Der Scchhhhhhnecken…or why I like Tom Douglas’ Grandma

Der Scchhhhhhnecken…or why I like Tom Douglas’ Grandma

I am still working my way through The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook. Sorry kids no fruit and veg this week…but how about some SNAILS ahahaha.  Schnecken is the German word for snail and the term given to a rather lovely gooey treat similar to the Chelsea…

Cranberry Almond Scones

Cranberry Almond Scones

This recipe is based on the Cherry Almond Scone recipe from The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook. I didn’t have any dried cherries and truth be told I prefer dried cranberries. Plus my kids won’t eat whole nuts in anything so I had to sneak them in…

Christmas Cookies Round 2 (Grammy’s Chocolate Cookies)

Christmas Cookies Round 2 (Grammy’s Chocolate Cookies)

Sometimes it just does not pay to try to be prepared for the holidays. All of the cookies I made on baking day with my friend Laura are gone. All of them. So now I’m into round 2. This recipe is from a Martha Stewart…

Holiday Cookies 5 (Shortbreads)

Holiday Cookies 5 (Shortbreads)

My Dad’s side of the family is Scottish so I decided to make a couple different kinds of shortbread this year. I did up a traditional Scottish shortbread which is basically butter, brown sugar and flour and a whipped shortbread which is butter (again), confectioner’s…

Holiday Cookie 4 (Christmas Tree Cookies)

Holiday Cookie 4 (Christmas Tree Cookies)

These are my friend Laura’s famous Christmas Tree Cookies. I forgot to write out the recipe and in truth they are super fiddley to make (even Laura says so). They are basically a linzer cookie (hazelnut cookie) filled with raspberry jam. I don’t know that…

Holiday Cookie 3 (Ginger Snaps with White Pepper)

Holiday Cookie 3 (Ginger Snaps with White Pepper)

I make this recipe every holiday season. My kids love them and this recipe makes a tonne of cookies that freeze really well. In fact, they are great straight out of the freezer. My friend Stacy gave me the original base recipe and my friend…

Holiday Cookies 2 (Laura’s Savoury Spicy Cheese Pastries)

Holiday Cookies 2 (Laura’s Savoury Spicy Cheese Pastries)

This recipe comes via my good friend Laura’s kitchen (she makes very yummy things).  It was one of the recipes we made on our cookie day. These are lovely, savoury bite sized pieces that melt in your mouth. They require restraint lest you have a…

Holiday Cookies 1 (Cranberry Almond + Ginger Chip Biscotti)

Holiday Cookies 1 (Cranberry Almond + Ginger Chip Biscotti)

I had a baking day with my friend Laura yesterday. Ok so it was a baking, mulled wine and cheese and crackers day.  The base recipe is from Julee Rosso’s classic, Great Good Food. I thought it would be good with toasted almonds and dried…

The Girls Make Goodies (Gingerbread with Caramel Sauce)

The Girls Make Goodies (Gingerbread with Caramel Sauce)

So…apparently only the bunny hill was open at Grouse Mountain on Friday so the girls decided they’d do some Christmas baking (aka destroying my kitchen). But, who am I to discourage the making of goodies.  First up…Gingerbread with Caramel Sauce. The Gingerbread recipe came from…

Jamie Oliver’s Rasberry Frangipane Tarts

Jamie Oliver’s Rasberry Frangipane Tarts

I got this recipe from Jamie’s 30 minute meals video series but couldn’t find the lovely pastry cases he used at No Frills (must have been a “frilly” item) so I fudged it with sweetened tart shells.  So far I’m baking off 12 and I…