilation

    • Sally on October 1, 2018 at 11:16 pm

      🙂 Thank you so much for participating!

  29. Dawn Waters on October 2, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    Hi! How do you join?

  30. Sandra Roberts on October 15, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    Going to have to skip this one I can’t stand pumpkin in any form neither can my husband

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  1. Chanel on October 1, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    I actually just made toffee on Sunday and it was a huge fail because my heat proof spatula melted into it! Do you have one you reccomend!

  2. Lisa on October 1, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Hi, Sally-

    Is the Butter Cookie with Orange & Chocolate Ganache the alternate challenge? Thanks!

    • Sally on October 1, 2018 at 10:35 pm

      Hi Lisa! You guessed right, it sure is! The blog post will be publishing in a little over 1 hour, so check back.

  3. Dawn Waters on October 2, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    Hi! How do you join?

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