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…

Vanilla Sheet Cake

I love sheet cakes…they’re easy to make, delicious and perfect for any celebration. This vanilla sheet cake has a tender crumb and a rich vanilla flavour. I like to finish it off with a whipped vanilla buttercream…sprinkles are optional but I definitely wouldn’t leave them out! Ingredients: 3 cups cake flour 1 1/2 cups sugar…

Halloween Candy Bar Cookies

Ever wondered what to do with all those leftover Halloween chocolate bars? Me neither. That’s never been a problem at our house. But I have often found myself in the mood for chocolate chip cookies but with no chocolate chips in my cupboard. Lucky for me, I’ve made a habit of picking most of the…

Summer Strawberry Muffins

These simple muffins are bursting with sweet strawberry flavour. The addition of buttermilk creates a super tender crumb, while a pinch of ground ginger adds a subtle bit of spice. If it’s rhubarb season, you can definitely add some to this muffin. Looking for more strawberry recipes? Check out my Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble and Strawberry…

Vanilla Cupcakes

These vanilla cupcakes are one of my favourites because they are so easy to make and very versatile. You can combine them with any flavour (or colour!!) of frosting and they’ll taste great! It’s important to use a good quality vanilla for this recipe because you really want the flavour to stand out. The icing…

Lemon & White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Lemon and white chocolate is a luscious combination. These cookies have a delicate lemon flavour that pairs really well with the creamy taste and texture of white chocolate chips. I like to use lemon extract in this recipe instead of fresh lemon juice because I don’t want the sourness of the juice to overpower the…

No-Bake Cheesecake

Making cheesecake has always intimidated me. That’s because traditional baked versions of this dessert require baking the cake in a water bath. That seems complicated to me and something I’m sure to mess up. But a no-bake cheesecake I can totally get behind — and I’ve yet to mess up this recipe so it’s certifiably…

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,…

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…