26 Jun 2016

Solstice Pinwheel Cookies

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These cookies have a chocolate and vanilla swirl for the solstice. They’re easy to make in advance then slice and bake when needed.

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19 Jun 2016

Peanut Butter and Cranberry Molasses Bread

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These mini loaves are a cross between a peanut butter cupcake and gingerbread. They have a strong caramel flavour with peanut and cranberry chunks. The frosting on top is a peanut butter frosting.

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18 Jun 2016

Strawberry and Banana Muffins

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Muffins… not cupcakes. For the uninformed, muffins are (usually) bigger than cupcakes and don’t have frosting. Starbucks and other coffee shops try to sell muffins as health food, but really they’re as much of a dessert as any other cake.

These banana muffins have chunks of strawberry in and use whole wheat flour for extra flavour.

Bake until golden brown

Bake until golden brown

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12 Jun 2016

Peanut Butter Oreo Bars

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These peanut butter bars have crushed Oreos on top. They were good, but next time I’d use the recipe below (doubled from my attempt) and spread another layer of batter on top to sandwich the Oreos inside.

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11 Jun 2016

Strawberry Tarts

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Sweetcrust pastry with vanilla creme patissiere and strawberries on top. The pastry is extremely light and flaky due to the cream. It’s pretty much shortbread, so you can bake any leftover pastry and eat on it’s own.

I also made a gluten free one with crushed gluten free digestive biscuits. Instead of pastry, crush a handful of biscuits and mix with just enough melted butter to moisten. Don’t overdo the butter – it’s easy to misjudge at first and add more than needed. Once you the butter into the biscuits the mixture should hold together.

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05 Jun 2016

Alfajores

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That’s alpha-whores, not alfazores, alfa-joores or any other anglicized pronunciation. These Spanish sandwich have a layer of dulce de leche in the middle and are usually sprinkled with coconut, almond or other chopped nuts.Mine were filled with desiccated coconut and flaked almonds.  Though you can make dulce de leche (milk jam/confiture de lait) yourself by boiling a can of condensed milk, buying it premade saves time and potential kitchen explosions.

The cookies have a light and soft texture due to the cornflour.

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29 May 2016

Ukranian Snowball Cookies

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These cookies have a soft texture and are filled with nuts. They’re rolled twice in icing sugar- once while they’re still warm then again after they’ve cooled down. This creates a crunchy inner layer which melts, and a uniform outer layer of icing sugar.

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28 May 2016

Ukranian Apple Cake (Yabluchnyk)

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In honour of Ukraine’s awful winning performance at Eurovision 2016, Yabluchnyk is a traditional layered apple cake.

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27 May 2016

Cherry and Almond Cupcakes

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Fluffy cupcakes with chunks of cherry and marzipan and a white chocolate cream cheese frosting on top.

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21 May 2016

Chocolate Hazelnut Banana Cupcakes

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Banana, chocolate, hazelnuts and marshmallows in one cupcake? What an awesome idea. I split these banana cupcakes into two – half filled with Nutella and chopped hazelnuts and frosted with marshmallow buttercream, and the other half filled with marshmallow buttercream and frosted with Nutella and hazelnuts.

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