What a year!
I technically started these bake offs in 2017 (with the epic chocolate chip cookie bake off, inspired by Skyler–the author of many of my beautiful Tableau visualizations–getting trapped in Houston by Hurricane Harvey), but I had no idea that I would have the energy (and you would have the enthusiasm) to keep these up to almost a once-a-month cadence in 2018.
In full transparency, I don’t make significant money from my blog. I make enough in ads to cover my hosting/web expenses, and partnerships with companies like Envy and Sunspire Chocolate help me cover the occasional grocery bill/ingredient run. But I’m still paying for most of my ingredients out of pocket and spending hours scraping the web, creating spreadsheets, spending entire days glued to the kitchen and hours crouching over crumpled pieces of paper and editing photos. Why? I don’t expect to make a career out of this. But the community of bringing together a lot of friends around a table, joy of a well-analyzed data set, satisfaction of seeing 9 (almost) perfectly baked cinnamon rolls lined up at once, and the thousands of supportive and enthusiastic comments and messages from all of you makes it worth it.
And since many of you have noted that it’s hard to find all of the bake offs in one place (for future reference, check the recipe index), here’s a blog post that will do just that.
Top 3, from left to right:
And a bonus mini apple crisp bake off!
This next year, I’m thinking about introducing some vegan bake offs, as I was inspired to reduce my dairy consumption by this podcast episode (and reduce my seafood consumption, but that’s another topic). Maybe even some gluten-free bake offs for fun! We’ll see what 2019 holds, but in the meantime, thank you SO MUCH for following along and happy baking!