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…

Double Chocolate Cookies

These double chocolate cookies are very rich and thick with an incredible texture thanks to the addition of melted butter. I like to use a medium-sized ice cream scoop to make extra large cookies … and these cookies make excellent ice cream sandwiches! Ingredients: 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup cocoa powder 2 tsp baking…

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…

Lemon Ricotta Cake

This traditional rustic Italian cake can be whipped up easily with pantry ingredients and little fuss. The ricotta in this recipe creates a tender, hearty crumb while the lemon adds brightness and flavour. I like to dust the cake with powdered sugar before serving — but it’s just as delicious without it. Ingredients: 1 1/2…

Chocolate Sheet Cake

Sheet cakes are awesome because they are so easy to make and they don’t require any fancy gadgets or skills. This Chocolate Sheet Cake is moist and rich and topped with a light and fluffy chocolate frosting. It’s the easiest birthday cake you’ll ever make! Ingredients: 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 2/3 cup cocoa powder…

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…