It’s a Challenge

I started this blog to share my baking (and sometimes cooking) experiences.  But more than that, I want to challenge myself with recipes I would normally avoid and tell you about it, whether it is good or bad.  Being a part of Sundays with Joy has really helped me to challenge myself. For just over a year now, I have been baking my way through Joy the Baker’s cookbook and it has been so much fun! It really has forced me to try things in the kitchen I wouldn’t even consider doing before.

The latest Sunday’s with Joy recipe was coffee bacon. Really? Coffee on bacon? This scared me, but I did it.
coffee bacon
It didn’t turn out so well. I’m almost embarrassed to show you the picture.  You are supposed to bake the bacon but the grease started to spread and my house started to get smoky and there was a lot of sizzling. And the bacon didn’t finish cooking. But hey, I tried!  Other Sundays with Joy members are raving about this recipe so I know it was just me having my own difficulties with the recipe.  You can check out Joy’s recipe here right on her blog to see how it’s made.  Maybe you will have better luck than me :).

The blog Love & Olive Oil began doing a Monthly Kitchen Challenge. I was so excited to see this because it’s another great way for me to try new things in the kitchen. I missed the first challenge, croissants, but jumped at the opportunity to take part in April’s challenge, macarons. I have heard and read that they are very involved and difficult to make so I was a bit intimidated. Luckily, I found a recipe in the cookbook SprinkleBakes (another amazing blog) that didn’t look too difficult.
macarons
Success! I wouldn’t say they came out perfect, but for my first shot at it, I was very happy with the results.  I think if I took them out maybe a minute or two sooner, they would have looked a bit better. For the filling, I wanted to do something quick so I used Biscoff.  So good!

May’s Kitchen Challenge is ginger ale. It’s not exactly baking, but it is something new and challenging. I can’t wait to give it a try and share how it comes out!

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