I often get a lot of questions about the tab at the top of this blog called “THE List.” This list is simply my cooking/food related bucket list. I wrote this list down many, many years ago in a notebook and then several years decided to make it public (or I guess you could say official) by sharing it here.
Since this is a food/cooking blog, the original idea was to share a blog post each time I ‘kicked’ something off my bucket list. However, sometimes I would forget to document it and therefore it would never get shared. Often I am lucky if I even remember to write a little note on my list to ‘check’ it off the list.
But this is a new year and I really want to focus on embracing life and doing more things on my food and general life bucket list (who knows this might be the year I take the plunge, no literally, and go sky diving!). I also want to make an effort to blog about it (since many of my kind friends keep reminding me to do so), plus if I don’t blog about it then how will there ever be proof that it happened?
So today I am “kickin’ the bucket” and marking off #81: Join a cooking/baking group.
Last month I shared a cookbook review of my friend Monica’s cookbook, Lick the Bowl Good: Classic Home-Style Desserts with a Twist. Some of Monica’s fans and friends decided to create a Facebook baking group and bake their way through Monica’s book; baking the same recipe each month (preselected by the group’s organizers) and sharing their final master piece with each other.
I love the idea of baking the same thing around the same time with people from all over the world and sharing the results with each other! And since I am also passionate about supporting my friends and fellow bloggers I thought this was the perfect baking group to join and finally mark it off my list!
In January we all baked the Banana Pecan Breakfast Cake (page 151). Since I joined the group late I just barely made the cake last week. This cake was moist like traditional banana bread but I loved the cinnamon, brown sugar and pecan topping. Everyone that I shared this with and everyone in our baking group raved about this recipe!
To show my support for Monica and encourage you to purchase the book, I won’t be sharing the actual recipes we make every single month. Some months (like the recipe for February) I will share the recipe if I make significant changes to the recipe or if it is one of the handful of recipes Monica shared in the book that was already shared on her blog.
But in the case of this Banana Pecan Breakfast Cake, I only made a few slight changes, so I am just sharing those changes and some photos of the finished recipe. To see my changes, see below:
- Replaced the buttermilk with sour cream (because I didn’t have ANY milk on hand).
- Reduced the baking time from 40-45 minutes to 35 (it was done by that time in my oven).
If you would like to bake along with us, join the Lick the Bowl Good Baking Group via the Facebook Group, Baking Through Lick the Bowl Good, here.
And in case you were wondering, here are the list of recipes we will be baking together each month:
January: Banana Pecan Breakfast Cake (page 151)
February: Chocolate Cherry Brownie Kisses (page 97)
March: Irish Cream Cake (page 23)
April: Pina Colada Mini Cheesecakes (page 59)
May: Vanilla Bean Pound Cake (page 19)
June: Fruit Pizza (page 79)
July: Berries Romanoff (page 129)
August: Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake (page 28)
September: Chocolate Cranberry Oat Bars (page 93)
October: Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Pie (page 115)
November: Apple Cake with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Glaze (page 39)
December: Cinnamon Peanut Butter Cookies (page 73)
Check back around the 15th of each month as we share our creations.
Here is my official review of the cookbook: Oreo Cheesecake Cupcakes and Lick the Bowl Good: Classic Home-Style Desserts with a Twist Cookbook Review
Learn more about Monica by reading this interview: “Bites with Bloggers” – Lick the Bowl Good