Posts Tagged ‘Sweet’

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cakes and Cookies

When I used to work on the Halifax Waterfront I sometimes went to grab lunch at the wonderful “Cabin Coffee” Café . This little place has the most amazing atmosphere, a cozy and homey one. Imagine a cold winter day and you’re sitting at the café having your hot soup and yummy sandwich in front of the fireplace, so nice. In addition to being a great place it also had the best banana chocolate chip muffins I’ve ever had. So this past Sunday I suddenly had an urge for cookies, I really wanted something with chocolate but had a banana on the countertop that was crying for help. And then it hit me! I can make my favorite banana chocolate chip muffin into a cookie! How perfect would that be?

In addition, this sudden urge of mine couldn’t have come in a better timing than this. I am a member at the Food Bloggers of Canada  and as such, I follow their updates and content. Imagine how surprised I was when I read about the “My Cookies Are The Best” contest, oh YAY! Perfect timing indeed. So I decided to both satisfy my crave for cookies and enter the contest. The winner gets a trip from Manitoba Canola Growers  to participate in the “FBC 2013 Conference” ; How exciting is that?? Wish me luck! Oh…and tell me what you think about my yummy, soft and banana flavored cookies.

 

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 30 Cookies
 
Banana and Chocolate Chips, what an amazing combo. These cookies are soft, sweet and banana flavored. A guaranteed success.
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1¼ Cup All Purpose Flour
  • ½ tsp Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp Baking Soda
  • ⅓ Cup Canola Oil
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Mashed Banana
  • ½ Cup Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C)
  2. Layer a large baking pan with parchment paper
  3. In a mixer bowl, mix all the ingredients together, except for the chocolate chips, until you get a smooth batter.
  4. Add the chocolate chips into the batter and fold into the batter.
  5. Using a teaspoon, Drop by teaspoonful onto the baking sheet. Make sure the cookies are at least 2 inches apart from each other as they grow in size while baking.
  6. Place in preheated oven for about 10 minutes until golden and a bit brown on the edges.
  7. Let cool completely before removing from the baking sheet (cookies are soft as you take them out of the oven)

When I used to work on the Halifax Waterfront I sometimes went to grab lunch at the wonderful “Cabin Coffee” Café . This little place has the most amazing atmosphere, a cozy and homey one. Imagine a cold winter day and you’re sitting at the café having your hot soup and yummy sandwich in front […]

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Blueberry Grape Cake

Cakes and Cookies

The great cooking website Food52.com was having a contest. The theme of the contest was grapes; anything you can make with grapes. Knowing how much my family loves my Tanned Apple Cake, I decided to use its base and create a new filling – a grape filling. I added some blueberries to the mix as well and the result was a very tasty cake. So now I’m waiting for the contest results as well 🙂

 

 

Grape Cake
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Fruity, great color, wonderful taste and easy. This is a variation of my apple cake that I came up with for a contest at Food52.
Ingredients
For the dough:
  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ⅓ Cup White Sugar
  • 100 Grams Butter
  • 2 Egg Yolks
For the filling:
  • 2 Cups Red Seedless Grapes - Halved
  • 2 Cups Frozen Blueberries
  • 2 tbsp White Sugar
  • 50 Grams Butter
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Corn Starch
For the Topping:
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 2 tbsp White Sugar
Instructions
Prepare the dough base:
  1. Preheat oven to 175 C(350 F)
  2. Line the bottom and edges of an 8.5 Inch round baking pan with parchment paper
  3. In a mixer bowl, mix all the dough ingredients together until combined into one soft dough ball
  4. Flatten the dough on the bottom of the lined baking pan and just a bit on the edges.
  5. Place dough in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes until golden and puffed. Remove from oven and set aside.
Prepare the filling:
  1. In a medium saucepan place the butter, 2 tbsp sugar, grapes, cinnamon and blueberries and heat over medium heat. Stir often for about 10 minutes until grapes soften a bit.
  2. Add the corn starch and stir well until the grape mix is just a bit thicker (similar to jam)
  3. Gently place the grape mix on the baked dough and spread evenly. Make sure you do not spread on the edges, leave the edges with no filling. Set aside to cool a bit.
Prepare the topping:
  1. Using a mixer, beat the remaining 2 egg whites with 2 tablespoons of white sugar. Beat the eggs until you get a firm foam. To check if it's firm enough tilt the bowl, if the foam is steady it is ready. If it's a bit runny, beat some more.
  2. Spread the egg foam over the filling. Spread evenly over the edges as well and place back into the preheated oven for another 15 minutes until foam is golden on the top

 

The great cooking website Food52.com was having a contest. The theme of the contest was grapes; anything you can make with grapes. Knowing how much my family loves my Tanned Apple Cake, I decided to use its base and create a new filling – a grape filling. I added some blueberries to the mix as […]

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Apple Spice Muffins

Cakes and Cookies

Whether you like it or not it is the apple season. Apples are everywhere and it’s not only beautiful and tasty, it’s healthy too. I know, I know, it’s not as healthy when you put it in a muffin, but let’s just pretend 🙂 and anyways, there is no doubt that the sweet smell of apples and cinnamon and allspice in the house is definitely healthy for the soul. I made these muffins last week (sorry for the delay, have no time to breathe these days) and they were gone after 1 hour, now what does that mean?

Apple Spice Muffins
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Recipe type: Dessert. Muffins
Serves: 12 Muffins
 
Wonderful muffins with fall flavors and just how I like it, with ingredients you most definitely have in your kitchen. the smell in the house will be amazing.
Ingredients
  • ½ Cup Butter
  • ⅔ Cup White Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1½ Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp Allspice
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Cup Apple Sauce (I just put fresh apples in a food processor)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C)
  2. Prepare a cupcake pan layered with 12 muffin cups
  3. Whisk the butter and sugar together until white and soft.
  4. Add the eggs and mix well until even and fluffy.
  5. Add the other ingredients and mix well until fully combined.
  6. Pour into muffin paper cups until they are ¾ full and place in the preheated oven for 20 minutes until golden brown.

Whether you like it or not it is the apple season. Apples are everywhere and it’s not only beautiful and tasty, it’s healthy too. I know, I know, it’s not as healthy when you put it in a muffin, but let’s just pretend 🙂 and anyways, there is no doubt that the sweet smell of […]

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Double Chocolate Muffins with White Chocolate Chips

Cakes and Cookies

Who doesn’t like chocolate muffins? We all do! But what would you say about a double chocolate muffin? A muffin with chocolaty flavor and some white chocolate chips in it. This was so easy to make. I made it with the kids and they loved it. Of course, the muffins didn’t survive long. I added icing on top and sprinkles all over and the muffins looked even more festive.

 

 

Double Chocolate Muffins with White Chocolate Chips
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
The muffins are sweet, very soft and can be kept in a sealed container for about 5 days which is an added bonus.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ Cup Whipping Cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C).
  2. Grease muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners.
  3. In medium bowl, mix together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda. Add the milk, egg, whipping cream, oil and vanilla extract and mix well together until fully combined into an even smooth batter.
  4. Add the chocolate chips and stir well.
  5. Fill the muffin cups ¾ full
  6. Place in preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

 

Who doesn’t like chocolate muffins? We all do! But what would you say about a double chocolate muffin? A muffin with chocolaty flavor and some white chocolate chips in it. This was so easy to make. I made it with the kids and they loved it. Of course, the muffins didn’t survive long. I added […]

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Pineapple Muffins

Cakes and Cookies

We bought a fresh Pineapple about 2 weeks ago and placed it in the fridge to avoid the annoying fruit flies. It didn’t prevent the fruit flies from coming into my kitchen, but it did make us forget about the existence of the poor pineapple. Read More

We bought a fresh Pineapple about 2 weeks ago and placed it in the fridge to avoid the annoying fruit flies. It didn’t prevent the fruit flies from coming into my kitchen, but it did make us forget about the existence of the poor pineapple.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies & Puffs

Cakes and Cookies

My kids wanted to make cookies and I had a bag of chocolate chips so what’s a better way to use the chocolate chips and satisfy the kids than making chocolate chip cookies?

Why does the heading of the post say “Puffs”? well…we were being creative 🙂 Read More

My kids wanted to make cookies and I had a bag of chocolate chips so what’s a better way to use the chocolate chips and satisfy the kids than making chocolate chip cookies? Why does the heading of the post say “Puffs”? well…we were being creative 🙂

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Hamentaschen, Oznei Haman or Poppy Seed Triangles – Either Way These Are Great!

Cakes and Cookies

Purim is probably one of my favorite holidays, even though being a child I used to be disappointed every single Purim.

We used to have a “Mishloach Manot” exchange in class when I was in elementary school, it’s like a cookie exchange event 🙂  and every year I used to work so hard on my wrapping box, I used to shape it and cut and decorate until it’s perfect. And then I went to the store and got the best sweets to put in it.

By the end of it, it looked so good and yummy I really wanted it all for myself but I knew I had to exchange with someone else in class and was really looking forward to see what I’ll get.

Every Purim it was the same. I gave away my amazing “Mishloach Manot” and in return got a bag of sweets and goodies…that tasted like they’re from last year.

I was a kid, so from obvious reasons I did end up eating the whole thing 🙂  but still…there was that one minute of disappointment.

I’m a grown up now, and when it comes to Purim I haven’t’ changed much, I still make sure that when I give out a “Mishloach Manot” it has the best sweets in it.

So to compliment that perfect “Mishloach Manot”, I want to share a recipe for easy to make, and even easier to eat Hamentashen or “Oznei Haman” 🙂

 

Poppy Seed Triangles for Purim

 

Hamentaschen, Oznei Haman or Poppy Seed Triangles - Either Way These Are Great!
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Recipe type: Dessert, Holiday
Cuisine: Jewish, Holiday, Dessert
 
Jewish holidays are filled with good food. This is one of the traditional cookies for the holiday of Purim. They are sweet and fun to make, even with the kids.
Ingredients
Ingredients for the Poppy-Seed filling:
  • 150 grams grind poppy seeds
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 30 grams butter
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 40 grams cookie crumbs/ cornflakes crumbs/ grind nuts
Ingredients for the dough:
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup white sugar (you can certainly use less)
  • 200 grams butter (room temperature)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp sour cream/ plain yogurt
Instructions
Preparing the filling:
  1. Place the poppy seeds, milk, sugar and lemon juice in a saucepan and bring to gentle boil over a medium heat while stirring occasionally.
  2. Turn heat off and add the butter, and crumbs (I used grind cornflakes crumbs). Mix together.
  3. Place in the refrigerator for about an hour until completely cooled. That’s it. It’s ready for use!
Preparing the dough:
  1. Place all the ingredients in a mixer bowl and mix together until fully combined into soft non-sticky dough. If the dough is too dry, add 1 tbsp water to it.
  2. Knead the dough a bit and form a ball. Dough is now ready.
Forming the cookies:
  1. Preheat oven to 180C (350F)
  2. Divide the dough into 2 balls – this will make it easier to work with.
  3. Flatten the first ball on a floured surface until it’s about 2-3mm thick.
  4. With a cookie cutter or a glass of wine (I find it the most convenient to work with), cut into the flatten dough and create round circles.
  5. Remove excess dough from around the circles. You can add it to the remaining dough (the 2nd dough ball).
  6. Place about ½ tsp cooled filling in the middle of each circle.
  7. Shape the circles into triangular pockets and place on a baking pan covered with a baking sheet.
  8. Place in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes until golden brown. You’ll see that the triangle corners are turning brownish.
Notes
IMPORTANT TIPS TO REMEMBER: **Do not put too much filling or you'll end up with a flat open cookie. The filling will push the dough "walls" and the cookie will completely open up** **Make sure you tighten the pocket sides really good** **If you have any filling leftovers, you can keep it and use as filling for any other pastry. Keep in the refrigerator. It will be good for about 3-4 days**

 

Poppy Seed Triangles

 

Poppy Seed Triangles

 

And also, in the spirit of Purim, here’s an oldie that includes the greatest (if not all :)) Purim songs:

HAPPY PURIM EVERYONE!

Update and disclosure: I also entered this recipe to the 2nd annual cookie contest (Christmas In July) sponsored by “Eat In Eat Out Magazine” (www.eatineatout.ca).

As a proud member of FBC (www.foodbloggersofcanada.com) I am entitled to participate in this contest (Contest Page) so I figured – Why not? 🙂 Wish me luck!!

Purim is probably one of my favorite holidays, even though being a child I used to be disappointed every single Purim. We used to have a “Mishloach Manot” exchange in class when I was in elementary school, it’s like a cookie exchange event 🙂  and every year I used to work so hard on my […]

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White Chocolate Cookies

Cakes and Cookies

Every time I go shopping for groceries I keep reminding myself to buy something sweet to go along with my morning coffee or late night tea and when I get to the cookies aisle I stand there, looking at the variety and realizing that it’s either not looking tasty enough, the box is too small or that it’s just too darn expensive in comparison to what you get.

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Every time I go shopping for groceries I keep reminding myself to buy something sweet to go along with my morning coffee or late night tea and when I get to the cookies aisle I stand there, looking at the variety and realizing that it’s either not looking tasty enough, the box is too small […]

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