At the beginning of February I made an impromptu decision to embark on a grand, month-long baking challenge in making all the things I’ve had on my to-make list. Thankfully, I had two events (brunch club and an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party) to encourage me. Here are the seven items I made.
Nutella Banana Bread
I only recently tried Nutella (yum!) and thought this recipe would be perfect for breakfast. I made a loaf and warmed a few slices in the morning. The recipe isn’t overly sweet and the touch of Nutella was a nice addition.
Vanilla Glazed Baked Donuts
I made these heart shaped donuts for our February Brunch Club. They might have been in the oven a tad too long and the glaze came out lighter than I thought but still tasty.
Kale, Mushroom and Ricotta Pocket Pies
I got this cute pocket pie mold for Christmas one year and now I’ve finally used it! I winged this recipe, filling frozen pie pastry with a sauteed mixture of kale and mushroom and sprinkling ricotta on top. They’re finished off with a pepperoni where the heart is cut out. They had slightly too much pastry on the edges but I thought they were delicious!
I made my boyfriend’s favorite dessert for Valentine’s Day. It was a great excuse to invest in some cute ramekins and a blowtorch and the dessert was pretty easy to make. The creme brulee was a hit!
Strawberry Pop Tarts
Ah, pop tarts! The store-bought version were part of my college diet on occasion but this homemade version was definitely better. I made them mini sized for a party.
They told me it was going to be hard. I was slightly nervous because I was making these for the first time, the process took longer than I had hoped AND I was making these for the Alice in Wonderland Tea Party and I didn’t want to show up without them! But all in all, this was a success. I’ll probably use a different recipe next time and I have many helpful tips from Instagram comments to make my next batch even better!
Fennel Panna Cotta
You may have seen this from Fennel Night. It needed a few adjustments but all in all, it was a hit.
My to-make list continues to grow! This year I hope to make: Salted Butterscotch Pot de Creme, Buttermilk Biscuits, Momofuku Birthday Cake, sticky toffee pudding, and apple pie, among the many recipes that will be added along the way.
What recipe have you made lately and loved? Should I add it to my list?