In 2019, I didn’t do a whole lot of baking compared to other years. Especially near the end of the year, I was busy with other things, like finishing writing my novel (more on that later this month!). This year, though, I’m motivated to do tons of baking again! Since starting my blog, I have learned a lot about baking, simply by doing it, by experimenting and making mistakes, and a lot of practice. I love baking – it’s one of the few things (if not the only thing) that can help me clear my head when I’m stressed or anxious. So, it only makes sense to do it more often; it’s the healthy decision. Mental health, that is. I’m not so sure all that sugar is good for my physical health, but let’s not focus on the details.
I also love learning new things, so in order to stimulate myself to bake more and to learn more, I’ve decided to make a ‘Bake It List’ for myself this year. It features baked goods that I’ve always wanted to make but I’ve been too intimidated by to try or things I just haven’t gotten around to trying. If I’m stressed and I want to bake something to relieve that stress, I usually go for the easy, comfortable stuff, like brownies and muffins. This year, I want to challenge myself. Baking something new and succeeding at it gives me such a rush, so that’s what I’m aiming to achieve more in 2020.
This list might be subject to change as I think of more things I want to add, but these are the baked goods I definitely want to try my hand at this year. I’ll update you as I progress through the list!
I love making meringue (another one of those things I was too intimidated to try a few years ago), but I’ve never made a pavlova. To be honest, I’ve never even eaten pavlova, now that I think of it. Both of those things will change this year!
Cream first or jam first? I wanted to say I usually go for cream first, but now I’m in doubt… I guess I’ll find out when I finally make these lovely British baked goodies for the first time.
Ever since I found out that you need to bake these Italian cookies twice before they’re done, I’ve wanted to try my hand at them. These are so delicious and I can’t wait to almost break my teeth on biscotti of my own making.
I know how to bake muffins, cookies, cakes, and pies, but bread is something I have no experience with. I’ve simply never given it a proper try. This year, I am going to change that. I want to at least bake focaccia, but I think I also want to try an actual loaf of bread of some sort.
This one is actually a followup on another baked good I had always wanted to give a go: profiteroles. I made successful profiteroles (together with my mother) in 2018, and back then we immediately said: “we should try éclairs next!” Éclairs are basically oblong profiteroles with a more elaborate filling. Perhaps I can convince my mother to try these together this year!
6. Lemon meringue pie
This is another one I’ve never actually tasted, but it’s such a classic and I’ve always been intrigued by it. I love lemon, I love meringue, I love pie… Should be a perfect match, right?
I have granola for breakfast every single morning and I’ve thought “I really should try making this myself” more times than I can count. It might not really be baking, but I’m going to count it.
8. Lemon curd
Again, not technically a baked good, but I love lemon curd and I’ve always wanted to make some myself. And, of course, I can then use it in that lemon meringue pie I mentioned earlier! That’s just smart thinking, isn’t it.
9. Pumpkin pie
Those of you who’ve been following my blog for a few years now might know that I keep saying that I’ll bake a pumpkin pie every autumn. It has never happened so far. I think part of the problem is that I’ve never tasted pumpkin pie (it’s not really a thing in the Netherlands). 2020 is the year to change that, though!
10. Swiss roll
This one will require a small investment, since I don’t own a baking tin that’s suitable for swiss rolls, but that can be fixed! I’d love to give this one a try, as it requires a bit of technique, or so I’m told.
And that’s it for my ‘bake it list’! Do you have some special bakes planned for 2020? Are there any baked goods you’d like to see me bake this year? Let me know in the comments!