Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Christmas baking has begun! This is a new holiday favourite – I found it a few years ago when trying to find a recipe to add to my cookie spread knowing I would have friends attending our annual holiday party who eat gluten free. Easily one of the favourite cookies of everyone, regardless of their…

Butterscotch Date Custard Pie

My wife has fond memories of butterscotch pie from her childhood – myself, I’ve never had one. When I this recipe among my Grandma’s cards, I thought it might be one to pull out and give a try for a nod to my wife’s inner child. I didn’t know what to expect, but it’s a…

Chocolate Buttercream

Ingredients 4 cups icing sugar 1/2 cup cooca powder 1 cup Earth balance, softened Pinch of salt 1-2 tsp vanilla 3 tbsp soy milk (as needed) Whisk together the icing sugar and cocoa powder and set aside. Cream the Earth balance in a stand mixer and add the icing sugar/cocoa powder mixture 1 cup at…

Chocolate Zucchini Cake (or Cupcakes)

This is a more dense cake that our family thought we would try as cupcakes. The kids were skeptical that they wouldn’t be able to taste the zucchini so were very surprised when it seemed just like any other chocolate cake. We frosted the cupcakes with a chocolate buttercream. Ingredients 1/2 cup Earth Balance 1/2…

Instant Pot Hot Chocolate

I wanted to serve a warm beverage when having company over for outdoor visits in colder weather. This turned out amazing – my kids keep asking me to make it again. Ingredients 3 litres soy (or other dairy alternative) milk 1 can premium full-fat coconut milk 1/4-1/2 cup cocoa powder (to taste) 1/2 cup granulated…

Southern Pecan Pie

Sometimes simple is absolutely perfect. This simple recipe is one that I didn’t tinker with almost at all – Grandma’s recipe even called for margarine! Ingredients 1 unbaked pastry shell 3 eggs 2/3 cup granulated sugar 1 cup corn syrup 1/3 cup Earth Balance, melted Dash of salt 1 tsp vanilla 1 cup pecan halves…

Cranberry Almond Apple Crisp

A lovely late Fall or Winter treat that gets you excited for the holidays and/or uses up your leftover cranberries. Thanks to Epicurious from which this was adapted. Topping Ingredients 1 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 cup old-fashioned oats 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3/4 teaspoon baking powder 3/4…

Mocha Brownies

These are a really tasty twist on a traditional brownie. The brownie itself has a very subtle coffee flavour but really delivers the mocha vibe in the frosting. If you would like a stronger coffee flavour overall, I recommend adding another 1-2 tbsp of dissolved coffee granules to the batter. Brownie Ingredients 3 tbsp instant…

Gluten Free Apple Crisp

I made this apple crisp for my wife’s one-year-belated-40th birthday party. We couldn’t do anything on her real 40th on account of the pandemic so we threw a backyard gathering this year to mark the occasion. We have a few friends who eat gluten free and my wife loves apple crisp so I took on…

Banana Bread (dark)

This is a darker and moister banana bread that I personally think tastes best without any additions – although you could add nuts or chocolate chips if you want. Standalone it makes a great portable snack for our family. Ingredients 3 cups mashed bananas (approx. 5-6 bananas) 1 1/4 cup dark brown sugar 1/2 cup…