When I made the banana loaf a few weeks ago I mentioned that I still had some bananas left over in the freezer to make muffins with. Well, ta-da! This week we have banana muffins. I wasn’t particularly planning to make banana muffins this week, but I wanted to make something from the Williams-Sonoma Muffins cookbook, which I haven’t baked from for awhile. And after flipping through the pages, this is the one that I found myself craving. (more…)
I love chai tea. Especially when it’s made properly, with the spices simmered in the milk to get maximum flavour, before adding the tea. Of course the only time I get it brewed properly like this is when I get it from a proper Indian restaurant – I never make it at home like this (lazy? moi?). Most chai tea blends you can buy in the store have the two combined. And when you don’t have the time (or inclination) to do the long method, that’s perfectly okay! In fact, that’s exactly what we’re using in these caramels. Because conveniently, it’s what I had on-hand. (more…)
I used to think I didn’t particularly care for scones. I’d had a few that were okay, but none that were very good. I didn’t get why I’d read and heard so much raving about how awesome they were. Mostly, they were dense and heavy and tasted overwhelmingly of baking powder. Not really pleasant. And then one day I stopped at a little out of the way coffee shop in a small town, and I was craving something savoury to go with my morning coffee, so I tried one of their cheese scones. It was a revelation. Slightly crusty on the outside, unbelievably tender and flaky and buttery on the inside. So this was what a scone was supposed to be like! (more…)
In most parts of Canada (at least in my experience), if you ask for an apple cider in any bar or restaurant, you’re going to get a carbonated alcoholic beverage. Possibly in a bottle, possibly on tap, possibly with a wedge of lime (mmmm). That’s the default “cider” here (what does that say about us?). So imagine my surprise when I was in Minnesota years ago, went into a bar with some friends, and received a steaming hot mug of cider with a cinnamon stick. Um, what? I mean, it was delicious and all, but I was not expecting a “hot apple cider”. Especially since it wasn’t even winter at the time. (more…)
As part of my new “bake more muffins” initiative, this week I have yet another recipe from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking: From My Home to Yours. This is a recipe that I’ve made several times already, so it’s not new-to-me, but it is new to the blog. So it totally counts as “new”.
While I have tweaked the ingredients of this muffin over the years, the flavour is essentially the same. And oh-so-chocolatey. So, so chocolatey. (more…)
If you haven’t guessed from the logo I’ve had in my sidebar for a few weeks now, I’m doing the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap this year! And I’m ridiculously excited about it! I’m such a nerd when it comes to baking, I know. It’s their 4th year running, but my first participating. It’s only my second xmas season blogging, and I didn’t even know this exchange existed until it was too late for me to join last year. So I kept an eye on it, determined to not miss out again. And I think I was one of the first to sign up this year. They have 566 bloggers participating this time around, from 7 different countries. That’s a lot of cookies! Kudos to the organizers, Lindsay at Love & Olive Oil and Julie at The Little Kitchen, for all their hard work on this; and especially for coming up with the idea in the first place and opening it up to the whole community. (more…)
During the summer, I love having a fruit smoothie every day for breakfast. It’s so cool and refreshing, and to be honest it’s about the only time I get fruit in my diet (I’m not a big fan – sorry, I’d much rather have vegetables). I don’t always have the same combination of fruits and juices, but they all start with a base of frozen bananas – that’s how you get that great thick milkshake-y texture. But sometimes my kitchen gets a bit… messy. Cluttered. I usually have baking ingredients all over the place, and if I’m going to be using my cookie sheets again right away, I won’t bother putting them away. And sometimes the bananas get… misplaced. Forgotten. When this happens, I usually don’t find them until they’re ripened beyond belief. But that’s just fine. It just means that instead of being used in a smoothie, they’ll get used in some baking. Trust me, I’m never truly upset by this development. Not in the least. (more…)