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Let’s Review the August Baking Challenge

August 2020 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: Breakfast Pastries

One statement covers everything: I AM SO PROUD OF YOU! I know many of you felt nervous to try the breakfast pastries at home. I mean let’s be honest– it’s not an easy looking recipe. But by taking your time and not rushing the process, many of you were pleasantly surprised (and delighted!) with recipe success. I knew you could handle this. There were so many beautiful, delicious, and creative pastries this month. Some bakers tried different shapes and fillings, too. A few I loved seeing included: individual cranberry cream cheese pastries, mini pastry braids with cherry filling, and apple pie filling with crumble topping. Your creativity and courage inspire me every month. 🙂

One of my favorite recipe reviews came from reader Megan:

“Wow! This is might be my new favorite Sally recipe. Had a blast making them and really couldn’t believe how good they turned out considering how easy they were to make. We love cream cheese danishes so all were filled with cream cheese and topped with assorted jams, fresh berries or mini chocolate chips. Already thinking about all the endless flavors to try. Can’t wait to add them to the rotation and share them during the holidays! Another stellar recipe!”

We gathered as many breakfast pastry photo entries as we could and included them below.

August Baking Challenge Winner

Challenge winner for August is Thomas who has already been notified.

breakfast pastry winner image

Reader Questions and Reviews

  1. Can’t wait to try this one! Been excited since you shared the preview last week.

  2. Look at all those pretty pastries!! You’re right Sally it was easier once I got started. I made the pastry braids. They were delish!! I can’t wait for this cinnamon bread recipe.

  3. Congratulations to Thomas. I can’t wait to try cinnamon bread once the weather cools off. I’m sure my kids will devour it.

  4. Hi Sally,
    I just discovered your monthly challenge. I’m so excited about trying your September challenge. I’m a new baker and I have found your website to be so helpful. I actually made your marble chocolate layer cake and it was a hit. Thanks for helping me grow and develop my baking and cooking skills on my journey to becoming a great baker/


    1. Thank you for the kind note, Valarie! I’m so glad you discovered my blog and monthly challenges. I always love to hear when my recipes and tips help my readers to grow their baking skills. Happy baking!

  5. Wow! Your team must have been busy with all those pics! Congrats Thomas! I have made the cinnamon bread before and looking forward to making it again for September ‘s challenge. It’s delicious AND super easy.

  6. This was only my 2nd challenge recipe and now I’m hooked! Love that you’re doing this. I have my cinnamon bread ingredients ready to go!

  7. August was so much fun and September looks amazing! I make the danishes quite often as they were a hit with the entire family.

  8. Cinnamon swirl bread is baking now. I used 2% milk and plain yogurt. I can’t wait to taste it!! Congrats Thomas for winning in August!!

  9. First time participating in the monthly challenge. Made the Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread Challenge today and it was delicious! So easy to make, the difficulty came in waiting for it to cool so we could try it! Looking forward to the October challenge.

  10. I made this bread for my Oma and the rest of my family and they loved it! I added an extra 1\2 tbsp of cinnamon into the swirl mixture and 1 tsp into the batter to make the cinnamon flavour stronger. I’m 13 and this is my second baking challenge. Your amazing recipes have really helped me to get baking more during COVID 19. Thanks so much Sally!

    1. So sweet of you, Abby! I’m glad you are enjoying my recipes and the monthly baking challenges – happy baking!

  11. This was so easy and sooo wonderful. I made it for breakfast about 9am and it was gone by 4pm. My son loved it! As did I. Thanks for the recipe.

  12. hey.. i tried this on the day you posted.. and i cant express in words how much i loved it.. surprisingly my husband loved it too who is not a much big fan of cinnamon.. making this again on weekend!!

  13. All of my kiddos and I loved eating this for breakfast this morning! I added a cup of apples that we picked from the apple orchard!

  14. Hi Sally,

    I’ve been trying your recipes and they have all been good..this one was no exception. How do I keep it from loosing its moisture though. The first day it was great, second day it was a little dry. Thx

    1. Hi Esther! I wonder if it was over-baked? Regardless, the bread should stay pretty moist for a few days. I recommend keeping it in a sealed container at room temperature.

  15. I was very pleasantly surprised with how easily this bread came together, and how scrumptious it was!

    One of my roommates was having a going-away get-together. I wanted to bake him a cake, but I didn’t have time (or ingredients) for an elaborate recipe. I was worried the cinnamon quick bread would be too plain, but it was an absolute delight! I added some toasted pecans on top.

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