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My 2013 Baking List

Now that we are half-way through the first month of 2013, I figure that I should make some resolutions. All of mine are baking goals (oh sure, I have other goals, but they aren’t as much fun).
This could be called a bucket list, but I really don’t care for that term, especially since once you complete the list, then what?
Anyhow…here’s my list, and if you have a recipe suggestion for one of these, please let me know.

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1. Macarons: oh, how I love these. A little crisp shell, then a soft chew, then the buttercream filling, oh yeah! They are the darling of the baking world with good reason.

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2. Pavlova: a fluffy cloud of meringue with pastry cream and fruit, I have always admired these from afar.

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3. Madeleines: they are just lovely to look at, and even better to eat. A perfect pairing with tea.

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4. Focaccia: I mean a really good one with a chewy top and lots of air holes, simply seasoned with sea salt and rosemary, and basil.

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5. A yule log, or Buche de Noel for you Francophiles: complete with meringue mushrooms. A little retro and corny, but you know it’s good.

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6. Homemade caramels: I have tried and tried and every version is too soft and greasy. These apple cider caramels from Smitten Kitchen sound wonderful.

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7. Marshmallows: They look easy enough, I don’t know why I can’t commit….

Again, if you have a favorite recipe for one of these, or have one that I should try, please drop me a line in the comments below.

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11 responses »

  1. I’ve done the same and created a list of baking goals. In fact, some of the things you have listed are on my list too! I made macarons for the first time last weekend and I was really nervous because I’ve read that they are really hard to get right, but surprisingly the turned out great. I even managed to get ‘feet’ on them. I’m going to make another batch this weekend, to see if I can replicate the result because I have a feeling it might have been beginners luck. You’ve got a wonderful list there and I look forward to seeing your posts about them!

  2. Hello…I have made several Pavlova’s with a recipe from Bliss Victoria. It is surprisingly easy, and makes a wonderful impression – it is pretty and festive. I’ll see if I can find the recipe on line.
    The Cake Bible has a good recipe for a Bouche Noel (is that how it is spelled?). One year I made it when we also had venison for Christmas…those were the days. I love the little mushrooms, and one can make marzipan leaves and vines.

  3. If I remember correctly, instead of pastry cream the filling was whipped cream, I have a fear of pastry cream – perhaps I will put that on my baking list adventures for 2013. It is a great idea to have a baking list for the year, a sense of yummy creative accomplishment. Much much better than having a new year’s resolution…

  4. Sounds like a fun and diverse list to tackle! Good luck!

  5. What a fun list for you to go through!! I have made a few but would love to learn how to make macarons, so I’ll be watching for these to turn up here:) I just made marshmallows, they’re incredibly easy (even though my recipe looks long) so don’t be afraid to try those. I’d love to make madeleines and those caramels as well! xx

  6. Macarons were on my 2012 list of things to bake but still haven’t plucked up the courage! I think I would start with pavlova, it’s really easy and if it doesn’t work you can always make Eton Mess – delicious… Good luck, keep us updated!

  7. I have macaroons on my baking list too! For marshmallow recipes, I made them a few weeks ago and I used Alton Brown’s: and I used vanilla bean instead of vanilla extract. They are fun, easy, and taste delicious!


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