Pecan Banana Bread

At the end of the week there always seems to be one or two bananas that need to be used. A great way to use them is in Pecan Banana bread. It’s sweet and crunchy and can be eaten for breakfast or a sweet treat. Spread with your favourite fruit jam for added flavour.

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup mashed bananas

1/2 cup melted vegan margarine

1/4 cup sugar

1 flax egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup chopped pecans

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Crunchy Nut Cookies

Spices blend with crunchy nuts for one delicious bite.  Walnuts and pecans are used in this recipe for an amazing crunch.  Try with tea or coffee for a great mid-morning snack!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup melted butter

3/4 cup icing sugar

2 tbsp cream

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

1 tsp salt

1 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

1/4 cup pecan pieces

1 tsp allspice

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Baked Apples

My favourite apples are Spies.  I like them in pies, crisp and just on their own.  Occasionally, when I want to sweeten up the fruit I make this recipe of baked apples. Their sweet but tangy at the same time.  Serve with coconut cream or whipped cream for an extra special treat.

INGREDIENTSBaked Apples

2 spy apples

1/4 cup walnuts

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

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Yule Log

This show piece for your Christmas table takes some time to make but the recipe isn’t hard.  Use your imagination to decorate the tree stump.  You can be traditional and make it look like a tree or you can be more abstract as in my example.  Either way the chocolate icing against the light and airy cake is delicious.

Ingredients

5 eggs( separated)

1 cup sugar

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup cocoa

dash of salt

1 package ricotta cheese

2 cups cranberries

1 cup water

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Easy Trifle

There are several desserts my English grandmother prepared for her family on celebrations for her family. Easy trifle is one of them. This recipe is quickly thrown together and makes a festive addition to the holiday table.

INGREDIENTS

1 boxed vanilla cake mix

custard powder

2 raspberry or cherry jelly powders

raspberry jam

whipped cream

raspberries or walnuts

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Pumpkin Pie

This pumpkin pie recipe is my mother’s and  I can’t count the number of times we’ve baked this pie for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  The custard has the perfect balance of cinnamon and ginger and is fantastic served with vanilla whipped cream or ice cream.

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup pumpkin

pumpkin pie slice

3/4 cup white sugar

1 cup milk

2 eggs beaten

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ginger

pinch of salt

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Freezer Shortbread

Freezer shortbread are easy to make and delicious.  They crisp texture goes well with tea and coffee.

I make several batches of this recipe at Christmas and they are always the first to disappear. 

Enjoy with hot cocoa or your favourite latte.

Ingredients

1 3/4 cups flour

Freezer Shortbread

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup butter

1/3 cup icing sugar

1 tsp vanilla

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Chocolate Macaroons

Chocolate Macaroons are sweet and crunchy.  They’re great for a party platter or for a snack to beat chocolate cravings. Try on a tray with Coconut Tarts or with Carob Chip Squares.

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

3 cups rolled oats

Chocolate Macaroons

1/2 cup chopped nuts

1 cup coconut

6 tbsp cocoa

1/2 cup butter

2 cups white sugar

1/2 cup milk

 

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Christmas Fudge

Christmas Fudge is rich and creamy and a delectable treat. It’s easy to make and the spicy flavour can be adjusted to your taste buds. For a different seasonal flair try pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups chocolate chips

1 cup white chocolate chips

1 tin sweetened condensed milk

1/4 cup butter

2 tsp vanilla

3 tsp ground ginger

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp cloves

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Christmas Candy Cookies

Christmas candy cookies are simple to make and delicious. You can use most forms of Christmas candy in the batter or for a change use glazed fruits, dried cranberries or maraschino cherries. Enjoy with a hot cup of cocoa or mulled cider.

INGREDIENTS
candy cookies

2 1/2 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

3/4 cup soft butter

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

3 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cups Christmas candy

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