2017 Christmas Treat #11 – Cinnamon Sugar Puff Pastry Chips

When I make Portuguese Egg Tarts, I sprinkle the puff pastry with cinnamon sugar, roll up the puff pastry, cut about 2 cm lengths and roll out to fit a muffin tin (recipe is on the site). The fist time I made them, I accidentally rolled a few pieces using too much pressure and they became really thin, too thin to hold the beautiful custard filling. Rather than press it together and re-roll it, I placed it on a parchment lined baking tray and baked it. Loved the outcome and the result is 2017 Christmas Treat #11 – Cinnamon Sugar […]

2017 Christmas Treat #10 – Bakewell Tart

I often get asked if I watch the reality cooking shows on TV and really I don’t. I just find they focus more on the drama than the recipes. I miss the old cooking shows where you actually worked through recipes. There is one however that I tend to be most loyal to and that is the Great British Bakeoff. I’ve always been a fan of Mary Berry’s, matter of fact, when I first started this blog, I made her Victoria Cake. So its fitting that after all this time (oh there have been lots of her recipes I’ve made, […]

2017 Christmas Treat #9 – Sweet Benne Wafers

Best day Ever – the last part! You know the kids picked this and the previous two cookies. My daughter Lauren always challenges me with requests. She’ll visit a country, take a picture of a dessert she has had and then send it to me with the caption “Dad please make this when I come home”. No subtlety there! This is a nice treat! Sweet wafers so light but so full of flavor. I love toasted sesame seeds and used black ones for this recipe. It took no time to come together and best part of all, minimal clean up. […]

2017 Christmas Treat #8 – No Bake Peppermint Brownies

Best day ever – Part 2!!! I told you of my baking day with my kids, they each picked a treat they wanted to help me with.  This is an interesting choice and one I probably would have overlooked, however, I was totally surprised with the outcome and will definitely make it again – a keeper for me. This is Julia’s (Scott’s girlfriend) pick for the 2017 Christmas Treat #8 – No Bake Peppermint Brownies. Now I’m not a big fan of peppermint which is why I would have overlooked this treat.  And while internally I wanted to cut back […]

2017 Christmas Treat #7 – Raspberry and Vanilla Sugar Cookies

Best day ever!! I got to spend the day baking cookies with my daughter, my son and his girlfriend. This cookie was my son’s idea. He likes simple cookies – he isn’t into the embellished cookies like my wife and daughter. He prefers savory, but don’t worry this is not a savory cookie. Matter of fact it is a really nice sugar cookie. I used a basic sugar cookie recipe with cream cheese in it and thought this would be a nice way to highlight simplicity in baking. This is Scott’s selection for 2017 Christmas Treat #7 – Raspberry and […]

2017 Christmas Treat # 6 – Pumpkin Seed, Peanut Butter and Almond Chocolate Squares

My friend Terry from Brooklin (Ontario) gave me the idea for this recipe. Lots of versions of this around the table, this is mine adapted from Terry’s. It has almond slices, pumpkin seeds, peanut butter, salted caramel pieces, Skor bits and chocolate chips. Healthy eating – well it has nuts and seeds in it – that’s healthy. Thank heavens this gets done once a year!! 2017 Christmas Treat #6 – Pumpkin Seed, Peanut Butter and Almond Chocolate Squares. This is a fun activity to do with the kids; they can even make their own in smaller containers for the big […]

2017 Christmas Treat #5 – Kourambiethes

I think every country has a version of this cookie. The ingredients tend to be the same with some variations but the results are always delicious. Kourambiethes is a Greek cookie made primarily with lots of butter, not too much icing sugar and a couple of egg yolks. How could that possibly result in a bad cookie?! This is adapted from Michael Symons and is 2017 Christmas Treat #5 – Kourambiethes. The idea of a Greek cookie came from one of my patrons at an evening class. She simply said, you should make a Greek cookie. So here it is! […]

2017 Christmas Treat #4 – Chocolate Chip and Maple Glazed Chili Bacon Cookies

Bacon, bacon extract, maple syrup, maple sugar and chocolate – oh the foundation of good times is finally here! Praise and sing, chorus of angels – world peace will happen. I went crazy with this one so please feel free to omit or substitute ingredients if there is something in the title that doesn’t appeal to you – no really. This is 2017 Christmas Treat #4 – Chocolate Chip and Maple Syrup Glazed Chili Bacon Cookies. First off, Maple Syrup – how Canadian and comforting can this be?! Maple Chili Bacon and Bacon extract (do I have to say fat?)!!! […]

2017 Christmas Treat #3 – Moroccan Semolina Almond Cookies

Oh the hunt continues! So much to do and so little time, but it is great fun to search for interesting ideas and ingredients. This is from Dorie Greenspan’s “Dorie’s Cookies” book. To say I could eat my way through this book would be an understatement. If you don’t have it, oh my goodness put it on your Christmas list, I did last year and it is so worth it. This then, is Christmas Treat #3 – Moroccan Semolina Almond Cookies. I used the grainy semolina flour – it’s the same flour my friend Maria taught me to use when […]

2017 Christmas Treat #2 – Black Pepper and Citrus Shortbread

I’m a big fan of shortbread. I greatly appreciate true artisanal shortbread – buttery, the slightest bit crumbly, melt in your mouth goodness. So this recipe takes the simplicity of the shortbread and modifies the flavor with the addition of freshly cracked black pepper and whatever citrus you have on hand. So I present to you, Christmas Treat #2. This is a straightforward recipe with a few ingredients – my favorite type. I used the zest of 2 tangerines and some lemon emulsion. I’ve talked about emulsions vs extracts before. Extracts are alcohol based, emulsions are water based. Alcohol evaporates […]