Category Archives: Desserts and sweets

COCONUT CAKES FINANCIERS

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  There I am.  Nose pressed against the window of a pastry shop in Paris.  It is a magnificent display of opulent, mouth watering goodies,  but what has caught my eye are miniature golden loaves  – Financiers.  The story is … Continue reading

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ULTIMATE BLUE RIBBON BANANA BREAD

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I made my first banana bread just after the second world war.  Bananas disappeared from the produce shelves during the war.   Rationing, torpedoed cargo ships and ships used for troop transport meant that many food items were simply not … Continue reading

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THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS COOKIE … CLASSIC SHORTBREAD FINGERS

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The ultimate shortbread is worth its weight in gold.   It must have just the right amount of butter.  Butter creating a rich flavour and  crumbling texture.  Then there should be a whisper of vanilla.  Not too much sugar.  The perfect … Continue reading

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THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS DESSERT … LEMON BARS

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  Lemons glorious  lemons.  Grate the rind, squeeze the juice, whip together sugar and eggs and you create pure alchemy.  This golden dessert is a creation that is heavenly beyond words.  It has the most decadent puckery lemon flavour.  The … Continue reading

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PIE DOUGH MADE WITH LEAF LARD – makes the most flavourful and flaky crust

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It was an old-fashioned family Sunday dinner.  Roast leg of pork with lovely crackling and deep rich gravy.  Fresh from the garden jewel ruby beets peeled and roasted with brilliant orange carrots.   And for dessert pie with blueberry filling … Continue reading

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SPICY PUMPKIN PIE

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I consider this the best pumpkin pie I’ve ever made.   AND THE EASIEST!!  I have been making pumpkin pie for more than fifty years of Thanksgivings.  Trying various recipes.  One that almost made the best pumpkin pie had pecans … Continue reading

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OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

There are some who say the ultimate sweet treat is cookies and milk.  Make the cookie crispy rich with the perfect amount of old fashioned oatmeal,  bittersweet and milk chocolate chips and you have the oatmeal chocolate chip cookie that … Continue reading

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DOUBLE GLAZED LEMON LOAF deleted recipe

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My dear friends.  For some reason this recipe has developed major glitches.  The good husband made it twice (and he is a brilliant baker) with disastrous results.  The cake   didn’t seem to assimilate the oil properly.  As well the centre … Continue reading

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WALNUT CRANBERRY ORANGE BREAD

  This oh so scrumptious bread  is a dynamite  combination of flavours.  The roasted walnuts are rich and crunchy, and the tart cranberries and orange zest create an explosion for your taste buds.   The recipe makes two loaves – one … Continue reading

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OLD-FASHIONED PINEAPPLE UPSDIE DOWN CAKE

This is one of those desserts you like to make over and over again.  It is so simple – requiring just one bowl.  The ingredients are pantry friendly.   It takes just a few minutes to whip up. Served warm fresh … Continue reading

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