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 would love to tackle cream puffs or anything that requires a patachou dough!

  2. Dondi Barrowclough says:

    Hi Sally, I’d like to see you take on Russian honey cake. There are recipes aplenty out there but I always come back to yours because they are foolproof.

    Thanks k you!! Happy New Year!


  3. Cannolis is something I have been dying to try. I love your blog and the recipes are amazing. I made those sunflower cupcakes and they turned out delicious and gorgeous!!

  4. I would love to try Macarons

  5. I’m partial to sweet things. Cinnamon rolls would be awesome. 

  6. Hi Wally i Whant a HealthY bread  challenge and madeleines plis 

  7. macarons!

  8. I’d love to make a galaxy mirror cake, but I’m pretty intimidated by them. My sister is (brilliant) an astrophysicist, so my goal is to one day make a galaxy cake for her!

  9. Lynne Lindsay says:

    I would love a challenge on the swirly breads with filling like cinnamon and sugar or apples or cranberry-orange. The bread is so pretty when cut open and looks delicious. 

  10. I Woud love a challenge on sugar free Blueberry Cheesecake.and Paper Mooncake those are my favorites cakes.i am new to baking just started baking last year.learning it through your Instagram post.(and thank you for that) without your blog i would not know how to bake cookies,and hopefully cake Soon, Happy New Year To You and your Family God Bless!!! Happy Baking ……..

  11. Elizabeth Vernon says:


  12. Love to have the recipe of japanese cheesecake, !! Im excited!! That jiggly, cheesy, moist cake..

  13. Chris Peterson says:

    A year ago or so A co-worker brought in a cake that was to die for! She had gotten it at a little Bakery that a lot of the Latinos frequented in suburban DC. It was a vanilla cake , but had all kinds of mixed fruit in the center!!! It was amazing! I’m sorry, I don’t have a name for it, but thought you might know. Would love to know how to make it.

  14. I would love to see a technique where you can somehow work on the design of bread like the pie crust designs in 2017 November. Or even honey oat dinner rolls.

  15. Let’s make some croissants.

  16. hi Sally
    would love to try some gluten-free recipes..

  17. I would love to try some puff pastry recipes!!

  18. Pierre Daoust says:


    Montreal is the 2nd largest French speaking city in the world but we are cosmopolitan city home to many cultures and their cuisines!
    I have two recipes..one is profiteroles ..those
    Pate au choux dough balls filled with vanilla ice cream and topped with chocolate sauce
    Or Natas, a Portuguese original..those creamy custard filled tarts made with puff pastry.
    How about maple syrup or chocolate natas?

  19. I would love to try and make croissants! 

  20. Hi Sally,

    I would like to try a recipe with pate a choux. Never made before but something I would like to try!

  21. I would love to try beignets, cannolis, and anything with puff pastry!

  22. Jennifer Holt says:

    Can we try croissants this year?
    Also, I wanted to let you know that I homeschool my kids. We have been looking for a cooking class to take, as they love to cook with me. However, because we live in the country, there isn’t really anything available to us. So, our little homeschool group has decided to create our own, with YOUR help!! :o) We are starting our first baking challenge with 7 kids in my kitchen. The kids are so excited to be following your baking challenges with me and will be reading everything you offer for them. I am super excited and thankful to you for providing this segment for your readers. Thank you Sally! 
    Jennifer and kids :o)

    1. So sweet! I love this!

  23. Making mini meringues with being piped into shape.

  24. Macaron please!

  25. Jill Worlton says:

    old-fashioned donuts or donuts, in general, I don’t care! I love a good donut!

  26. Would love to try macarons!

  27. Jackie Johnson says:

    I would like to learn to make popovers.

  28. Ashley Morrow says:

    I would love a lemon tart challenge.

  29. I’ve always wanted to try making a baked Alaska but the physics of it scares me 😀
    Only discovered these challenges this December, excited to start this year!

  30. I think it’d be great to do pastries from scratch, or one of those mouse like chocolate cakes that play around with texture

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