The A to Z of Baking: A 26-Recipe Challenge

The A-Z of Baking: A 26-recipe challengeEarlier this week, I had a think about what my ‘thing’ was in life, my passion, the thing that makes me tick. My conclusion was that the closest I feel I have to my ‘thing’ is my love for writing and it’s something I want to hone.

Whilst I was considering stuff I enjoy doing and things I’d like to do more of, baking came to mind. I’ve always enjoyed it but tend to avoid doing it too often unless I have an occasion to bake for, otherwise I just have cake lying around the house that I will inevitably scoff and as a self-confessed greedy pig who really can’t get away with shovelling anything I like into my mouth, I could do without a few extra pieces of cake.

So, because I don’t bake very often, when I do have an occasion to bake for, I usually decide to bake something I have never tackled before – because there are so many recipes I stumble across that I want to try – but I generally end up in a rush, or mess something up in the method due to lack of practice, and the end result, whilst it may taste good, often looks appalling!! (Cue a pic of the disastrous-looking reindeer cupcakes I made for the Christmas charity bake-off at work last year):

reindeer cupcakes

Seriously, they looked nothing like the picture on the recipe and shortly after I took this photo, their Smartie noses slid off their bleak-looking faces. Bah humbug…

This afternoon, whilst mulling over an interesting piece of lemon and lavender cake with a colleague at a work away day, I had a lightbulb moment – mostly inspired by my colleague, I’ll be honest. If there are so many recipes out there that I want to try, why not work my way through the alphabet and try them all out, for no good reason at all other than the sheer pleasure, and challenge, of it?!

So, the A to Z of Baking: A 26-Recipe Challenge is born! Once a week for the next 26 weeks, I pledge to bake a sweet creation that corresponds with each letter of the alphabet, beginning this weekend with the letter A. Sure, I – and my friends and family! – will likely consume a fair few more calories but it’ll be a great opportunity to try out some new recipes and most of all, it’ll be fun! It will be like the film/book Julie and Julia, only with a tonne more sugar and probably not quite as tricky of some of those French recipes.

Each week, I will post the recipe I have tried out, along with my high and low points, and the overall verdict.

Why not take up the challenge with me, if you fancy it? Or please feel free to share any weird and wonderful sweet bake recipes you have! Any inspiration for letters ‘X’ and ‘Z’, maybe even ‘Q’, are also welcome! 😉

I’ll post my first recipe this weekend. Wish me luck!

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7 Comments

  1. Mother Mands June 4, 2015 / 4:22 pm

    Ooh I’m definitely following you for this 😀 Be very interesting to see what you do come up for when you get to X and Z. Z I’m thinking Zebra stripped chocolate and vanilla sponge, something like that :)
    I love that film Julie and Julia, and a lot of Julia Childs quotes are fantastic too! “Always remember, if you’re alone in the kitchen and you drop the lamb, you can always pick it up. Who’s going to know?” Exactly! Good luck with this, and if you get stumped I’ll definitely scour some of my many recipe books for suggestion :)

    • jenieveve June 4, 2015 / 4:32 pm

      Hi there, thanks for following! :-) Wow, Zebra striped chocolate and vanilla sponge, you’ve raised the bar there eek! 😉 I’ve decided on my letter ‘A’ creation for this weekend, but will have to have a sit down afterwards and map out the more tricky letters of the alphabet. Good bit of wisdom from Julia Childs, that lady told it like it was! x

  2. Mrs Mumsie June 9, 2015 / 7:58 pm

    What a fantastic idea! I can’t wait to see what all you come up with! Thanks for linking up to the #MMWBH :) :)

    • jenieveve June 10, 2015 / 10:35 am

      Thanks for stopping by! It’s been good to link up to #MMWBH for the first time this week :-) I’m about to tackle the ‘B’ of my challenge this week!

  3. Random Musings June 15, 2015 / 12:35 pm

    I love this idea! I did the A-Z blogging challenge a while back and that was hard. To have to also bake something for each post is a challenge and a half. Good luck! Thanks for linking to #AnythingGoes :)
    Debbie
    http://www.myrandommusings.blogspot.com

  4. Honest Mum June 15, 2015 / 5:40 pm

    Love this idea! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x

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