My birthday is coming up, and as a gift to myself, I want to spend a pretty good chunk of time in the kitchen baking something scrumptious and maaaaybe even a bit out of my league. I'm no stranger to cakes or breads, but I'm not a professional pastry chef, either. When you want to spend a long time baking--something more laborious than simple cookies or a sheet cake--what do you make? I'm open for all sorts of suggestions; anything I don't make soon, I'll probably make later anyway! Thanks!
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