Winter Challenge: Bake

Winter Challenge: Bake

Don't wait any longer to tackle the recipes you fear most, or to up your game in the kitchen. Join our challenges and learn how to stew, flavour, bake, grill better!

They say you're either a baker or a cook. We say, why choose? It's true cooks sometimes shy away from baking since it can be less...forgiving, with its precise measurements and that mystery time in the oven where you can't do a lot of prodding and tasting.

Even if you consider yourself a baker, there might be some recipes that stump you, or a dough that just won't stretch or rise. We could probably all stand to brush up on our baking knowledge, and that's what we're challenging you to do.

We'll be posting baking tips, FAQs and tricks to get you out of a bind throughout this challenge on our Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Google+ accounts. And our sister show Best Recipes Ever is participating too and together we'll be posting loads of information to help you develop your skills. Make sure you follow all of the accounts--there'll be a contest or two! Find a round up under the hashtag #CBCbakes. We'll be there with our best fresh bread, cookie, tart, and pie recipes for you to test out your skills.

If you're ready to start, we suggest choosing one of Stefano's easy homemade breads and crackers to make this week. Work your way down the list at your own pace, then move on to Stefano's donuts, pastries, and cakes below. Got questions? Drop us a line on Facebook or Twitter. We're here to help and we're routing for you!

Pastry Dough
All-Purpose Pastry
Rustic Cherry Galette
Chocolate Glazed Donuts
Jelly Donuts
Vanilla Sugar Donut Holes
Vanilla Sheet Cake with Mascarpone Frosting
Chocolate Dulce De Leche Lava Cakes
Chocolate Banana Layer Cake
Mocha Coffee Cake
Gluten-Free Carrot Cake with Whipped Coconut Topping
Apple Tarte Tatin