It’s the time of year when mailboxes are stuffed with letters detailing the year’s adventures, so why not get in on the action? 56 posts and 7,900 visitors later, 2013 is in the books. Here’s your Bakers & Best 2013 Year in Review!
Just because February is shorter doesn’t mean it got shortchanged on blog posts, in fact it features some of my most popular ones yet. The bread making got started with a new favorite, sesame oat sandwich bread which transitioned to my annual Valentine’s Day nutella bonanza, this year a rose shaped bread. Valentine’s Day part 2 was even more successful, featuring apple rose tarts.
No fooling, April began with whole wheat sourdough for a Game of Thrones party and then watched as I impatiently made piles of tortillas while waiting for Michigan to play in the NCAA basketball title game. At the end of the month we celebrated Bakers and Best’s 1 year blogversary (blirthday?).
May, like March, began with puns, this time of the cornbread variety. I finally made a 100% whole wheat loaf that wasn’t a brick and turned out some pretty tasty chocolate sourdough. It also featured the introduction of a now time honored Bakers & Best tradition, the Michigan football bread photoshop.
Not before long September was here, as was the grain mill I got in the mail from my fiancée’s parents, which started me on the next great part of my bread baking adventure. My tasty orange and toasted almond scones were soon dwarfed by Kevin the minion, the birthday cake I made for my fiancée that is now responsible for about 20% of my blog traffic.
The fall recipes were out in full starting in October with pumpkin bagels and Jeremy Gallon had a record day against Indiana, catching 14 loaves for 369 yards.
The pumpkin train kept on rolling through November with beer bread and pasta. I discovered a grain multigrain loaf in Struan bread and got treated to a surprise bachelor party in Chicago, complete with Michigan football and whirlyball.
Bread-wise, there are lots of good things to come in 2014. I received my copy of the new Tartine book last week to my fiancée’s parents and my favorite bread blog, Tartine Bread Experiment, appears to be starting back up again. And then, of course, in 6 months my fiancée and I are getting married! See you in 2014!