Are you a baker or a cook? I am a baker. Or, I should say I'm a repressed baker because I have never really allowed myself the freedom to bake in my life. The by-product of baking is goodies and I am unashamed to say that I have absolutely no will power. I've realized that I really want to nurture my inner baker.
A few weeks ago I came across The Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge (BBA) and knew immediately I wanted to join. The BBA is committed to baking every bread in The Bread Baker's Apprentice by Peter Reinhart. I have always wanted to learn how to bake bread but didn't know where even to begin. What better way than to join a group already baking!
The Modern Baker Challenge. It was a new group started by Phyl and others who had finished the BBA Challenge. They were looking for a new challenge and chose to bake their way through The Modern Baker by Nick Maligeri. The challenge began in April and had a caveat that made it quite intriguing. We each "claim" a recipe and are responsible for blogging that one recipe and all other recipes within the section (April-June is Quick Breads) are optional. So, as a group we will bake all 150, but individually there is less pressure and we can simply bake the recipes that look interesting to us. I was intrigued with the Modern Baker Challenge because I'd be joining on the ground floor and I'd get to experience more that just bread.
Wow, two great groups. What should I do? The solution to my over-committing personality- join them both! Yes, it is insane. Why both? Well, because I'm just as scattered and insane as you think I am. I've only had this blog three short months and I've joined three challenges (don't forget about The Daring Kitchen). I'm just going to take it one recipe at a time and if it ever stops being fun I'll reevaluate my commitments. So, I'm going into this accepting I might be a quitter. And, really, whose going to know? Who even reads this blog? (Besides my mom.)