British Cinnamon Apple Pie Bars

THE DELICIOUS TASTE OF APPLE PIE WITHOUT FUSS   Apple pie is one of my all-time favourite desserts that my mum used to make when I was a little boy. Now that I’m in charge of the kitchen when I’m in the mood for apple pie I whip up a pan of these snack-size British Cinnamon Apple Pie Bars which are perfect on the run or packed in a lunch. Don’t get me wrong I love a nice slice of apple pie but I don’t always have the time to roll out the dough to make pie crust which is why I decided to experiment with apple pie bars instead. You get the same classic Apple Pie taste but in squares that you can carry along with you. Try putting a slice of apple pie in your hand and you’ll know exactly what I mean. These apple pie bars have a traditional British shortbread crust followed by a thick homemade apple pie filling and topped with brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter and flour. You can clearly see by the photo how lovely these apple pie bars turn out but the key is to wait until they are cooled […]

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 […]

British Sausage Rolls

ROLL EM UP AND ENJOY!   There’s nothing more comforting than the British classic sausage rolls. These sausage rolls are so easy to make you won’t ever want to spend money in your grocery budget on over-priced frozen store-bought finger food again. This sausage rolls recipe always takes me back to the time of year where they are a staple at almost all parties and social gatherings in our family. Now that the Christmas holiday is right around the corner it’s crucial that I plan my grocery shops to include all of the staples to make my treats and appetizers. Our house is always busy at Christmas and New Year’s as I’m sure it is for most families and everyone has come to expect my decadent treats as well as my savory appetizers like these sausage rolls. It’s important for me to create lots of finger food recipes so there is always something ready for our guests to munch on. This time of year we always have guests coming and going, mum making her Christmas cakes, milk toffee and mincemeat pies. There’s never a dull moment in our household.   Sausage Rolls   Memories of gorgeous sausage rolls that are […]

Toad-In-The-Hole Mr.CBB Style

No There Are No Toads In This Dish   Growing up in the UK my mum would make toad in the hole pretty much any day of the week. It’s a simple frugal dish that anyone can make in a flash. If you like Yorkshire pudding with your roast dinner you will love toad in the hole. Basically the bangers (sausages) are supposed to be the toads poking out the Yorkshire pudding when cooked. When you make the toad in a hole it all happens pretty fast but that is because you need the oil in casserole dish to be super hot just like when you make Yorkshire pudding. Perfect toad in the hole recipe I remember my mum always telling us to stay out of the kitchen when she made toad in the hole only because she was worried about the hot oil but on occasion she let me watch and that’s how I learned to make it. I don’t get all fancy with the batter but if you like you can add fresh herbs such as chives or basil to give the dish that onion flavour. You will find many toad in the hole recipes on the internet […]

Mr.CBB’s Orange Ricotta Pound Cake Topped With Yogurt Amaretto Whipped Cream

I’m fascinated with baking cakes because my mum was brilliant at making them when we were younger and still is today although I don’t get to enjoy them like I once did. I  especially fancy a pound cake to see what flavours I can incorporate to create something new, fresh and different. In England we call the pound cake a Madeira cake although now that I know the butter pound cake in Canada is pretty much the same, I’m hooked. My wife looked at me gone out when I told her I fancied the Madeira cake so when I made it for her and she tasted it then laughed, “you mean a pound cake” to which I replied “ya, a pound cake,  I guess so”.  I kinda felt like an arse but I guess we give fancier names to cakes, what can I say. When I make a pound cake I prefer to use either the loaf, tube or bundt pans for best results. My speciality is the cherry pound cake followed by the lemon pound cake both of which are dripping with love. I had this idea back a couple of years ago around the Christmas Holiday to poke holes in […]

Mr.CBB’s British SpudNuts a.k.a Zeppole Potato Donuts

Ring in 2013 New Year’s with a sweet or savoury Italian potato donut also called zeppole. Zeppole in Italy is a traditional fare that is served on Saint Joseph Day March 19 and during the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays. Last week when I posted my Thai Fish Cakes recipe which is also a great New Year’s finger food I mentioned our mates Marco and Christina and their famous Italian recipe for savoury potato donuts. Being British and all I joke around and call them spudnuts donuts just because that’s what we call potatoes in the UK. I turned their zeppole donut into my Zeppole Spudnut based around the same concept adding my own flavours. Since moving to Canada and being exposed to Tim Horton’s and the famous Boston Cream donut I always wondered; how do I make donuts? It can’t really be that difficult and with the myriad of donut flavours available you can’t go wrong with a homemade donut recipe. From what I understand there are 2 types of donuts a cake donut and a yeast donut but heck I’m not a donut connoisseur. Is a donut a cake? Well when you bite into a Boston Cream Donut for example that is a yeast […]

Mr.CBB’s Mum’s British Lemon Fridge Cake

  This Lemon Fridge Cake has been passed down the ranks in my family from my grandma all the way to my mum and now us kids. She would make it for any special occasion as did my grandma and I distinctly remember the smell of lemon permeating our house. Most often it was made for Birthday’s, Christmas and Easter but we could devour it any time of year. Growing up one of 3 children my mum was a stay at home mum and was always mixing something up in the kitchen. If you couldn’t find mum she was in the kitchen with her white apron tightly drawn around her mincing, rolling, stirring and testing something new. There were no boxed cakes in our house as my mum always wanted to create new recipes. Likely why I am so passionate about being in the kitchen. It was great to have my mum at home and I learned just as much from her in the kitchen as I did from my dad about repairs to the house and vehicles. The tartness of the lemon in this cake will please the lemon lover in anyone. The whipped cream balances out the sweetness of […]

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