Because I didn't bake as much this year - in fact, this year represents the least number of times per year I've baked ever since I started baking - I thought that I would be running low on candidates but I still had to make some tough decisions on elimination! So without further ado, in no particular order, my favorite bakes of 2013:
1. Mocha Bars
The top was so crispy and the center was so fudgy~
2. Pierre Herme's Carrément Chocolat
Chocolate in five different ways - five different textures, five different flavours. Labour intensive but every minute spent was worth it.
3. Tish's Chocolate Peanut Butter Cloud Pie
Perfect for peanut butter freaks like me.
5. Malted Milk Pots de Creme with Malted White Chocolate Walnuts
So simple yet so delicious. I finished my serving then proceeded to wipe out half of my mum's.
6. Filled Raisin Cookies
I'm rarely impressed by cookies but these. These are worth my attention. And yours too.
7. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake
Needs no explanation why it made it into my top 13 list.
9. Caramel Almond Cake
Make sure you have the cake while it's hot and the topping is still crunchy!
10. Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Bread
My first time making pumpkin bread and it definitely won't be the last! I almost regret turning half of what I made into pumpkin bread pudding because the loaf was so good on its own already.
11. Cherry Chocolate Chip Cake
I ate three quarters of the whole cake.
12. Mocha Cream Cheese Tower
13. Earl Grey Pots de Creme
I feel that this is the most under-appreciated recipe of the year! It's looks plain and unassuming but please please please just try this recipe and you'll see why I love it so much. (Even more than number 12.)
So that's it for this year! With 10 out of the 13 recipes containing chocolate, I would be lying if I say that I'm not a chocolate fiend but in all honesty, I don't like things to be overly chocolaty - just a bit in everything is enough to make me happy.
2014 awaits. I don't have high hopes that I'd get to bake often but let's hope that I chance upon some good recipes!