25 years into this wild ride of life – 40 is the new 20, after all – I have finally decided to follow my baking passion. I’m moving forward with plans to start my own bakery, and am locking and loading the pieces and parts to chase a dream, praying I fit through most doorways at the end of the year after all the sampling of batter, ingredients, and final products.

Yes. I eat batter – cake, brownie, cookie, scone, cupcake… if the whole raw egg thing was hard-core reality, so many of us wouldn’t have made it past childhood and raw cookie dough. Here’s to the multiple rolls of Toll House cookie dough rolls my roommate and I ate in college. By. The. Spoonful.

Truth is, I will only sample very small amounts… while my opinion bears some weight, I’m not shaking and baking for my palette. I’m looking for various captive audiences who’re waiting to sample everything I make, and it’s their opinions that matter. I decide the item (cookie, brownie, etc.), and I want to know what recipe others think is worthy of making the cut. Some will be unique items that have no counterpart — like a seasonal cake — but others, like chocolate chip cookies or brownies will need a serious bake-off.

Side note here… the brutal brownie battles will soon begin, and I have been in a serious brownie war with a friend of mine for years, but she’s lovingly agreed to help me with my trials. Damned if I am going to lose this one…I’d never live it down if her recipe is the one that wins for my bakery.

Thus, my #365daysofbaking journey has begun. Yep. This year, I will make, eat, and share 365 recipes. Maybe one a day. Perhaps two in a day and take a day off… but, in the end, 365 recipes. Truth is, I’m an overachiever, and it’ll likely be more like 500 recipes.

My concept is truly simple…I want to run something akin to a glorified farm stand…simple, but not basic, sometimes rustic, always seasonal, fresh, literal farm to table. We have a small orchard on property and know many local farmers, and the main ingredients are going to come from the farm and go into a can or baked good. Yes, canning will be a part of the recipes some days, as I’m always scouting for new, fresh canning ideas to peak the palette of the masses. I have my tried and true that will absolutely be on the best-selling menu, but I have a delightful cranberry marmalade recipe and several citrus marmalades I want to try out this year.

I will be following recipes I find online, in cookbooks, ones that have been passed along to me, and ones I’ve made up myself. If I’m using an online recipe, I will link to it in the post; if it’s in a cookbook, I’ll reference the cookbook and the recipe; if it’s a recipe that’s been passed to me or one I’ve made up… well, maybe I’ll take a picture of it and post it…

I’ll keep a running list of my recipes here with links to the posts. You’ll just have to read them to see if the recipe worked, is worthy of remaking if it didn’t work, and which ones will soar to the bakery with me.

Either way, you know there will be humor in every post.

So I’m off and running! Well, that too, because I’ll need to in order to stay trim, but I’m off and baking! Day 1 & 2 are down, and day 3 & 4 to come.

  1. Day 1: Banana Bundt Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
  2. Day 2: Vanilla Bean Blueberry Scones
  3. Day 3: King Arthur’s Fudge Brownies
  4. Day 4: You’re the Bomb Brownie
  5. Day 5: KA Ultimate Chewy Brownie
  6. Day 6: Ghirardelli Chocolate Chip Cookies – ROUND 1
  7. Day 7: Round 2 – the perfection of Ghirardelli Chocolate Chip Cookies
  8. Day 8: Cinnamon Swirl Bread
  9. Day 9: Cranberry Marmalade
  10. Day 10: Grapefruit Marmalade
  11. Day 11: Meyer Lemon Marmalade
  12. Day 12: Blood Orange Angel Food Cake
  13. Day 13: Blueberry Bread
  14. Day 14: Chewy Cherry Cowboy Cookies
  15. Day 15: Blood Orange Chocolate Chip Angel Food Cake
  16. Day 16: Lemon Rosemary Muffins
  17. Day 17: No Fail Sugar Cookies
  18. Day 18: Royal Icing
  19. Day 19: Apricot Coconut Scones
  20. Day 20: Oatmeal Scotchies
  21. Blood Orange Marmalade
  22. Better Than Anything Toffee
  23. Easy Orange Marmalade
  24. Kraft Orange Marmalade
  25. Andes Crème de Menthe Chunk Cookies
  26. Orange Cranberry Cream Scones
  27. Sweet & Tangy Orange Scones
  28. Nana’s Baked Mac & Cheese
  29. Claire’s Very Lemon Lemon Cookies
  30. Bacon Cheddar Scones
  31. Meyer Lemon Bars
  32. Innis & Gunn Bacon Brittle
  33. Grapefruit Poppy Seed Pound Cake
  34. Blood Orange Scones
  35. Millard Fillmore’s Charlottes
  36. Lemon Streusel Coffee Cake
  37. Triple Citrus Marmalade
  38. Vanilla Scented Grapefruit Marmalade
  39. Snickerdoodle Bites
  40. Hershey’s All American Heath Brownies
  41. Irish Soda Bread Muffins
  42. Lemon Pucker Cake
  43. Cheesy Pepperoni Bites
  44. Butterfinger Cookies
  45. Marthe’s Raspberry Macarons
  46. Monster Cookies
  47. Butterscotch Blondie Bars With Peanut-Pretzel Caramel
  48. Rhubarb Rose Petal Jam
  49. Homemade Farm Fresh Strawberry Jam
  50. Biscotti
  51. Pasta Frolla (Italian Shortbread)
  52. Italian Jam Tart
  53. Chocolate Hazelnut Italian Cookies
  54. Pizzelles
  55. Ciambelle al Vino (Italian Wine Cookies)
  56. Cannoli Siciliani
  57. Cornbread with Fresh Corn
  58. Blueberry Crumb Muffins
  59. Blueberry Crumble
  60. Peach Salsa
  61. Blueberry Chutney
  62. Blueberry Angel Food Cake
  63. Blueberry Lime Jam
  64. Peach Crumble
  65. Tiramisù
  66. Lemon Poppyseed Ricotta Cookies
  67. Apple Rhubarb Crisp
  68. Tomato Flip
  69. Peach Blueberry Jam
  70. Teddie’s Apple Cake
  71. Nan’s Applesauce
  72. Asian Pear Cake
  73. Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies
  74. Pesto
  75. Pumpkin Cannoli
  76. Nan’s Baked Beans
  77. Ms. Sylvia’s Gingersnaps
  78. Candy Bucket Cookies
  79. Bakery Style Cinnamon Buns
  80. M&M cookies
  81. Pear & Gingerbread Upside Down Cake
  82. Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread
  83. Patriots’ Sheet Cake aka Texas Sheet Cake
  84. Apple Cider Caramels
  85. Chocolate Crinkles
  86. Tall & Fluffy Biscuits
  87. Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars (pumpkin baking mag)
  88. Lemon Ricotta Fig Cake – https://www.cookingclassy.com/lemon-ricotta-cake/
  89. Soft and Chewy Date Squares
  90. Homemade Beer Bread
  91. Cinnamon Filled Scones
  92. Polly’s Pancake Maple Bacon Biscuits
  93. Angel Food Cake
  94. The Remaking of Sunshine in a Jar – Meyer Lemon Marmalade
  95. The Remake of Maple Bacon Biscuits
  96. Strawberry Rhubarb Upside Down Cake (https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/3175-strawberry-rhubarb-upside-down-cake)
  97. COOK’S ILLUSTRATED PERFECT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES (https://www.browneyedbaker.com/cooks-illustrated-perfect-chocolate-chip-cookies/)

  98. Orange Rhubarb Jam
  99. Cinnamon Rhubarb Muffins (https://www.finecooking.com/recipe/cinnamon-rhubarb-muffins)

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