Baking Recipes, Quickbreads & Loaves, The Breakfast Bin, Timeless Treats

{Timeless Treats} Luscious Banana Bread

There’s something about Banana Bread that makes me remember my childhood the most. When I was a child of 3, I started going to Pre-School, and among the things I fondly remember from that time are running around with my little friends in my sailor-style uniform, my adorable bob that made me look like a …

Baking Recipes, Biscuits & scones, Dearly Dreaming Dorie, Experiments & experiences, From the books, The Breakfast Bin

Making scones for the first time

Not quite a biscuit but not quite bread, either. What is it? Oh right, a scone. I’m not particularly fond of things with too much butter because I don’t like how they feel in my mouth. But there’s just something about the buttery, savory and sometimes even nutty taste of scones that can make me forget. …

Baking Recipes, Bread-making, My favourite things, Timeless Treats, Yeasted breads

The charm of homemade soft pretzels

I probably have a love affair with pretzels from Auntie Anne’s. Every time I pass by a store and get a whiff of their pretzels, I want to turn around and march right in line to get my favourite Sour Cream and Onion-flavoured ones. When I’m in the mall, even when I’m a floor above …

Baking Recipes, From the books, Simple cakes, Timeless Treats, TV cravings

Nigella’s No-Fuss Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

The reason for making this cake began with a Desperate Housewives episode. My mother saw Bree’s gorgeous Upside Down Cake and said, “Mmmm… I want some. Why haven’t you made this cake?” I shrugged, and then I made it. And it wasn’t easy, mind you. I followed a recipe that called for making a thick …

Baking Recipes, David Lebovitz, From the books, Pies & Tarts, Timeless Treats

Chocolate Pecan Pie for a farewell treat

Such a long overdue post, this one is. More than a month ago, one of my brothers flew to Taiwan for a Study Tour, but before he did, he had a request: Pecan Pie. But I didn’t want to make him just any plain old pecan pie. After some research, I came across this Chocolate …

At home, Baking Recipes, Simple cakes, Timeless Treats, Traveling

Our Lenten Table 2011: Part II + a Recipe

There was really more than one reason to get cooking this week other than Lent. April 22nd also happens to be my Mother’s Birthday! We didn’t go out to celebrate because my Dad was away, and since we were staying home, I decided to make something special for her instead. Initially, my youngest brother and …

At home, Baking Recipes, Experiments & experiences

Our Lenten Table 2011: Part I

Living in a house full of growing carnivores is a bit tough on someone who prefers fish and vegetables over pork or beef. It’s not that my brothers don’t eat fish and veggies, they just like meat better. Man’s meat, you know? Anyway, since Lent means no meat, it was my turn to jump for …

Baking Recipes, Quickbreads & Loaves, The Breakfast Bin, Timeless Treats

Goodbye Cornmeal, Hello Maple Cornbread

Around the picnic table, the light country breeze bringing about whiffs of fragrant coffee caught between laughter and light-hearted conversations. The tall stalks in the field sway, unrestrained, as though in a dance. The cornbread is warm in my hands as I sit patiently waiting for the orange hues in the sky to reach its …