Learning Lessons with Milk Chocolate Puff Pastries

When I started this blog, I wanted to join the baking community as a contributor, but also as a learner. I’ve never laboured under the pretence that I’m the best baker around, because then what could I aspire to?  There are so many other established blogs out there that I can only dream of measuring…

Carrot-Carrot Cake (Pinch punch first of the month!)

Ok, so it’s not November 1. But in my defence, I planned to bake this carrot cake on Nov 1 but then my parents wanted to have a dinner on Nov 4 and carrot cake is my mom’s favourite. I haven’t made this Carrot-Carrot Cake in a looooong time. It’s not often I have the…

Choco-coco Cookoffees

Instagram is my favourite social media, bar none. It’s the first app I look at in the morning and the last at night and there’s always something beautiful, or delicious, or funny, or interesting to look at.  Call me a sucker for a great photo! Since I’ve started this blog and have been taking pictures…

Find a banana, take a banana (bread)

Last weekend I was in Chicago for the first time, as hubby wanted to run the Chicago Marathon.  It’s funny: that makes it sound like he just decided to do it one day and off we went.  Trust me: it’s been a loooong 6 months of training for him. I won’t go into detail about…

Chocolate Fudge Chunk Cookies

It’s almost Thanksgiving here in Canada and for me it’s the start of the hardcore baking season. The time of year when all baked goods are welcome, and there never seems to be enough sugar cookies or butter tarts to go around. My colleagues at work decided to have a Thanksgiving Food Drive, with a…

Baked Peanut Butter Doughnuts

In recent years, in lieu of buying my friends and work colleagues presents for their birthdays or anniversaries, I like to ask them if I can bake them something.  Yes, I know, I sound like a cheap-ass (because I am haha!) But really this serves a dual purpose: 1) As people get older, I find…

Better-than-Starbucks Vanilla Scones

Ever gone to Starbucks looking for a sweet treat that won’t kill you with calories?  If so, you’ve probably tried the Petite Vanilla Bean Scone from the bakery case.  Aptly named, the PVBS is just enough to curb your sweet tooth, but at about $2 a pop, these treats don’t come cheap coupled with a…

Double Chocolate Almost-Biscotti

You might be wondering about the name of this post…what’s “Almost-Biscotti” you ask? Well, to make a long story short, it’s a recipe for biscotti, but not baked long enough for them to get super crispy. You see, a couple summers ago I had been having a lot of trouble with my teeth.  My wisdom…

Blueberry Lemon Loaf

Blueberries were 2 for $5 this week at the grocery store. If you’re in the habit of buying fresh blueberries, you know what a great deal that is. If there’s one thing summer is good for, it’s fresh produce out the wazoo! I had an inkling that I’d like to use blueberries in a recipe…

S’more Blondies

The other week, while poking around a little grocery store in my neighbourhood, my husband ran over to me saying he wanted to show me something.  Assuming it was something that would make me giggle, I followed him (lo and behold) to the baking aisle where he presented me with Donini’s S’more Snack Mix. “I…