Earlier 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):
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!