Category Archives: baking

Light Cheesecake

I like to serve this cheesecake as an alternative to heavy pies on the holidays.  This dessert is light and fluffy.  It’s not as filling as a traditional cheesecake and can be made with any flavor of gelatin powder.

Ingredients

1 package cream cheeseLight Cheesecake

1 tub cottage cheese

1 small carton whipped cream

1 tbsp sugar

ginger snaps

pecans

2 packages jello® (your favorite flavor)

Grind up ginger snaps and place in the bottom of an 8×11 greased glass pan.

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Raspberry Swirl Coffee Cake

Serve this coffee cake to your guests and they’ll be impressed.  It takes wonderful and the swirls of raspberry brighten up the cake. 

If you don’t like raspberry try swirling in blueberry sauce instead.

Ingredients

1 beaten egg

Raspberry Swirl Coffee Cake1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup milk

2 tbsp melted butter

Mix wet ingredients together until sugar and butter is well incorporated.

1 cup flour

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Orange Tea Cookies

Orange tea cookies use the zest of one orange to give them their orange flavor.  Replace the orange zest with lemon or lime zest for a different taste.

Cream together –

Orange Tea Cookies1/2 cup butter or shortening

1/2 cup sugar

yolk of 1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/3 tsp salt

rind of 1 orange

Add in 1 cup of flour

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Peach Muffins

The Peach muffin recipe another gem from my mother’s old cookbook. I don’t remember her ever baking this recipe but I’ve used it several times in the past few years when I feel like baking with peaches.   I love this recipe with peaches but the bran base would be great with dates or raisins as well.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup oat branPeach Muffins

1 1/4 cups flour

2 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup melted butter

1 tbsp lemon juice

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Chocolate Macaroons

Chocolate Macaroons are sweet and crunchy.  Their great for a party platter or for a snack to beat chocolate cravings. Their a great on a tray with  Coconut Tarts.

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

3 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup chopped nutsChocolate Macaroons

1 cup coconut

6 tbsp cocoa

1/2 cup butter

2 cups white sugar

1/2 cup milk

Directions

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Date Squares

Occasionally my mother would make date squares when I was a child.  I never really liked them then but I have learned to love them as an adult.  Filled with oatmeal and sweet dates the squares are filling and tasty at the same time. Try one as a mid afternoon snack to get you through the day.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups flourDate Squares

2 cups oatmeal

1 cup butter

1 cup sugar

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A variety of Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread has always been a favourite cookie in my household.  On holidays we used to make a platter of different types of the sweet treat.  Below I’ve included some cookie recipes that were always hits on our holiday platter.

Enjoy!

Recipes are ordered from left to right.

Chocolate Chip Brown Sugar Shortbread

1/2 cup brown sugarA variety of shortbread

1/2 cup white sugar

1 cup butter

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 cup chocolate chips.

See preparation method below.

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Citrus Nut Clusters

Citrus Nut clusters are great for a mid-morning pick me up.  If you find the recipe too tart then just add another tablespoon or so of honey or maple syrup.

IngredientsCitrus Nut Clusters

1 cup cashews

1 cup walnuts

1/2 cup almonds

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup lime juice

3 tbsp maple syrup or honey

1/2 cup coconut

1/2 cup coconut to roll bites in

Add all ingredients to a food processor omitting the second amount of coconut.  Mix until a thick paste forms.  Do not over mix.

Roll paste into small bites and roll in second amount of coconut.  Refrigerate for at least an hour.

This recipe makes 30 small clusters.

For a refreshing pairing try serving this recipe with Peach Lemonade.

Sharp Cheddar Biscuits

Sharp cheddar biscuits are made from Greek yogourt  and your choice of cheddar cheese.  I prefer sharp cheese but you can make it with the type of cheese you prefer.  The recipe makes a great mid-day treat.

INGREDIENTS

2 tsp baking powderSharp Cheddar Biscuits

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup flour

1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated

1/2 cup milk

3/4 cup Greek yogourt

2 tbsp oil

Mix wet ingredients into a bowl including the cheddar cheese.

Combine dry ingredients together.

Mix wet ingredients into dry.

Drop by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes.

Serve warm with butter.

Try this recipe with Veggie Shepherd’s Pie !