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Homemade bagels

JANUARY BAKING CHALLENGE

January 2019 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: Homemade Bagels

Let’s start off the new year with a yeast recipe. We’re making homemade bagels!

GIVEAWAY

Everyone who participates in the January Sally’s Baking Challenge is automatically entered. See below for How to Join Sally’s Baking Challenge. My assistants and I keep track of your photos and randomly select 1 winner at the end of the month. This giveaway is open to the whole world. Visit the Sally’s Baking Challenge FAQ page if you have any questions about my baking challenges!

How to Join Sally's Baking Challenge

  1. Recipe: On or around the 1st of each month, I publish a new challenge recipe. Sign up for Sally’s Baking Challenge emails so you’re alerted as soon as a new challenge recipe is published!
  2. Bake & Comment: Bake the recipe during that month.
  3. Send: Share your recipe photo with us via email: [email protected]. By emailing your recipe photo, you are automatically entered in the giveaway. For a bonus entry, leave a review on the challenge recipe. Instagram direct messages are hard to track, so please email your recipe photo instead. Feel free to share on social media using #sallysbakingchallenge and tagging me (@sallysbakeblog), but the only way to guarantee you are in the running is sending your entry via email.

Want to subscribe? Sign up for Sally’s Baking Challenge emails so you’re alerted as soon as a new challenge recipe is published.

Let’s Review the December Baking Challenge

December 2018 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: Gingerbread House

I’m so excited about the participation in December because homemade gingerbread houses are no easy project. I love your creativity!

One of my favorite recipe reviews came from reader Manou:

“I made this with my 5 year old grandson, and he loved it! Thanks so much for the template. It is a good size, not too big. I’m delighted with the crusting buttercream recipe. I will use it for other desserts also.”

We gathered as many gingerbread house photo entries as we could and included them below. (Email is the best way to guarantee your photo will be included!)

collage of gingerbread house images

collage of gingerbread house images

collage of gingerbread house images

collage of gingerbread house images

collage of gingerbread house images

collage of gingerbread house images

collage of gingerbread house images

Giveaway winner for December is Jo and she has been notified. 🙂

gingerbread house winner image

31 Comments

  1. Try as I might I could not get my email to go through to post my gingerbread house. They keep saying something when wrong.

    1. Hi Carol! Did you try emailing my at info(at)sallysbakingaddiction.com? I’m sorry for the trouble!

  2. Sharon Roodhuyzen says:

    Yay bagels! So excited to put my Christmas Kitchen Aid to work!

    1. It will definitely get a nice workout from homemade bagels. Excited for you to break it in!

  3. Maybe now I can use my bagel seasoning for their intended purpose!

    1. Haha! Yes!

  4. Wow! Bagels will be a challenge yet something I have always wanted to try baking.

    Looking forward to it!

    1. Excited for you to try them!

  5. Love bagels Always wanted a tried and true recipe and tutorial. Thanks Sally! So excited! I aleady have Trader Joe’s Everything Bagel spice.

    1. Perfect!! It will be very useful with homemade bagels. Everything bagels are my favorite variety!

  6. So excited for bagels and to try some new things. Your baking challenge made my highlights for 2018. And I made baked Alaska more than once

  7. Bring on the bagel recipe!

  8. My first challenge! I made bagels decades ago and thought I had that one checked off my list. Guess I will give them another try. Back then they were plain egg bagels, now there are so many flavors to try. I’m actually looking forward to it.

  9. I’m so excited to find this baking challenge group and look forward to participating in 2019! Plus, a chance to win is icing on the cake. How fun!!

  10. Cynthia Tucker says:

    My mother in law will be a very happy lady if I nail this baking challenge. Thanks Sally

  11. I can’t wait for my first challenge….I’ve never attempted any hard bread recipe, so I’m ready!

  12. Yes! I love your homemade bagel recipe already, I’ve made your everything bagel recipe a couple times and the cinnamon raisin… sans raisins! Lol I haven’t made them since I had my baby but I will definitely be participating in this months challenge 🙂
    Also.. how cool is that grinch gingerbread house!? Wow.

  13. One of my resolutions this year is to do all 12 Baking Challenges!

    And this one is very exciting because I can almost never find garlic bagels. If this goes well, I can just make them myself!

    1. Yes, exactly!

      And what a resolution! Keep me posted on how it goes. I would love for you to do every challenge!

  14. Michelle C Peacey says:

    Yay! love bagels and can’t wait to try them again. Last time (one and only time) they were hard as rocks! Pray I do better this time.

  15. This is very exciting! I can’t wait to see how people do! Although I don’t have the time these days to participate (working Mom with two small kids and one on the way), I very much enjoy watching others participate! Also the craziness of these challenges is thrilling – who makes homemade bagels?!? I love it!
    Some other ideas for totally intimidating stuff to bake: baklava, Crete brûlée, macarons & napoleon!

    1. You certainly have your hands full! I love all your challenge recipe ideas! I want to turn my macarons recipe into a challenge this year. 🙂

  16. So excited…My son and I were just talking about making bagels. We are DEFINITELY going to try this one, and we’ll tag you in all the places provided as this is our first challenge EVER!!!! Eeeek , so excited… Happy New Year!

  17. LeeAnn Coultrip says:

    I don’t like bagels-maybe your recipe will change me. I love all the recipes you create.

  18. I just finished making these bagels. They turned out perfect! So delicious- we are eating them for dinner right now. I made half everything bagels and half cheese. ( I’m going to enter your contest too. I’m so excited and proud of how they turned out!) Thanks for the recipe – I’m looking forward to next months challenge.

  19. OMG, I would start the challenge and its yeast bread ‍♀️ lol but I’m ready as ever! I need a challenge and I love baking!

    1. You got this! Here is the bagel recipe. 🙂

  20. Made cinnamon sugar bagels (just omitted raisins) , and the hubby loved them!! And our two year old.
    Looking forward to doing more baking challenges this year!! This was my first.

    1. YAY! Can’t wait to see what challenges you participate in this year!

  21. Crepes would be a fun challenge!

  22. Cally Younger says:

    I made these earlier this month. I let the dough rise overnight. I don’t think I cut the dough evenly so some bagels were too thick and some were too thin but they tasted pretty good and will definitely try again and do some different flavors!

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