“Fire Up Your Oven” – Month Long Baking Marathon Recap

2nd May, 2015We successfully finished our Month long Baking Marathon and it was a great experience. This marathon gave me a chance to try my hands on several new breads and bakes. The book marks list has grown so much that we need a marathon to make those. Thanks to the BM team and Srivalli for making this happen month after month.

I have the complete list of all the bakes that I have done this month. Click on the picture or the recipe name and it will take you to that particular recipe. Also there is a link up at the end of the page if you want to see what my team baked for this month.

Day 1 – Buttermilk Bread / White Sandwich Bread

This is an egg less bread recipe which I made with home made buttermilk
(from yogurt). This is one of the bread that has become a regular in my

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Day 2 – Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rolls

I made these rolls from Peter Reinhart’s whole grain baking book which was in my mind for a long time.

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Buns
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Day 3 – Albanian Spinach Pie/ Byrek Mi Spinaq

A wonderful one pan dinner made with phyllo sheets and spinach filling.

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Day 4 – Iced Ginger Cookies

Ginger cookies made with whole wheat flour, cocoa and hint of ginger and frosted by my kids.

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Day 5 – Semolina Bread / Semolina sandwich loaf

Bread made with 100% semolina and one of the best yet. Try it once and you will keep making it over and over again.

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Day 6 – Bakery Style Muffins

Simple muffins that are commonly found in coffee shops. This is going to be my base muffin for any kind of muffin I make.


Day 7 – Breadsticks / Olive Garden style garlic breadsticks

We love the breadsticks that they serve at the Italian restaurant and this is my effort to recreate that at home. I have to say we will not go to the restaurant again to eat these breadsticks.


Day 8 – Baked Mexican Tortilla pie

Layers of beans and vegetables makes up this wonderful weeknight dinner. This gave me an opportunity to bake in my cast iron skillet.


Day 9 – Carrot and Cheese Muffins – Egg less Savory muffins

These muffins are so cheesy and full of flavors that it disappeared within minutes of baking.

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Day 10 – Snickerdoodles

Soft and chewy cinnamon sugar coated cookies that are my personal favorite.


Day 11 – Tomato Mozzarella and Basil stuffed Baguettes

My first attempt at making stuffed baguettes and also using the steam method to get the crusty exterior and soft inside.


Day 12 – Brownies

Again my first time making classic brownies and have to say I will be making these more often.


Day 13 – Jalapeno and Cheese bread

This bread made in the bundt pan is so pretty to look and is definitely a must try for jalapeno lovers.


Day 14 – Pizza Sfincione / Sicilian Pizza

This is a speciality Sicilian Pizza made during the New Year’s eve and has a unique topping that makes it different from the regular pizza


Day 15 – Flaounes

This is Cypriot Easter bread made with sheep’s milk cheese. It is a savory pie.


Day 16 – Vegetable Puffs

I grew up eating these in the local bakeries in India. Made with store bought puff pastry sheets and had a traditional potato filling.


Day 17 – Pav Buns using the Tangzhong method

These are the absolutely softest pav buns I have ever eaten and are so much better than the store bought ones.


Day 18 – Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cookies

These gluten free cookies will be every chocolate lovers favorite.


Day 19 – Spinach Enchilada Casserole

Perfect casserole for weeknight dinners. Can be assembled ahead of time and baked when ready to eat.


Day 20 – Strawberry Muffins – Egg less recipe

I made these with the frozen strawberries and loved the simple, clean flavors of the muffins.


Day 21 – Vegetable Calzones

I have always wanted to make the calzones that I have eaten only in the Italian Pizza joints. These calzones are stuffed with pizza sauce and onion, bell pepper and spinach filling.



Day 22 – Scones

Herbs and cheese scones are a perfect tea/coffee time snack.


Day 23 – Savory Swirl Buns

These swirl buns are filled with basil pesto and layered with spicy paneer masala.


Day 24 – Nutella Brioche Flower

This is one of the first decorative bread that I have made and it simply looks beautiful and is very flavorful. I have step by step pictures to explain how to make the bread.


Day 25 – Honey Nut bread

Quick bread made exclusively with honey.


Day 26 – Sweet Swirl Buns

These buns are swirled in a slightly different way and layered with butter and sugar.




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