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…

Sweet Italian Taralli

These crunchy, not-too-sweet cookies are made with white wine and a splash of anise-flavoured liqueur. They may seem quite simple and homely, but they’re actually highly addictive — it’s impossible to eat just one! I’ve attempted to make these taralli many times over the years, with limited success. After trying countless versions of this recipe…

Crispy Oatmeal Cookies

If you like cookies with crispy edges and a chewy centre, these are the cookies for you. The oatmeal in this recipe is ground to a fine powder before being added into the dough, giving these cookies a lot of texture without being too hard and crumbly. You can customize this recipe by using any…

Maple Walnut Muffins

My husband loves maple walnut muffins and he’s been requesting I develop a recipe for his favourite treat for a while now. These muffins are sweetened with pure maple syrup and just a little brown sugar. Pure maple extract adds rich flavour, with a touch of cinnamon for warmth and spice. Looking for more maple…

One-Bowl Chocolate 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…

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,…

Lemon Poppyseed Bundt Cake

When it’s the dead of winter in our neck of the woods, tropical citrus fruit season is at its peak. That makes this the perfect time to bake with the sunny flavours of lemons, limes and oranges. My Lemon Poppyseed Bundt cake is super light and tender, thanks to the addition of tangy buttermilk. Laced…

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…

Gingerbread Loaf

Sometimes I feel like I’m the only person in the world who actually likes gingerbread. I also genuinely love fruit cake… What’s not to like about the comforting combination of warm molasses, sweet cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and spicy ginger? It just screams Christmas to me. The scent of this bread baking makes the entire house…

Cranberry Trifle

This cranberry trifle is a show-stopper and made the December 2017 cover of Panoram Italia magazine. It’s a riff off a recipe I found in a grocery-store calendar from 1989 my mother had hidden in the bottom of a kitchen drawer. That recipe called for store-bought pound cake and vanilla pudding, which I have replaced…

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…

Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut & Cranberry Cookies

Here is yet another version of The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie. In this re-invention of one of my most popular recipes, crunchy hazelnuts, smoky dark chocolate and tart cranberries take centre stage. These thick and chewy cookies will stay soft for days — as long as you don’t overbake them! Ingredients: 2/3 cup salted butter,…