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  • Frosty vanilla snowflake cake Frosty vanilla snowflake cake

    Frosty vanilla snowflake cake

Frosty vanilla snowflake cake

It had been a while since I felt the burning ambition to decorate a cake. Lord knows I’m all about shortcuts these days — which is why when I saw this in the Kraft Kitchens’ holiday edition I knew this recipe would be quick to bake, slower to decorate. And though the purists may be choking on their homemade shortcrust pastry right now, sometimes that’s about all you can ask of me. The beauty of this dessert is that it is lovely, covered by fragile white-chocolate piped snowflakes that will hide a not-so-perfectly frosted cake.The challenge of making this cake is that if you don’t have a light hand in piping the snowflakes, it may look sloppy, childish even. And even if the snowflakes are perfect, you will want to make more than you need because a few of them will break on the way from your kitchen counter to your fridge. […]

  • Chocolate Mousse Igloo Chocolate Mousse Igloo

    Chocolate Mousse Igloo

Chocolate Mousse Igloo

  This chocolate mousse igloo would be the ideal dessert to make with young children, but perhaps not the most sophisticated dessert to serve your adult guests. I decided to make this recipe after seeing a photo for it in one of the Kraft Kitchens magazines, but even before I began the ingredient list made me inwardly cringe(melted margarine mixed with Oreo crumbs as the base, for example). It was easy enough to make as it was a multi-step process and I assembled it shortly before serving, but it was a bit of a logistical nightmare to cut. It was one of those desserts that has people nervously calling my name when the time comes to dole out servings. How in the world do you cut it? Cut around the marshmallows? Cut through the marshmallows? Remove the marshmallows and then cut through the mousse? Either way, it’s charm is short-lived because […]

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  • Paula Deen’s Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle Paula Deen’s Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle

    Paula Deen’s Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle

Paula Deen’s Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle

  I first discovered the recipe for this trifle months ago. But I knew that the only time I could get away with serving a dessert as decadent, as creamy, as luscious, as gooey, as spicy, as flavourful as this one was during the holiday season. And so I flagged this recipe way back then and made a note in my BlackBerry calendar that I must make this trifle for Christmas Eve this year. No sooner had someone taken a spoonful of this trifle did I hear my name being called out, to ask about the recipe. Truth be told, my family is not really a trifle crowd. The ladies often ask for chocolate, or perhaps cheesecake, but for the most part we are nibbling on cannoli or Middle Eastern dense date-filled cookies after our holiday and birthday feasts.So, I didn’t really know how trifle would go down. I had […]

  • Chocolate Gingerbread House Petits Fours Chocolate Gingerbread House Petits Fours

    Chocolate Gingerbread House Petits Fours

Chocolate Gingerbread House Petits Fours

  If you are looking for Christmas cheer, you will be disappointed, tonight. I’m rather more Grinch-like than Cindy Lou-like tonight, but with good reason. In less than two months I’ve had bronchitis – twice – and my son’s sick with his own eye and ear infections. I’m nearly at the end of my rope but the show, as they say, must go on. No rest for the weary. Bah humbug. Bah.So – why am I blogging? That’s the very same question my parents asked me, repeatedly, when I first informed them I would be launching a food blog. Back then, perhaps it was a bit of a vanity project. Now, it is my retreat. When I can control so little of my world, this is one small corner of the cyber-sphere that is mine. When I talk, it doesn’t really matter if no one’s listening. I bake because I want […]

  • Chocolate & Zucchini’s Canelés Chocolate & Zucchini’s Canelés

    Chocolate & Zucchini’s Canelés

Chocolate & Zucchini’s Canelés

  It was love at first bite. Sorry I can’t resist a cheesy play on words. Back to the batter at hand (tee hee). I first made canelés, if you might remember, at Bonnie Gordon’s School of Confectionary Arts. I signed up for the two-day course mainly to learn how to make macarons. And I did, and they were delicious, and I had rave reviews. But. As soon as I had learned how to make the macarons, all I could think about was how delicious these unassuming canelés are. Sure enough, they are near-impossible to find in Toronto (only at Nadege Patisserie I believe – that’s Nah-dej, not Nah-deh-jeh). So I had been craving them ever since. Even the stash I brought home didn’t  last very long because these are best eaten hot, on the same day. You should know however, that the crepe-like batter is forgiving and will stay in the […]

  • New York, New York Super Crumb Cake New York, New York Super Crumb Cake

    New York, New York Super Crumb Cake

New York, New York Super Crumb Cake

  It may have been seeing the Cake Boss waxing poetic about the huge palmfuls of crumbs on the crumb cake at Carlo’s Bakery on the Food Network, but one Sunday night I was suddenly seized with the feeling that I must make crumb cake. I had never eaten it before, but I imagined it to be warm, moist, with a hint of cinnamon, and perfect alongside a steaming mug of coffee. Comfort food at its sweetest.Fortunately for me, I had recently purchased Jill O’Connor’s “Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey Treats for Kids” just because I am so utterly besotted with O’Connor’s earlier tome “Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey.” (Jill, if you are out there, can we be friends?) And sure enough, my latest cookbook addition included O’Connor’s take on crumb cake, which became popular in New York with the arrival of German and Dutch immigrants in the 1800s. You can find […]

  • Almost flourless orange and almond cake with marmalade Almost flourless orange and almond cake with marmalade

    Almost flourless orange and almond cake with marmalade

Almost flourless orange and almond cake with marmalade

  I’d be lying if I said I was not impressionable. When I watched “Fast Food Nation,” all I could think about was buying a McChicken. And when I was reading Jane Green’s “From Promises to Keep,” I had barely finished a few chapters when I bought the ingredients to make this Middle-Eastern inspired almost flourless orange and almond cake she wrote into the storyline, one of several tantalizing recipes included in the novel. As you can see, I am short on patience and I ate a slice, or two, before taking a photograph.In fact, so many of the recipes in Jane Green’s latest book were so tempting that I messaged one of the Penguin publicists on Twitter, asking whose recipes these were. Turns out Jane Green is not only a talented author but a talented cook and baker too. You can see more of her recipes on her website at this […]

  • Walnut torte with dark rum syrup Walnut torte with dark rum syrup

    Walnut torte with dark rum syrup

Walnut torte with dark rum syrup

  This torte is not for the faint of heart. It is dense, it is sticky, it is syrupy sweet. The recipe for this walnut torte comes from Jill O’Connor’s “Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey.” I’ve referred to this book time and time again (Re: Bahama Mama Banana Rum cake; Sticky Toffee Pudding; Cheesecake pops) and this won’t be the last time either. I made this cake for my mother’s birthday this year, as she had pointed it out in the book as something she’d like to eat.   O’Connor says this cake reminds her of her favourite Greek desserts as it is sticky with syrup and full of nuts. Indeed, a bite of this cake reminded me of my favourite Greek honey cookies (melamakarona) but also of the dense honey cake that was served to us as part of our breakfast every morning in Santorini on our honeymoon. Cake served […]

  • Julia Child’s Reine de Saba Julia Child’s Reine de Saba

    Julia Child’s Reine de Saba

Julia Child’s Reine de Saba

  I was moved to make the Reine de Saba (Queen of Sheba aka chocolate and almond cake) after watching “Julie & Julia” during which Julie makes this simple, but chic, cake for company. After a pregnancy-long drought of chocolate, I am getting back on the cocoa bandwagon. I know, I know, I have been neglecting my blog readers. The truth is that over the past six weeks, our household has grappled with my infant cutting three teeth, getting over a feverish virus, three ear infections, and countless sleepless nights. I’ve lost a bit of my joie de vivre, it’s true.So you will forgive me for not being in the mood to bake.I made this cake on Mother’s Day for dessert following a late luncheon with my mother and mother-in-law. It was probably not the best choice for that morning, as my son was cranky (we would later find out […]

  • Vanilla-berry charlotte Vanilla-berry charlotte

    Vanilla-berry charlotte

Vanilla-berry charlotte

  Pretty, right? That’s the main shallow reason I decided to make this. I couldn’t wrap my head around what purpose the ladyfingers would serve other than to hold the cake together.I mean, they weren’t dipped in liqueur or anything so they were going to stay hard.But I decided this would be the perfect (and relatively quickest) show-stopping dessert to make for a Good Friday brunch at my aunt’s place.I was confident I could get it to look almost as good as the Kraft Kitchens recipe, but for the chocolate shavings which I have yet to master, but wasn’t sure that this would deliver on the taste.Fortunately, it was delicious. Light and delicious. To save even more time, you can just buy a ready-made angel cake at the store. I made the white cake from a mix. (Look, when you have a kid, even this is a feat).I’m still not […]