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Baking Bucket List

Getting married last year was obviously a wonderful and life-changing experience, but it also resulted in lots of new kitchen tools! Since then, I’ve experimented a bit with my baking but often find I resort back to tried and true favorites when cravings strike. A newly discovered blog that I love, Brown Eyed Baker, inspired me to put together a Baking Bucket List. Here’s hers (if you’re interested).

She has 100 items on her list, which is just way too many for me 🙂  Instead, you’ll find just 25 baked goods on my list, a much more reasonable and achievable number. I didn’t set a time frame to accomplish, but I’m hoping to check in every two or three months and cross off a few delicacies at a time.

Note: The Great British Baking Show heavily influenced my selections!

Baking Bucket List Update #1

Baking Bucket List Update #2


  1. Croissants
  2. Pizza Dough
  3. Baguette (or similar type of fancy French bread)
  4. Biscuits
  5. Scones
  6. Irish Soda Bread
  7. Monkey Bread



  1. Montgomery Pie (Grandma’s recipe)
  2. Frosted layer cake (so I can use my icing tools!)
  3. Tarte Tatin (French apple pastry)
  4. Flourless chocolate cake
  5. Chocolate peanut butter cupcakes
  6. Pumpkin streusel cheesecake
  7. Bundt cake
  8. Mary Berry’s Walnut Layer Cake



  1. Kiffles (a local specialty, but they’re so expensive to buy!)
  2. Iced sugar cookies (A Christmas classic that I’ve never made – time to use those cookie cutters)
  3. Millionaire’s Shortbread (the classic British recipe uses shortbread, caramel, and chocolate – but I might throw some peanut butter in there…)
  4. Oatmeal butterscotch cookies (mainly to use up those butterscotch chips I purchased ages ago)
  5. Gingerbread (cookies or house is TBD)



  1. Crème Brulee (I’ve had the custard ramekins for ages…)
  2. Macarons (technically I’ve made these already, but I want to go at it properly with food coloring, almond extract, and fancy icing)
  3. Meat pies (this seems to be a staple of every Great British Baking Show season)
  4. Peanut Brittle (I finally purchased a candy thermometer for this purpose)
  5. Profiterole (cream puff) dipped in chocolate of course


Do you have anything on your baking bucket list?



  • Reply
    Allison @ My Novel Life
    February 21, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    This looks fun. I love Smitten Kitchen and am always wanting to try out the delicious recipes she posts over there. Yeast scares me, but I’ve had some successful loaves of bread pop out of the oven. Pizza dough is surprisingly easy. If you make chocolate peanut butter cupcakes I will gladly help you eat them. Also, please make a video if you use a blow torch to make crème brulee. That sounds fun!

    • Reply
      Rachel Kamery
      February 22, 2018 at 9:29 am

      I’ve heard of Smitten Kitchen but never spent much time on her site. I’ll have to check out her recipes! You’re welcome anytime to help eat desserts 🙂

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    February 21, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Did someone say blowtorch…. I’m suddenly interested…

    • Reply
      Rachel Kamery
      February 22, 2018 at 9:30 am

      We’re not getting a full size blowtorch! (I know that’s what you’re thinking…)

  • Reply
    February 21, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    Also recently got an influx of new baking supplies from our marriage last year 🙂 I’d like to try gingerbread again, as I haven’t found a from-scratch recipe that I like. I’ve never heard of kiffles before, and now I’d like to try making them! I’ve made the rugelach from Smitten Kitchen, which sounds similar and was absolutely delicious.

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      Rachel Kamery
      February 22, 2018 at 9:31 am

      I think they are very similar to rugelach. Yum. If you find a good gingerbread recipe pass it along!

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    Lori Hoffnagle
    February 22, 2018 at 6:56 am

    Grandma used to make monkey bread, but we called it ‘pinch me cake, ‘ because you would pinch off a piece to eat it, so I have that recipe. Also, I have a great recipe for flourless chocolate cake and a wonderful simple recipe for bundt cake (not from scratch, but still delicious!). I have a microwave recipe for peanut brittle that I used a long time ago, but it was easy and delish! I have not made cream puffs, but I have made eclairs (from scratch) and they were very good and not too difficult. Any thoughts on making crepes or have you made them? I made them when I was 21, so that was a long time ago. I actually made creme brulee, but had to borrow a torch 🙂 Glad you inherited my love of baking!

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      Rachel Kamery
      February 22, 2018 at 9:33 am

      Please send the monkey bread recipe! I feel like Grandma always had weird names for things haha. Um I’m not sure I want to attempt crepes because they’ll never be as good as the ones I’ve had in Paris 🙂

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    Arya D.
    March 15, 2018 at 1:47 am

    Ooooh this is a great idea! I love to bake but the only time I do is when we have potlucks at work. I’m very excited to see your progress throughout this list!

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