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  • The Pioneer Woman’s French breakfast puffs The Pioneer Woman’s French breakfast puffs

    The Pioneer Woman’s French breakfast puffs

The Pioneer Woman’s French breakfast puffs

I keep calling these donut puffs but they are anything but. Despite their donut hole-like appearance, they are slightly larger, and these are more like a super-dense muffin, heavy and loaded with sugar and butter. Not surprising, since they come to me by way of The Pioneer Woman. I know she first learned how to make them in her French class, but I don’t see what is French about them at all. That’s fine, however, because these are delicious and positively celebratory. I made a batch of these for my son’s first breakfast brunch. Brunch is my favourite meal and the best meal to showcase my baking and entertaining abilities I would say. While I didn’t make these at the last minute, I made sure to warm them just a touch before serving them. You really need to love cinnamon to enjoy this recipe, and if you are one of […]

  • Cinnamon rice-pudding with cherry compote Cinnamon rice-pudding with cherry compote

    Cinnamon rice-pudding with cherry compote

Cinnamon rice-pudding with cherry compote

It all began with a recipe for Ottolenghi’s chocolate-dipped florentines I saw on another blog. My curiosity was piqued and I first purchased the Jerusalem cookbook, in which Yotam Ottolenghi teams up with his friend and co-owner of his restaurants, Sami Tamim. The flavours in that book are very, very familiar to me. As the daughter of a Jerusalem-born Armenian, and the wife of a Lebanese-born Armenian, the recipes in this book use very familiar flavour combinations and ingredients and reinvent those comforting childhood favourites to something almost magical. It might seem like I’m waxing poetic here, unnecessarily, but I’ve been working my way through that cookbook and it is nothing short of amazing. I have since gone on to purchase the Plenty cookbook and the eponymous cookbook, Ottolenghi. But I relate the most of all to the book, “Jerusalem” and this recipe for cinnamon rice-pudding is the perfect example […]

  • Sweetapolita’s Cinnabon-style cinnamon rolls Sweetapolita’s Cinnabon-style cinnamon rolls

    Sweetapolita’s Cinnabon-style cinnamon rolls

Sweetapolita’s Cinnabon-style cinnamon rolls

  Listen, if you are on a diet, don’t make these. Because there is absolutely no way you can exercise portion control if you get a whiff. Maybe you will have the self control to devour only half of one after pulling them out of the oven and smearing on the frosting.  You’d be forgiven for ripping off a piece and swallowing it whole. Indeed.But the next morning when you open the fridge and find the tray of cinnamon rolls staring at you, you will find yourself reaching for a plate and warming another one in the microwave for a few seconds and then slathering on more frosting. The aroma is intoxicating, the rolls soft, the frosting perfectly sticky sweet. The smell lingers and snakes its down from the kitchen and into the family room and taps you on the shoulder, impatiently, reminding you it’s ready for the taking. The […]

  • Pumpkin muffins with cinnamon streusel Pumpkin muffins with cinnamon streusel

    Pumpkin muffins with cinnamon streusel

Pumpkin muffins with cinnamon streusel

  I was in Boston to attend a conference last month and I entered Trader Joe’s to grab a bottle of water. I had five minutes to get in and out. In the span of those few seconds on the way to the cash register, I ended up grabbing a bottle of organic agave syrup, a store-brand brownies mix, and also a dry mix to make pumpkin bread. All told, I spent just a few bucks if you can believe it. I couldn’t believe my eyes. That would never happen in Toronto. Anything organic or foodie is going to set you back, as some of my dear readers will attest. When I came home, I threw open the door to my baking cupboard and things started falling out: piping tips, candles, a jar of maraschino cherries. (I guess I’m one of those clean-counters, messy-cupboards kind of people). In any case, I started weeding through all the […]

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