Baking Recipes, Brownies & Bars, Christmas & holidays

{Countdown to Christmas} Cranberry Bliss Bars for the sweet tooth

If you’re the type to frequent Starbucks not just for its coffee but also for its snacks, then you’re in luck with today’s post. I don’t go to Starbucks at all but I’ve been told they serve up something like this around the holiday season: a spiced bar dotted with white chocolate chips; filled with …

Baking Recipes, Christmas & holidays, Cupcakes & Muffins

{Countdown to Christmas} My favourite Mint Chocolate Cupcakes

Christmas gives me such an excuse to break out my bottle of peppermint extract! I don’t normally make anything with peppermint for the rest of year because it doesn’t quite feel right, but I cherish the opportunity to make all things minty throughout the Christmas season. Preferably combined with chocolate. Of course. I just don’t …

Baking Recipes, Christmas & holidays, Simple cakes

{Countdown to Christmas} Minty Chocolate Bundt Cake

By appearance, it would seem that this bundt cake isn’t quite as Christmas-y as most holiday treats. There are no red or green splashes of colour nor intricate Christmas designs and shapes, but simply a rich, dark chocolate cake with an equally rich and dark glaze. The thing that adds a decidedly Christmas twist to …

Baking Recipes, Cookies, From the books, Must-Makes from Martha

A sprinkle of rosemary for Eri: Act I

Months ago, I asked my friends for suggestions as to what they would like me to bake next. My friend Eri immediately requested something with rosemary. Being that I have never made anything with rosemary, let alone know much about this particular herb, I immediately took it as a challenge. I was fairly excited to …

Baking Recipes, Bread-making, Yeasted breads

Soft Garlic Knots and the joy of knotting

When I first saw this recipe, I was immediately drawn to how intricate the breads looked. Now usually, intricate would mean hard work, but if there’s anything I learned in the world of baking it’s that there is so much more than meets the eye: a simple recipe could produce something marvelous that looks like …

At home, Baking Recipes, Dearly Dreaming Dorie, From the books, Layer cakes

{Dearly Dreaming Dorie} A Black and White birthday cake for Papa

I don’t tend to say it out loud, but I like going out of my way to do things for my Dad, big or small. That’s why despite having zero experience and practice in making real layer cakes, I stubbornly pushed through with this one. I wanted to make him a birthday cake. A few …

Burgers & grilled things, Chicken dishes, Cooking Recipes, Experiments & experiences

{Built from Scratch} Chicken Parmesan Burgers with Garlic Fries

While I was thinking about which of my recipes in my backlog to post first, I had an idea: I wanted to make a segment for the blog that would incorporate several recipes from scratch to create one full delicious meal. Burgers seemed like a pretty good starting point, even though to be honest, I’m …

Baking Recipes, Bread-making, How-to, Yeasted breads

{Do-It-Yourself} Light Brioche Burger Buns

It’s a rare occurrence nowadays for people to make their own burger buns. And it’s perfectly understandable why this is so, what with supermarkets stocking ample amounts of different types of sandwich breads on their shelves. I need only take a few steps from my house before I get a whiff of the day’s pastries …