Pumpkin Crumble Muffins

Nothing says autumn like pumpkin spice. These Pumpkin Crumble muffins are soft, fluffy and flavoured with our favourite fall spices: cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. The crumb topping is the best part of these muffins, so don’t skip it!! Looking for more pumpkin recipes? Check out my Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake or Pumpkin Walnut Bread. Ingredients:…

Apple Spice Oatmeal Cookies

These chewy fall-flavoured cookies are filled with sweet apples and warm cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. It’s important to squeeze the excess liquid from the grated apples before adding them to the batter to prevent the cookies from getting soggy. You can also add walnuts or pecans to this recipe for extra texture and crunch. Ingredients:…

Blueberry Lemon Cake

This easy to make summer cake is filled with sweet blueberries and bright lemon zest. The buttermilk in this recipe adds a little tang and lots of moisture to the crumb. I like to top this cake with a dusting of powdered sugar. Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt…

Limoncello Loaf Cake

This light and lemony Limoncello Loaf cake is the perfect spring dessert! This easy-to-make cake is flavoured with Limoncello liqueur, fresh lemon zest and drizzled with a citrusy glaze. If you don’t have Limoncello, you can replace it with lemon vodka or one teaspoon of lemon extract. Looking for more lemon desserts? Check out my…

Carrot Cake Cookies

These cake-like cookies are filled with grated carrots, crunchy pecans and sweet cinnamon. They’re decadent topped with a cream cheese frosting –but just as delicious without the icing. This recipe calls for bread flour, as opposed to all-purpose flour. The reason for this is that any cookie that incorporates fresh grated fruits or veggies, such…

Chocolate Cupcakes

I have been making these chocolate cupcakes forever.  My children request them every year for their birthdays.  What I love about this recipe is that it requires only one bowl and it’s pretty foolproof.  The frosting I sometimes use for this recipe comes from the fine folks at Betty Crocker. Yes, I use store-bought frosting…

Seriously Fudgy Brownies

When you bite into a chocolate brownie, you might think you’re enjoying a simple, uncomplicated treat, But, there’s a science to creating the perfect brownie. Now, there are two different camps of people when it comes to brownies: the cakey brownie people and the chewy brownie people. I believe the perfect brownies are chewy, oooey-gooey,…

Maple Pecan Banana Bread

This delicious version of banana bread includes sticky sweet maple syrup and pecans. A crunchy pecan topping adds great texture. I like to drizzle this loaf cake with a simple icing, but it’s just as delicious without it. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup sugar 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 2…

Peach Crumble

Fruit crumbles are my all-time favourite treat to bake in the summer because they are so simple to make, you can use any variety of in-season fruit and they can be served warm (with ice cream, of course) or at room temperature. The perfect ending to a summer BBQ or picnic! Looking for more sweet…

One-bowl Chocolate Cake

If you’re looking for a delicious chocolate cake for beginner bakers — this is it. This easy-to-make cake is moist and rich and made even more decadent topped with a chocolatey buttercream frosting. Ingredients: For the cake: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp baking…

Irish Cream Bundt Cake

I’ve come across many delicious recipes that use boxed cake mixes and pudding as ingredients and this is one of my favourites. This Bundt cake is fluffy and moist and flavoured with a generous amount of Irish Cream liquor. I like to drizzle a simple Irish Cream glaze over this cake — but its just…

Almond & Pear Cake

The delicate flavours of pear and almond come together perfectly in this delicious snacking cake. This is a dense, moist cake that is studded with pieces of sweet, ripe pears. If you like a more intense almond flavour, you can replace the vanilla extract with almond extract. The sliced pears and slivered almond that decorate…

Lemon Yoghurt Loaf Cake

If you love lemon-flavoured desserts, this loaf cake will not disappoint. The Greek yoghurt in this recipe creates a super moist cake which is then brushed with a bright lemon syrup as soon as it comes out of the oven. It’s a lemon-lover’s dream! Looking for more lemon recipes? Check our my Lemon Crinkle Cookies…

Date Squares

Sweet and homey date squares are one of my favourite comfort foods. The base and crumble topping for these bars is a simple blend of flour, oats, brown sugar and butter. Sandwiched between these layers is a thick and rich date filling. I like to flavour the filling with just a splash of vanilla extract…

Cranberry Bundt Cake

I love to bake with cranberries during the holidays because they add a bright, tart flavour and a pretty pop of colour to baked goods. This cranberry bundt cake is super moist and tender thanks to the addition of buttermilk to the batter. I like to add Grand Marnier or rum to this recipe for…

Gingerbread Cookies

Decorating gingerbread cookies has become a Christmas tradition in our house. We like to hang the decorated cookies on our Christmas tree… they smell great for weeks! It is important to chill this cookie dough to ensure the cookies hold their shape while baking. I’ve included my recipe for royal icing below… but you can…

Peanut Butter Cookies

Everyone needs a solid peanut butter cookie recipe in their baking arsenal and this is my favourite. These are thick, chewy cookies that are rolled in granulated sugar before baking for a little crunch. I also like to add some roasted chopped peanuts for extra texture. Looking for more peanut recipes? Check out my Healthy(er) Peanut…

Pumpkin Walnut Bread

There’s nothing like the smell of this bread baking on a chilly autumn day. Not-too-sweet, flavoured with warm spices and crunchy walnuts, this pumpkin loaf cake is fall comfort food for sure! The recipe yields two 9×5 breads which freeze extremely well — but you can easily halve this recipe if you like. I also…

Italian Apple Cake

This cake is a riff on my Nonna Maria’s Apple Cake. It’s a simple, rustic recipe to which I’ve added a splash of Sambuca. I also like to grate the apples so that they melt right into the batter and create a moist and tender crumb. You can use any variety of apple in this…

Baked Apple Cinnamon Doughnuts

The tail end of summer means crisp weather, cooler nights and apple picking season. The classic pairing of apples and cinnamon are highlighted in this sweet autumn treat. You will not miss the frying with these baked doughnuts because they have a soft and fluffy texture thanks to the addition of buttermilk and applesauce. Looking…

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Crisps, crumbles and cobblers are some of my favourite desserts. I love them because they are so easy to make and a great way to use in-season fruit. Although they do all contain fresh fruit, there is a difference between them…crisps contain oats while crumbles do not. Cobblers, on the other hand, are topped with…

Strawberry Cake

This easy-to-make snack cake is filled with sweet strawberries and topped with a tangy cream cheese frosting. It’s a great way to make the most of in-season berries! It is important to lightly puree the strawberries in a food processor before adding them to the cake batter so you don’t end up with big chunks…

Funfetti Cookies

Soft and chewy Funfetti Cookies are filled with creamy white chocolate chips and crunchy, colourful sprinkles. I like to use rainbow jimmies — but you can use any colour sprinkles you like. You can press a few extra sprinkles into the tops of the unbaked cookies for an extra pop of colour. Ingredients: 2/3 cup…

Lime, Coconut & White Chocolate Chip Cookies

  These thick and chewy cookies are a luscious combination of zesty lime, tropical coconut and creamy white chocolate. The additional egg yolk in the batter makes for an extra rich cookie. I like to sprinkle a little shredded coconut and lime zest onto these cookies once they come out of the oven for an…

Carrot Sheet Cake

I love sheets cakes because they’re so versatile and uncomplicated to make — there’s no messy cake layers to stack or fancy frosting techniques. This carrot sheet cake is very moist, loaded with sweet carrots and spiced with cinnamon. I like to top it all off with a vanilla cream cheese frosting. You can also…

Maple Walnut Muffins

These muffins are sweetened with pure maple syrup and just a little sugar. Maple extract adds rich flavour, with a touch of cinnamon for warmth and spice. The crunchy walnut topping adds texture to this super moist muffin. If you don’t have maple extract, vanilla extract works just fine. Ingredients: 3 cups all purpose flour…

Chocolate Bundt Cake

Nothing makes me happier than a dessert recipe that’s simple, requires few dishes and gadgets to make, and involves chocolate. This one-bowl, moist chocolate cake has become my go-to recipe when company’s coming or if I just need chocolate cake in a hurry. I like to drizzle a rich chocolate glaze over this cake once…

Soft Sugar Cookies

These soft, pillowy sugar cookies topped with royal icing and sprinkles are a festive holiday treat. My kids love to slather copious amounts of royal icing and sprinkles on these and leave them out for Santa and his reindeer. I think Saint Nick and his team really like these cookies because they always eat the…

Caramel Pecan Tart

I have been searching for the perfect pecan pie recipe for ages. After trying out countless recipes, I’ve come up with what I think is the perfect pecan tart. Most of the recipes I tested out used corn syrup — but not this one. I use maple syrup, brown sugar and salted butter to create…

Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake

This recipe was shared with me by my friend and neighbour, Vanessa. We’ve lived a few houses away from each other on the same street for over a decade, but we didn’t meet until last year at our kids’ school bus stop. We hit it off right away; we’re the same age, we’ve got similar…

Halloween Candy Bar Cookies

Ever wondered what to do with all those leftover Halloween chocolate bars? Me neither. That’s never been a problem at our house. But I have often found myself in the mood for chocolate chip cookies but with no chocolate chips in my cupboard. Lucky for me, I’ve made a habit of picking most of the…

Vanilla Cupcakes

These vanilla cupcakes are one of my favourites because they are so easy to make and very versatile. You can combine them with any flavour (or colour!!) of frosting and they’ll taste great! It’s important to use a good quality vanilla for this recipe because you really want the flavour to stand out. The icing…

Lemon & White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Lemon and white chocolate is a luscious combination. These cookies have a delicate lemon flavour that pairs really well with the creamy taste and texture of white chocolate chips. I like to use lemon extract in this recipe instead of fresh lemon juice because I don’t want the sourness of the juice to overpower the…

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies — Part Deux

One of the first recipes I shared on my blog was for The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies. For me, the ideal chocolate chip cookie is dense and chewy and not stingy on the chocolate chips. I took that recipe and classed it up with chocolate chunks and sea salt. I have also incorporated bread flour…

Rum Balls

These festive treats are a great way to add a little boozy bite to your holiday sweet table. Rum balls are basically slightly underbaked brownies that are broken up into pieces and mixed with your favourite liqueur. One third of a cup of liqueur is the amount that’s perfect for me — but you can…

Rolled Sugar Cookies

It’s become a tradition in our family to get all the kids together before Christmas Eve to decorate cookies for Santa. They love smearing the royal icing on the cookies and getting creative. Not gonna lie…the kids eat most of the royal icing before it gets to the cookies, they almost always use way too…

Croccante Americano (aka Peanut Brittle)

Croccante is Italy’s version of nut brittle. It’s a holiday treat many of our mothers, nonnas and zias typically made with almonds. A few years back, I discovered a recipe for croccante americano — aka peanut brittle — that is highly addictive and made even more delicious by a light sprinkling of flaked sea salt…

Cranberry, Orange & White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cranberries are one of my favourite ingredients to bake with during the holidays because of the tart flavour and festive pop of colour they add to baked goodies. These drop cookies are a great make-ahead holiday treat because you can freeze the unbaked balls of dough and just pop them into the oven when you…

Pumpkin Tart

Growing up in an Italian-Canadian family, Thanksgiving was never really a huge holiday in our home. My mom would maybe make a turkey — but there was no delicious stuffing or pumpkin anything on our table. I remember watching American movies and TV shows with their Thanksgiving tables laden with platters of delicious-looking food and…

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Brownies

This brownie recipe was born after I planted way too many zucchini plants in my tiny backyard garden. My dad warned me not to plant more than two; they’ll get very big, he said. I planted four. They seemed innocent enough until about mid-July when they turned into rampant monster plants that were taking over…

Our Favourite Zucchini Bread

I have a confession to make… I really don’t like zucchini. I’ve always found them to be pretty bland and watery.  But that’s exactly what makes zucchini the perfect addition to baked goods. This is a veggie that will melt right into anything you bake, adding some much-needed moisture to breads and brownies, without adding…

Strawberry Trifles

Strawberry season has arrived! I quickly snatched up a few pints of the first locally grown strawberries when I saw them on sale at the farmer’s market this week. I’m a big fan of trifles because they’re very easy to make and always look so pretty with all their colourful layers.  This trifle can also…

Italian Almond Cookies

These are my father’s favourite cookies.  Like a lot of Italians, he is a big fan of anything almond flavoured.  This is my take on a recipe I cut out of an Italian magazine many years ago.  That recipe consisted of a list of ingredients and very few instructions.  In my experience, most of  the…

Big & Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

These are the oatmeal cookies you daydream about on rainy Sunday afternoons when there’s nothing good on TV…or maybe that’s just me.  In any case, these cookies are real good. The addition of cornstarch ensures the cookies remain perfectly chewy on the inside, and a little crispy on the outside. A touch of molasses adds…

Black Bean Brownies

I can feel you rolling your eyes at this recipe…but let me explain.  A while back, my personal trainer buddy, Jamie, was raving about a brownie she’d tried that was made with black beans.  Jamie likes to talk about food when I train with her — especially while I’m doing evil burpees or chin ups….

Baked Chocolate Glazed Doughnuts

A few months ago, I bought a doughnut baking pan.  I’ve been experimenting with different recipes, and most of them turned out doughnuts that were a little dry.  After some tweaking, I’ve come up with what I think is a pretty darn good baked doughnut; they’re moist, rich and finished with a delicious chocolate glaze….

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

It’s full-on citrus season in places where the sun still shines…the perfect excuse to make these Lemon Crinkle cookies. I think these are as highly addictive as chocolate chip cookies; they’re soft, melt in your mouth, and very citrusy.  Everything you could possibly want in a lemon cookie! Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking…

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies

Now that’s an ambitious title for a cookie recipe, I know.  But, if you like dense, chewy, super chocolatey chocolate chip cookies, then this is THE ONE.  I’ve found that there are two tricks to making perfect cookies; the first is mixing the dough by hand.  I hardly ever use a mixer for drop cookies.  Not…

Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

These fruit-filled muffins are a great way to make use of the rhubarb growing tall in our gardens at the tail-end of spring — also the time when the first strawberries of the season show up in the local markets. Greek yoghurt makes these muffins super tender and a hint of almond flavouring adds a…