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11 Recipes that Require a Leap of Faith

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What would you do if you had an extra 24 hours? Would you take a risk? Cook with reckless abandon?

Please ferment, please ferment, please ferment.
Please ferment, please ferment, please ferment.

This year, we're facing our fears under the rational presumption that, with an extra 24 hours this year—Leap Day!—any failures don't count. Bring on the recipes that give no indication of whether they'll actually work until the ninth hour. We're talking slow-cooking braises (Will there be succulent ribs or a dried-out carcass once five hours are up?), fermentations, soufflés (Still holding our breaths.), and all those dramatic in-oven transformations.

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See you in March, real life. We're filling our kitchens with 11 foods that take a leap of faith:

For dinner:

Pimento Cheese Soufflé
Pimento Cheese Soufflé
Maple Braised Rabbit And Carrots
Maple Braised Rabbit And Carrots
Braised Short Rib Tacos
Braised Short Rib Tacos
Beef Vegetable Soup Bourguignon
Beef Vegetable Soup Bourguignon

For dessert:

Croquembouche
Croquembouche
Chocolate-Almond Croissants
Chocolate-Almond Croissants
These Sky-High Popovers Might Make You Believe in Magic
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These Sky-High Popovers Might Make You Believe in Magic
Puff Pastry
Puff Pastry
Chocolate Soufflé
Chocolate Soufflé

After-dinner drinks:

My Adventures in Brewing Kombucha (& How You Can Do It, Too)
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My Adventures in Brewing Kombucha (& How You Can Do It, Too)
How to Brew Beer at Home (Especially if You've Never Brewed Before)
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How to Brew Beer at Home (Especially if You've Never Brewed Before)

What would you make if you weren't afraid it wouldn't work? Tell us in the comments below!

Tags: leap day, leap year, leap of faith, soufflé