Tonight the Great Pumpkin will rise out of the pumpkin patch. He flies through the air and brings toys to all the children of the world.-Charles Schulz

Caramel Corn

This time of year I think about my grandmother.  She passed away many years ago but I have many fond memories of visiting her house every weekend.  On special occasions she would pull out her tattered recipe book and make some special treats.  Caramel corn was one of those recipes and I carry on the tradition of making it at Halloween and Christmas.  Sweet and crunchy this recipe is sure to please trick or treaters.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup popcornCaranel Corn

1 cup butter

2 cups brown sugar

1/2 cup golden corn syrup

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla

DIRECTIONS

Heat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pop 1 cup of popcorn.  Remove unpopped kernels and put it in a buttered roast pan.

Melt 1 cup of butter in a saucepan.  Stir in 2 cups brown sugar, 1/2 cup golden corn syrup and 1 tsp salt.

Bring mixture to a full boil stirring constantly.  Let mixture boil for 5 minutes and remove from heat.  Do Not Stir.

Stir in 1/2 tsp soda and 1 tsp vanilla. Pour over popcorn and mix together well.

Bake for 1 hour stirring every 15 minutes.  Spread out onto parchment paper to cool.

Peanuts can be added to this recipe.

For another sweet treat try Chili Cereal Brittle

Candy Corn Cookies

Seasonal sweet treats are everywhere this time of year and I like to try to combine unusual combinations in my baking.  Candy Corn cookies are great for those days you need something sweet to fill your cravings. 

INGREDIENTSCandy Corn Cookies

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tsp cornstarch

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup sugar

1 tbsp vanilla

1 egg

3/4 cup butter

2 cups candy corn

1/4 cup pumpkin sprinkles

DIRECTIONS

Mix flour, baking soda, salt and cornstarch together in a large bowl. Continue reading “Candy Corn Cookies”

Maple Sugar Cookies

It might seem like a strange time of year to be craving maple baked goods but I find when the leaves begin to fall from the trees I look forward to making a batch of Maple Sugar Cookies.  Sweet and crunchy these cookies go fast on a holiday table.  Cut leaf shapes and colour icing as desired.

INGREDIENTSMaple Sugar Cookies

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup butter

1 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla

ICING

1 cup icing sugar

1/4 cup maple syrup

DIRECTIONS

Blend flour, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl.

Continue reading “Maple Sugar Cookies”

Olive Oil Cake

The olive oil in this cake gives a savoury note to the taste. Try experimenting with different quality olive oils to find the version you like the best.

Ingredients

2 cups flour

Olive Oil Cake1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup lemon juice

DIRECTIONS

Sift dry ingredients  into a bowl.

Mix wet ingredients into another bowl.

Fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix until just combined.

Pour onto a parchment lined loaf pan and cook at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35-40 minutes.

Cool before serving.

For another different cake recipe try Chocolate Carrot Cake

Pumpkin Bread

Bright orange and white pumpkins are beginning to show their faces in the local stores.  At this time of year I long for comfort food and this pumpkin bread recipe is sure to satisfy.  Made with yogurt and Stevia it is healthier than most recipes.

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTSPumpkin Bread

1 cup pumpkin puree

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/3 cup safflower oil

1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt

3/4 cup Stevia

1/2 tsp salt

3 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 1/2 cups flour Continue reading “Pumpkin Bread”

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