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Peanut Butter Dream Brownies

Peanut Butter Dream Brownies

A brownie that's so much more!

Posted on March 17, 2014

Peanut Butter Dream is a recipe that I thought of when I made my Minty Fresh for the Baron of Baking. It’s actually in an old issue of the Recipe Club as the exclusive recipe, but it’s just so good that I think the whole world deserves to try it.

I know what you’re thinking. How can this recipe have anything to do with St. Patrick’s Day? It’s not green and there’s definitely no beer in it. It starts with the fact that I was going through my Irish Cuisine Cookbook, looking for inspiration and there was my Minty Fresh in the book! It was called Shamrock Brownies, or something to that effect, but there you go! And the connection is that these Peanut Butter Dream Brownies were something I dreamed up for a birthday while I was making the Minty Fresh.

These Peanut Butter Dream Brownies are absolutely incredible. They’re sweet, and slightly salty, and a small pan will go very far.

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Irish Apple Cake

Irish Apple Cake

Delightfully Spiced Cake

Posted on March 17, 2014

Irish Apple Cake is possibly the quintessential Irish dessert. The apples give it sweetness, while the cinnamon and ginger spice it perfectly, and the chopped nuts add texture. This cake can come together in a variety of ways, depending on how you want it to look when you’re done, but one thing that stays the same is the taste.

I made a large bundt cake version of Irish Apple Cake for this recipe and took it to a friend’s to share. The whole thing was gone in under 30 minutes. There were only 6 of us. The fragrance alone had everyone’s eyes rolling back in delight. Make it for yourself and see!

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Stuffed French Toast

Stuffed French Toast

On The Grill

Posted on February 24, 2014
It was not hard to eat all of these delicious french toasts up. We really enjoyed this breakfast. I am thinking that I should try a savoury version of this recipe. What do you think? Leave a comment below and tell me what you think would go into a savoury version of Stuffed French Toast On the Grill.
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Cinnamon Raisin Doughnuts

Cinnamon Raisin Doughnuts

Celebrate National Doughnut Day

Posted on November 05, 2013
Today is National Doughnut Day! It is actually one of two celebrated. The first being on the first Friday of every June. But, like bacon, the Doughnut is something so delicious that you have to celebrate it more than once a year. (Personally I celebrate bacon every day) Sure you can celebrate the easiest way, by going to a doughnut shop and buying one. But why not have the satisfaction of making your own delicious doughnuts! And delicious they are! These Cinnamon Raisin Doughnuts are spectacular in their sweet and doughy goodness. Glazed with a crackly finish, they burst with taste in your mouth. Make them with traditional cake and pastry flour or go gluten free with this recipe too!
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Flourless Smoked Chocolate Cake

Flourless Smoked Chocolate Cake

Dense But Delicious

Posted on October 21, 2013
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*Myself and the Baron of Baking (my husband) had an issue that the whites would not stiffen at all. No matter what we did.  There are some reasons that this can happen.

  • Bowl was wet or had debris in it before you put in the egg whites. Make sure that your bowl is clean and completely bone dry before adding the egg whites.
  • Stiff peaks won't form if you got yolk in the whites, even the tiniest amount will throw everything off. Try adding ¼ tsp. of lemon juice or cream of tartar in for every 2 egg whites.
  • Stiff peaks still won't form. Are you using the wrong attachment in the mixer? You need to be using the whisk attachment if you are using a big stand mixer, or a hand mixer. Don't use dough hooks, the "k" attachment or anything but the whisk attachment when making anything like meringue or whipped cream.

So I was not going to crack into another 6 eggs for their whites and try again. The Baron agreed with me. So we folded the egg-white mixture into the chocolate mixture and poured it into the springform pan. There was a little bit of leakage, which was caught by the baking tray that we used under the springform. I was surprised that the cake came out at all, but it was tasty. It did not rise at all, it was dense, but delicious. If the egg whites had come out, it would have been lighter, but just as good.

Next time I want to dress this up with perhaps a ganache, a caramel top, or maybe some sort of peppermint - thing for christmas. What would you top this cake with? Leave a comment and tell us how you would dress up this interesting cake.

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Poached Pear Crisp

Poached Pear Crisp

An Autumn Dessert

Posted on September 28, 2013
I was inspired by a photograph on Pinterest when I contemplated this recipe. I started with research into poached pears. I would have just grabbed the common Bartlet pear for this recipe. But thanks to the author and blogger David Lebovitz, who explained in delicious detail, how to properly poach a pear for the best results I chose Bosk. Thus informed and inspired I set out to make a delicious fall dessert. Something that would warm me up and make me smile even though the weather has turned cold. Tell us about your favourite fall dessert in the comments section below!
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Apple Pie Egg Rolls

Apple Pie Egg Rolls

Deep Fried

Posted on June 17, 2013
These are a fantastic and different treat. But they’re no good the next day, even if you bake them on the grill to get that crisp back. If you’re making extra that you don’t think you will eat, don’t fry them, but freeze them right away.
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Smoked Chocolate

Smoked Chocolate

Yep You Read That Right

Posted on May 28, 2013
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I have mentioned before that depending on the day’s temperature, you may have some issues keeping the smoker cool. If you’re smoking on a sunny and warm day (20°C+/68°F+) it will increase the temperature of the smoker itself. Try to work in the shade if you can. I had this very trouble. It was warm and sunny. The chocolate started melting after about 10 minutes on the smoker. I actually pulled mine off early. My bars were also a little thinner than 1-inch as well – not helpful. But I got what I was looking for. A smoky barbecue flavour embedded in the chocolate.

It’s not fantastic to just sit and eat. Kind of like placing a piece of chocolate on your tongue and then licking a grill. But when you melt it and use it IN things… look out! There is just a hint of smokiness and a whole lot of chocolate! It’s delicious! Amazing. Fantastic.

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Smoked Chocolate Guinness Cake

Smoked Chocolate Guinness Cake

With Marshmallow Cream Cheese Frosting

Posted on May 28, 2013
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I was honoured when asked to bake the birthday cake for a friend's party. I had just the thing for it too! Having just made Smoked Chocolate, I knew that I had to use it in this cake. The cake was a huge hit... it was also huge. I doubled this recipe for a two layer cake. I put a fudge-y chocolate layer in the middle and topped it all off with a marshmallow and cream cheese frosting. The recipe here makes one 9-inch, single layer cake. You will need a kitchen scale to weight out the chocolate.

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Fresh Citrus Cake

Fresh Citrus Cake

with Lemon Curd and Mascarpone Icing

Posted on May 13, 2013
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Did I mention how GOOD this cake was?  Quite enjoyable. Next time I think I will double the icing recipe. It covered the cake alright, but it was a thin layer. There was so much cake too! It could have easily fed 12 people. It was divided between four of us. I have also been told that the lemon curd is quite tasty on salmon. Let me know if you have tried it. I am curious.
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