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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.

Infused Vinegars

Flavoured vinegars are great in salad dressings but can be pricey to buy.  Fortunately they are easy to make but takes some preparation.  Below I have listed recipes for Raspberry/Blueberry Vinegar, Sage Red Wine Vinegar and Thyme Basil Vinegar

Raspberry/Blueberry Vinegar

Simple Infused Vinegars1/2 cup mashed raspberries

1/2 cup mashed blueberries

White vinegar to fill a jar

Add  fruit to jar and fill with vinegar.  Cork and let stand for at least 1 week.   Strain and use on salads or as a marinade.  Can be sweetened by adding stevia to the finished vinegar. Continue reading Infused Vinegars

Vegetarian Chili with Mushrooms

When the cold weather appears I long for comfort food.  Vegetarian chili with mushrooms is one of my favourite recipes to make on a frosty day.  The recipe is quick, easy and flavourful.  Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

2 small chopped onionsvegetarian chili with mushrooms

1 chopped red pepper

1 chopped stalk celery

Olive oil to cover the bottom of a stock pot

8 sliced button mushrooms

1 540 ml can kidney beans

1 540 ml can chick peas

1 540 ml can black beans

1 796 ml can diced tomatoes Continue reading Vegetarian Chili with Mushrooms

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 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

1/8 tsp ginger Continue reading Baked Apples

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

1/2 cup sliced almonds Continue reading Morning Granola

Chocolate Peppermint Candy

At this time of year it’s nice to have a sweet treat in the house to share with visitors.  One of my favourite sweet combinations is chocolate and peppermint.  Chocolate Peppermint candy combines these tastes in a melt in your mouth confection.  Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

1 bag milk chocolate chipsChocolate Peppermint Candy

1 bag white chocolate chips

2 tsp vegetable oil

1 tsp peppermint extract

candy canes, crushed

DIRECTIONS

Continue reading Chocolate Peppermint Candy

Peanut Butter Bites

On Christmas Eve my family celebrates with food and family.  One recipe which turns up again and again is the cookie peanut butter bites.  The chocolate and peanut butter are a great combination for celebrations or 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.

Continue reading Peanut Butter Bites

Old Fashioned Apple Pie

I’ve never been a big fan of apple pie until I tried it with tangy spy apples.  The apples are just sour enough to cut the sweetness of the sugar and the fat of the crust.  The recipe would be just as good with granny smith apples.

INGREDIENTSApple Pie

PIE CRUST

5 cups flour

3 tbsp brown sugar

2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 lb vegetable shortening

1 egg

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

ice cold water to make 1 cup

FRUIT

1 cup sugar

2 tbsp flour

1 tsp cinnamon

5 cups Spy apples

DIRECTIONS

Crust

Mix flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a large bowl.

Mix in vegetable shortening until mixture is crumbly.

Beat egg in measuring cup until frothy.  Add vinegar and water,

Mix together just until mixed.

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

When chilled roll out dough into two disks.  I like to do this between two sheets of parchment paper as it is easy to handle.

Line a pie plate with the first disk and trim edges.  Set aside.

Fruit

Combine sugar, cinnamon and flour.

Add apple and mix until well combined.

Pour into pie shell and top with second crust.  Scallop edges and vent the pie.

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes until apples are soft and crust is golden brown.