Biscotten Torte (Biscuit Cake)

Hi everyone and a Merry Christmas to all of you. We have opened all of the gifts and ate loads of turkey and leftovers made into wonderful meals over the last couple of days. I try to use up all of leftovers and biscuits so there is no food waste in our home and there is no exception to the rule. I made my mums trifle for Christmas day pudding and still had some lady fingers left over which I needed to put to good use. I’m going to use them up to make this lovely traditional Biscotten Torte also called a biscuit cake. Now this recipe can take most biscuits as long as they can soak up some juices. So you don’t necessarily have to use the Italian lady finger biscuits. When making this dessert I sometimes substitute the rum for coffee or for a coffee flavoured milk. This recipe will also use up the rest of my whipping cream I used to top my trifle too so it’s a win-win situation for me. I try to think of ways to flip my food creating new recipes as I go along although this one is more a traditional one […]

Strawberry Cheesecake Streusel Muffin (Strawberry Muffin)

WHEN STRAWBERRIES ARE IN SEASON YOU’LL WANT TO ENJOY INCLUDING THEM IN AN ARRAY OF DELICIOUS SWEET RECIPES   Forget about learning how to make a strawberry cheesecake when you can make these strawberry cheesecake streusel muffins to satisfy your sweet tooth. I found this strawberry muffin I created to be a dense white muffin with the amount of eggs I used but moist because of the yogurt. I used the same muffin base similar to my white cake batter that I use for other cakes as I wanted it to hold the strawberries without making the muffin soggy. If you like desserts with strawberries, you might just fancy this strawberry muffin because it’s one of those easy strawberry desserts that don’t take hours to set or cool to enjoy. It’s not often we get strawberries in our house, fresh ones at that and since we had tubs of cream cheese in the refrigerator we got to work in the kitchen. Related: Strawberry Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast What Are Strawberries?   We have wild strawberries growing on our front lawn although they don’t produce any fruit. Maybe that’s a good thing otherwise we’d be holding a strawberry festival out front […]

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 Cream Filled Homemade Twinkie Style Cakes

Well, after hearing about the closing of Twinkie Brands in Irving, Texas in the USA the other day I wondered about these little delights that everyone is going mad over. Yes, they are still making the Twinkies in Canada but I’ve never had one in me life. I remember on Facebook the fans were talking about Joe Louis and I had no idea what they were going on about. Luckily for them I’m learning more the longer I live in Canada. So everyone wants to get their hands on the Twinkie in the USA, mad, well it’s pretty nutty if you ask me.  After a mate of mine who lives in the USA told me to check out Ebay last night I nearly fell over after what I saw. You remember the famous tickle me Elmo that everyone thought they could make a buck from selling them on Ebay? Well move over Elmo, Twinkie is taking top spot this year. Boxes and I mean boxes of these cream filled Twinkie cakes are showing up on EBAY selling for absurd amounts of money.  I’m still wondering who in their right mind is that hungry for a $10,000.00 box of Twinkies. What has this […]

Mr.CBB’s Pumpkin Spice Pound Cake With Brown Butter Buttercream

Pumpkin was not something I grew up with in the UK as my mum never really served pumpkin pie or pumpkin anything for that matter. It wasn’t until I moved to Canada and my mother-in-law served me pumpkin cheesecake that I was first time I was introduced to the unique flavour in a dessert. Over the years I tasted pumpkin pie, pumpkin scones,pumpkin cookies, pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin bars all of which tempted me to create my pumpkin spice pound cake recipe this Fall. When the leaves begin to fall and the colours turn there’s something special about the Fall scenery, big bright orange pumpkins and warm Fall spices fill the air. We not only decorate the front of our house with pumpkins and corn stalks we now aim to create our own tradition for the season using this gourd-like squash better known as winter squash. Today I present to you a recipe that I created using pumpkin purée and seasonal spices such as nutmeg, pumpkin spice, cinnamon and all-spice. I created a rich buttery homemade pumpkin spice pound cake and topped it with a brown butter pumpkin spice butter-cream. I made this in a tube pan as well as a muffin tin but you could also […]

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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