Fondant Fancies- Iced Sponge Cakes

  FANCY UP ANY HOLIDAY OR SPECIAL OCCASION   This year for Christmas and New Years I wanted to make a few fancier smaller cakes so I decided to make Fondant Fancies. Fondant Fancies are individual sponge cakes also known as French Fancies back in the UK and Ireland where they were introduced in 1967 under the name Mr. Kipling. Mr Kipling is a brand of cakes, pies and baked goods marketed in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It was introduced in May 1967 (at a time when cakes were more often bought from local bakers), to sell cakes of a local baker’s standard to supermarkets, and grew to become the United Kingdom’s largest cake manufacturer by 1976- WIkipedia Related: Nicola’s Cinnamon Meringue Petit Fours These fondant fancies are small bite size sponge cakes that have marzipan on the top then covered in fondant icing. You can also drizzle icing designs on top of your fondant fancies to help distinguish what type of cake it is or what is inside the layered sponge cake. The great thing about the Fondant Fancies are that they are bite-size and you can be as creative as you’d like with them for any occasion. […]

Homemade Sweet Corn Relish

HOMEMADE AND FRESH IS BEST!   Making homemade sweet corn takes no time at all and the best part is that you always have a little bit of summer in a jar. Fall is finally in full swing which means the leaves are turning beautiful colours and sweaters, jackets and hats have come out of storage. The Fall season also means that the harvest has blossomed full force for everyone looking to enjoy the hearty crops. The fields around the house are a buzz with the combines taking in the corn crops and plowing for next years season. What vegetables are harvested in the Fall? Most vegetables that harvested in the Fall are vegetables such as Cauliflower, Rutabaga (Swede), Potatoes, Beets, Assorted Squash including Pumpkins, Plums, Pears, Peas, Peppers, Garlic, Peaches, Plums, Eggplant (Aubergine), Beans, Apples, Celery and so on. Knowing what fruits and vegetables to buy in-season and planning your meals around them will save you money in your grocery budget. My boys are nearing the end of football and looking forward to the playoffs which means more time for me in the kitchen. Having more time at home in the kitchen gives me the opportunity to finish up […]

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

SOMETIMES YOU JUST NEED THE COMFORTS OF HOME   Roasted Tomato Basil Soup is perfect for the Fall season especially if you had a garden full of tomatoes and too much basil. Nothing quite soothes the soul than a hot bowl of soup especially after the week I had to endure. I made Roasted Tomato Basil Soup because I fell ill which landed me in the hospital with stomach flu. Thankfully I was only in overnight but was told to take it easy, consume plenty of fluids and to rest. As every parent knows “Rest” just doesn’t happen, but I dutifully went to my bed for a day before thinking about getting up. I did take it easy and hubby was in the kitchen cooking and organizing the kids. Luckily, I had some freezer meals already prepped so it was just a case of defrosting and serving up. It doesn’t get any easier than that for my husband. I on the other hand was on liquids only for the first couple of days so that was clear chicken broth, Jello, sweet tea and coffee but with no milk. It really doesn’t help when you smell good food, you are hungry […]

Easy Cheesy Chili Cornbread Muffins

YES IT’S CHILI IN A MUFFIN!   I bet you thought this was just a cheesy cornbread muffin with chili powder but NO it’s a Cheesy CHILI Cornbread Muffin. No need to cook up a pot of my Turkey Chili or Mr. CBB’s Slammin Chili with these because I’m giving you the cornbread muffin and the chili all in one. The Chili Pepper is widely used around the world but did you know it’s spelled differently which is why you may see chile con carne, or chilli con carne. Chili pepper, the spicy fruit of plants in the genus Capsicum; sometimes spelled “chilli” in the UK and “chile” in the southwestern US Now that Fall is in the air and back to school is in full swing for the kids I’m busy in the kitchen using my free time to create delicious recipes for my family. If I can make ahead and freeze meals to make week-night cooking easier, I’ll do that. I have used this basic chili cornbread recipe for years as it was in one of my old recipe books which I can’t seem to recall. I have tweaked the cornbread recipe to my liking through trial and […]

Spiced Apple Bread

SIMPLE QUICK BREAD   If you are looking for apple recipes you’ll want to add this spiced apple bread to the menu this week. Apples are everywhere in September especially at the farmers markets where you can buy bushels of them for a reasonable price. Also, with the Fall season around the corner apples are waiting to picked from the trees so now is a good time to harvest them. Now that the leaves are falling to the ground and seasons are changing this spiced apple bread is the perfect dessert. Quick breads have long been a favourite in many households not only because they are easy on the budget but they are fast to make. I’m a huge fan of apples and since I had a spare can of apple pie filling in my pantry I decided to create this spiced apple bread. Typically I would make my apple pie filling or apple sauce which you can do or you can use this shortcut that I’m taking to use up a pantry item so it doesn’t go to waste. If you don’t have apple pie filling in your cupboard like me you can easily substitute with a homemade spiced […]

Easy Cheesy Pizza Buns

MAKE YOUR OWN PIZZA BUNS AT HOME   Now we have all seen Pizza Buns in the supermarket before or you may have smelled them baking while you were shopping. That’s just another way the store plays to your senses so you buy a package of whatever is baking. Suggestive marketing by sight and smell has been around for year and years. Today I’m going to show you how to make pizza buns which you can enjoy on their own or stuff them to make a sandwich. I like to stuff mine with fresh sliced ham and mozzarella cheese which just makes the flavours pop in this recipe. Typically whenever dough is involved some people will shy away from a recipe because of time or lack of experience with dough BUT don’t be shy of it. We’ve all had to learn from our mistakes which helped us create experiences. All in all this pizza bun dough recipe will take about an hour to make and get ready for the oven. That’s pretty fast for making your own pizza buns at home. You can’t beat that freshness and if the tomatoes you use are garden fresh, even better. The magical part […]

Little Shortbread Lemon Tarts with Raspberry Drizzle

BUTTERY SHORTBREAD THAT WILL MELT IN YOUR MOUTH   I’m going to call this shortbread lemon tart recipe one of the best I’ve made to date. Although I’m biased when it comes to my own recipes I really do think I’m on to a winner here so I hope you will all test this recipe in your own kitchen. Since Mr CBB brought to the table the wonderful Dundurn Castle Shortbread which was a hit all over the internet two weeks ago I am going to share my fabulous shortbread lemon tarts with the most die for filling ever. I promise you that everyone will have seconds and beg you to make more as these shortbread lemon tarts really are that delicious. Sometimes I amaze myself at what I create in the kitchen because it’s always hit or miss when developing recipes. The reason I decided to make the lemon tarts was that my boy’s Football Club is holding a bake sale for their Raiders Days. All of the proceeds from the bake sale will go towards helping the team purchase new equipment. My husband suggested that I bake my famous cinnamon buns and mini apple pies. Those are two […]

Easy Tomato and Bacon Risotto

DELICIOUS RISOTTO RECIPE   Rice is a staple in almost everyone’s pantry so I’ve created this easy Tomato and Bacon Risotto for anyone who wants a nutritious meal on the table and not wait for hours. It was another nice day here in Ste Anne and I needed to cook something hearty and quick for supper. Both boys are now in Football until first week of November and they need something filling but not too heavy. Risotto is perfect before the kids go to practice and packed with flavourful herbs, vegetables and a light sauce. With so many rice dishes available today in convenience packets I hope my recipe motivates you to get in the kitchen and try something new that is homemade. Don’t be afraid of the word risotto, it’s just a name and you too can cook this delicious Tomato and Bacon risotto just like I have done. This easy risotto recipe will be on your kitchen table in just under an hour.   Risotto   What is Risotto? Risotto is typically made with an Italian rice called “Arborio Rice” cooked in a broth to a creamy consistency. Making risotto is one the main ways rice is served […]

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