Chai Spiced Pear Scones with Toasted Almonds

SNUGGLE UP TO THESE CHAI SPICED PEAR SCONES WITH A CUP OF HOT TEA   Chai spices scream winter and combined with pears you’ve got yourself a winning combination which is what inspired these gorgeous Chai Spice Pear Scones topped with toasted almonds. I decided to keep these Chai spiced pear scones plain and simple without any other added sugary glaze or icing on top of them. I didn’t want to turn them into a cake type dessert so going with simple pears scones was the direction I took especially since I’ve cut back on my sugar intake the past two years. These pear scones are wonderful when you want to relax with a hot cup of tea and enjoy a snack or I’ve even toasted them in the morning then topped them with butter. Other types of scones that I favourite are my Pumpkin Spiced Scones, British Scones with Blackberry Apple Jam and for Mrs. CBB she fancies the keto scone in a mug.   What to do with pears?   Pears are one of my favourite types of fruits but they must be ripe for me to enjoy the natural flavour. A hard pear has no flavour at […]

Easy Cherry Almond Cake

A FESTIVE CHERRY ALMOND CAKE SURE TO PLEASE EVERYONE   Cherry Almond Cake is a must-have fresh-baked cake in our household for the Christmas holidays. I, like lots of other people do quite a bit of home baking for Christmas but prefer to do more easy cakes and squares rather than cookies. Last week you might remember my Frosted Apple Cinnamon Rolls drenched in a silky glaze, perfect for Christmas morning with a cup of tea or coffee. You can make that too but first let’s talk about this simple Cherry Almond Cake that even a novice baker can make. Each year around November I pull out my collection of traditional Christmas recipes to start preparing the ingredient shopping list. You’re always sure to save money on your grocery bill if you plan your Christmas baking needs ahead of time. Related: 20 Basic Baking Ingredients to Power Up Your Kitchen Over the years I’ve collected recipes from just about any outlet that I can. Sometimes, I will take a recipe and add my twist to it which I think most people do. That’s the great thing about easy recipes or those that you can add or take away some of […]

The Best Frosted Apple Cinnamon Rolls

A PLEASANT SURPRISE AWAITS YOU WITH THESE CINNAMON ROLLS WRAPPED IN WARM APPLES WITH A BLANKET OF GOLDEN ICING   It smells so good in here already don’t you think? Today’s Apple Cinnamon Rolls recipe is a family favourite around here during the Christmas holidays. What’s even better is when my sister-in-law said my apple cinnamon rolls are the best she has ever tasted and she is a pretty good baker herself! Compliments are always welcome. Birth of the Apple Cinnamon Rolls recipe   My apple cinnamon rolls started with a recipe that I found in a library cook book years ago and modified it to suit our family tastes. I remember the first time I made these apple cinnamon rolls because I had one lonely apple in the kitchen that needed using up. Sometimes good things come from just one inspiration such as an apple. Since apples and cinnamon are such a tasty pairing and quite common in many recipes, it seemed to be an easy step to add that one apple to my cinnamon rolls. A new family recipe was born, Apple Cinnamon Rolls! I have to admit some of the measurements are not very exact but I […]

Magical 4 Ingredient British Sponge Cake

The best sponge cake recipe you will ever try is made with love and only 4 ingredients.   The aroma of this British sponge cake recipe trailed my mum’s kitchen since I was a little boy. She was a stay-at-home mum for the most part unless she was helping my dad with our business and always had a cake baked inside her cake tin. (she still uses the same tin, no kidding.) Most often it was a sponge cake to enjoy after tea with a lovely cup of coffee or tea. Other times we’d sneak a piece just because the sponge cake was so light and fluffy it was hard to resist. A sponge cake is one of the easiest cakes you can make and a great cake for baking beginners and inexpensive to make. British sponge cake has 4 ingredients and that’s all you need to make this delicious cake that everyone will rave about. Once you dress up your fluffy sponge cake with accessories you’ll see that you’re working with a blank pallet that you can bring to life. This makes the sponge cake the perfect birthday, anniversary, baptism, graduation or even wedding cake for your special day. […]

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins (Flour-Less)

A SIMPLE MOIST MUFFIN THAT YOU CAN MAKE IN LESS THAN 30-MINUTES.   When I bite into a muffin I expect it to be moist, flavourful and to not fall apart in my hands. These one-bowl flour-less peanut butter banana oatmeal chocolate chip muffins are the perfect breakfast muffin or ideal for a quick snack on the go. Our almost three year-old son absolutely loves Tim Horton’s chocolate chip muffins and knows the difference if we try to swap one out for something else. Living with a picky eater is tough especially when they are still learning to talk. I tried to pass off raisins the other day for chocolate chips and met with a disgusted look. I tried. Related: How to motivate picky eaters in your family I know it sounds like a mish-mash of ingredients but I don’t think I’ve ever seen our son demolish a muffin the way he does with these peanut butter banana oatmeal chocolate chips muffins. I’m pretty sure Mrs. CBB and I just watched him eat it because it’s not often we see him thrilled to eat something we make at home. Related: Just like Tim Horton’s Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe Mrs. CBB […]

Easy Multi-Colour Buttercream Frosted Easter Cupcakes

SPLASH YOUR EASTER TABLE WITH A CUPCAKE BOUQUET OF COLOURS.   Knock, Knock Cupcake delivery. Don’t make this be you because your wallet will feel the crunch. Gourmet cupcakes cost a fortune to buy from local bakeries but there’s no need to spend $2-$5 for one cupcake when you can easily make them at home for far less. For you last-minute Easter bakers out there put your apron on and get ready to bake some Easter cupcakes that everyone will think you bought from the local bakery. Easter Baking for toddlers doesn’t get any more colourful then these adorable multi-coloured Easter cupcakes. Mrs. CBB and I wanted to involve our son in baking these Easter cupcakes as a tradition for our family. Fun Easter desserts are also a perfect way to celebrate the beginning of Spring at home, work or for the kiddos. They will add more sweetness to the already chocolate-filled diet that most of us will have for the month of April. I can handle that though and so can our little guy although we have to limit his chocolate intake otherwise he would eat it day and night. Like father like son.   Baking takes creativity, a […]

Anginetti Italian Lemon Cookies with Coloured Sprinkles

ITALIAN LEMON COOKIES ARE ELEGANT FOR EASTER, CHRISTMAS, WEDDINGS AND FOR EVERYDAY EATING. THE PERFECT DUNKING COOKIE.   Soft Italian Lemon cookies with a lemon glaze and coloured sprinkles are a staple in just about every Italian family particularly those who hail from Southern Italy. Does dunking Italian Anginetti cookies in your morning coffee sound familiar? It probably does if you’re Italian but for those who haven’t you should try it. I promise you these cookies are one of the best Italian cookies to dunk and I’ve had many growing up in an Italian neighbourhood. With Easter (Pasqua-Italian) around the corner I thought you’d all like to try something a bit different for your Easter dessert or before, after and in-between meals. You can pretty much eat these Anginetti Italian lemon cookies all day (at least I can). In my teens I would visit my Italian friend almost daily to hang out and play or swoon over the boys. Her mother would always have these amazing iced Italian cookies  that I would drool over. It was like living in a palace and I was jealous because all I got were Oreos from a bag. These Italian cookies with sprinkles on […]

Swirled Nutella Banana Bread

THE SECRET TO MY POPULAR MOIST BANANA BREAD IS REVEALED TODAY. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU DO WITH THIS SWEET INFORMATION.   In a perfect Nutella world we’d all love Nutella but for now you either love it or you hate it. I’m going to Nutella bomb your kitchen today with a Nutella banana bread recipe like you’ve never tasted before. Creating recipes with Nutella seems pretty easy and it is because chocolate practically goes with everything, especially bananas. I may be biased but this is one of the best and moist Swirled Nutella Banana Bread recipes that has a bit of ooey-gooey at the top. I promise you’ll either be licking your lips or your fingers when no one is looking or grabbing another piece to mask those sticky fingers.   Breakfast Nutella   All you need is a spoon…and maybe a slice of bread. Nutella has gotten a bad rap after consumer complaints about their nutritious breakfast advertising over the years but production is still going strong. Someone has to be buying it! This is chocolate folks and probably not the best breakfast but heck, everyone needs a little chocolate boost in the mornings some times. Years ago when […]

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