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Festive Carrot Cake

Carrot cake is a great dessert for festive occasions. The cake takes a bit of work but is sure to please even the most finicky person. For a change try Chocolate Carrot Cake.

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS
festive carrot cake

2 1/1 cups flour

2 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

3 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 cup canola oil

2 tsp vanilla

2 cups grated carrot

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 drained 8 oz tin pineapple

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Lemon Easter Cookies

Lemon Easter cookies are a lemon sugar cookie decorated for the Easter holiday. Choose your favourite colour for the cookie dough.

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

3/4 cup butter

1 egg

1 tsp lemon extract

1 tbsp lemon juice

3/4 cup sugar

gel food colouring – your choice of colour

DIRECTIONS
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Old Fashioned Bagels

Old fashioned bagels take some time to make but they’re worth the effort. They’re light and chewy and they’re wonderful with jam or your favourite buttery spread. Make a double batch and freeze some for when you need a quick snack.

1 tsp sugar

3/4 cup warm water

7 1/2 tsp regular yeast

Dissolve sugar in water in a large bowl. Place yeast on top of the water and let stand for 10 minutes. Stir.

2 eggs

2 tbsp oil

2 1/4 cups flour

1 tbsp sugar

2 tsp salt

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Patterned Cookies

This recipe takes more time than many of the icebox cookies but the results are worth the effort. The designs are pretty and the cookie is delicious.  You’ll need an afternoon to bake these cookies so make an extra batch while you are baking and freeze  the leftovers.

Ingredients

1 cup soft butter

2/3 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp salt

2 1/2 cups flour

1/4 cup cocoa powder

DIRECTIONS

Mix first butter, sugar and vanilla  until light and fluffy. 

Add flour and salt to the mixture.  Blend until just combined. Do not overwork dough.

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Baking Biscuit Pizza

This is a quick and easy way to make pizza when you don’t have time to make pizza dough.  Baking biscuit pizza uses biscuit dough topped with your favourite ingredients.  Try experimenting with unusual ingredients for a unique flavour all your own.

Ingredients

2 cups flour

baking biscuit pizza3 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/3 cup olive oil

3/4 cup milk

1 green or red pepper

pizza sauce

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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

DIRECTIONS
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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

DIRECTIONS
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