Dessert

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake

The scrumptious combination of strawberries and cream was originally brought to us from a very surprising source: His...

Cherry Biscuit Cobbler

Cherry Biscuit Cobbler

Summer is approaching and with it, we will soon see cherries, cherries everywhere! What to do with all that abundance?...

Sugar Transfer Cookies

Sugar Transfer Cookies

Buttery, crisp sugar cookies are welcome at any time of year. Fail-safe and endlessly adaptable, here they are...

Lemon Squares

Lemon Squares

If you love lemon meringue pie and lemon curd, you'll adore lemon squares. They're a cinch to make, but don't neglect...

Better-Than-Crack-Brownie Cake

Better-Than-Crack-Brownie Cake

Another joint birthday has come and gone. My youngest daughter, Lauren, and I both have birthdays in February, only...

Classic Sticky Gingerbread

Classic Sticky Gingerbread

Moist and spicy, this toothsome concoction is a wintertime delight. Enjoy it sitting by the fire with a hot cup of tea...

Lemon Chiffon Cake

Lemon Chiffon Cake

This light, velvety chiffon cake is a delectable marriage of a buttery yellow cake and lofty-light angel food cake....

Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Swiss Meringue Buttercream is a fabulous and less-sweet alternative to American Buttercream. It stays silky smooth and...

Cherry Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

Cherry Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal lends virtue to anything that contains it. On its own, it's a delicious and nutritious breakfast. But gussy it...

Mixed Berry Curd Tart

Mixed Berry Curd Tart

I'm always eager to use up the excess egg yolks that are the inevitable byproduct of making Swiss Meringue Buttercream...

Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice Cream Sandwiches

How much fun is it to make your own ice-cream sandwiches? A lot more fun than I anticipated! When I was home in Canada...

Cherry Filled Baked Doughnuts

Cherry Filled Baked Doughnuts

Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme are the places to go for doughnuts in the USA. In Canada, it's Tim Horton's  (or...

Rhubarb Tartan Cake

Rhubarb Tartan Cake

I’ve been intrigued with the idea of decorating a cake with thin strips of rhubarb since I saw Heather Baird’s...

Dried Cherry Panettone

Dried Cherry Panettone

I"m a glutton for slightly sweet bread. Not the super-sweet-sticky stuff like iced cinnamon rolls, but scones, date...

Lemon Honeycomb Cake

Lemon Honeycomb Cake

The honeycomb pan for this cake has been lurking in my cake pan cupboard for a couple of years, waiting for its debut....

Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

We have Heather Baird at SprinkleBakes to thank for this excellent recipe. It's perfect for cut-out cookies as the...

Cherry Blossom Cake

Cherry Blossom Cake

Our neighbour's flowering cherry tree is just breaking into bloom. For a few glorious days, its graceful branches...

Baklava Pull-Apart Bread

Baklava Pull-Apart Bread

Baking is a very soothing activity. Baking bread with scads of butter, sugar, cinnamon, and nuts is the epitome of...

Poached Pear Pistachio Tart

Poached Pear Pistachio Tart

Earlier this month, we invited some friends over for dinner at the Cape, and I wanted to make a dessert that was...

Winter White Cupcake Wreath

Winter White Cupcake Wreath

Ever since I laid my hands on "Hello, Cupcake!", Irresistibly playful creations anyone can make, by Karen Tack...

Sticky Toffee Trifle

Sticky Toffee Trifle

I've always been a fan of Sticky Toffee Pudding with its dense cake and luscious caramel sauce, so I was eager to try...

Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread

When I was planning the table setting Monkeying Around, I discovered Monkey Bread. Where has it been all my life? It's...

Blackberry Orange Mousse Cake

Blackberry Orange Mousse Cake

This seems to be the year of the blackberry. We are enjoying Blackberry Mojitos, Blackberry Champagne Cocktails and...

Mixed Berry Scones

Mixed Berry Scones

This recipe, very slightly adapted from Cook's Country, is a winner. The tartness of the berries is offset beautifully...

Spicy Orange Ginger Cookies

Spicy Orange Ginger Cookies

We have my friend Leanne of the Apple Bundt Cake to thank for this recipe. It's adapted from Laurel Kreuger's...

Whoopie Pies

Whoopie Pies

These densely chocolate hand-held cakes make a fun change from cupcakes. Traditionally a New England or Pennsylvania...

Gingerbread Muffins

Gingerbread Muffins

Spicy gingerbread meets breakfast fare; a moist, flavorful muffin that warms the cockles of your tummy. [gallery...

Afternoon Tea with Scones

Afternoon Tea with Scones

Scones can be a divisive food. To start with, there is the pronunciation. I say scone (like gone), you say scone (like...

Strawberry Rhubarb Torte

Strawberry Rhubarb Torte

Strawberries and rhubarb are a classic combination for good reason. When strawberries are at their peak, their sweet...

Sultana Tea Bread

Sultana Tea Bread

I spotted the picture for this recipe in Tea Time Magazine, and just had to try it. More cake than bread-like, it has...

Raspberry Cranachan Parfaits

Raspberry Cranachan Parfaits

Raspberry Cranachan is a traditional Scottish dessert, though I would imagine it was made with bottled or preserved...

Scottish Tart

Scottish Tart

A delicious whisky laced, dried fruit and nut filled flan. It's kind of like the best possible buttertart-fruitcake...

Chocolate Clementine Bars

Chocolate Clementine Bars

Holiday baking is one of the joys of the season. It's also an exercise in selectivity - in terms of caloric budget and...

Apple Sponge Cake With Custard

Apple Sponge Cake With Custard

When I was growing up, Sunday dinner was invariably a roast of some sort. If we were very lucky, it was roast pork...

Gingerbread Leaves

Gingerbread Leaves

Earlier this year when my friend Leanne (of the Leanne's Apple Bundt Cake with Apple Butter Bourbon Glaze) was...

Lemon Curd

Lemon Curd

My daughter Kirsten and her husband Mike had invited us over for dinner one evening, and I decided to bring a Tarte au...

Apple Spice Cakelets

Apple Spice Cakelets

Last summer in the Cape, our friends John and Leanne came to visit, Leanne is quite an accomplished cook and baker;...

Peach Plum Cobbler

Peach Plum Cobbler

It's Labour Day weekend. After visiting Nana & Poppa and taking them a Spiced Plum Skillet...

Purple Plum Torte

Purple Plum Torte

This delectable cake has a venerable history. When Amanda Hesser, former editor of the New York Times food section,...

No-Bake Chocolate Mousse Pie

No-Bake Chocolate Mousse Pie

When it's 90 degrees in the shade and the mere thought of turning on the oven makes you shudder, it's time to break...

Gingerbread Pear Cobbler

Gingerbread Pear Cobbler

We are into pear season now, and what better way to enjoy them than in a cobbler? Pears are an exceptionally juicy...

French Apple Tart

French Apple Tart

While trolling for ideas, I immediately fell for this French Apple Tart on appearance alone. Cook's Illustrated...

Apple, Pear & Dried Cherry Pie

Apple, Pear & Dried Cherry Pie

This recipe is adapted from one from Fine Cooking, The original is intended to be made ahead and frozen, which is what...

Spiced Plum Skillet Cake

Spiced Plum Skillet Cake

This is an old-fashioned cake reminiscent of sticky gingerbread with pockets of jammy plums that melt in your mouth....

Peach Cardamom Galette

Peach Cardamom Galette

Is there anything more succulent than a ripe peach? Freshly chopped atop a bowl of yoghurt and granola,...

Raspberry Galette

Raspberry Galette

One of my relaxing pastimes whilst in the Cape is browsing old issues of Victoria Magazine. Their luscious...

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip cookies are a perennial favourite for several good reasons: The ingredients are readily available (we...

Danish Butter Cookies

Danish Butter Cookies

This recipe is from Glenn's mother, who began selling these cookies to neighbours and friends when Glenn's Dad...

Rough Puff Pastry

Rough Puff Pastry

Making traditional puff pastry can be a challenge. In fact, the Barefoot Contessa, aka Ina Gartner, says, “You don't...

Butter Pastry

Butter Pastry

This is an all-purpose pastry, suitable for both sweet and savoury pies. If you only want to learn one method, this is...

No Roll Pastry Crust

No Roll Pastry Crust

Don't let the simplicity of this recipe fool you—the crust is tender and delicious. It's my go-to recipe for blind...

Buttermilk Pastry

Buttermilk Pastry

This recipe is excellent for making decorated pies with complex latticework or cutouts—it shrinks little, if at all....

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