November Baking Challenge

Vegetable tart with all butter pie crust, savory herbed cheese filling, and roasted vegetables on top! Recipe on

Happy Halloween!! Our first Halloween trick-or-treating with Noelle. She’s dressing up as a hot pink parrot. (So random, but the costume is adorable.) And we’re so so so excited because she’s walking now and the experience will be extra special. 🙂

Anyway! With a new month tomorrow comes a new Sally’s Baking Challenge and this one lands during my annual Pie Week. So, naturally, we’re making pie. But I decided to completely switch things up, ditch the sugar, and concentrate on another favorite: cheese. A savory herbed vegetable and cheese tart to enjoy any which way you’d like. Before we get started, let’s review what the baking challenge is:


On or around the 1st of every month, I post a new recipe complete with a how-to video, plenty of tips, tricks, and photos. I want you to bake the recipe yourself during that month, then come back and tell me how it went. 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. If you don’t like a particular flavor in that month’s recipe, there is an alternate challenge recipe. Here is where you can find all the recipes that have been baking challenges: Sally’s Baking Challenge page


October Baking Challenge recipe: Pumpkin Spice Toffee

Homemade toffee? CHECK! You crossed from-scratch candy making off your list in October. A dessert category many are nervous to attempt, you accepted the toffee challenge and ran with it. I’m thrilled with the participation! Many of you made the original recipe for pumpkin spice toffee, but I loved the unique variations covered in dark chocolate, sprinkles, and even pretzel pieces!

Take a look at some of your photos on Instagram. And here’s a bunch that are either there, sent to me, posted on my Facebook page, or in my Facebook group.

So, what do you say, are you more confident making homemade candy now?

Giveaway winner for October is Kristen and she has been notified. 🙂


November 2018 Baking Challenge: Savory Vegetable Cheese Tart

Taking orders and filling requests! Many of you have asked for (1) a savory pie recipe AND (2) a savory baking challenge, so I’m combining the two this month! Complete with a deliciously buttery crust, a savory ricotta + fresh herb + parmesan cheese filling, and topped with ANY vegetable you like– this tart challenge will be as delicious as it will be fun. The ways to customize it are endless. Plus, isn’t it so pretty?

Vegetable tart with all butter pie crust, savory herbed cheese filling, and roasted vegetables on top! Recipe on


Everyone who participates in the November Baking Challenge and shares their photo on my Facebook page, in my Facebook groupemails it to me, or on your public Instagram account using the hashtag #sallysbakingchallenge is automatically entered. My assistants and I will keep track of your photos and randomly select a winner at the end of the month. This giveaway is open to the whole world. Giveaway ends on November 30th 2018. A winner will be selected at random and posted on the December Baking Challenge blog post on December 1st 2018.

1 winner will receive: $250 Amazon Gift Card

Check my blog tomorrow for the Savory Vegetable and Cheese Tart recipe + video tutorial and the alternate November Baking Challenge recipe!


  1. The savory tart will be my first try at your baking challenge – and just in time, as my kitchen renovation is finally (well, almost finally) done!

    1. How exciting to have a finished kitchen just in time for the holidays! I’m thrilled you’ll be participating this month 🙂

  2. Hi Sally!
    You had me at cheese!! So excited for this baking challenge. Looking forward to making a savory pie. Have a happy Halloween!!

  3. Yum! Can’t wait for the recipe!
    I’m sure Noelle will look adorable! So exciting that she’s walking! I’ve got a son just over 2 who has downs syndrome and not walking yet so I know how much it means when they finally master it. (I have another child who is walking)

  4. I can’t wait to try this,,,,I’ll let you know how mine turns out. BTW,,where did you get those forks…that’s NEAT!! deb

  5. Yay! Missed the last couple of baking challenges, so can’t wait to jump back on in there with this one! Neat idea to kick off holiday season with a savory, too! Hope you had a fun first trick-or-treat!

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