Gingerbread Cookies

“I thought maybe we could make gingerbread houses, and eat cookie dough, and go ice skating and maybe even hold hands.” –Buddy the elf When I think of Christmas cookies…gingerbread is what comes to mind. The warm, comforting smell of sweet cinnamon and molasses takes me straight to holiday mode. These gingerbread cookies are crispy…

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…

Apple Crisp

Crisps, crumbles and cobblers are one of my favourite ways to bake with in-season fruit. This easy Apple Crisp comes together with little fuss and is delicious warm or at room temperature. I like to use a variety of apples in this recipe for best flavour. My favourite baking apples are the Cortland and Granny…

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…

Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

Biscuits are the ideal comfort food — the perfect vehicle for sweet strawberry jam or savoury breakfast sandwiches. Buttery, flaky and fluffy, these southern rolls are one of my all-time favourite foods. I’ve spent some time road tripping through the American south in recent years, and I’ve eaten some of the best biscuits on the…

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…

Ricotta Cheesecake

This almost no-bake dessert basically tastes like cannoli filling in pie form.  I like to add mini dark chocolate chips and chopped pistachios to this tart — but grated orange zest and cinnamon are delicious as well. You can top this cheesecake with  whipped cream just before serving, but it is just as delicious without…

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…

Classic Vanilla Butter Cake

Butter cake is a simple, old-fashioned dessert that’s a cross between pound cake and sponge cake. It’s the perfect vehicle for fresh berries and whipped cream. It is important to use good quality butter and vanilla in this recipe because that’s where all the flavour comes from. The addition of buttermilk and oil ensures a…

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…