January Baking Challenge

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JANUARY BAKING CHALLENGE

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.

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. Share: Share your recipe photo using #sallysbakingchallenge and tagging me (@sallysbakeblog) on your public Instagram or Twitter. (Instagram direct messages are hard to track, so please email me your recipe photo instead.) You can also email me your recipe photo or upload your recipe photo to my Facebook page or Facebook group. By sharing your photo with me, you are automatically entered in the giveaway. For a bonus entry, leave a review on the challenge recipe.

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. 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!

    Dondi

  2. 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!!

  3. 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!

  4. 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. 

  5. 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 ……..

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Sally,

    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?

  10. Hi Sally,

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

  11. Sally,
    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)

  12. 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!

  13. 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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