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The Modern Baker Challenge is a group dedicated to one wild and crazy goal: to bake every recipe in Nick Malgieri’s The Modern Baker. That’s over 150 recipes!

Check in here for blog posts about our baking adventure.

And click here to join the Google group.

The book is divided into 8 sections. We will spend 3 months on each section, beginning April, 2010, with Quick Breads. As we get into the later sections, which have more recipes, we may adjust the time allocation.

As we get close to starting a particular section, I will list the recipes in that section. I will not post the recipes, and ask that out of respect for the author and publisher, no one else post them either.

Here are the sections in the order we will be baking them:

  1. Quick Breads (April – June, 2010)
  2. Breads (July – September, 2010)
  3. Yeast-Risen Specialties, Sweet & Savory (October – December, 2010)
  4. Savory Tarts & Pies (January – March, 2011)
  5. Sweet Tarts & Pies (April – July, 2011)
  6. Puff Pastries (August – November, 2011)
  7. Cookies, Bars, & Biscotti (December, 2011- May, 2012)
  8. Cakes (June – December, 2012)

Quick Breads (April – June, 2010)

  1. Fennel Fig & Almond Bread
  2. Chocolate Spice Bread
  3. Whole Wheat Currant Bread
  4. Date Walnut Bread
  5. Whole Grain Apple Raisin Bread
  6. Spicy Jalepeno Cornbread
  7. Pecorino & Pepper Biscuits
  8. Real Welsh Scones
  9. Ginger Scones with Almond Topping
  10. Butterscotch Scones
  11. Triple Chocolate Scones
  12. Blueberry Crumb Muffins
  13. Irish Soda Bread Muffins
  14. Cocoa Banana Muffins
  15. Sweet Rusks for Dunking

Breads (July – September, 2010)

  1. Armenian “Barbary” Bread
  2. Turkish Flatbread
  3. Pita Bread
  4. Fougasse: Pierced French Flatbread
  5. Crisp Cornmeal Flatbread
  6. Instant Sandwich Bread
  7. French Bread for Baguettes & Other Loaves
  8. Pain de Campagne
  9. Semolina Sesame Bread
  10. Pain de Seigle: French Rye Bread
  11. Seven Grain & Seed Bread
  12. Prosciutto Bread
  13. Elegant Dinner Rolls
  14. Rosemary Olive Knots
  15. Cornetti: Olive-Oil Rolls from Bologna

Yeast-Risen Specialties, Sweet & Savory (October – December, 2010)

  1. Quick Brioche Braid
  2. Marbled Chocolate Brioche Loaf
  3. CinnamonRaisinBreakfastRing
  4. ChocolateBabkaLoaf
  5. Kouing Amman: Breton Butter & Sugar Pastry
  6. Ginger-Scented Panettone
  7. Bakery Crumb Buns
  8. Pecan Stickiest Buns
  9. One-Step Croissants
  10. Grissini: Classic Itialian Breadsticks
  11. Cornmeal Buttermilk Waffles
  12. Sfincione: Palermo Focaccia
  13. Focaccia alla Barese: Apulian Onion, Anchovy, & Olive Focaccia
  14. Nonna’s Pizza
  15. Filled Ham & Cheese Focaccia

Savory Tarts & Pies (January – March, 2011)

  1. Rich Pie Dough for Savory Pies & Tarts
  2. Olive-Oil Dough for Savory Pies & Tarts
  3. No-Roll Flaky Dough
  4. Corn Pudding Tart
  5. Ham & Egg Tart
  6. Roasted Pepper & Goat Cheese Tart
  7. Swiss Onion Tart
  8. Gruyère, Scallion, & Walnut Tart
  9. Tomato & Cantal Tart
  10. Shrimp & Toasted Pumpkinseed Tart
  11. Curried Fish Pie
  12. Ligurian Savoy Cabbage Pie
  13. Zucchini & Ricotta Pie
  14. Pizza Chiena: Neapolitan Meat & Cheese Pie
  15. Chicken Pie with Biscuit Topping

Sweet Tarts & Pies (April – July, 2011)

  1. Sweet Tart Dough
  2. Nut Tart Dough
  3. Chocolate Nut Dough
  4. Press-in Cookie Dough
  5. Parisian Fruit Tarts
  6. Bittersweet Chocolate Tart
  7. Mango & Rice Tart
  8. Banana Walnut Tart
  9. Lemony Cheese Tart with Sour Cream Glaze
  10. Pumpkin Pecan Buttermilk Tart with Cinnamon Whipped Cream
  11. Bourbon-scented Pecan Tart
  12. Roman Almond and Pine Nut Tart
  13. Chocolate Hazelnut Tart
  14. Breton Apple Pie
  15. Maida’s Big Apple Pie
  16. Sour Cream Apple Pie
  17. Blueberry Crumble Pie
  18. Neapolitan Easter Pie
  19. Raspberry Almond Tartlets
  20. Lemon Lime Tartlets
  21. Chocolate Caramel Pecan Tartlets

Puff Pastries (August- November, 2011)

  1. Instant Puff Pastry
  2. Baked Puff Pastry Layer
  3. Molded Chocolate-filled Napoleons
  4. Raspberry Mille-feuille
  5. Feuillettés with Berries & Cream
  6. Deep Dish Peach Pie with Woven Lattice Crust
  7. Pineapple Tarte Tatin
  8. Apple Tarte Tatin
  9. Apricot & Almond Strudel
  10. Swiss Walnut Crescents
  11. Danish Cheese Pockets
  12. Perfect Elephant Ears — Sweet
  13. Perfect Elephant Ears — Savory
  14. Caramelized Onion Tart with Gorgonzola
  15. Spinach & Feta Turnovers
  16. Smoked Salmon Mille-feuilles
  17. Salt & Pepper Straws
  18. Cheese Straws

Cookies, Bars, & Biscotti (December, 2011 – May, 2012)

  1. Cocoa Nib Brownies
  2. Sour Cream Brownies
  3. Raisin Pecan Spice Bars
  4. Caramel Crumb Bars
  5. Coconut Pecan Chocolate Chunk Bars
  6. Three-way Gingersnaps
  7. Honey Peanut Wafers
  8. Espresso Walnut Meringues
  9. Butterscotch Chocolate Chunk Cookies
  10. Lemon Poppy Seed Drops
  11. Lemon & Almond Tuiles
  12. Cappuccino Thumbprint Cookies
  13. Macadamia Shortbreads
  14. New Orleans Praline Disks
  15. Melting Moments
  16. Spicy Hazelnut Biscotti
  17. Cornmeal & Pine Nut Biscotti
  18. Biscotti Regina
  19. Sicilian Fig Bars
  20. Pine Nut Macaroons
  21. Tart Lime Wafers
  22. Blackberry Jam Sandwiches with Lemon Icing
  23. Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Milk Chocolate Filling
  24. Raspberry Linzer Disks
  25. Viennese Punch Cookies

Cakes (June – December, 2012) — recipes in bold are available to claim for blogging; recipes in italics have been claimed; and linked recipes have been blogged.

  1. Perfect Pound Cake
  2. Lemon Ginger Pound Cake
  3. Rum-scented Marble Cake
  4. Viennese Raisin Coffee Cake
  5. Sour Cream Coffee Cake
  6. Blackberry Jam Cake
  7. Orange-scented Olive Oil Cake
  8. Blueberry Crumb Cake
  9. Real Strawberry Shortcake
  10. Classic Génoise
  11. Cocoa Génoise
  12. Yellow Cake Layers
  13. Perfect Birthday Cake
  14. Raspberry Cream Cake
  15. Whipped Cream Layer Cake
  16. Banana Rum Coconut Layer Cake
  17. Triple Chocolate Cake
  18. Devil’s Food Cake with Fluffy White Icing
  19. Milk Chocolate Mousse Cake
  20. Heirloom Chocolate Cake
  21. Cinnamon-scented Baked Chocolate Mousse Cake
  22. Molten Center Chocolate Cake
  23. Individual French Hazelnut Cakes
  24. Golden Cupcakes
  25. Incredibly Moist Chocolate Cupcakes
  26. Individual New York Cheesecakes

Comments»

1. Devil’s Food Cake with Fluffy White Icing {ModBak} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - October 1, 2012

[...] week’s Modern Baker Challenge recipe is the Devil’s Food Cake from the cover of the book. And I suspect that, like my [...]

2. Triple Chocolate Cake {ModBak} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - September 26, 2012

[...] Modern Baker Challenge post is about what I made with the génoise layer. As the name implies, this cake is chocolate on [...]

3. Banana Rum Coconut Layer Cake {ModBak} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - September 24, 2012

[...] week’s Modern Baker Challenge cake features one of my favorite flavors. No, I don’t mean dark rum (although I’m [...]

4. Whipped Cream Layer Cake {ModBak} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - September 10, 2012

[...] still baking my way through the Cakes Section of the Modern Baker Challenge, and this week’s entry is a simple and delicious layer cake. What makes this cake unique is [...]

5. Cocoa Génoise {ModBak} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - September 3, 2012

[...] next cake in the line up for the Modern Baker Challenge is cocoa génoise. Flush with my recent success with a classic génoise, I was looking forward to [...]

6. Raspberry Cream Cake {ModBak} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - August 20, 2012

[...] last week’s Modern Baker Mondays post, I recounted my first successful attempt at making a [...]

7. Classic Génoise {ModBak} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - August 13, 2012

[...] next cake in the line up for the Modern Baker Challenge is one I’ve only made one other time, with disastrous [...]

8. Orange-scented Olive Oil Cake {ModBak} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - July 30, 2012

[...] week’s Modern Baker Challenge recipe from the Cakes section is one of those “but for” recipes. But for the Challenge, [...]

9. Blackberry Jam Cake {ModBak} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - July 23, 2012

[...] week’s Modern Baker Challenge recipe is Blackberry Jam Cake, a cake that was popular in the 19th century but which is relatively [...]

10. Blueberry Crumb Cake {ModBak} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - July 16, 2012

[...] holding out until I could get local blueberries to make this recipe from the Cakes section of the Modern Baker Challenge. I just never imagined it would happen this soon. This recipe is a combination of  a blueberry [...]

11. Sour Cream Coffee Cake {ModBak} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - July 9, 2012

[...] fifth recipe in the Cakes section of the Modern Baker Challenge is a delicious and simple sour cream coffee cake. What makes this cake unique is the addition of [...]

12. Viennese Raisin(less) Coffee Cake {ModBak} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - July 2, 2012

[...] fourth recipe in the Cakes section of the Modern Baker Challenge is Gehrueter Gugelhupf mit Rasinen (beaten coffee cake with raisins), or, more simply put, [...]

13. Lemon Ginger Pound Cake {ModBak} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - June 22, 2012

[...] is Lemon Ginger Pound Cake from the Cakes section of the Modern Baker Challenge. In the recipe notes, Nick Malgieri states that this cake needs no accompaniment. And he’s [...]

14. {Bake!} Strawberry Chantilly Cake with {Mod Bak} Yellow Cake Layers « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - June 20, 2012

[...] we recently started the Cakes section of the Modern Baker Challenge, I decided to use the Yellow Cake Layers from The Modern Baker for this [...]

15. Real Strawberry Shortcake {ModBak} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - June 18, 2012

[...] recipes I made (and the base for a third) happen to be from the Cakes section of the Modern Baker Challenge, including this one for a simple, classic strawberry shortcake. As with most strawberry shortcakes, [...]

16. Rum-scented Marble Cake {ModBak} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - June 11, 2012

[...] is the third recipe in the Cakes section of the Modern Baker Challenge. After starting with a delicious, if fussy, pound cake, I was looking forward to trying this [...]

17. Perfect Pound Cake {ModBak} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - June 4, 2012

[...] post is the first recipe in the Cakes section of the Modern Baker Challenge. Check out the Challenge page to see what the other bakers are up to this week. Share [...]

18. Blackberry Jam Sandwiches with Lemon Icing {ModBak} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - April 23, 2012

[...] week’s Modern Baker Challenge recipe was, indeed, a challenge for me. Although Kayte, the official baker for this recipe in the [...]

19. Tart Lime Wafers {ModBak} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - April 14, 2012

[...] week’s recipe for the Modern Baker Challenge is a great make-ahead cookie. The dough is formed into rolls, which can be refrigerated or frozen [...]

20. Cornmeal & Pine Nut Biscotti {ModBak} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - April 9, 2012

[...] recipe is part of the Cookies, Bars, & Biscotti section of the Modern Baker Challenge. Check out the challenge page to see what other bakers thought of this and other recipes in the [...]

21. Pine Nut Macaroons {ModBak} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - April 2, 2012

[...] next recipe I made for the Modern Baker Challenge combined something I love (pine nuts) with something I’m not so crazy about (macaroons). In [...]

22. Spicy Hazelnut Biscotti {ModBak} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - March 26, 2012

[...] I present to you the first biscotti recipe in the Cookies, Bars, & Biscotti section of the Modern Baker Challenge. Unlike the biscotti regina I made back in January, which was actually a cookie (biscotti is, [...]

23. Melting Moments {ModBak} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - March 19, 2012

[...] next recipe in the Modern Baker Challenge is an old British cookie that Nick Malgieri describes as “little buttery orange-flavored [...]

24. Lemon & Almond Tuiles {ModBak} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - February 27, 2012

[...] next recipe in the Cookies, Bars & Biscotti section of the Modern Baker Challenge is a classic French cookie with a bit of classic French fussiness to it. In case you’re [...]

25. Lemon Poppy Seed Drops {ModBak} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - February 20, 2012

[...] week’s Modern Baker Challenge recipe is a simple, but kind of odd, little cookie. At least I’ve never made or eaten [...]

26. Butterscotch Chocolate Chunk Cookies {ModBak} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - February 13, 2012

[...] is the next recipe in the Cookies, Bars, & Biscotti section of the Modern Baker Challenge. I’ve bake these cookies twice already, in part because they’re so good. But also [...]

27. Coconut Pecan Chocolate Chunk Bars {ModBak} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - January 30, 2012

[...] is the last bar cookie recipe in the Cookies, Bars, & Biscotti section of the Modern Baker Challenge. If you don’t like coconut, you won’t like these bars. If you do, you’ll love [...]

28. Sour Cream Brownies & Caramel Crumb Bars {ModBak} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - January 16, 2012

[...] we bring you a Modern Baker Challenge two-fer. One thing that I love about baking cookies, brownies, and bars is that it’s almost [...]

29. Sicilian Fig Bars {ModBak} — Move Over, Newtons! « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - January 11, 2012

[...] I love figs, and I’m especially crazy about Fig Newtons. So I signed up for the official Modern Baker Challenge post and added figs to the grocery list. I have been trying to bake the recipes in this section in [...]

30. Biscotti Regina {ModBak} — Not Just for Dunking « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - January 9, 2012

[...] not as sweet as others I have made thus far in the Cookies, Bars, & Biscotti section of the Modern Baker Challenge. The recipe, which makes 40 good-sized cookies, only calls for 1/2 cup sugar. In addition to the [...]

31. Salt & Pepper Straws and Cheese Straws {ModBak} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - January 5, 2012

[...] final two recipes in the Puff Pastries section of the Modern Baker Challenge were among the easiest. They are also the best argument I can think of for keeping puff pastry in [...]

32. Smoked Salmon Mille-feuilles {ModBak} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - December 26, 2011

[...] we have launched headlong into the Cookies, Bars & Biscotti section of the Modern Baker Challenge, I still have a few blog posts to finish up in the Puff Pastries section, including this one. I [...]

33. Three-way Gingersnaps {ModBak} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - December 19, 2011

[...] second recipe I signed up to blog for the Cookies, Bars, & Biscotti section of the Modern Baker Challenge is a modern twist on a classic: gingersnaps. What sets these cookies apart from their old-fashioned [...]

34. New Orleans Praline Disks {ModBak} {Recipe} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - December 12, 2011

[...] Baker. As it happens, these were also one of my designated posts in the Cookies section of the Modern Baker Challenge. I love pralines, so I was excited to find a cookie that has a similar flavor [...]

35. kclever - November 28, 2011

Karen here – of the threecleversisters. I’m going to claim the Espresso Walnut Meringues.

36. Spinach & Feta Turnovers {ModBak} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - October 24, 2011

[...] week’s recipe for Modern Baker Mondays is another savory offering. And as excited as I was about making the Caramelized Onion & [...]

37. {ModBaker} Spinach and Feta Turnovers « Tea and Scones - October 24, 2011

[...] earlier so I can spend some time with my lonely oven. And since I am soooo far behind with the Modern Baker Challenge I thought I better get some of the Puff Pastry Goodies finished. Especially since it has been a [...]

38. Pissaladière {FFwD} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - October 21, 2011

[...] onions. This must be the week for it, since I made a Caramelized Onion and Gorgonzola Tart for Modern Baker Mondays, too. Unlike the Modern Baker version, which “enhances” the onions with sugar and [...]

39. Jamie - October 18, 2011

It’s too bad you guys are almost done with this book when I found your group! Plese let me know when you pick a new book to cook through so I can join!
http://www.cookinwithmoxie.com

40. Caramelized Onion and Gorgonzola Tart {ModBak} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - October 17, 2011

[...] week’s Modern Baker Mondays recipe veers sharply away from the sweet puff pastry recipes we’ve been making recently to [...]

41. Garlicky Crumb-coated Broccoli {FFwD} {AMFT} « Of Cabbages & King Cakes - September 23, 2011

[...] on April 8, 2011. Around that time I was finishing up the last of the savory tarts and pies for the Modern Baker Challenge and getting started on the sweet tarts and pies. And I was Twitterbaking recipes from Bake! with [...]

42. Sara - November 6, 2010

I’d like to put a “widget” for the challenge on our blog–just like you have here. How do you do it? The text box just allows me to put in the link but not the book image.

gaaarp - November 6, 2010

Sara, add an Image widget. Title it “The Modern Baker Challenge”, use the following image url http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_dr1NRkIOOBo/S7VolLtNBlI/AAAAAAAAG_Q/F78WPF_3T_U/S220/9780756639716H.jpg and add the website for the challenge as the link.

43. Margaret - August 16, 2010

Phyl. The post is up on my site. If you want I can send it to you encoded.

M

gaaarp - August 16, 2010

Got it. You’re all up and official-like. Thanks!

44. Margaret - August 15, 2010

Phyl. I have completed the post for elegant rolls. How do I get the post contents to you for this page. Or do you just want the post addy for posting?

gaaarp - August 15, 2010

Margaret, once it is up on your blog, I’ll copy it and paste it here. I subscribe to your blog, so I should get notified when you post it.

Can’t wait to read it!

45. teaandscones - July 27, 2010

Question. Have asked to join. We can bake as many of these as we want, but only one person blogs each one? Is that right?

gaaarp - July 27, 2010

Sort of. We have one “official” blogger for each recipe, and that blog post is featured here. Others can blog about the same recipe and link to their blogs in the comments section of the official blog.

You can bake as many (or as few) of the recipes in each section as you’d like.

Welcome! Dive in and join the fun.

FYI — elegant dinner rolls are up fro grabs, as the person who was going to blog the recipe had to give it up. And I’d be glad to give up one of mine (French bread and Seven Grain & Seed Bread), if you’d like to claim one of those.

teaandscones - July 30, 2010

I’ll take the elegant Dinner Rolls. Thanks.

46. Steve S - March 14, 2010

This sounds just what the doctor ordered, a structure to making recipes on a schedule.
I have two questions:
1. How much time will allocated for recipe to be completed ?
2. Are the book’s recipe ingredients in weight measurements ?

Thanks,
steve

gaaarp - March 14, 2010

Steve, the first 4 sections of the book have 15 or 16 recipes each, and we will be allotting 3 months to each of these sections. That works out to 1 recipe per week for the most part, with a few double up weeks.

The recipes are all given in volume measurements, rather than by weight. I bake a lot of bread and always use weight; but I’ve always done cakes by volume, so that’s not such a big deal to me.

We’d love to have you join us if you’re interested.

Phyl


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