Showing posts from December, 2017

Bread... is life

Well on this eve of -14 degrees Celsius ... I made the executive decision to ditch the holiday shopping and bake bread!

Everything Cherry

Cherry tarts.      Cherry Juice.           Cherry smoothies. In the last two years, I started a new tradition where I head up to a cherry farm with a friend and her family for , well.. cherry picking. It is about 2 hrs drive west  from Toronto - the farm is separated by 'Province acres' as I call it. All the cherry trees in each section are basically from that specified province. Your taste buds will thank you. I have not been able to walk entirely across Canada as yet - I am still making my way through the British Columbia fields. The cherries on each tree do have distinctive tastes ; BUT once I pour them into the blender, or make my pie filling - they all taste just as SWEET. This lil beaut was made on the family farm- made fresh almost every half hour or less. After  a long day of harvesting in the blazing sun- this is a SWEET reward. I haven't made this yet- but it is mouth full of goodness! Below I have shared favorite Cherry Tart r

Quick Banana bread

Oh bananas... The ultimate go to breakfast on busy mornings. But on the days we completely forget about breakfast... The bananas turn brown on our kitchen counter and then.. Well we make Banana Bread. This is a go to recipe of mine... Takes literally 10 minutes to put together with the right ingredients. Try it out... 5 very ripe bananas 3/4 cup of sugar..i added an extra 2 tablespoon for some extra sweetness 1 tsp baking soda 1 1/2 cup of white flour 1 egg 1/3 cup of melted butter Freshly grated nutmeg(if preferred, use essence like vanilla or almond) Hand/stand mixer or hand beaten is okay for this recipe. After mashing Bananas, slowly add wet ingredients to batter while mixing. Then add flour. Oven instructions: Preheat at 350° Bake for 1 hr, cake should slightly rise. Test with a toothpick-if the toothpick is sticky, leave cake in the oven for a few more minutes. Cool on a wire rack before serving. The end result: Waste nothing, eat

Carrot Cake

Annual Christmas potluck dinner. My Contribution: Cake Carrot Cake. Because: Who doesn't love it? :) One of my favorite recipes and quickest. After many tries,  over the last few years, I have conquered my ultimate Carrot Cake recipe. I have also learnt to never over compensate with one ingredient if it does not substitute another!  The end result  - not a tasty cake haha So today's baking began like any other - after hours of procrastination and beginning 2 hours before attending the event. My best work is done under pressure. I gathered my ingredients : Rule of thumb prior to combining Bowl 1:dry ingredients Bowl 2: wet ingredients  I altered the original recipe to my taste. So here goes: Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups flour 1 1/2 cups white sugar 4 tsp baking powder 3 eggs 1/2 cup milk 3/4 cup melted butter Pinch of salt 1 tsp nutmeg (I usually grate in my nutmeg to taste) 3 cups of  shreded carrots Vanilla essence (optional )   Instructions :