Spiced apple turnovers

Despite the lovely weather we’ve been having, it is officially fall, and with that comes all the delicious flavours of the season! A friend’s housewarming party provided the perfect opportunity to try a new recipe for smaller, portable apple pies.

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Glazed plum cheesecake

A friend’s potluck party and a set of ripe plums on hand were the impetus for the discovery of this recipe. I’m always on the hunt for new and interesting cheesecake recipes to try. Not that a classic NY cheesecake isn’t delicious, but adding a bit of flare never hurt. This recipe looked fun largely…

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Blueberry sour cream pie

A friend’s housewarming BBQ called for a new dessert that was easy to transport. This recipe for blueberry sour cream pie caught my eye, as it seemed relatively straightforward and full of delicious things I enjoy, including pecans and blueberries. Thankfully, we’ve finally hit the season where blueberries are plentiful and relatively inexpensive.

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Key lime pie

An unused bag of key limes sitting in our fridge upon returning from our trip inspired my first attempt at a classic key lime pie. I had actually only tried it for the first time within the last couple of months, so delicious first impressions of its tart-sweet flavour combination were fresh in my memory….

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Raspberry brownie ice-cream pie

We recently threw a pickling party, in what may now be an annual tradition for us, and I wanted to make a dessert that was new and Spring-y. And nothing says warmer temperatures than a good ol’ ice cream pie. Of course, on the day of the pickling party, it did in fact drop down…

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Banana cream pie

A girl’s night in called for something sweet and decadent, and banana cream pie seemed to fit the bill. I’d actually never made or even had banana cream pie before, so this was an exciting prospect. It does take a little bit of planning, as several components need to chill or freeze for up to…

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Strawberry-lemon curd tart

David being away for awhile had me itching to get baking again when he returned, wanting to try something new and interesting. David had a request for something with lemon curd, which narrowed me field of choices, and I ultimately decided on this one because it combined two of our favourite things: lemon curd and…

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Mexican chocolate tart with cinnamon-spiced pecans

My lab’s winter warm-up party prompted the making of this particular dessert. I was glad to have an excuse to try it as well as a captive audience to try it out on. I’d long had this recipe ear-marked and actually finally remembered to buy Ibarra chocolate, which is a type of Mexican chocolate that…

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Caramel dark chocolate truffles with fleur de sel

Happy New Year! I realize my new year greetings are rather belated, but it’s been a busy month. It’s been a whirlwind of travel, with trips to San Francisco, Vancouver and Thailand crammed in the last 5 weeks. I thought what better way to start off 2014 on Gastrofare than with some sinfully delicious truffles….

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