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20 Weekend Baking Projects to Conquer This Winter (and Spring!)

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Saturday afternoon baking can be a sacred ritual. For the first time all week, you're cooking just for you—not rushing to the store and throwing a meal together for a family that needs to be fed half an hour ago. Or, maybe, you're cooking not just for you for a change; you're hosting a dinner party or brunch with friends who will appreciate your culinary prowess. ("You actually made these croissants?!")

Weekends are the time for projects. I'm talking yeasted dough with multiple risings, candy thermometers, dough braiding, and chocolate tempering. When you actually sift your dry ingredients, and you swirl and pipe that frosting to a Mary Berry-approved level of perfection. If you tackle one of these 20 recipes every weekend starting today, you'll have baked your way to June 18. June! So reserve that Saturday afternoon slot for Serious Projects (whatever that means to you!), and come summer, you'll be a bona fide Cake Boss. Plus, it will be summer. Win-win.

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Tarte Tropézienne
Tarte Tropézienne
Whiskey Salted Caramel Cinnamon Rolls
Whiskey Salted Caramel Cinnamon Rolls
Farmhouse Whole Wheat Bread
Farmhouse Whole Wheat Bread
Guinness Ice Cream
Guinness Ice Cream
Homemade Croissants
Homemade Croissants
Parisian Macarons
Parisian Macarons
Kindred's Milk Bread
Kindred's Milk Bread
Chocolate Roll Snack Cakes
Chocolate Roll Snack Cakes
Olia Hercules' Napoleon Cake
Olia Hercules' Napoleon Cake
Dan Leader's 4-Hour Baguette
Dan Leader's 4-Hour Baguette
Chocolate Pomegranate Truffles
Chocolate Pomegranate Truffles
Halvah and Nutella Babka
Halvah and Nutella Babka
Chocolate Roulade
Chocolate Roulade
Sufganiyot (Jelly Donut) Cake
Sufganiyot (Jelly Donut) Cake
Cinnamon Swirl Bread
Cinnamon Swirl Bread
English Muffins
English Muffins
Mexican Chocolate Churro Rounds
Mexican Chocolate Churro Rounds
Meyer Lemon Eclairs
Meyer Lemon Eclairs
Nutella Crêpe Cake
Nutella Crêpe Cake
Fried Angel Biscuit Donuts
Fried Angel Biscuit Donuts

Have a weekend baking project you'd like to conquer? Tell us about it in the comments!


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