chocolate

  • The Pioneer Woman’s Halloween bark The Pioneer Woman’s Halloween bark

    The Pioneer Woman’s Halloween bark

The Pioneer Woman’s Halloween bark

I made this bark last year, but by the time I got around to uploading the pics, Halloween was well over. But now that September is officially here, and Pumpkin Spice Latte is on the menu at Starbucks, I thought to myself, it’s time to look to the fall and all the glorious things the season brings. In any case, I really made this because I loved the colours. I made two batches – one with white chocolate and one with semi-sweet. Truth be told, I probably preferred the semi-sweet version but the white showcases the colours of the ingredients better. Really, it’s hard to get this wrong. This recipe has that much going for it. That, and the fact you can customize it based on your tastes. But other than that, put this one under the list of things you can make with your kids. No matter how you feel […]

  • Homemade Samoa cookies Homemade Samoa cookies

    Homemade Samoa cookies

Homemade Samoa cookies

I’m tired, way too tired, to get creative here so I’ll cut to the chase: Shortbread crust, caramel, coconut, chocolate. Need to know more? I didn’t think so. These are Samoa cookies, also known as the cookies I will never make again. While the idea of rolling out cookies and letting your kids use cookie cutters sounds wonderful in theory, it is anything but. By the time their sticky little hands cut out the cookies with the 1,543rd cookie cutter they settled on, the dough is too warm. So, you end up throwing it out. But I digress. This was a several day, multi-hour process. Worth it? Yes, they turned out extremely well. But I will never take so many hours to make them again. If you have children who are grabbing at you demanding milk, no cold water, no freezing water! Or need you to moderate an argument, or make […]

  • Chocolate espresso tart Chocolate espresso tart

    Chocolate espresso tart

Chocolate espresso tart

I’m rather late in blogging about this because I’ve already made it several times. It’s been such a hit that I went to buy the rectangle-shaped tart pan as seen on the photo of Canadian Living because I knew I’d make it again. And it’s not one of those items sitting in my cupboards slowly gathering dust, I’ve actually used it to make this delectable tart, and I’ll likely make it again soon. In fact, selfishly, half the reason I’m blogging this is so I don’t lose the recipe for it. Sorry for the less-than-stellar photos, but the problem with this tart is that it never seems to hang around long enough for me to take a great picture. And believe me, these photos don’t do it justice. It’s beautiful in its stark simplicity but if you prefer to jazz it up a bit, some fresh raspberries will do the […]

  • Homemade Butterfinger Candy Bar Homemade Butterfinger Candy Bar

    Homemade Butterfinger Candy Bar

Homemade Butterfinger Candy Bar

Did you know, that there is a use for all that candy corn that’s left over after Halloween? Yup, and you just might want to buy extra, after reading this blog post, just to make this recipe. And if you don’t have any pantry like I do, I’m sure a bulk food store will stock some. Once you have it in hand, you’re halfway there. You’ll need some candy corn, chocolate or dipping chocolate and peanut butter. I must admit that I wish I took greater care when dipping the candy bars in the chocolate or that I made a greater effort to cut them all to the same size, but I was somewhat rushed because my kids were around and probably demanding something – urgently. I must admit, it did cross my mind, that if I tried too hard to make them look perfect, I was defeating the purpose […]

  • Coconut Macaroon Nutella Nests Coconut Macaroon Nutella Nests

    Coconut Macaroon Nutella Nests

Coconut Macaroon Nutella Nests

Maybe for the first time in years, I am blogging about something mere minutes after I finished making it. After all, Easter weekend is fast approaching and if I want to be of any inspiration, I should hit “publish” on this post before the grocery stores are closed. Am I right? So, here we are. I figured this would be something I could make with the kids as an Easter activity. My 5-and-a-half year old helped me mix the ingredients for the coconut macaroons and then both he and my 2-year-old helped me decorate the nests with the candy eggs. Even if you don’t make it to the grocery store in time, there’s a good chance you have these ingredients on hand if you are an amateur baker. Here’s the recipe, it’s a good one. As I started writing this blog post, I was reminded that I had made something […]

  • Martha Stewart’s Buttermilk Cake with Chocolate Frosting Martha Stewart’s Buttermilk Cake with Chocolate Frosting

    Martha Stewart’s Buttermilk Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Martha Stewart’s Buttermilk Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Dearest friends, family and blog readers (Are there any of you left? ‘Cause I’m hearing an echo in here), let it be known that for me, baking, 0ffers a brief escape. If I bake you something, it’s because I am inspired to use my hands, or perhaps it’s because I need a break from the hard news that comprises my day-to-day life as a journalist, or because it’s simply because I love you. No, I don’t have more time than you. In fact, I probably have less time than you. And that will be the case until my two boys are a bit older. So for me to fit in a cake or cookies, or cupcakes, I had to give up some much-needed sleep or some precious TV time. So just say thank you, and bask in the fact that I have special feelings for you. With that said, I bring to […]

  • Chocolate Raspberry Forest Cake Chocolate Raspberry Forest Cake

    Chocolate Raspberry Forest Cake

Chocolate Raspberry Forest Cake

This ain’t no Black Forest Cake recipe. Just saying, before you freak out… ‘Cause anytime I tell someone I Black Forest Cake I’m met with horror and disgust. Am I really the only thirty-something in North America who will admit to loving Black Forest Cake? Hands up if you’re with me… *Crickets* Anywho, let’s move on. But before we do I need to warn you: this is one heckuva multi-layered, multi-step cake. Give yourself some time. I decided to make this for the holidays and it’s a good thing I started a few days early because there is no way I would have completed this in one day, or even two days. I wanted to try this for Christmas as it would be a refreshing alternative to those typical flavours we encounter over the holidays: pumpkin, spice, peppermint, peppermint. And to be brutally honest, I just wanted to make those […]

  • Chocolate-covered fresh figs Chocolate-covered fresh figs

    Chocolate-covered fresh figs

Chocolate-covered fresh figs

You either love figs or you don’t. I adore figs. I enjoy straight out of the basket, or their tops slivered and then stuffed with a dollop of ricotta and a drizzle of honey, I’ll eat them dried, or even roasted. I’ll take them any colour. But only when they are perfectly ripe. In any case…. when my baking juices started flowing, and I felt guilty about not making anything for Easter weekend as I usually do, I decided to attempt covering fresh figs with chocolate. Not quite baking, it’s true, but to be fair we had a fun weekend in Niagara Falls with another family so my time was limited. The key here with this recipe is: you must use the highest-quality ingredients. Use the best chocolate you have and the freshest of fresh figs. And then once you make them, eat them. Because these don’t sit around really […]

  • Chocolate salami aka saucisson au chocolat Chocolate salami aka saucisson au chocolat

    Chocolate salami aka saucisson au chocolat

Chocolate salami aka saucisson au chocolat

A salami that is actually made of chocolate and biscuits. Mind. Blown. I felt rather Heston Blumenthal-esque when I made this, presenting all that chocolatey goodness under different pretenses. Very wicked. Very original. Whimsical, too And then, I realized this was a very traditional dessert that’s been made in Europe for decades and decades. And it turns out my maternal grandmother used to make chocolate salami every year for my mom’s birthday so I guess it’s in my blood. I found this recipe on a French blog so I had to use Google translate where my French-language skills didn’t cut it. Here is my loose translation…. Ingredients: 200g dark chocolate (70 per cent) 100g butter (or butter-tasting margarine) 2 extra-fresh egg yolks 2 teaspoons of Amaretto liqueur (or whatever you prefer) 2 pinches of dried chili flakes 8 petits-beurre cookies (80g) (any butter biscuits should do, or tea cookies) 7 […]

  • Mini double-chocolate zucchini muffins Mini double-chocolate zucchini muffins

    Mini double-chocolate zucchini muffins

Mini double-chocolate zucchini muffins

Greetings, readers. It’s been a while, I know. I’ve been back to work since the beginning of January and I’m still settling into the working-mom-of-two routine. Most days I’m up around 5, before running out the door to get to work around 6:30. Then the minute I return home, it’s full steam ahead, getting dinner ready, on to bath time, bedtime. And so on. Thank God for espresso. I knew what to expect because I’d returned to work from mat leave once before but there are still days I’m at a complete loss what to make for dinner to satisfy everyone. My 15 month old is not really a picky eater, but my 4.5 year old is. Still. So I’m constantly trying to figure out how to sneak some nutrition into his diet. I used to make a zucchini-carrot muffin my picky eater son would actually take a few bites […]