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I’m sorry to say I had to pass on this month’s challenge.  I had every intention of doing it, even with all of the holiday activities.  Unfortunately, the weather had a different plan in mind.  We took a big hit of snow and ice starting almost 2 weeks before Christmas and lasting through Christmas.  Roads were bad, people couldn’t get where they needed to go, plans were changed, schedules rearranged.  I had plans to make this month’s challenge for a year-end birthday party for our family’s 3 December birthdays.  Unfortunately, rescheduling additional get-togethers, power outages, etc., prevented me from getting to this challenge. 

I’m bummed, because the challenge this month was a French Yule Log.  There are a lot of steps involved in baking this dessert, but if it’s anywhere near as good as the pictures I’ve seen  would imply, it’s got to be absolutley fantastic.  This month’s challenge is brought to us by the adventurous Hilda from Saffron and Blueberry and Marion from Il en Faut Peu Pour Etre Heureux.  They have chosen a French Yule Log by Flore from Florilege Gourmand

So, do yourself a favor and check out all the Daring Bakers that did pull off this month’s challenge.  There is some great talent out there and some great interpretations/variations on this recipe.  I’ve started checking them out myself, and I’m really impressed with what I’m seeing. 

I had a chance to join the Daring Bakers in July and I’ve participated in 5 challenges so far.  I’ve had a chance to do some things with my cooking that I would probably never have tried if it weren’t for the challenges.  If you’re looking for an opportunity to get involved in the online baking community and to stretch your baking skills, I would recommend you consider giving the Daring Bakers a try yourself.

Be sure to stop by and thank Lisa at La Mia Cucina and Ivonne at Cream Puffs in Venice for keeping the Daring Bakers rolling!

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