Crostata

This has been a staple dessert for my mother for as long as I can remember. A relatively simple dessert (really just jam and pastry), but makes for a stunning and impressive presentation, not to mention super delicious. A great option to bring to a holiday party! Musings 3 cups all-purpose flour ½ cup sugar 3 tsp…

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Festive cheesecake with sugared cranberries

It’s been at least 3 years since I last made cheesecake (I’ve been focusing my dessert love on pie-baking of late). However, the winter season isn’t known for its pies (though there are some good options!), and so I thought I’d change things up for a friend’s holiday party. I love a good ol’ NY-style…

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Salted peanut blondies

In my search for small desserts, I stumbled on this delectable-looking recipe. It looked straightforward to make, with ingredients largely on hand, and I so rarely make bars that it seemed a good time to add to my rather meager repertoire. Plus, I’m always a sucker for a tasty blond. Recipe from Sweet 2 cups…

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Chocolate mint cookies

Thin mint Girl Guide cookies were always a favourite of mind. I ran across this recipe and was instantly sold by its relative ease, along with its classic flavor combination. When I started planning my recent dessert party, I wanted to try to introduce more smaller desserts (as my usual tendency is to rock the…

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Salty peanut-pretzel ice cream cake

I admit that I’m a sucker for an ice cream pie/cake. Indeed, my favourite dessert that I’ve ever made is a lemon meringue ice cream pie. So when I came across this recipe in my Twitter feed, my ears perked up. Salty and sweet–plus ice cream? Sign me up!

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Carrot cake

I wanted to find a new dessert to celebrate Easter, and carrot cake was a frequenter of many Easter dessert lists I came across, thematic I suppose because bunnies > carrots. I’d always enjoyed carrot cake and thought it high time I try my hand at it.

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Raspberry crumb pie

Our lab manager, Lisa, is a big fan of raspberry pie, and so for her birthday, I couldn’t imagine bringing anything else. Since I’d made a straight raspberry pie relatively recently for the lab, I wanted to find a variation. Enter: raspberry crumble.

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Lemon-lime basil shortbread

Sweet and savoury is such a classic combination, but I particularly enjoy it when it comes in a dessert format. So when I came across shortbread cookies with basil, my tastebuds perked up. Recipe from Bon Appetit magazine 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup powdered sugar plus more for dusting 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1/2″…

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Cranberry custard pie

Thanksgiving is always a great opportunity to try out new recipes, and this year was no exception. I like the seeming simplicity of this recipe (relatively few ingredients and minimal prep work), plus a cranberry pie is certainly not commonplace, so it gets points for originality.

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