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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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Chocolate Raspberry Hand Pies

Chocolate raspberry hand pies are a different take on the hand pie. Chocolate pie dough encapsulates a sweet raspberry filling for a decadent treat. They’re great to take for a mid afternoon snack or a small dessert.

Enjoy!

1/2 lb of vegetable shortening

1/2 tsp salt

2 cups flour

1/2 cup cocoa

one egg

1 tbsp white vinegar

Beat one egg in a measuring cup and add 1 tbsp white vinegar.  Fill with cold water to 1/2 cup. 

Blend flour, vegetable shortening and salt. 

Gradually add liquid to dry ingredients and blend until well incorporated. 

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Peanut Butter Bites

At Christmas my family celebrates with food and family.  One cookie which turns up again and again is the  recipe for peanut butter bites.  The chocolate and peanut butter are a great combination for any celebration or for when you just want a decadent treat. Enjoy! 

INGREDIENTS

1 cup chunky peanut butterPeanut Butter Bites

3/4 cups icing sugar

1/2 cup white chocolate

1/2 cup milk chocolate

sprinkles

DIRECTIONS

Mix peanut butter and icing sugar together in a small bowl until mixture is well incorporated.

Line a cookie tray with a silicone mat.

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Cherry Biscuits

Cherry biscuits are a great treat for a mid day snack. The tart cherries work perfectly with the savoury dough. They are wonderful paired with Garlic and Chive Biscuits on a Christmas platter.

INGREDIENTS

3 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp salt

2 tsp baking powder

4 1/2 tsp cream of tartar

1/4 cup cold diced butter

1 1/3 cup almond milk

1 beaten egg

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Morning Granola

I don’t often eat cereal for breakfast but when I do I tend to eat granola.  This granola recipe includes coconut oil, honey and dried apricots.  For a surprise cocoa nibs are added for a chocolatey kick.  Enjoy morning granola for breakfast or on top of your favourite crumble.

INGREDIENTSMorning Granola

3 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup cocoa nibs

1/2 cup sliced dried apricots

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut

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Garlic Spaghetti

Garlic spaghetti is fresh and flavourful.  It’s great with a side salad or by itself.  Try different herbs as toppings.

INGREDIENTSGarlic Spaghetti

3 tbsp olive oil

3 cloves garlic chopped

spaghetti for 2 people

1/2 cup grated parmesan

1 pkg liquid vegetable bouillon

DIRECTIONS

Cook spaghetti to al dente stage.

While spaghetti is cooking brown garlic in olive oil in a frying pan.

Transfer spaghetti to frying pan. Mix in bouillon and Parmesan.

Remove to a plate and top with herbs.

Serve immediately.

Try with  Sun-dried Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese Toast.

Sun-dried Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese Toast

Sun-dried tomato salad and goat cheese toast is a simple yet tasty lunch.  It’s good when you want something light but filling.  Try with Strawberry Lemonade.

INGREDIENTS

Rye Bread slicesSundried Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese Toast

Olive Oil

Goat Cheese

DIRECTIONS

Spread olive oil on rye bread and smear with goat cheese.  Heat under broiler just until cheese begins to melt.

INGREDIENTS

Mixed Greens

Sun-dried Tomatoes (chopped)

Mushrooms (chopped)

Mix and top with dressing below.

1 1/2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

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Brownie Pudding

If you like sweet desserts than Brownie Pudding is the recipe for you.  The recipe has a cake like brownie covered by a decadent chocolate and brown sugar sauce.  It’s sure to please sweet lovers and chocolate lovers alike.

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTSBrownie Pudding

1 cup flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup sugar

3 tbsp cocoa

1/2 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla

2 tbsp melted butter

3/4 cup chopped walnuts

3/4 cup brown sugar

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Marshmallow Squares

Marshmallow squares are crazy easy to make and are delicious.  They’re sweet and delicious and anyone with a sweet tooth will love them.  Store in the refrigerator for an indulgent treat any time of day.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup chunky peanut butterMarshmallow Squares

1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips

1 small package coloured miniature marshmallows

DIRECTIONS

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Easter Buns

Easter Buns can’t be easier to make.  Just throw the ingredients in your bread machine and follow a few simple steps and you have flavourful buns for your Easter treats.  Enjoy with coffee, tea or Cranberry Iced Tea

INGREDIENTSEaster Buns

1 cup almond milk

1 egg or 1 vegan egg

1 tsp salt

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup butter or vegan butter

3 3/4 cups flour

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1 1/4 tsp yeast (Bread machine or high activating)

1 cup raisins

DIRECTIONS

Measure ingredients into the bread machine pan in the order listed omitting the raisins.  Set on dough mode.  At the signal add raisins.

When the dough is ready remove to a floured surface and cover with a bowl.  Let rest 15 minutes.

Divide dough into 12.  Toll each into a bun and place on a cookie sheet.  Cover and let rise 45 minutes

Bake in a 375 degree Fahrenheit oven for 20 minutes or until the bun is golden brown.