In 2011, Please Bake It! started out as place where users would request items for me to bake. I would put up a poll with several dessert choices, users would vote, and I would bake. I would then share photos and recipes and, for the users that were local, I would share my baked goods to get feedback as I looked for ways to improve my technique. Readers often recommended challenging items that fueled my desire to learn as much as I could about baking and pastry. The blog was a great experience through the years, but as I started working as a pastry cook in a French restaurant and became busy with culinary school, I found it difficult to keep up the way I wanted. I’m even more passionate about baking than when I started the blog, but realize I need to focus more narrowly on baking the items that I most want to share with people.

Beginning in Fall 2018, I’ll be publishing books of my favorite recipes, each with a fairly narrow focus. First will be a series of simple, gluten-free, and vegan items that I’ve been working on for months to perfect. These are some of my go-to favorites that I often make and share. I’ve developed some sensitivity to gluten and dairy recently and these recipes have meant a lot to me and my family. I’ll update the site when the first book is launched and hope that you will consider it for your kitchen.

Best wishes.

Alex Ahearn