Carrot Oat Muffins

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This recipe is originally from Canadian Living. I altered it to be made in one bowl in the food processor and non-dairy. This muffin is easy to make, and a nice lighter alternative to carrot muffins found in coffee shops. These also make a great grab and go breakfast.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup salt
1 cup milk (almond milk if non-dairy)
1 egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large carrot, grated

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375˚F.

In the bowl of a food processor with a blade attachment, mix dry ingredients (flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt).

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Add milk, egg, oil, and vanilla.

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Mix well.

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Switch blade attachment for the medium size grater. Grate the carrot into the mixture.

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Mix with a spatula.

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Divide into 12 lined muffin tins (about 1/4 cup each).

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Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with oats and turbinado sugar (raw sugar)

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Bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

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This recipe makes 12 muffins. They freeze well and can be stored in the freezer for 3 months, or an airtight container for two days.

It can also be made as a loaf (bake 35-45 minutes)

Apple Pear Crisp

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With winter arriving in the form of snowstorms, it is time to swap the peaches and blueberries for apples and pears.

This topping recipe is thanks to my friend EG. It is delicious, but can be swapped with the version from the Peach Blueberry Crisp. Special thanks to LR for her help making this and cutting the apples and pears perfectly.

Ingredients:

 

For The Fruit Base:

4-5 apples (I used Granny Smith)
4 pears (I used Bosc)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon

For the Topping:

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 cup butter, cut into small pieces
1/8-1/4 cup melted butter

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350˚F.

Peel and cut apples and pears into cubes, put in a bowl filled with water.

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Mix all ingredients for topping in a bowl. Combine with fork or pastry blender.

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Drain water from bowl of apples and pears. Move to pyrex. Add flour, sugar and cinnamon.

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Put all of topping ingredients on top of the apples and pears.

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Bake for 40 minutes. Brush top with melted butter and bake for 10 more minutes. This will help the top crisp up.

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“Anything But The Kitchen Sink” Cookies

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These cookies were based on a recipe from The Silver Platter. I decided to add some extras to these, to make them an “anything but the kitchen sink cookie”. My first change was adding white chocolate (because it goes perfectly with craisins). After that I figured I should throw in some pecans to round out the cookie flavours. Lastly I decided to add pretzels because I love a good sweet and salty snack.

I made these because I wanted to bring a snack to my tutorial group. I saw the original recipe and I figured I would give it a shot. With these changes the cookies were very well received, so I highly recommend you give them a shot.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup chocolate chips
2/3 cup white chocolate chips
2/3 cup pecans
2/3 cup crushed pretzels
2/3 cup craisins (dried cranberries)

Directions:

In a large bowl/electric mixer, beat oil, sugars, eggs and vanilla until well mixed.

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Add flour, baking soda and salt and mix until blended.

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Add all the “fixin’s” and mix well (by hand).

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Refrigerate dough for 45 mins (can be kept up to 2 days).

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Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Roll out dough into balls about the size of a golf ball.

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Bake for 13-15 minutes.

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Funfetti Cake with Vanilla Buttercream and Cookies and Cream Frosting

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So.. you have a celebration coming up and don’t know what to bake? Well, We’ve got you covered. This cake is perfect, and is sure to impress a crowd. This comes from Sugar Spun Run and was a little more complicated to make, but well with the effort. Also – a tip for you, don’t double this recipe because it will not fit in your electric mixer. I learned that the hard way.

Ingredients:

For the Cake:

1 stick + 1 tbsp butter, softened
3 cups sugar
1 cup canola or grapeseed oil
4 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
4 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup milk
9 egg whites (use the package of egg whites)
1/2 cup sprinkles

For the Frosting:

1.5 cups butter, softened (3 sticks)
6 cups powdered sugar
1-2 tbsp milk
2 tbsp heavy cream
8-10 oreos, crushed

Directions:

For the Cake:

Preheat oven to 350˚F and spray 3 8 inch round pans with canola oil spray.

Cream butter.

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Add sugar and oil and mix until well-combined and creamy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add in vanilla.

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In a separate bowl combine flour , baking powder and salt.

Alternate adding flour and milk.

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In the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk egg whites until they form stiff peaks.

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Fold into batter with sprinkles.

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Pour evenly into three pans.

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Bake for 35-45 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean and cakes are light golden brown.

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Allow cakes to cool completely before frosting.

For the Frosting:

In bowl of electric mixer cream butter and slowly add powdered sugar. If too thick, add milk.

Transfer out 3/4 of icing into a separate bowl.

Add heavy cream and crushed Oreos. Mix well

Putting it Together:

Trim the edges of the cake to ensure that they are all the same size.

Place a little bit of icing on the bottom to hold the cake in place.

Place the first layer down. Put a layer of cookies and cream icing on top. Place the second layer down. Put another layer of cookies and cream icing. Put the third layer on top.

Cover in a thin layer of the plain icing.

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Freeze for 15 minutes. Add another layer of icing on top and smooth with an icing spatula.

Super Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Tis the season for pumpkin spice, so here’s another pumpkin recipe to contribute to your fall baking collection. This recipe comes from Gimme Some Oven. It was super quick to make, and I modified it slightly so it only required one bowl (for the cookie).

Ingredients:

For the Cookie:

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/4 cups canned pumpkin puree
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

For the Frosting:

1 brick (8 oz) low-fat cream cheese, softened
3 tbsp butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

For the Cookies:

Preheat oven to 350˚F.

Cream butter and sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat until light and fluffy for 1-2 minutes.

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Add pumpkin, egg and vanilla and beat again. Scrape down the sides as needed.

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Add the baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Mix until combined.

Add the flour and mix well.

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Transfer to lined cookie sheets using a tablespoon or small ice cream scoop. The scoops should be smaller than a golf ball.

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Dip your finger in warm water and flatten the scoops of cookie dough.

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Bake for 13-17 minutes. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

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For the Frosting:

In the bowl of a stand mixer beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar on low speed. If the frosting is too thick, add milk, or too thin add more powdered sugar.

Either spread frosting on cookies or drizzle on using a piping bag/ziplock with the end.

 

Pumpkin Pecan White Chocolate Biscotti

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I have to admit, I over-baked these a little (you can tell from the colour) but dip them in your morning coffee or a glass of milk and they are perfect!

Ingredients:

2 tbsp butter
1 1/4 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup white chocolate chips, separated

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350˚F.

Melt butter in a saucepan and add chopped pecans. Stir consistently on medium heat until browned. Set aside and allow to cool.

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In a large bowl mix flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice.

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In a separate bowl combine pumpkin puree, eggs, and vanilla extract. Add to dry ingredients.

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Knead dough on floured surface.

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Add pecans and 1 cup white chocolate chips. Knead well.

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Cut dough in half and shape into two logs.

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Bake for 25-30 minutes.

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Allow to cool for 15 minutes. Cut with a serrated knife.

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Place back on cookie sheet with one cut side down. Bake for 8 minutes. Flip and bake for an additional 8 minutes.

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Drizzle with melted white chocolate.

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Brookies (Max Style)

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I decided to make a different style of brookie as well. I even took to instagram to take a poll of how to name them. I personally voted for Crownie, but sadly brookie won.

I made these after trying a similar dessert in Jimmy’s coffee.

Ingredients:

2 sticks of butter, room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp baking soda
3 cups flour
2 cups chocolate chips
6-8 Large Brownies, chopped into small pieces (like the ones I made a few weeks ago)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

In bowl of stand mixer, mix butter and sugars for two minutes. Add eggs, vanilla, salt and baking soda and mix well. Scrape the sides of the bowl well. IMG_3894.jpg

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Slowly add flour and mix well.

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Scoop out 1-2 tbsp of dough. Flatten and put a few pieces of brownie in the middle. Roll into a ball and push a couple pieces of brownie into the outside.

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Bake for 9-11 minutes until golden brown. Allow cookies to cool.

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Dark Chocolate Fudgey Brownies

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I made these brownies with the intention of cutting them up to put in cookies (recipe to come soon). However they turned out perfectly so I thought it was worth sharing this recipe as well. These brownies come from Inspired Taste.

Ingredients:

1.5 sticks unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups (250 grams) granulated sugar
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (80 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/2 cup (65 grams) all-purpose flour

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325˚F. Line and spray an 8×8 inch pan.

Combine butter, sugar, cocoa powder and salt in a double boiler. Stir until melted and combined.

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Allow to cool for 5 minutes.

Add vanilla extract and eggs and mix well.

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Once combined add flour and stir 50 times.

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Transfer to pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.

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Science Fact of the Week:

Unsweetened cocoa powder has many health benefits, such as balancing cholesterol. This means that it lowers LDL and increases HDL cholesterol. It can also improve brain health with its neuroprotective benefits.

Frosted Sugar Cookies

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Do you know those cookies you buy at the grocery store? The ones that have been at every birthday and potluck since… ever?

I made it my goal to make them and they turned out perfectly.

These were originally from Sugar Hero.

Ingredients:

For the Cookies:

1 1/2 sticks butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup coffee creamer
2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

For the Frosting:

1 stick butter, room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar
3-4 Tbsp coffee creamer
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt

Directions:

For the Cookies:

Preheat oven to 350˚F.

In a mixer cream butter and sugar for 1-2 minutes until light and fluffy.

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Add egg, vanilla, sour cream and coffee creamer. I used a flavoured coffee creamer you find at the grocery store.

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Add flour, baking soda and salt and mix well.

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Place golf ball sized balls of dough on a cookie sheet, flatten slightly, and bake for 16-18 minutes.

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Wait until the cookies are cooled to frost.

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For the Frosting:

Cream butter. Add powdered sugar, coffee creamer, vanilla extract and salt.

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Frost the cookies by placing a dollop of icing and spread evenly. Top with sprinkles.

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Science Fact of the Week:

Use of cream, and sour cream in this recipe allow these cookies to be soft and fluffy. They are exactly like the grocery store ones and won’t disappoint.

Never Fail Sugar Cookies

These sugar cookies are simple, quick and will not fail you. Make them for any event, ice them however you like and you’ll be sure to impress a crowd. This nondairy version of a National Post recipe, is easy to prepare in advance. You can decorate with coloured sprinkles just before baking, allow to cool and then dip in melted chocolate or ice with royal icing.

Ingredients:

2 sticks margarine, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Directions:

Cream margarine and sugar in an electric mixer.

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Beat in the egg and vanilla.

Slowly mix in the flour and mix well.

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Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 days.

Preheat the oven to 375˚F.

Roll out half the dough to about 1/8 inch.

Cut out using a cookie cutter (I used a graduation cap).

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Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

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Allow to cool completely before decorating. I used the royal icing from the Gingerbread People.

Science Fact of the Week:

People notoriously associate sugar cookies with being entirely butter. Using margarine allows these cookies to maintain a perfect texture and be non-dairy.