2017 Baking Challenges + January Baking Challenge

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Before we dive into 2018 and a new year of baking challenges, let’s take a moment to appreciate all the time, work, and effort you put into participating in these challenges. 2017 was the first year I started our monthly baking challenge and I’m FLOORED at the response this series received. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for making the monthly baking challenges a success. And, more importantly, for making them fun!!! I look forward to them each month.

For anyone just joining us:

What is the Baking Challenge?

  • On the 1st of every month, I post a new recipe complete with a quick how-to video, plenty of tips, tricks, and photos.
  • I want you to bake the recipe yourself during that month! Come back and tell me how it went.
  • If you’d like, 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. I want you all involved!
  • If you don’t like a particular flavor in that month’s recipe, there is an alternate Monthly Baking Challenge recipe.

2017 Challenge Review

Click on each link to view the challenge recipe.

We started in February with Chocolate Lava Cakes

Chocolate lava cakes on sallysbakingaddiction.com

March: Sky-High Chocolate Mousse Pie (this was our Christmas dessert!)

Sky high chocolate mousse pie on sallysbakingaddiction.com

April: Two-Toned Frosting Rose technique

How to pipe two-toned frosting roses on sallysbakingaddiction.com

May: Strawberries ‘n’ Cream Cake Roll

Strawberry cake roll on sallysbakingaddiction.com

June: Icebox Cake!!

Icebox cake on sallysbakingaddiction.com

July: Homemade Cherry Pie

Homemade cherry pie on sallysbakingaddiction.com

August: Checkerboard Cake

Checkerboard cake on sallysbakingaddiction.com

September: Sunflower Cupcakes

Sunflower cupcakes on sallysbakingaddiction.com

October: Pumpkin Roll

Pumpkin roll on sallysbakingaddiction.com

November: Pie Crust Designs

Pie crust designs on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Each month, I witnessed more and more of you participating in these baking challenges. We ended the year with the most participation yet!

December: Snowman Sugar Cookies with royal icing

Snowman sugar cookies on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Scroll through #sallysbakingchallenge on Instagram. This community is not only special, but massively talented. I LOVE seeing all your photos of the recipes this year. I’ve said it a million times, but you inspire me. I put together a few collages of all the December baking challenge pictures I received through email, on my Facebook page, on Instagram, or in my Facebook group. Look at all these beautiful cookies!

And this was the first time many of you worked with royal icing. It’s incredible.

January Baking Challenge

I received many requests for this one. Bread. Yeast. Rolls. Ahhh! We’re kicking off 2018 with a deep dive into bread bowls. This 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.

This month you will conquer your fear of yeast.

Homemade bread bowls on sallysbakingaddiction.com

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  1. I just got some little tart pans for Christmas so it would be great to get some inspiration on different tartlets that I could make.

  2. I would Love to see Pavlova on this baking challenge…. This might look like an easy cake to bake… But when u make it, you really have to Focus and be patience…

  3. 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

  4. 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!!

  5. 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!

  6. 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. 

  7. 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 ……..

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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?

  12. Hi Sally,

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

  13. 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)

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