Forget climbing mountains and jumping out of planes. When I think of a bucket list I think of all of the things I want to bake. I bake a lot. I’m actually baking tonight. And tomorrow night. And the night after that. (There’s a shower this weekend with 100 guests. Yes, I’m freaking out a little.) I’ve baked a lot of things but there are still a few things I’ve never done that I will get to one day!
1. A Fruit Pie-From Scratch
Not terribly long ago this would have been a pie from scratch. I sort of mastered the chocolate pie this summer-although with a store bought crust. Is that cheating? I’ve never done more than help my grandma a bit with peeling apples for an apple pie, though, so I’d love to master the art of making fruit pies. And no canned pie filling allowed.
2. Speaking of Pies-Pie Crust From Scratch
I’ve never even attempted crust before, so I’m not sure how hard it might be. I’ve had enough trouble using the pre-made crust sheets and getting them in the pie dish without ripping them so I’m a little scared. But I think everyone needs to make a pie with their own two hands at least once in their life, so one day I’m going to give this a shot.
3. Perfect No Crust New York Style Cheesecake
Every cheesecake I’ve made has been some sort of no-bake cheat. I did try once to do a baked version and it came out horribly. I didn’t have a spring form pan so that might have been the issue. I’m now the proud owner of the proper cookware, however, and it’s just dying to get broken in.
4. Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
You know those rolls you get at Cinnamonster or Cinnabon? Those. I want to make them in my home. (Although mastering that skill might be slightly dangerous.) If anyone has a great recipe that matches those send it my way!
5. A Chocolate Souffle
If anyone ever asked about the best thing I’ve ever eaten I would have to mention the chocolate souffle cake with homemade whipped cream I had at Crook’s Corner. I’d love to make that or a traditional chocolate souffle. But I’m scared. Too many sitcom jokes, maybe, but they look like they might be the hardest thing in the world to make successfully. But one day I will try-and eventually I will master it!
6. No-Cheat Creme Brulee
One of my favorite kitchen gadgets is my propane torch. And I have made creme brulee before. But it’s always been an “easy” recipe with some cheats. And although it’s really good I just know the real stuff is that much better. So one day I’m going to do all of the steps and make a proper creme brulee.
Do you have a baking bucket list? What do you want to master in the kitchen?