January Baking Challenge

chicken noodle soup in a bread bowl


January 2018 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: Homemade Bread Bowls

This month you will conquer your fear of yeast! My 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.


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 2017 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: Snowman Sugar Cookies

Each month, I witness more and more of you participating in these baking challenges. We ended the year with the most participation yet! This community is not only special, but massively talented. And this was the first time many of you worked with royal icing! It’s incredible.

One of my favorite recipe reviews came from reader Beth:

“Just took these out of the oven, they turned out perfectly! I’ve been looking for a sugar cookie that doesn’t spread, and this is my new go-to.”

We gathered as many snowman sugar cookies (and other shapes) photo entries as we could and included them below. (Email is the best way to guarantee your photo will be included!)

collage of sugar cookie images

collage of sugar cookie images

collage of sugar cookie images

PS: Did you try the snowman sugar cookies? What did you think?


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  1. I’d like to practice meringues–like perhaps a baked alaska!

  2. Bread pudding!

  3. I want to try making crusty homemade bread baked in the new Dutch oven I received for Christmas! 

  4. I’d love to try something with a homemade puff pastry base.

  5. I’d like to see macarons.

  6. I would love to learn how to make croissants. 

  7. French macaroons! 🙂 

  8. I need to master baking soft and flaky biscuits. 

  9. I too would like to practice meringues. Ooooohhhh….macarons!  

  10. Truffles 

  11. Annie Martinez says:


  12. Choux pastry! Perhaps cream puffs?

  13. French macarons!

  14. Angel food cake or chocolate eclairs!

  15. Hi Sally! I’d love to see Banoffee pie! Ooh… And maybe Tiramisu! Happy new year!

  16. I’d love to see s savory pie! 

  17. I would love to try a creme brûlée! Can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for your recipes! 

  18. Id love to learn about fondant.  I’ve always frosted with buttercream but want to learn a new technique! 

  19. Hi Sally – I would love to learn to make Puff pastry sheets, filo pastry sheets, shortbread sheets, croissants – which we can make ahead and freeze. I don’t find the ready made ones healthy and safe enough any morw

    One more thing which I would love to learn – although very difficult is the Croquembouche

  20. I am nervous about lemon meringue pie. It was my mother’s favorite…

  21. I’d like to try cinnamon rolls!

  22. Definitely macarons. I have been a little too intimidated to try them.

  23. Lemon Meringue Pie – or Lemon Bars (I always seem to have a problem with the base of these, but I know with one of your recipes I could do it!)

  24. I want to try pastries … I haven’t branched that far out yet.

  25. Something different like a British game pie!

  26. Chanalle Pecka says:

    I would love to try and master 100% whole wheat bread. I would also love a new stand mixer because mine died in the middle of a cookie baking marathon!

  27. Fondant covered cakes! As well as tips on how to make the cake and frosting underneath as smooth as possible.

  28. I would love to have a beignet recipe, because who doesn’t love a beignet.  With either fruit or chocolate filling.   Let’s do this 🙂

  29. Bread pudding

  30. Jennifer Webster says:

    I would like to learn how to make professional looking cupcakes.

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