Two-ingredient Date Paste

date paste ritual feasts

Quick and easy Date Paste Recently I have made improvements to my personal eating habits.  More greens and less processed ingredients.  It goes without saying that every now and then I would still like to have a little extra sweetness in my life.  While looking at different recipes I picked up that many recipes call for date paste or Agwa. Instead of heading out and buying a ready-made jar or date paste, make your own.  It’s easy!  You can use fresh or dried dates.  For this recipe I used dried…

Panna Cotta made with Herbal Tea

Panna cotta made with herbal tea

Panna cotta is a great dessert to have in your repertoire.  I find it incredibly forgiving for a beginner (or when you are distracted while making them).  Panna cotta’s are best made a day in advance, so it is ideal for family get-togethers.  All you need to do is pull them out of the fridge, unmould and serve.   With so many flavour options, you will be spoiled for choice.  Don’t forget about that Lavender sugar sitting in your pantry.  This is a great opportunity to use it for the…

How to make lavender sugar

How to make lavender sugar

How to make lavender sugar When it comes to baking especially, there are small little changes that can uplift a recipe from.  Every day tastes can become something special with some thought and planning. Lavender sugar is one of these little changes.  It’s ridiculously easy to make and will give delightful results (and lavender has many health benefits).   I am very lucky to have extensive gardens available to me during the day with several different types of lavender.  Any type will do.  Some are more fragrant than others –…

How to make donuts

Ganache glazed donuts

How to make donuts The hardest part of baking a cookie or deep-frying beignets is inevitably waiting for it to cool enough to pop in your mouth. These pillowy donuts are no different.  A delicious crispy outer layer surrounds the soft insides.  An absolute bonus is that they are very easy to make.  No resting overnight or cutting them out.  Simply shape and poke!  Most of the work is waiting for them to proof. Print Glazed Donuts Quick and easy yeast donuts. Course Dessert Cuisine American Keyword dipped donuts, donuts, glazed…

Chocolate Grand Marnier Pot De Crème

Chocolate Grand Marnier Pot De Crème

Pot De Crème’s is on my list of top ten favorite desserts. I posted the following recipe on my first blog almost 8 years ago and I still love it. It seems like Pot De Crème’s have come and gone as far as food trends go. One day they were all over and now you hardly see them and they are really worth the effort when finished off properly.  I can still remember when I made these particular ones in the photo.  They were so good I forgot to take…

Chocolate Chai Cookies

Vegan chocolate chip chai cookies

Like most of us, I love a good Chocolate Chip cookie.  There are so many different variations out there, it can be hard to choose which one you should make.   I find that a lot of these recipes are too buttery with not enough flavor to back it up.  I really like the big flavors in this cookie.  It’s a definitely a cookie for grown-ups.  The Blackstrap Molasses and dark chocolate come through intensely.   The boldness of the chocolate can be toned down by using a lower cocoa…

How to make Marzipan with white chocolate

almonds falling out of a glass jar

Marzipan is one of my all-time favorite foods. I just can’t get enough of the stuff. It is a love affair that has gone on for many years. Followers of my previous blog may also have noticed a liking for white chocolate. This trend has not yet taken a downturn. It makes sense then that I was absolutely obsessed for years about how to make it.  What was the right ratio to use?  Would the recipe I chose work or would it end up an expensive flop. Today I wanted to…

Mint Top Deck Chocolate Cake

Mint Top Deck Chocolate Cake

  When it comes to chocolate cake I have three go-to recipes that I always use: a fantastic moist vanilla cake, a recipe for Devil’s Food Cake from a friend’s Texan grandmother and a decadent dark Black Magic Cake from My Baking Addiction. It’s sometimes hard to decide between the three. And this Mint Top Deck Chocolate Cake now makes four! A happy accident as I tweaked a recipe that I had on hand (always take notes when you are experimenting!), this cake ticks all the boxes: It has a…

Milk Chocolate Mousse

How to make milk Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate mousse appears to be the one dessert that most people cannot say no to.  It’s accessible, easy on the palate and just delicious.  This recipe is part of the basic recipe collection.  By following the instructions closely there is not much that can go wrong with it.  It’s easy to change up a little as well.  If you prefer dark chocolate, simply substitute that for milk.  This recipe also works well for entremets.  But more on those later. Print Milk chocolate mousse Course Dessert Cuisine French Keyword chocolate dessert,…