Healthy(er) Peanut Butter & Banana Muffins

One of the baking questions I get asked the most, by far, is how to cut the fat and sugar from baked goods and still get a decent-tasting treat. Not gonna lie, I am not a huge fan of fat-free baked goods, mainly because they are usually quite dry and taste, for the most part,…

Maple Cream Tart

This tart channels my favourite part of the cabane à sucre (sugar shack) experience: dessert. The crunchy pecan crust is filled with a decadent maple cream ganache. I like to top this tart with salted, roasted pecans because they contrast nicely with the sweet filling and add great texture. In the mood for more maple recipes?…

Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies

Cake mix cookies are awesome because they are so easy to make and your cookies will always turn out soft and tender. Some purists believe that if you are using cake mix it’s not really baking — but I totally disagree. I think if a recipe requires you to turn on your oven and pull…

Hazelnut Biscotti

As a child, I remember my aunts baking the most delicious, crunchy almond biscotti. They were perfect dipped in coffee for breakfast. These big, beautiful hazelnut biscotti have the same satisfying crunch — with a little cinnamon to spice things up. These cookies freeze extremely well so they’re the perfect make-ahead treat. Ingredients:  3/4 cup…

Funfetti Loaf Cake

This colourful vanilla-flavoured cake is the easiest birthday cake you’ll ever make! What I love about this recipe is that it is super moist, thanks to the addition of sour cream, and it does not require a mixer to make. Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp…

Seriously Fudgy Brownies

There are a few camps of people when it comes to brownies; the folks who like cake-like brownies, the ones who prefer them dense and chewy, and then there are people, like my husband, who don’t like brownies at all. He’s wrong about a lot of things. I like him anyway. In my opinion, the…

Carrot & Raisin Muffins

These moist, hearty muffins are perfect on cold winter days. The warm flavours of cinnamon, ginger and molasses pair perfectly with the sweet shredded carrots and raisins. You can also add a tablespoon of flax seeds to these muffins. Walnuts or pecans taste great in these, too! Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp…

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…

Marble Bundt Cake

When I was in elementary school, I had a classmate who would bring in a slice of homemade marble cake almost every day in her lunch. For some odd reason, she would often give away her cake. I always tried to get a seat next to her in the cafeteria. That cake was delicious, plus…

Lemon Loaf

I often find myself craving citrus-flavoured foods at this time of year. This simple loaf cake is very moist and has a bright, lemony flavour because it incorporates fresh lemon juice, lemon zest and lemon extract. I like to up the citrus flavour of this cake by drizzling it with a lemon-sugar glaze, but you…

Boozy Balls

Now that you’ve stopped giggling at the title of this recipe, these are a great way to add a little boozy bite to your New Year’s sweet table. These 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…

Pan di Spagna

Nearly every Italian family has a tried and true pan di spagna (sponge cake) recipe that’s been handed down and passed around. Some call it ciambella or ciambellone. I’ve tried many different pan di spagna recipes over the years and none comes close to the one my husband’s Zia Antonietta shared with me. It’s as…