Honey Gingerbread

I had never had a piece of gingerbread before making this recipe. Of course I’ve eaten gingerbread cookies of all varieties but as an actual *bread*? Never. It’s a rich, spiced bread that would be great as a morning snack and would be a great gifting loaf in the Fall. Ingredients 3/4 cup Earth Balance…

Tomato Tofu Curry

Ingredients 1 block of extra firm tofu, cubed Hot cooked rice Marinade 1 tbsp cornstarch 1/2 tsp ground ginger 1 tbsp dry sherry or water 1 tsp soy sauce Sauce 1 tbsp cornstarch 2 tsp soy sauce 2 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce 1/2 cup water 1/4 cup ketchup 3 tbsp oil 1 cup celery, diagonally…

Apple Crumble Pie (aka Dutch Apple Pie)

Grandma’s recipe called this a “Dutch Apple Pie” and I thought it was so titled on account of the graham cracker crust. I have since learned that a Dutch Apple Pie is one that has a crumble topping. Grandma paired the crumble with a graham cracker crust – a delicious pie in its own right…

Orange Cranberry Shortbread Squares

What a perfect combination! Shortbread base, custardy middle, and a crispy sweet top! I added dried cranberries to level-up Grandma Donna’s recipe. Ingredients 2 cups flour (+ 1/3 cup) 1/4 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1 cup Earth Balance 1/2 cup granulated sugar (+ 1 1/2 cups) 4 eggs 1/3 cup orange juice 2-3…

Whipped Shortbread

This was a big family favourite over the holidays in our house. It almost wasn’t Christmas without a batch of mom’s / grandma’s whipped shortbread. In fact, I had no idea until I was well into adulthood that there was any other kind of shortbread. Ingredients 2 cups Earth balance, cold 3 1/2 cups flour…

Pecan Balls

This was a new recipe I decided to add to this year’s holiday baking list. They are a more savoury treat so if you prefer, you can add another 1-2 tbsp of sugar to the recipe. Ingredients 2 cups sifted flour 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1 cup Earth balance 3 tbsp soy…

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 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…

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…

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…