Welcome to the Avid Baker's Challenge, or ABC, a monthly baking group. How does it work, you ask?
- We bake 12 recipes from one recipe source, one for each month in the year, before we move on to a new recipe source. This can be either a book or an online recipe source.
- The club admin (yours truly) gets to select the recipes we bake each month.
- The posting due date for ABC is as easy as 1-2-3. As an ABC baker you're free to choose one of the following posting dates: the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd of each month. During the first three days of each month, we'll all post our experiences and photos of the baking project.
- Anytime we bake recipes from a book (a hardcopy), we never post the original recipe, because we'd like to encourage everyone to buy the book. In recent years, we've been baking from online recipes that are readily available, in which case it's acceptable (and even encouraged) to add a link to the recipe.
We're also on Facebook. If you don't have a blog, please feel free to join us every month on the ABC Facebook group.
Posting rules for ABC bakers
When you write up your post, please add a link to your post using the Linky tool on the ABC blog. Should you be late and post after the 3rd that same month, I still encourage you to blog about the recipe and add a link to your post on the ABC blog. The Linky tool will remain open and accept blog post links until the 15th of each month.
If you'd like to join us in this baking adventure, please feel free to email me at HanaasKitchen [at] live [dot] com.
This year, we'll baking from David Lebovitz' blog. As some of you know, David is a professional cook, baker and cookbook author, living in Paris. Having baked some of his recipes in the past, I'm looking forward to doing more of that with all of you. It'll be hard to select "just" 12 recipes :) Happy baking!
In 2017, we are baking from Deb Perelman's blog, aka Smitten Kitchen. I like her variety of recipes, from sweet to savory. Happy baking!
In 2016 we will be baking from a new online recipe source that I'm very excited about: "Weekend Bakery", http://www.weekendbakery.com They offer a variety of recipes: breads, rolls, cakes, cookies, you name it. Happy baking!
The results of the survey on the recipe source for 2015 showed overwhelming support for Christina Marsigliese's blog, Scientifically Sweet. Although she published a recipe book, we will be using the recipes that are on her blog. I have no doubt you'll want to buy her book after the bake-along (I have it and it's awesome!).
A brief survey indicated that we all enjoyed baking from the King Arthur Flour website. So much so, that we'd like to bake from it one more year.
In 2013 we will be baking from a recipe website this time, not a book (to change things up a little bit). And the survey winner is: www.KingArthurFlour.com. We, the ABC bakers, are in no way affiliated with King Arthur Flour.
For the year 2012, the decision has been made to bake from The Weekend Baker by Abby Dodge. We, the ABC bakers, are in no way affiliated with Abby Dodge. We're just fans of her books.
We all enjoyed baking from Baking for all Occasions so much that we decided to bake from it some more.
For the year 2010, the decision has bee made to bake from Baking for all Occasions by Flo Braker. We, the ABC bakers, are in no way affiliated with Flo Braker.