Healthy Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

The first time I made these cookies my kids gobbled them up before I even had the chance to worry about whether or not they would like them. These are refined sugar, flour and egg-free — but delicious in every way. You can customize them with add-ins of your choice; my favourites are sunflower seeds,…

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…

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…

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…