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

This recipe was partly adapted from one of Grandma Donna’s recipes along with some 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: …

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…