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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Waffles

It’s not always, but I would say more-often-than-not our current family has a big breakfast together on Sundays. Typically, the kids ask for pancakes but every once in a while waffles get a request. We love them served with strawberry sauce and whipped cream. Ingredients 3 cups flour 1 1/2 tbsps baking powder 1/2 tsp…

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies

We made these cookies on the third anniversary of my mother’s death. My mom made a lot of peanut butter cookies growing up and my favourites were always when she added chocolate chips. I had recently exchanged some text messages with my niece who also had fond memories of peanut butter cookies at Gramma’s house…

Caramel Frosting

Adapted with help from Two Sisters Crafting. I used this frosting on Grandma’s fluffy chocolate cake and it was a delicious combination. Ingredients 1 cup brown sugar, packed 1/2 cup Earth Balance, cubed 1/4 cup soy milk 2-2 1/2 cups powdered sugar Yield:  Frosting for a 2 layer 9” cake In large saucepan, combine the…

Sally’s Angel Food Cake

Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction. The family cookbook did not have a recipe for angel food cake from scratch. There were a couple recipes for cake rolls or chocolate angel food cake that called for a box of angel food cake mix as one of the ingredients. I felt these were too much of a…