Double-Crust Mincemeat Pies Part 2

Double-Crusted-Mincemeat-Pies

CHRISTMAS MINCE PIES A couple of weeks back I promised you that as soon as 4 weeks was up after making part 1 of this recipe the mincemeat filling we would get started on making some mincemeat pies. You can read about “What is mincemeat pie?” and “The history of mincemeat pie” in the link above if you want more background about this lovely festive treat. Today I am using the mincemeat that has been maturing over the last few weeks. As I opened the jar of mincemeat filling that I recently made my heart just melted it took me right back home to eating Christmas pies with my family with a cuppa tea! My sisters and I would always fight over the mincemeat pies as there was five 0f us in the family. There would always be couple of mincemeat pies left and after mum got hers we were down to the last one which we would wrestle over. My dad on the other hand doesn’t really like mince pies as he prefers his apple pies. My kids were there when I opened the jar of mincemeat asking what we were going to make today as a family because […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge Nov 4-10, 2013 #1: Holiday baking on a budget

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HOLIDAY COOKIE SMELLS FILL THE AIR The holiday season is fast approaching and whether you buy cookies or enjoy baking cookies some of the best cookie recipes may cost your holiday baking budget some cash if you don’t plan in advance. With less than 2 months until the festivities there’s no better time to get baking than the present. If you wait until the last-minute you might find you get overwhelmed with having to shop for gifts, plan a dinner, getaway to the relatives, work and friends Christmas parties and then bake on top of it all. Some of my favourite Christmas cookie recipes that I like to bake and to eat are the butter cookies and the sugar cookies both of which are fairly inexpensive to make with butter being the costly baking ingredient. Making sugar cookies from scratch are probably one of my favourite cookies to make because it reminds me of home. My mum used to make shortbread but the butter, sugar and shortbread cookies all taste the same with a bit of difference in texture. This past year I posted a few of our favourite holiday treat recipes such as chocolate peanut butter balls, coconut balls […]

Chickpea Coconut Flax Chocolate Chip Cookies

What’s Hiding In Your Cookie? I know what you are thinking, cookies made with chickpeas sound disgusting but the truth is far from that. You know from previous posts that I am a chickpea fan and will use all kinds of chick peas to create recipes for our menu plan. These are the crazy cookies of the year for me I think but they work and I’m sure once you make them you will agree that you can hardly taste chickpeas at all in the cookie. The best thing is that it’s a cookie recipe for kids and they won’t even know they are eating healthy chickpeas in their favourite chocolate chip cookies. Where did my crazy cookie idea come from? As I was getting ready to cook my dry chickpeas in the crockpot I had this thought about making cookies with chickpeas. There was something about the colour and texture of the mashed chickpea that reminded me of what the batter for chocolate chip cookies looked like. That’s when the bright idea hit me to try and create cookies with chickpeas. I’m like to make a mess in the kitchen exploring new foods so why not give it a […]

5 Ingredients: Simple Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies were baked as a last minute treat the other night because I was laying in bed and was craving chocolate. So, we both ended up in the kitchen to whip up a batch of these peanut butter chocolate chip beauties just for me because the wife is on a low-gi diet. Although we did whip up a batch of cookies for her last week which we called a biscotti of sorts so she’s had her cookie fix. Typically whenever chocolate cravings start I want to reach for something like my fudgy brownies but I didn’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen. So peanut butter chocolate chip cookies was what I had set out to make although my cowboy quickie cookies did come to mind too. I do like thick chewy peanut butter cookies so I tend to make them chunky. I was eating hot, fresh from the oven soft, chewy peanut butter chocolate chip cookies with a glass of cold  milk faster than you can say, homemade. Ok, well not that fast but peanut butter cookies are probably the easiest cookie you could ever make. I prefer homemade cookies vs store bought cookies any […]

Mr.CBB’s Chocolate Chewy Big Bites

These chocolate chewy big bites were named thanks to Canadian Budget Binder Facebook Fan Patricia Morell Manuel when I asked the fans to help me name my cookie. I know you probably think by now that I love chocolate and sweets and to some extent you are correct. Although I enjoy my puddings and cakes creating homemade cookies is something I enjoy even more. My wife also has a passion for cookies as we don’t always like to have the same boring chocolate chip cookies. She remembers making cookies with her mother and grandmother when she was a child and that’s what sparked her interest in the kitchen just like my parents did for my siblings and I. She was able to participate in mixing the cookie dough or rolling the dough into balls and of course eating them. I always got caught sneaking bits of chocolate when my mum wasn’t looking. We both believe that memories in the kitchen with children do last a lifetime and that if we have a child one day we will do the same for him/her. For us, there’s nothing more rewarding than grabbing a cup of tea and a couple of delicious chocolate chewy […]

Reader Question: Homemade or Store Bought~ Which is Cheaper?

Mr. CBB has paid me the compliment of inviting me to help answer a reader’s question: A question I would love to have feedback on from you and your fans is: How do you know when it’s less expensive to make homemade baked goods or buy it pre-made at the store? I’m on a tight budget and I hesitate to try recipes only to find out it’s more expensive with the ingredients and electricity amongst other things. I am sure it’s more nutritious to make my own but right now it’s financial. The short answer is that bakery goods have among the highest mark up in the grocery store, so home baking is almost always more affordable than an equivalent purchase from the store. In reality, though, there are some factors that need to be considered, especially if you’re on a tight budget. If you are not already a baker, you’ll need to have some basic equipment on hand to bake and you’ll also need the ingredients called for in the recipe. My advice? Do bake at home and make homemade. You’ll recoup your initial investment in ingredients and equipment very quickly. Tips on getting started with home baking inexpensively Keep your […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge Nov 5-11, 2012- Holiday Baking Planning

Holiday Baking can see the Grocery Budget sky-rocket as prices for baking ingredients typically rise up for the Holiday Season. This potentially just adds more pressure to the grocery budget and why planning is important. Last weeks Grocery Game Challenge I brought up the topic of  Holiday Baking and how it could be a budget buster. We don’t bake as much as we used to as we found we had more hanging around than we were giving away each year. I don’t remember making any traditional British holiday recipes myself when I lived in the UK  I do remember each year my mum would make a lovely British Christmas Cake, comparable to a fruit cake. Mrs. CBB fell in love with this cake (probably because of all the nuts and alcohol in the cake). Now we have narrowed it down to a few Christmas Balls that we enjoy making and packaging for friends and bringing to gatherings. What we like to do is shop ahead of the festivities so we are ahead of the game especially when work parties start in November for some folks. This year we took advantage of Bakers Chocolate Squares found at the Dollar store for only $2.00 which normally […]