Baking/Cooking Bucket List

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Everyone needs a good challenge in their life, am I right? I’ve gotten swept in watching all these baking and cooking shows. I swear, my favorite tends to be the Great American and Great British Baking shows. They have baked so many things I’ve never heard of, it’s kind of crazy. But that is what keeps us growing. So here is a modified version I snagged from Brown Eyed Baker.

I deleted a few things because, well… I don’t like baked beans and I’m not sure I want to make lamb… goes back to my years in FFA… But… I like the idea she had and there were even things on her list I’ve either a) never tried or b) never heard of, so I’m growing.

If I had the guts, I would take on Julia Child’s cookbook as Julie Powell did, but I just am not sure I could do that… some of those things we don’t get in rural America. If I lived in a bigger city, that might be a different story. So here goes nothing!

Yeast Goodies:
1. Focaccia bread 
2. Bagels 
3. English muffins 
4. Challah 
5. No-Knead bread
6. Ciabatta
7. Babka 
8. Kaiser rolls
9. Panettone 
10. Sourdough bread
11. Parker House Rolls
12. Olive oil bread
13. Baguettes
13. Croissants 
14. Doughnuts 
15. Yeasted Coffee Cake
16. Kouign Amann

Quick Breads:
17. Zucchini bread
18. Gingerbread 
19. Shortbread
20. Irish Soda bread – 3/17/2019

21. Popovers
22. Herbed Cheese and Beer bread

23. Blondies 
24. Macaroons 
25. Snickerdoodles
26. Gingerbread cookies 
27. Rugelach 
28. Seven Layer Bars 
29. Cannoli
30. Macarons

Spoon Desserts:
31. Chocolate Mousse 
32. Souffle
33. Baked Alaska
34. Bread pudding 
35. Creme Brulee 

36. Danish 
37. Strudel 
38. Nutroll 
39. Baklava 
40. Éclairs 
41. Cream puffs
42. Turnovers
43. Gougeres

44. Crumb Cake 
45. Coffee Cake 
46. Pineapple Upside Down Cake 
47. Charlotte
48. Angel food cake 
49. Carrot cake 
50. German chocolate cake 
51. Pumpkin roll 
52. Black Forest Cake 
53. Black bottom cupcakes 
54. New York cheesecake 
55. Chocolate Cheesecake
56. Bundt-style rum cake 
57. Better Than Sex Cake 
58. Flourless Chocolate Cake 
59. Boston Cream Pie 
60. Tiered Cake – 3.30.2019

61. Lattice-topped pie 
62. Cherry Pie
63. Blueberry pie
64. Pumpkin pie 
65. Chocolate cream pie 
66. Coconut Cream Pie
67. Pecan pie 

68. Lasagna 
69. Stuffed Shells
70. Manicotti
71. Chicken parmesan
72. Fettuccine Alfredo – 3/18/2019

73. Homemade noodles 
74. Pigu 4/18/2019 
75. Tortellini
76. Deep dish pizza 
77. Calzones 
78. Stromboli
79. Frittata

Soups, Entrees, and Sides:
80. French onion soup 
81. Minestrone 
82. Cream of mushroom soup 
83. Coq Au Vin
84. Beef stroganoff
85. Baked Ham
86. Stuffed cabbage
87. Roast chicken
88. Beef Wellington 
89. Stuffing 
90. Fritters
91. Turkey

Frozen Desserts:
92. Homemade ice cream
93. Sorbet 
94. Semifreddo

Miscellaneous (not sure what category these go in!):
95. German Apple Pancake
96. Crepes
97. Quiche 
98. Spanakopita
99. Petit Fours
100. Gingerbread House

101 and Beyond…
101. Fudge
102. Pierogi
103. Truffles
104. Sfogatelle
105. Braised Short Ribs 
106. Butternut Squash anything
107. Strawberry Rhubarb Pie 
108. Moussaka 
109. Egg Rolls
110. Potstickers/Dumplings
111. Homemade onion rings 
112. Guacamole
113. Chicken Paprikash
114. Soft Pretzels – 4.5.2019
115. Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Cookies
116. Orange Blossom Cheesecake
117. Butterscotch Buttercream
118. Lady Baltimore Cake
119. Chocolate Praline
120. Chocolate Bouchon
121. Lemon Rosemary Olive Oil Cake
122. Tuile
123. Mirror Glaze Cake – 3.29.2019

4 thoughts on “Baking/Cooking Bucket List

  1. You’re no slouch at baking yourself!
    There are so many things I know I or hubby would never eat, that I couldn’t do a cookbook challenge.
    I keep saying I want to do no knead bread, but I haven’t yet.
    Maybe this summer when the house is warm enough for the yeast to rise. I even found a recipe for no knead crockpot bread so I won’t have to heat the kitchen more!

    Good luck and God bless!

  2. That’s an impressive list! I went through and I’ve made quite a few of them, and my mom has made many of them. (Her homemade egg rolls… mmm! So good!)

    Some of the ones I’ve made:
    Zucchini Bread
    Irish Soda Bread
    Gingerbread cookies
    Carrot Cake
    Lasagna (my specialty!!)
    French Onion Soup (made it for the first time this winter!)

    Now I’m drooling… yum!!
    I also hear you on living in a rural area and not having access to things you might get a big city grocery store. Happens to me all the time!!

  3. Ingredients:…
    3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more
    1/2 teaspoon quick rising yeast
    1 & 1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 & 1/2 cups very warm (but not boiling) filtered water (about 100° F)

    1.. Into a large mixing bowl, combine flour, yeast and salt.
    2.. Pour in the hot water and combine well using a rubber spatula.
    3.. You can use cold water, but it will take longer to rise. Using filtered/Brita? water also helps with the rising process.
    4.. The dough will be sticky. Cover with plastic wrap and leave at room temperature for 3 hours, or until the dough has risen.
    5.. It will have bubbles and still look a little soft and wet.
    6.. Place dough on a well-floured surface.
    7.. You will need to use a spatula to separate it from the bowl, as the dough will still be very sticky.
    8.. Sprinkle a little more flour on the top of the dough just enough to keep it from sticking to your fingers.
    9.. Give the dough a few folds, forming it into a ball.
    10.. Place the formed dough ball onto a piece of parchment paper. Do NOT use wax paper for this.
    11.. Lift the parchment paper and dough and place into a 4 quart slow cooker.
    12.. A taller slow cooker will result in a taller bread because slow cooked breads do not rise in the same way as they would in an oven.
    13.. Cover and cook on high for 2 to 3 hours, or until the internal temperature reads 190° to 200° F.
    14.. Check the temperature after 90 minutes if this is the first time you are making bread in your slow cooker.
    15.. You will soon learn how long it takes your slow cooker to bake the perfect loaf. Slow cooker bread makes a soft outer layer. For a browned crust, simply toss it into the broiler for a few minutes. Remove when the crust is lightly browned to your liking.
    16.. Let bread cool before slicing.
    Pro tip:>> Slow cookers with a lot of wear on them might bake unevenly. Simply remove the insert and rotate it 180° halfway through to get a more even bake.
    Note:>> All slow cookers are a little bit different in temperature and calibration


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