Strawberry Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast

IMPRESS WITH THIS EASY STUFFED FRENCH TOAST   My wife is the person who introduced me to Canadian French Toast about 9 years ago since back in the UK it’s known as eggie bread which I would top with tomato sauce and not something sweet. The first time my wife made me French toast and drowned it with maple syrup I wasn’t sure what to think. Even worse was the breakfast sausages begging for a life-preserver. Her response, “Everyone likes sausages with maple syrup”.  I’m sure she only said that to entice me to eat it. Actually, I’m 100% sure she did. Related: Learn all about Grade A Canadian Maple Syrup I’ve warmed up to the taste over the years as well putting syrup on my eggie bread along with fresh fruits, yogurt and even hemp seeds. When my wife and I had extra strawberries we decided to create a Strawberry Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast and you know what, I loved it and I hope you do too!   How do you make French Toast?   The simple way is to take thick sliced white bread of your choice, dip it in an egg mixture which is a couple […]

Almond Joy Cheesecake

BRINGING ALMOND JOY CHOCOLATE BAR TO LIFE   There is nothing more decadent than a luscious cheesecake especially my latest creation an Almond Joy Cheesecake. My family loves a luscious cheesecake no matter what the occasion, and are always eager to see what I will come up with next.  An Almond Joy chocolate bar was invented in 1948 and for those of you who may not have it available to you might be familiar with the Bounty Chocolate Bar which is basically the same thing. My family love my baking skills so much that they send me recipes and pictures to make for upcoming occasions. I’ve made a large cheesecake and small cheesecakes to share (sometimes), and mini cheesecakes, perfect for that afternoon sweet-tooth. This past Easter I wanted to do something a bit different for my cheesecake creation. I’ve done the traditional New York cheesecake, the copy-cat Cheesecake Factory cheesecakes, (White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle is my go–to Cheesecake it’s simply divine as well as their pecan pie pumpkin cheesecake (great for Thanksgiving) which turned out fabulous. I even have my older sister who has always been intimidated of baking a cheesecake experimenting in the kitchen successfully making my cheesecake […]

Five Alive Carrot Cake + Pre-Made Snack Cake Mix

A BAKING MISTAKE SOMETIMES MAKES THE BEST PRODUCT!   I have a long story about this Five Alive Carrot Cake and how it all came together but I’ll keep it as brief as possible since I know you will want to rush to the kitchen to start making it. Trust me when I say it won’t last long and you’ll know what I mean once you take your first bite. If you’re looking for some easy cake recipes that you can make ahead to take to summer parties or back-yard BBQ’s with your family and friends this Five Alive Carrot Cake travels well. Yesterday I noticed that there were no snacks in the house as the kids have been eating me out of house and home. This is not unusual at the moment as both boys are growing like weeds and they are always hungry. On a whim I decided that I would make a banana loaf as I used the one I had stashed in the freezer for soccer practice as a snack last week. Having looked in the fridge (remember I said the boys were growing like weeds) only to find no bananas left meant I wasn’t making […]

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups (Low-Carb, Sugar-Free)

HOMEMADE SUGAR-FREE PEANUT BUTTER CUPS THAT SATISFY   You’re looking at a dark chocolate peanut butter cup recipe that is so good you can’t even tell they are a low-carb, sugar-free treat. If you enjoy a low-carb lifestyle and are craving something sweet these chocolate peanut butter cups will cure all. I don’t always eat low-carb and it was hard for me to stop at eating just one of these beauties which are similar to Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups that you can buy at just about every shop. I’m not even a huge peanut butter fan as I didn’t grow up on it like my wife did but when you mix it with chocolate something magical seems to happen. Ya, you know what I mean. My wife and I made these about 3 weeks ago now after she was in serious need of fulfilling her sweet tooth after dinner. Over Christmas we make a chocolate peanut butter ball recipe which is famous with just about anyone we’ve fed them to. We took that concept and created the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups but we made them in large size muffin liners re-create the Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup. A nice chocolate […]

The Best Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

HOME BAKED GOODIES THAT REMIND YOU OF YOUR CHILDHOOD   One of my favourite types of cookies growing up were old-fashioned oatmeal raisin cookies which I would help my mum make in the kitchen at least once every couple of weeks. Most of all I remember the smells of all the spices and dipping my finger in the black treacle for a little taste. I don’t know many kids who aren’t fans of eating cookies and most parents enjoy creating cookies as one of the first recipes they teach their kids. I’ve already taught our son how to make peanut butter chocolate chip cookies and he’s not even two yet. I’m sure he’ll forget all about it but I have photos to prove he loved mixing and squashing the cookies with a fork. Memories are a good thing. I’ve posted two oatmeal raisin cookie recipes that I’ve created on the blog over the years which I can easily say stack up to being some of the best I’ve made especially the Oatmeal Raisin Spiced Rum Cookies which are to die for. Since we’ve got the little guy now and he loves oatmeal raisin cookies too I wanted to make something […]

No-Bake Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Squares (Low-Carb)

A SUGAR-FREE DESSERT RECIPE FOR ALL OCCASIONS   Not everyone can enjoy sugar-laced treats especially when there is a holiday such as a Birthday, Christmas, Easter and even Valentine’s Day. There are however some amazing sugar-free peanut butter squares that I want to share with you today that I adapted from a recipe I found online. My wife no longer consumes sugar and with Valentine’s Day coming up I wanted to surprise her with something sweet that I knew she would love. She’s a peanut butter enthusiast even though I’m not the biggest fan I must say that these sugar-free peanut butter squares are pretty amazing. It’s important that you buy unsweetened, no-salt peanut butter for the recipe. Peanut butter traditionally has quite a bit of sugar so make sure you read the labels carefully. How much sugar is in peanut butter? Even though your sugar-free peanut butter is only crushed nuts you will still have 1 gram of natural sugar per tablespoon (15g) and 3 grams of carbohydrate. If you can buy organic peanut butter that is unsweetened and just crushed peanuts…even better. You’ll pay around $5-6 a jar. The coconut oil we use is Grace premium virgin coconut […]

Queen of Hearts Jam Tarts For Valentine’s Day

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF LOVE AND SWEETS   We love jam tarts of just about any description in our home so when a special occasion pops up like Valentine’s Day I don’t mind baking up a few batches for my family and friends. This Queen of hearts jam tarts recipe boasts a beautiful pastry filled with either raspberry or strawberry jam followed by a light dusting of  icing-sugar. If you’ve ever wanted to create your own jam tarts, today I will show you how easily I was able to make my recipe and how you can do the same in your kitchen. Most men and women are scrambling at the last-minute to get a Valentine’s Day card and treats but with a bit of planning you can make these Queen of Hearts Jam Tarts for Valentine’s Day and your loved one will love you even more…if that is even possible. Other simple Valentine’s Day recipes for him or her which you can make and add to a Valentine’s Day Gourmet Basket, Bake Sale or for guests. Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls Cherry Cheesecake Blueberry Cheesecake 5 minute Hazelnut Chocolate Fudge Cherry Pie Minis Coconut Custard Tarts […]

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. […]