Pizza Roll-Ups

I needed to make a savory type of “finger food” for an event and these Pizza Roll-Ups were a hit!  The dough is made from scratch and is very easy to make.  I made this recipe with just cheese and pepperoni. You can use your favourite pizza topping ingredients (meat, veggies, etc).  Be sure to watch them carefully as they bake.  They can easily burn if you let them go too long.  For your next gathering or just for yourself, give these a try! Continue reading

3-Seed Breakfast Cookies

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I was thinking…not every cookie that we bake needs to be a shining star.  Sometimes, it’s the “Plain Jane” of cookies that give us the most comfort (especially with a hot cup of tea and a good book).  Do you know what I mean? I think so.  This soft 3-Seed Breakfast Cookie does just that.  And for a cookie, it’s a pretty healthy one as well.

One thing with this recipe…I lowered the amount of sugar from the original recipe as I found it to be too sweet.  It originally called for a 1/4 cup of White Sugar and a 1/2 cup of Brown Sugar.  You will see my changes below.  You can always add more sugar if you like a sweeter cookie.

Feel free to swap the seeds for other ingredients.  I used a total of 3/4 cup of seeds.  You can use nuts, raisins, dried cranberries, dried coconut, chocolate chips etc.  Choose your variations. Continue reading

Triple Layer Chocolate Cake

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Let me start by saying that this is the Best-Ever-Hands-Down Chocolate Cake.  Every time I have baked this cake, it was received with rave reviews x 1,000,000.  AND…once you make it, you will be asked to bring it for every single special occasion you attend in the future.  So, mentally prepare yourself for that.

Even though this recipe is for a triple layer cake,  this time I made the cake (photo above) as a two layer cake and I made one mini chocolate cake (right here below):

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Mini Chocolate Cake

The triple layer cake is huge to say the least and if you have a special occasion, then by all means, go for the gusto and make it in its three glorious layers.  You will not regret it.  It will be a mile high.  I can hear the ooohs and ahhhs already.

Two more things I must tell you:

1) Even though this is a relatively easy cake to make, it is labour intensive.  You’re not exactly ripping open a box of Betty Crocker cake mix and a can of ready-made frosting.  No such luck here.  However, you can make things much easier for yourself (and I highly recommend it) if you make this cake over two days.  Bake the cakes the first day, cool completely and wrap up individually in plastic wrap.  Store them in the fridge overnight.   Make the frosting and assemble the cake the next day.

2) You will need a stand mixer.  It’s an absolute must.  So beg, borrow or buy one if you do not currently have access to one.  If you try to make this with your hand-held electric beaters, you will regret it (for the frosting, anyway).

My only regret as I type this, is that I do not have a photo of a slice of the cake as this cake was a request and sent off to a function and enjoyed my many.  Ok, enough jibber jabber…lets get on with the cake! Continue reading

Orange Cake with Lemon Glaze

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Big news everyone!  Ok, not that big but sort of big.   And I’m serving up Orange Cake with Lemon Glaze to celebrate!  I decided on July 1st to go strictly vegan for the entire summer…for two reasons.  First, I need to get more veggies in me, like way more veggies.  Sad to say I have been slacking off and being just plain lazy.   Meat is my comfort food and I feel that I need to shake off that love affair and get it seriously under control.  Going vegan for the summer was my answer.

Secondly,  I want to get more in touch with vegetarian and vegan cooking to the point where I prefer them over meat.   Summer is the perfect time to go crazy with vegan cooking (and lets not forget baking)!  The Orange Cake with Lemon Glaze, you ask?  It’s Vegan!

So why not join me in this Vegan Summer Challenge of sorts?  Vegan recipes are all over the internet.  There’s really no excuse, not for me any way. Continue reading

Chocolate CHUNK Cookies

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This Chocolate Chip (Chunk) Cookie recipe has been flying around my kitchen for over a year now…and why have I not made it?  I really can’t say.  I almost forgot I even had it until the other day I was going through a pile of recipes and there it was.  With an upcoming potluck this weekend, I knew they HAD to be made.  I will warn you: this recipe does come with a few quirks that must me adhered to.  Firstly, you need Cake/Pasty Flour AND Bread Flour.  No All-Purpose flour allowed (so don’t even think about it  ; ).  If you have a local Bulk Store, I would recommend going there to buy your flours as opposed to committing to 2 large bags of flour. Secondly, this recipe is a 2 (two) day process.  UGH…I know! The dough must be refrigerated for 24 hours.  This process adds to the look and texture of the cookie so don’t skip this step!  By the time you’re finished making the dough, you’ll be glad to see it go in the fridge. The next day you’ll have a clean kitchen to start Operation Baking Cookies.

I will tell you this,  all the work that goes into this precious gem of a cookie are all well worth it.  If the amount of the ingredients seem a little to daunting, then by all means, cut the recipe in half. I have provided 29 large step-by-step photos (Yikes!) to show you just how easy this recipe really is. A recipe like this deserves this many pics.

We have Pastry Chef Jacques Torres, known as “Mr. Chocolate” to thank for this unbelievable recipe that makes over 8 dozen cookies.  Go Big or Go Home!  Let the games begin… Continue reading

Bavarian Apple Torte

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You will impress everyone and yourself you when you bake this cake.  It will be our little secret as to how easy it is.  I have broken down this recipe into easy sections for you.

Note: The next time I make this recipe I will update with photos.

Bavarian Apple Torte
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Recipe type: Cake
Cuisine: Dessert
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Pre-heat oven to 350〫F. Grease a 10" spring form pan.
Ingredients
FRUIT
  • 5 or 6 Granny Smith Apples – peeled, cored, cut into slices
  • ⅓ cup Sugar
  • ¾ tsp Cinnamon
PASTRY
  • ½ cup Butter, unsalted
  • ⅓ cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Flour
FILLING:
  • 8oz Cream Cheese, softened (brick of cream cheese, not spreadable)
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • ¾ tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice, fresh squeezed
TOPPING:
  • ½ cup Almonds, Sliced
Instructions
FRUIT
  1. Toss together in a mixing bowl and set aside.
PASTRY
  1. Pulse pastry ingredients in a food processor or pastry cutter until combined to form a moist and crumbly pastry. Press mixture evenly into the bottom of a 10 inch spring form pan and set aside.
FILLING:
  1. Whip filling together or mix in a food processor until smooth. Spread evenly on top of prepared pastry. (Alternately you could use an electric beaters.)
  2. Distribute apple slices decoratively to cover the cheese filling. Drizzle accumulated syrup (from apples slices) over fruit.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven. Continue with topping…
TOPPING
  1. Top cake with almonds (evenly coated) and bake for an additional 10 minutes until almonds are toasted.
  2. Cool, remove outer ring of pan, and refrigerate. Enjoy!

 

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

This is a great cake for a party. It’s huge and a little on the fluffy side.  It’s also super moist. This cake will be a crowd pleaser for sure! The Cream Cheese Frosting turns out perfect and tastes just like you expect it to! Check for cake doneness with a toothpick at around 30-35 minutes of baking (9″x13″pan).  Obviously I used the round pans in this photo. Continue reading

Date Squares

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Sometimes you just want an old fashioned Date Square.  This recipe can definitely help you out.

Note: The next time I make this recipe I will update with photos.

Date Squares
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Cuisine: Baking
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Pre-heat oven to 325〫F. Line an 8"x8" with parchment paper or grease.
Ingredients
  • 1½ cup Oatmeal
  • 1½ cup Flour
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar, packed
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • ¾ tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • ¾ cup Butter, melted
  • 1 cup Dates – pitted, cut up fine
  • ½ cup Water
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice, fresh
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine Oatmeal, Flour, Brown Sugar, and Baking Soda.
  2. Add the Vanilla and melted Butter. Mix to combine. Set Aside.
  3. In a sauce pan, cook Dates with Water on medium heat until soft and mushy. Then add Sugar and Lemon Juice. Stir. Set Aside.
  4. Gently press ¾ of oatmeal mixture evenly into prepared pan. Spread date mixture on top.
  5. Crumble the rest of the oatmeal mixture on top of the dates.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes. Allow Squares to cool before cutting.

 

Cauliflower Buffalo Bites

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I absolutely love this recipe.  It’s spicy and hot.   I’m not going to lie.  BUT! If you make the Cool Your Jets Sauce that’s included with this recipe, it’s all good.  Once you start eating you’ll get to a point where you have to stop but after a few minutes, you’ll be back.  Also…you’ll probably want to use a fork to eat and dip the cauliflower.   Just easier.  My mouth is watering already.  Note:  Keep the recipe Gluten Free with a GF Flour. Continue reading