Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Cinnamon Sugar Pecan Brownies

Fudgy homemade chocolate brownies topped with a perfectly sweet cinnamon sugar frosting, drizzled with roasted pecans. The perfect treat for the holiday season! 

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Sugar Donuts

Classic sticky and sugary homemade donuts - even better than Krispy Kreme.

You see these donuts here?
They were supposed to be completely coated with a vanilla glaze, BUT… was too incredible as is! Drenching it in a glaze would take away from all of it’s toasty and crispy flavour.
I found myself sneaking a small bite (actually quite large!) after breakfast, after my workout, and heck – I even replaced my nightly ice cream bowl in the name of these donuts. If I hadn’t promised some friends a few donuts, then we’d probably polish off every last sugary crumb in only 2 days. 

Glazed doughnuts are my weakness, especially when they’re Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts. Aren’t they everyones weakness?
It took several attempts to get a homemade version that is like a Krispy Kreme. As the saying goes, third times the charm. I tried three different types of flour, bread flour first then blend of cake and all purpose flour and I ended up settling on just all purpose. It’s hard to get the exact same texture as theirs because according to the ingredients they have listed online they use emulsifiers, gluten, thickener, firming agents and other additives, which I’m guessing is what gives their doughnuts such a delicate texture. 
We don't need all that stuff. 

I’ll never tire of sugar donuts.   They sound pretty boring, but if you’ve ever had a really good simple donut, then you know what I’m talkin’ about!
I craved the same comforting flavors last week and before I knew it, this donut recipe came to life. The best thing about these donuts is that the dough only needs one hour to rise. SIXTY. MINUTES. Technically that means that you could have a donut in your mouth in 2 hours if you started right now. Just sayin. 
Happy Baking!

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Chocolate Strawberry Puff Pastry Tart

A super easy tart made with shop bought puff pastry slathered in chocolate cream and covered in chocolate chips, hazelnuts and strawberries.
Hands up if you have a ton of berries you need to use!
Me too, so I whacked a sheet of puff pastry in the oven, slathered it in sweet, chocolate cream and then covered it in strawberries and chocolate. The result? This beautiful, easy, soft, flaky, creamy, tart. Feel free to use any berries that you have - I just went with strawberries since I had some that were soon going to go off! 

Now - lets talk about store bought puff pastry. 
Don't get me wrong - I always try and have as many elements of my recipes home made as possible. I do like making pastry and I’ll happily make a choux or a shortcrust. However, life is just too short to make puff pastry, so buy away.
It really cannot get any easier; open it, unroll it, bake it. That’s’ it.
You know me, all for easy as long as it’s tasty.
In each slice you get a myriad of flavours and textures; the crunch from the pastry along with all of those layers then a hit of sweet, creamy filling and the mixture of tart strawberries, nutty hazelnuts and sweet chocolate chips, heaven in a slice!

This is one of those recipes you will make again and again, it’s a total crowd-pleaser and looks like you slaved away in the kitchen for hours. Don’t worry, it can be our little secret that it actually takes next to no time. The hardest part is waiting for the pastry to cool.

It was almost impossible to photograph this without digging in. I wasted no time polishing the rest off once the camera was put away… yea the healthy eating starts tomorrow… or maybe the next day, we'll see....
Basically, you should just go make this tart now. It is pure perfection and the pictures do it no justice!

Thursday, 14 July 2016

3 Ingredient Malteser Ice-cream

You don’t need an ice cream maker to churn a batch of this delicious ice cream!  Packed with rich, this is an ice cram that you will love.

Apparently no-churn ice cream is a thing, a big thing.  This might be the most dangerous fact I’ve ever learned.   I had no idea how easy it would be to make the real deal sans fancy machine.   Seriously, you whip some cream, combine it with a sweetened condensed milk and a flavour mixture and freeze for a few hours.  I actually stopped myself from buying more than one large container of heavy whipping cream. It was difficult. 

Luckily I did have some help in eating this batch of Malteser Ice Cream.  Infused with Malteser’s Teasers Spread AND Malteser chunks, it is heavy on the Malteser flavour in a very good way.  I used it for ice cream sundaes and a couple of milkshakes (just some milk and ice cream blended together).  

Part of me wants to make this recipe over and over again throughout the winter, but I have too many other flavors I’m dying to try.  Although, I would love to have a giant scoop of this ice cream stuffed into these cookies.

Friday, 3 June 2016

White Chocolate Maple Blondies

Like a normal brownie, only better. Seriously 

Everyone has a favorite brownie recipe. There are so many homemade favorites! But today I’ll show you how to make chewy, fudgy homemade white chocolate brownies. Because in my dessert loving world, a brownie should be two things: chewy and fudgy.
These brownies are like no other. One of the many reasons why I love them is because of their unparalleled texture. They’re sort of chewy and part gooey which we all know equals perfection. 
The edges are chewy and the centers are soft. The white chocolate flavour will make you weak at the knees. I love goodies with sticky, sugary centres. 
White Chocolate Maple Blondies

Don’t let their innocence fool you. These white chocolate brownies should come with a warning label. Something like… warning: you WILL eat the entire pan. Or warning: don’t try these crumbled over vanilla ice cream because you will forget about any other desserts on the planet and only want to eat white chocolate maple brownies and ice cream for the rest of your life.

White Chocolate Maple Blondies

If you’re looking for a healthy brownie recipe, look elsewhere because my homemade brownies are an indulgent dream come true.

Friday, 18 March 2016

Mini Apple Rose Tartlets

delicate and crispy mini apple tartlets drenched in a sticky caramel glaze 

Mini Apple Rose Tartlets
I was casually browsing recipes on youtube (as one often does!) and some how came across the prettiest apple rose tart. At first I thought that there was no way I would be able to replicate or even make something similar but after watching the video I thought I'd give it go with my own twist and for my first attempt I'd say that they look pretty snazzy. 

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Chocolate Zucchini Loaf

This moist and fudgy double chocolate zucchini bread will have you wondering how there are vegetables in this! 

Soooo, lets get started. Simply put - this bread is magical. This incredibly moist, fudgy, double chocolate-loaded bread will have you raising your hand. Um, excuse me. There are vegetables in THIS? Yes. This bread is filled with shredded zucchini and no one will be any the wiser.

Besides the addition of a green veggie, this recipe has a slew of other notable ingredients. First of all, there is only 1/2 cup of sugar in the entire loaf. I got 9-10 slices out of this loaf which means there is less than 1 Tablespoon of added sugar in each slice. Chocolate chips provide further sweetening, while also creating melty pockets of chocolate throughout each slice. Another ingredient doing double duty is the Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt adds protein, while also tenderizing the bread.

A little espresso powder makes each slice incredibly rich. Espresso powder or even instant coffee are actually normal ingredients added to chocolate cakes, muffins, cupcakes, and breads. They accentuate the chocolate flavour, making each bite EXPLODE with chocolate. You have to try it. Have to! (Yes, it’s optional if you despise coffee. But you don’t taste coffee!)
The only other thing you need to know about today’s recipe: make more than 1 loaf. Happy Baking!