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pumpkin spice soft pretzels on a cooling rack

Soft, Fluffy Pumpkin Spice Pretzels with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip


In this edition of Menu Mashup, soft pretzels are combined with classic pumpkin pie to create these delectable Pumpkin Spice Soft Pretzels. Topped with a pumpkin spice sugar blend and served with a pumpkin cream cheese dip, this fall-inspired dessert is sure to be your new favourite pumpkin dessert… step aside, pumpkin pie!

pumpkin spice soft pretzels on a cooling rack

Pumpkin Spice Soft Pretzels with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Rising Time: 1 Hour
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Yield: 12 Pretzels

Ingredients
For the pretzels:
1 ½ cups warm water (110°F)
3 Tbsp brown sugar
2¼ tsp yeast
4 cups all-purpose flour + additional for dusting
¼ tsp salt
¼ cup butter, melted + additional for brushing
Oil, to grease bowl
8 cups room temperature water
½ cup baking soda

For the pumpkin spice sugar blend:
½ cup sugar
½ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp ground all-spice
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cinnamon

For the pumpkin cream cheese dip:
4 oz cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp pumpkin puree
2 Tbsp butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp heavy cream
Pinch salt

ingredients of pumpkin spice soft pretzels

Directions
1. For the pretzels, pour the warm water into a small mixing bowl. Stir in the brown sugar and yeast and let stand for 5 minutes, or until the yeast begins to foam.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Pour in the wet ingredients and the melted butter, then stir until it forms a dough. Lightly dust your countertop with flour and turn the dough out. Knead for 3 to 5 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic.

Related: Celebrate Oktoberfest at Home With These Soft Pretzels, Done Two Ways!

dough for pumpkin spice soft pretzels being kneaded on a white countertop

3. Grease a large bowl with oil and place the dough in the bowl, turning and flipping it to ensure it is coated. Cover the bowl with a damp towel and keep in a warm spot for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.

4. Once dough has risen, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 12 equal portions. Roll each portion into a ball and arrange on your countertop or a plate.

5. Preheat the oven to 400°F. In a large saucepan, add water and baking soda. Place on high heat and bring to a boil.

6. Meanwhile, shape the pretzels by rolling a portion of the dough into a long rope, at least 20 inches in length. Make a “U” with the rope and cross the ends over each other twice, then flip them and press into the bottom of the “U” forming a pretzel shape.

dough rolled into pretzels for pumpkin spice soft pretzels

7. Arrange the pretzels on a large, parchment-lined baking sheet. Working in batches of 2 to 3 pretzels, place them in the boiling baking soda solution for 15 to 20 seconds. Remove and place back on the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining pretzels.

Related: Pumpkin Crème Brûlée is the Pumpkin Dessert You Need This Fall

pretzels being boiled for pumpkin spice soft pretzels

8. Bake the pretzels in the oven for 12 to 14 minutes, or until they are shiny with a deep brown colour.

9. While the pretzels are baking, make the pumpkin spice by combining sugar, ginger, all-spice, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside until serving.

10. For the dip, in a medium bowl, whisk together cream cheese, pumpkin puree, and softened butter until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and mix again, then add vanilla, cream and salt, and give it a final mix. Transfer to a smaller bowl and set aside until serving.

11. Once the pretzels are baked, brush them in melted butter and sprinkle generously with pumpkin spice. Serve with pumpkin cream cheese dip on the side.

pumpkin spice soft pretzels on a baking tray, ready to serve

Note: Leftover pretzels can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Leftover dip can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Love Philip and Mystique’s pumpkin pie pretzels? Try their croque madame rolls next!

squares of plum cardamom cake on a blue oval plate

Plum and Cardamom Coffee Cake is the Unexpected Flavour Pairing You Must Try

The warm, earthy notes of cardamom complement juicy plums in this simple and irresistible cake recipe. Plum and cardamom are a match made in heaven, so if you haven’t experienced this combination before, it’s time that you try it out. Any variety of plum can be used for this recipe — whatever your local store has at the height of stone fruit season will work beautifully.

squares of plum cardamom cake on a blue oval plate

Plum and Cardamom Coffee Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 35-45 minutes
Cool Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour – 1 hour, 10 minutes
Servings: Yields one 8-inch square cake

Ingredients:
For the coffee cake
8 whole medium ripe plums
2 cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 Tbsp ground cardamom
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp kosher salt
1¼ cups full-fat sour cream
½ cup unsalted butter, melted
¼ cup whole (3.25%) milk
1 large egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

For the plum glaze
1 cup icing sugar
Juice reserved from slicing plums
2 Tbsp whole (3.25%) milk

Directions:
1. For the coffee cake, cut the plums into ½-inch slices over a small bowl, collecting the juice. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch square cake pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, cardamom, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk the sour cream, butter, milk, egg, and vanilla. Add the butter mixture to the flour mixture. Stir until just combined.

Related: You’ll Never Guess the Secret Ingredient in This Beautiful Carrot Cake

3. Using a silicone spatula, fold in three-quarters of the sliced plums, being careful not to overmix. Transfer the batter to the prepared cake pan. Scatter the remaining plum slices on top, making sure to reserve the juice for the Plum Glaze.

4. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until golden brown and a cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool slightly, about 10 minutes. Run a thin knife around the edge of the pan and turn the cake out onto a plate.

Related: This Confetti Sheet Cake With Pastel Frosting is Straight-Up Magical

5. For the plum glaze, in a small bowl, whisk the icing sugar with the reserved plum juice. Add the milk and whisk until smooth. Drizzle over the cake before serving. Serve warm.

6. Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

the earth to table bakes cookbook coverExcerpted from Earth to Table Bakes by Bettina Schormann and Erin Schiestel. Copyright ©2021 Bettina Schormann and Erin Schiestel. Photography ©2021 Maya Visnyei Photography. Published by Penguin Canada, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

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Love this coffee cake recipe? Try this clementine yogurt pistachio cake next!

rose walnut chocolate chip cookies on parchment paper

These Rose Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies Are Simply Stunning

I’ve always thought that adding anything but chocolate to cookies was sacrilegious, but then I made these and that changed. They’re seductive and musky—perfumed, but not overly so. If you aren’t a fan of rose, it can hit you on the nose a bit, so I would recommend using half the amount and going from there. They’re amorous.

rose walnut chocolate chip cookies on parchment paper

Rose Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 10-12 minutes
Total Time: 55-57 minutes
Servings: 16-20 cookies

Ingredients:
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
²/³ cup (1¼ sticks + 1 tsp) unsalted butter
¾ cup + 1 tsp light brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 Tbsp tablespoon rosewater
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup coarsely chopped dark chocolate
½ cup chopped walnuts
Fleur de sel, for finishing
Rose petals, optional

Directions:
1. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

2. Put the butter into a medium-size saucepan set over medium-low heat. Heat, stirring often, until melted. Pour into a large bowl then add in the sugars and whisk until combined. Whisk in the egg, followed by the rosewater and vanilla. Tip in the dry ingredients. Beat with a wooden spoon until a soft dough has just begun to form, then mix in the chocolate and walnuts. Cover and chill until firm, 30 minutes.

Related: These Creme-Filled Chocolate Cookie Sandwiches Will Make You Feel Like a Pro Baker

3. Meanwhile, set racks in the lower and upper thirds of an oven. Preheat to 350ºF. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

4. Using a scoop or tablespoon as a measure, portion out evenly sized amounts of the dough. If you’re using a spoon, use your hands to roll them into balls. Divide between the prepared sheets, placing them a few inches apart for spreading. You should be able to fit 8 to 10 per sheet. Sprinkle with a little fleur de sel. You can set leftover dough balls aside to be baked off later, or, store in an airtight container and freeze for up to 2 months. Allow to stand at room temperature for about 15 minutes before baking from frozen.

Related: These Ginger Molasses Cookies Will Warm You up on a Chilly Fall Day

5. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, rotating the sheets between the upper and lower thirds of the oven halfway through, until golden, the edges crisp, but the centers still soft. Let the cookies stand on the sheets for a few minutes, before transferring them onto a wire rack to cool further, before serving.

wild sweetness by thalia hoFrom the book: WILD SWEETNESS by Thalia Ho. Copyright © 2021 by Thalia Ho. Reprinted courtesy of Harper Design, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

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Craving more cookie recipes? Try these rye oatmeal chocolate chip cookies next!

clementine yogurt pistachio snack cake on a cooling rack

The Dreamiest Clementine Yogurt Pistachio Snack Cake

I call this my Chameleon Cake, because it can take on so many different flavors: lemon and almond, blood orange and pine nut, coconut and lime—just sub the flavors with the same measurements and you’re good to go. Keep it rustic as a loaf cake or dress up your own chameleon with edible flowers in cupcake form. You won’t even recognize it. I use sweetened vanilla Greek yogurt here, which, to be honest, I bought by accident. It turned out to be a happy one, as it allowed me to cut back on the granulated sugar.

clementine yogurt pistachio snack cake on a cooling rack

Clementine Yogurt Pistachio Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 40-50 minutes
Cool Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes – 1 hour, 5 minutes
Servings: Makes one 5 × 9-inch loaf or 12 cupcakes

Ingredients:
For the cake
1⅓ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup fine almond flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp kosher salt
½ cup chopped unsalted pistachios
1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
½ cup granulated sugar
⅓ cup light brown sugar
3 large eggs
3 Tbsp packed clementine or orange zest
½ cup olive oil + more for greasing

For the salted pistachio clementine glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbsp clementine juice
3 Tbsp chopped unsalted pistachios
¼ tsp flaky sea salt

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 5 × 9-inch loaf pan with olive oil.

2. To make the cake, in a bowl, stir together the flour, almond flour, baking powder, salt and pistachios.

Related: This Confetti Sheet Cake With Pastel Frosting is Straight-Up Magical

3. In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, both sugars, eggs, zest and ½ cup olive oil.

4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir together using a wooden spoon or spatula until just combined. Don’t overmix.

5. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 40–50 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

Related: You’ll Never Guess the Secret Ingredient in This Beautiful Carrot Cake

6. Allow the cake to cool for 5 minutes before using a knife to loosen it from the sides of the pan. Remove to a wire rack.

7. To make the glaze, in a bowl, stir together the powdered sugar and clementine juice until smooth and glossy. It will be thicker than you think it should be, but it will spread once poured. Pour over the slightly cooled cake, letting it drip over the sides, and sprinkle with the chopped pistachios and flaky sea salt.

Note: The cake will keep very well in an airtight container for 4–5 days.

conveniently delicious by devin connellExcerpted from Conveniently Delicious by Devin Connell Copyright © 2021 Devil Connell. Photography © Louisa Nicolaou. Published by Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

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Love this snack cake recipe? Try this upside-down banana cake next.

cheesy croque madame rolls on a white plate

Wait ‘Til You Try These Cheesy Croque Madame Rolls Drizzled with Hollandaise


In this edition of Menu Mashup, classic cinnamon rolls are combined with a savoury croque madame to create these seriously epic Croque Madame Rolls. Stuffed with ham, Emmental, and a sweet Dijon filling, and then finished with a drizzle of quick hollandaise sauce and chives, every bite is perfectly sweet and savoury. It’s a show-stopping dish that’s sure to impress on any brunch menu.

cheesy croque madame rolls on a white plate

Croque Madame Rolls

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Rising Time: 90 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Yield: 12 Rolls

For the dough:
¾ cup whole milk, lukewarm (110° F)
2 ¼ tsp dry active yeast
¼ cup salted butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten
3 cups bread flour, plus more for dusting
¼ tsp salt
Olive oil to grease bowl

For the filling:
¼ cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp salted butter, melted
¾ lb sliced ham
¾ lb sliced Emmental cheese

For the sauce:
4 egg yolks
1½ Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp Dijon mustard
¼ tsp salt
Pinch cayenne pepper
¾ cup salted butter, melted
Chopped fresh chives, for garnish (optional)

ingredients for cheesy croque madame rolls

Directions:
1. For the dough, pour the milk into a medium bowl. Stir in the yeast and let stand for 5 minutes, or until the yeast becomes bubbly on top of the milk. Whisk in the melted butter and eggs.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt, then pour in the wet ingredients and stir until it forms a dough. Lightly dust your countertop with flour and turn the dough out. Knead for 3 to 5 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic. Grease a large bowl with oil and place the dough in the bowl, turning and flipping it to ensure it is coated. Cover the bowl with a damp towel and keep in a warm spot for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.

dough for croque madame rolls in a glass bowl

3. Once dough has risen, punch to release the air. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and shape into a rectangle. Roll the dough to a 9 by 14 inch rectangle.

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dough for croque madame rolls rolled into a flat rectangle

4. For the filling, in a medium bowl, make the filling by combining brown sugar, Dijon mustard and salted butter. Pour over the dough and spread out until evenly coated. Lay slices of ham overtop just barely overlapping each other, then arrange emmental slices over the ham.

dough for croque madame rolls topped with emmental cheese and ham

5. With the long end of the dough facing you, roll the dough into a log. Cut the ends off so that you are starting with a flat edge, and cut the log into 12 even slices (approximately 1-inch).

Related: This Epic Karaage Chicken and Green Onion Waffles Recipe is Sweet, Spicy and Savoury

a croque madame roll being rolled up

6. Arrange the dough rolls in a lightly greased 8 by 13-inch baking pan. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes, until the rolls expand leaving little-to-no space between each other.

unbaked croque madame rolls in a baking dish

7. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Bake the rolls for 22 to 25 minutes, until lightly golden.

Related: Leftover Fried Chicken + Pineapple + Nacho Chips = The Game-Day Meal of Your Dreams

croque madame rolls in a baking dish

8. For the sauce, while rolls are cooling, place egg yolks in a large-mouth mason jar, along with lemon juice, Dijon mustard, salt, cayenne pepper. Blend for 5 seconds, then while continuing to blend, slowly pour in the butter until thickened and smooth. If the sauce is too thick, add warm water, 1 tablespoon at a time, blending until desired thickness is reached.

9. To serve, drizzle hollandaise over the top of rolls and sprinkle with finely chopped chives.

cheesy croque madame rolls on a white plate

Love Philip and Mystique’s croque madame rolls? Try their Spicy West Indian Shepherd’s Pie next!

turkey dinner hand pies on a white plate

Turkey Dinner Hand Pies Are the Leftover Hack You Need

Step aside, turkey noodle soup and hot turkey sandwiches – this reimagined twist on turkey dinner leftovers is the game-changing recipe you need for the holidays. Store-bought puff pastry means you only need 15 minutes of prep time to whip these up before popping them into the oven, so you can get back to snuggling up on the couch and basking in that cozy holiday feeling. Warning: you *may* never be able to eat regular leftovers again.

turkey dinner hand pies on a white plate

Turkey Dinner Hand Pies

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 20-25 minutes
Cool Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 40-45 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients:
2 sheets puff pastry, thawed
Flour, for dusting
8 thick slices leftover roast turkey
½ cup leftover gravy, plus more for dipping
½ cup leftover stuffing
½ cup leftover cranberry sauce, plus more for dipping
1 egg mixed with 1 Tbsp water, for egg wash
1 tsp fresh thyme (optional)

ingredients for turkey dinner hand pies on a marble countertop

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375˚F.

2. On a lightly floured surface, lay out pastry sheets. Using a rolling pin, roll out dough until both sheets are roughly 10″ x 12”.

3. With a sharp knife, cut each pastry sheet into 4 rectangles, creating 8 rectangles total.

a puff pastry sheet on a white countertop cut into quarters

4. On the right side of one pastry rectangle, lay a slice of turkey. Spread 1 Tbsp gravy over the turkey. Top with 1 Tbsp of stuffing, followed by 1 Tbsp of cranberry sauce. Brush edges of the pastry with egg wash, and then fold the left side of the pastry over the right, lining up the edges as best you can. Crimp shut the open edges with a fork to seal, and use a sharp knife to mark 3 slits in the pastry. Repeat this step with the remaining pastry sheets, creating 8 hand pies total.

Related: Here’s How Long You Can Eat Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

steps for stuffing turkey dinner hand pies shown in 4 separate images

 

5. Brush the tops of the turnovers with remaining egg wash, then sprinkle with fresh thyme (optional).

Related: Use Leftover Potatoes to Make This Internet-Famous Crispy Potatoes Recipe

3 unbaked turkey dinner hand pies on a parchment lined baking sheet

6. Bake the hand pies for 20-25 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown and crispy.

7. Remove from oven and let cool on a cooling rack for 5 minutes.

4 turkey dinner hand pies on a cooling rack

8. Serve immediately alongside additional gravy and cranberry sauce for dipping.

Related: Save That Leftover Pie Dough and Make These Cinnamon Pinwheel Cookies!

a turkey dinner hand pie on a patterned plate, cut in half to show filling

Looking for more leftover ideas? Try these 10 Ways to Use Your Thanksgiving Leftovers, From Potatoes to Stuffing.

Apple oatmeal cookies on a cooling rack

These Healthy Apple Oatmeal Cookies Are the Perfect Breakfast Sweet Treat

If you’re anything like me and have a weakness for cookies, the thought of a healthier option is exciting, but it can also make you wonder: Will they taste good? Will my friends like them? Will they actually taste like cookies? Enter these Baking Therapy healthy apple oatmeal cookies. They’re soft, chewy and loaded with goodies like cranberries, coconut and chocolate. Sweetened with date sugar and maple syrup, they also boast a hint of caramel flavour. Trust me: they’re the perfect healthy breakfast treat!

apple oatmeal cookies on cooling rack

Healthy Apple Oatmeal Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Rest Time: 15-20 minutes
Bake Time: 15-17 minutes
Total Time: 40-47 minutes
Servings: 16 cookies

Ingredients:
½ cup date sugar
½ cup maple syrup, room temperature
½ cup coconut oil, softened
½ cup unsweetened apple butter
2 eggs, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups spelt flour (or whole wheat)
1 tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp salt
1 ½ cups large flake oats
1 cup (about 1 medium apple) finely diced apples
½ cup dried cranberries
⅓ cup dark chocolate chunks or chips
¼ cup shredded coconut

apple oatmeal cookie ingredients on white counter

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together the date sugar, maple syrup, coconut oil and apple butter. Add in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract.

Related: Anna Olson’s Lighter Dessert Recipes to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

3. In another bowl, whisk together the spelt flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and salt. Add to the stand mixer and mix until just combined. Fold in the oats, apples, cranberries, chocolate and coconut.

apple oatmeal cookie dough in stand mixer bowl

4. Scoop the cookie dough into 2-inch balls and place them 2 inches apart on the cookie sheets. Freeze for 15-20 minutes, slightly flatten each cookie before placing them into the oven. Bake for 15-17 minutes until golden on the edges. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

apple oatmeal cookie dough in balls on baking sheet

Like Sabrina’s baking? Check out her ginger molasses cookiessticky toffee pudding and pumpkin pie squares with candied pecans.

Multi-coloured cake on a cake round with a piece missing from it displayed from the side.

Ron Ben-Israel and Harry Eastwood’s Top Cake Trends for 2021

There’s a famous saying that goes, “a party without cake is just a meeting” – and we couldn’t agree more! After all, it’s no coincidence almost every big event includes cake. From birthdays to weddings, baby showers to graduations, cakes symbolize celebration.

“Special occasion cakes have always reflected the changing times just like fashion!” celebrity chef, leading cake designer and The Big Bake judge, Ron Ben-Israel says. Before your next big bash, catch up on the latest cake trends taking over bakeries around all over the world.

Related: How to Make a Dreamy Mirror Glaze Cake

Lemon cupcake on a white cake stand with lemon wedges around it as a decoration

Petite Designer Cakes 

Over the past year, pandemic health regulations have required events to become more intimate, limiting guest lists to strict guidelines. And as parties and weddings have become smaller, so have the cakes,  says Ron. 

“This season, we’re concentrating on cakes that are more like jewel-like confections,” he says. Since grand cakes typically aren’t needed anymore, cakes with enticing colours and textures compensate for the diminished size. “These aren’t cupcakes; these are full-blown, intricate cakes that are made in a tiny size.” 

Close-up of rainbow coloured cake with a slice missing from it looking into the cake.

Rainbow Cakes

Once again, celebrations are starting to feel like the rainbow after the storm and this is literally translating to cake trends. Rainbows are going to continue to be huge, imparting bright and colourful messages of hope inside and outside of cakes,”  Ron says. 

Read More: Make Your Own Candy-Filled Piñata Cake

French croquembouche tower glazed and stacked like a Christmas tree

French Croquembouche Tower Cakes 

Do you want to add a show stopping focal point to your dessert table? Look no further than the French croquembouche tower cake. “Choux is back!” Harry Eastwood says. Choux pastries AKA pâte à choux or pastry cream puffs are a unique way to present single-serving desserts that look almost too pretty to eat. And did we mention just how delicious these cakes are?

Chocolate cake decorated with fresh flowers and pomegranate.

Fresh Flower Cakes 

Fresh flowers have become a popular way to elevate and add a pop of colour to any cake. “I’ve always been a big fan of using natural flowers to decorate celebration cakes,” Harry says. “Fresh flowers are low maintenance and will immediately turn your cake into a glamorous thing of beauty.”  

Before you pick flowers from your garden, be sure to only use flowers that are edible (such as roses, calendula, borage, lavender, fennel, violas, nasturtiums, pansies, cornflowers and dahlias), as well as herbs you already use in cooking. 

Related: Metis Herbalist Shares 20 Edible Plants and Weeds Found in Canada 

Brush Stroke Cakes

Single layer cakes don’t need to be boring – add a hint of drama to any sized cake with the brush stroke technique. Brush stroke cakes are decorated with feather-like, multi-coloured brushed chocolate, Ron says. “It creates a really dramatic and graphic effect.”

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vegan cornbread with rosemary and maple

Rosemary Maple Vegan Cornbread is the Perfect Sweet and Savoury Combination

Fall weather and cornbread go hand-in-hand, and this vegan recipe is sure to become your new go-to. All you need is one bowl, (yay for fewer dishes!) and ingredients you most likely already have in your pantry and fridge. With a perfect moist center and the crispiest edges, it’s the perfect vessel to lather vegan butter onto. Combining maple syrup with fragrant rosemary lends this classic recipe a punchy twist that complements its sweet and earthy flavours.

vegan cornbread with rosemary and maple

Rosemary Maple Vegan Cornbread

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 30-35 minutes
Total Time: 40-45 minutes
Servings: 6-8

Ingredients:
1½ cups spelt, whole wheat or all-purpose flour
1½ cups cornmeal
½ tsp sea salt
2 Tbsp baking powder
2 cups unsweetened almond milk or non-dairy milk of choice
⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
½  cup maple syrup
1 heaping Tbsp fresh rosemary or 1 tsp dried rosemary, plus 1 sprig fresh rosemary for topping (optional)
Vegan butter, to serve (optional)

ingredients for vegan cornbread with rosemary and maple

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, sea salt and baking powder and mix thoroughly.

Related: 5 Genius Ways to Use Cornbread Mix (Hint: Buttermilk Pancakes)

dry ingredients for vegan cornbread with rosemary and maple in a bowl

3. Make a little well in the center, then pour in the almond milk, olive oil and maple syrup.

4. Whisk the dry and wet ingredients together until a batter forms, then fold in the rosemary.

Related: Vegan Shepherd’s Pie with Crispy Cauliflower Crust

batter for vegan cornbread with rosemary and maple in a bowl

5. Oil a 9-inch cast iron skillet thoroughly. You can also use a brownie tin or a pie plate. Pour the batter in and top with a sprig of fresh rosemary (optional).

6. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Related: Savoury Pumpkin, Feta & Sage Muffins

batter for vegan cornbread with rosemary and maple in a cast iron skillet

7. Enjoy on its own or with vegan butter.

8. Store on the counter for 1-2 days and toast before eating. You can also store it in the fridge for up to a week and in the freezer for 2-3 months.

Love Tamara and Sarah’s vegan cornbread? Try their herby green soup next!

rye chunky chocolate chip cookies on a cooling rack

These Rye Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Are an Elegant Twist on a Classic

Chocolate chip cookie lovers, say hello to your new favourite baked good. The subtle additions of rye flour and oatmeal lend the classic cookie a nutty, earthy flavour that’s perfect for pairing with your morning coffee or a late-night glass of milk. Plus, the dough can be made in advance and frozen so that you can have fresh, warm cookies at a moment’s notice, perfect for an impressive last-minute dinner party dessert or taking with you for long weekend cottage getaway.

rye chunky chocolate chip cookies on a cooling rack

Rye Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Rest Time: 40 minutes
Bake Time: 16-18 minutes
Total Time: 66-68 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients:
¾ cup unsalted butter
¾ cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
⅓ cup rye flour
⅓ cup oatmeal
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 cup dark chocolate chips/chunks

ingredients for rye chunky chocolate chip cookies on a white countertop

Directions:
1. In a stand mixer, whip together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla, and combine.

2. Add all of the dry ingredients (except the chocolate chips) into the wet batter and combine using a stand mixer with beater attachment.

Related: These Ginger Molasses Cookies Will Warm You up on a Chilly Fall Day

3. Fold the chocolate chips into the batter.

4. Using a spoon or ice cream scoop (for large cookies), portion the dough onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Make sure they are well spaced apart (2-3 inches), so they don’t join when baked.

Dough for rye chunky chocolate chip cookies on a baking sheet

5. Chill in the freezer for 30 minutes before baking.

6. Preheat the oven to 350°F and bake for 16-18 minutes or until golden on the edges.

Related: These Creme-Filled Chocolate Cookie Sandwiches Will Make You Feel Like a Pro Baker

Rye chunky chocolate chip cookies on a baking sheet

7. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and enjoy.

Related: Date Night at Home Isn’t Complete Without This Chocolate Peanut Butter Skillet Cookie

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Note: The cookie dough can be chilled for up to 3 months in an airtight container in the freezer.

Love Yakuta’s cookies? Try her mango tarts next!

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You Must Make This Trending Salted Honey Scallion Wool Bread

Wool Roll Breads entered the viral food scene earlier this year thanks to their super Instagrammable aesthetic. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a yeasted white bread studded with a sweet or savoury filling, cut and arranged to bake up and resemble a pleasingly plump roll of wool or yarn. This version combines both sweet and savoury elements with a sublime honey scallion butter filling (because I’m truly all about that sweet-savoury combo!). The dough is made using the tangzhong method, a Chinese yeasted bread technique popularized by its use in Japanese milk breads that yields the lightest, fluffiest texture everyone goes mad for.

This recipe is a standard milk bread recipe which can be formed into a regular loaf of bread in a 9.5” x 4.5” loaf pan, too. But hey, what would be the fun in pulling out an ordinary loaf of bread when you can pull out this show-stopping wool roll bread with a little more effort? (Note: For bread recipes like this, I highly recommend weighing the ingredients on a kitchen scale for better accuracy and results).

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Salted Honey Scallion Wool Bread

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Rise Time: 1-3 hours
Total Time: 2-4 hours
Servings: 1 loaf

Ingredients:
For the tangzhong roux starter:
3 Tbsp (24g) bread flour
½ cup (120ml) water and/or milk of choice

For the yeast mixture:
½ cup (120ml) lukewarm milk of choice, plus more for brushing the bread
1 tsp (4g) sugar
2 tsp (7g) dry active yeast

For the dough:
2⅔ cup (340g) bread flour
2 Tbsp (24g) sugar
1 tsp (4g) salt
Cooled tangzhong from above
Activated yeast mixture from above
1 large egg (55g), room temperature
¼ cup (56g) unsalted butter, room temperature

For the filling:
¼ cup (56g) unsalted butter, room temperature
3 Tbsp (45ml) honey
2 scallions, finely chopped
2½ tsp (10g) salt (start with half the amount if using kosher salt and adjust to taste)

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Directions:
1. Make tangzhong roux starter by whisking the flour and water in a small pot over medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until thickened to the consistency of pudding. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

2. For the yeast mixture, activate the yeast by warming the milk in the microwave for 20 seconds to a lukewarm temperature (between 100°F-110°F). Whisk sugar into the milk to dissolve. Sprinkle yeast in, whisking quickly to minimize clumps. Bloom for 10 minutes or until frothy.

Related: Restaurant-Worthy Chinese Scallion Pancakes You Can Make at Home

3. Make the dough by adding bread flour, sugar and salt to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with dough hook. Mix dry ingredients well. Once tangzhong is cooled and yeast is activated, add those along with the egg. Turn mixer on low speed and mix for 5 minutes. Add butter in 3-4 portions, allowing each to incorporate, waiting 10 seconds in between before adding the next. Turn mixer to medium speed and knead for 10 minutes or until it pulls away from the bowl, forming a dough that is smooth, stretchy and fairly tacky. Tug and stretch a piece of dough using your fingers to confirm it can stretch and hold a thin film. Shape dough into a ball and place in greased bowl. Cover with kitchen towel or cling wrap and let rise until doubled in size, 40-60 minutes or up to 2 hours depending on ambient temperature and climate. You may proof at room temperature or inside a turned-off oven with the light turned on to speed it along, especially in colder months.

a ball of dough resting for scallion wool bread

4. Meanwhile, make the filling by mixing butter, honey, scallions and salt in a medium-sized bowl with a spatula. Spread mixture onto a piece of cling wrap. Use spatula to form it into a 5” x 3” rectangle. Wrap and chill in freezer to harden. This makes it easier to fill the dough later.

Related: This Jalapeno Appenzeller Bread is a Cheese Lover’s Dream

5. Shortly before dough has doubled in size, grease a 9” round pan with butter and line with parchment. Set oven rack to center or just below, making sure there is sufficient clearance for bread to rise during baking. Place a large sheet pan on a lower rack or directly beneath the loaf pan to catch any drippings or filling that may burst through while baking. Preheat oven to 350°F.a ball of risen dough for scallion wool bread

6. Once dough has doubled in size, punch it down with a fist and turn onto lightly floured surface. Pat with hands to flatten and pop any air bubbles. Cut dough into 5 equal pieces (if using a kitchen scale, each piece should weigh about 140g). Shape pieces into balls, cover and rest for 10 minutes.

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rectangles of dough for scallion wool bread topped with scallion and honey mixture

7. Meanwhile, Cut chilled scallion filling into 5 equal pieces.

Related: This Easy Recipe for Soft Rolls Uses Less Than 10 Pantry Ingredients!
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8. Then, using a rolling pin, roll each ball into a loosely rectangular shape, about 9” x 4”. Lightly mark midway point of the rectangle with a horizontal line by pressing down gently (not cutting through) using a dough scraper or back of a long knife. Make lengthwise cuts below the demarcation into thin “wool strands”. I like to very lightly dust the area first before making the cuts so the dough doesn’t stick to the knife blade.  Place a piece of scallion filling on the uncut portion of the rectangle and roll to form a cylinder with the wool strands showing on the outside. Repeat with remaining 4 pieces of dough and filling. Arrange in pan right up against the outer edges. The center will fill in one the dough rises.

dough for scallion wool bread in a round baking dish

8. Cover and let it rise again until it has doubled in size, filling up the pan and rising well above the top of the pan, again between 40-60 minutes or more depending on ambient temperature. Brush the top gently with milk and bake 30-35 minutes. Tent with foil if the top is getting darker than you like. You can check doneness by lifting the bread out of the pan and inserting a skewer from the side into the center – it should emerge dry. If you have an instant thermometer, the internal temperature of the bread should be between 190°F-205°F. Place pan on a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes. Then remove bread and place directly on wire rack to finish cooling. Bread can be eaten warm or sliced after it fully cools. Store in an airtight container or ziptop bag out of direct sunlight for a couple of days.

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Love Sonia’s wool bread? Try her corn mochi cake next!

an assortment of pastries from barbershop patisserie

3 Things You Must Try From Barbershop Patisserie in Toronto

Charming patisseries on cobblestone streets feel like a distant European travel daydream these days – that is, until we discovered Barbershop Patisserie. The decadent European-inspired pastry shop feels like a glimpse into Parisian café culture, with a hint of London pasty shops mixed in (their signature pastry is a savoury sausage roll!), all in the heart of Toronto. After gobbling up our pastry haul, we found ourselves scraping up each fallen pastry flake and eating them off our (sanitized) fingers because we just couldn’t bear to waste a single one.

pastries from barbershop patisserie

What You Need to Know About Barbershop Patisserie

Located on a bustling stretch of College St. in the Dufferin Grove neighbourhood, Barbershop Patisserie is the brainchild of renowned pastry chef Jill Barber (formerly of Black Bird Baking Co. and Paradise on Bloor). The takeaway shop opened mid-pandemic in late 2020 to great acclaim, regularly selling out of their buzzy pastries midday. Their rotating menu of pastries, cakes and cookies makes the most of fresh, seasonal produce for their fruit and veggie-based pastries, and fresh meat from local butchers for their meaty hand pies and pastries. They also serve up frothy coffee and tea based-lattes that pair perfectly with their baked confections.

See More: What’s in Season? Your Guide to Canadian Fruits and Vegetables

 

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Must-Try Baked Goods at Barbershop Patisserie

Sausage Roll Bites

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No trip to Barbershop Patisserie would be complete without trying one of their iconic sausage rolls, and we instantly fell in love with these mini bite-sized versions of their classic sausage roll. Reminiscent of London sausage pasties, the hearty sausage filling was perfectly spiced and the golden pastry shell held the roll together firmly, despite being oh-so delicate. Plus, the mini size (and price at just $1!) meant we could try even more off the menu, which is always a win in our books.

Roasted Eggplant Tart

The savoury veggie tarts at Barbershop Patisserie are often overshadowed by their sausage-filled counterparts, but you’d be doing yourself a disservice to not add one of these to your order. With plump eggplants currently in season, the seasonal veggie tart du jour was the roasted eggplant tart with fresh cream, spiced shallots and garlic chili oil. While eggplant isn’t typically a veggie found atop French pastries, you’d never guess it from this sophisticated tart – it was delightfully creamy with just a hint of spice, and the eggplant skin was so delicate that it just about melted into the flaky pastry.

Related: Tasty Indigenous Restaurants in Canada That You’ll Love

Chocolate Fudge Cake

A decadent slice of Barbershop Patisserie chocolate fudge cake on a patterned plate
A decadent slice of chocolate cake is always a good idea, and this single-serving portion of Barbershop Patisserie’s chocolate fudge cake is no exception. Moist layers of chocolate cake are sandwiched between thick, creamy chocolate icing for pure chocolatey bliss. At just the right level of sweet, our only regret is not getting a second slice for later.

Tip: Barbershop Patisserie also creates custom large cake orders, so you can order XL versions of this chocolate cake and other show-stopping creations for a crowd.

 

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The Best Non-Dairy Milks to Meet All Your Needs (From Baking to Latte Frothing)

The list of non-dairy alternatives is extensive, and no longer are the days when soy milk was your only dairy-free option. Non-dairy milk can be made from almonds, cashews, oats, hemp, rice, chickpeas and even peas! Dairy is delicious, but it can also be incredibly challenging to digest, and consuming it may conflict with your moral and environmental principles. Luckily, there are so many non-dairy alternatives out there that you won’t miss dairy at all, whether you’re vegan or intolerant to it.

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Best Non-Dairy Milk for Calcium: Pea Milk

Pea milk is pretty new on the non-dairy alternatives scene. Soy milk used to be the dairy-free milk of choice for this category, but pea is now winning by a landslide. One cup of pea milk makes up 45% of your daily value of calcium. It actually has 50% more calcium than 2% dairy milk. It also contains 8 grams of protein per cup, which is quite hefty for a non-dairy milk.

Best Non-Dairy Milk for Baking: Almond Milk

Almond milk may be the most popular of the non-dairy alternatives, and can be found pretty much everywhere. We love it the most for baking because it cooperates nicely as a one-to-one milk substitute and is naturally sweet, so it’s fabulous for making desserts. It doesn’t have a strong flavour, so it won’t overpower any other flavours of the baked goods you’re making. You can also easily turn it into a “buttermilk” by adding a tablespoon of lemon juice to one cup of almond milk.

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Best Non-Dairy Milk for Coffee or Tea: Oat Milk

Oat milk is hands down our favourite non-dairy alternative to pour into coffee or tea. It doesn’t curdle, like most non-dairy milks, and has a really smooth taste and consistency. Other milks are too thin so they immediately separate upon entering your hot beverage, making it a beige coloured piece-y mess. Oat milk has about 16-25 grams of carbohydrates per cup, depending on the brand, and because of this, it’s stable in your coffee and functions similarly to cow’s milk. The higher carb count also makes it naturally sweet and a really pleasant addition to coffee and tea.

Related: How to Make Oat Milk 5 Ways (And Why It’s the Best Non-Dairy Option)

Best Non-Dairy Milk for a Latte/Frothing: Coconut or Oat Milk

This one is a tie between a carton (not can) of coconut milk and oat milk. Both of these are also available in “barista blend” making them even better for frothing and foaming. Oat milk has a neutral and sweet taste, and contains a fibre called beta-glucan, which allows it to foam really nicely. Coconut milk, also naturally sweet, has a higher fat content that lends itself to a nice froth. Coconut also has a distinct taste that you either love or hate, so if you’re not a fan of coconut, choose oat milk instead.

Best Non-Dairy Milk for Cereal: Cashew Milk

Cashew milk is one of those versatile non-dairy alternatives that lends itself well to a variety of dishes, from smoothies to savoury cream sauces. Our favourite way to use it is to pour it over cereal, because it’s naturally creamy, subtly sweet and has a slightly thicker consistency than other nut milks, resembling cow’s milk. Nutritionally speaking, it’s almost identical to almond milk with only one gram of protein, one gram of carbs and two  grams of fat per cup.

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Best Non-Dairy Milk for Oatmeal: Rice Milk

Rice milk is our top pick for making oatmeal into a delicious, creamy porridge. It’s thinner than many of the other non-dairy alternatives, but because it’s higher in carbohydrates, it has a really nice natural sweetness that adds wonderful flavour to the oats. Most people start cooking their oatmeal with water and then add milk for flavour and extra creaminess; since rice milk is thin and milky at the same time, it plays double duty in oatmeal.

Best Non-Dairy Milk for Pancakes: Hemp Milk

Hemp milk is the winner when it comes to making pancake batter, especially since most pancakes call for buttermilk. Hemp milk has a higher protein content than many other non-dairy alternatives, so when it’s combined with an acid, like lemon or vinegar, it helps with leavening. The higher protein content will also add moisture and tenderness while giving the batter structure. You can easily make your own hemp milk at home by blitzing up hemp seeds and water.

Best Non-Dairy Milk for Smoothies: Pea or Almond Milk

This is a toss up between pea milk and almond milk. Pea milk boasts a fair amount of protein and calcium, and since most people make smoothies to drink their nutrients, pea milk is a great addition. We also love almond milk for making smoothies. It’s a classic non-dairy alternative and it has a really neutral taste so it won’t imbue any unwanted flavours.

Related: 7 Ways to Make Your Soups Creamy Without Dairy

Best Non-Dairy Milk for Soups: Coconut Milk

Cream-based soups have a thicker and richer consistency compared to brothy ones. We’ve found the best substitute to be full-fat canned coconut milk, and have swapped it in as a dairy substitute for many of the classics, like cream of broccoli, creamy tomato and cream of mushroom. Coconut milk is higher in fat, similar to cream, so it gives the right viscous texture. It does impart a coconut flavour, which we’ve found to be a delicious addition to many of these soups.

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Best Tasting Non-Dairy Milk (to drink on its own): Soy Milk

Soy milk is the grandparent of non-dairy milks. About a decade ago if you didn’t drink milk, your only option was soy. Although there are many alternatives now, we find that soy is still the best to gulp down on its own. This is because it has a well-rounded flavour that isn’t too strong. It holds up well when chilled or even when heated, so whether you’re drinking it as a refreshing cold drink or as a warming hot beverage, it will perform.

Want more? See here for 12 Surprising Foods You Won’t Believe Are Dairy-Free.

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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth With These Vegan No Sugar Do-Nuts

Fried doughnuts? Not here. These doughnuts are baked in a doughnuts mold.

Healthy vegan oven do-nuts

The Oven Do-Nuts

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Rest Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10 to 12

Ingredients:

½ cup date puree
1 small can of coconut milk
2 eggs
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
Pinch of salt
1½ cups pastry flour

Decorations of your choice (such as unsweetened shredded coconut or chopped nuts)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a bowl, thoroughly combine all of the ingredients.
  3. Lightly grease the doughnut pan  — otherwise, everything will stick.
  4. Fill the doughnut cups three-quarters of the way up (the doughnuts will puff up upon baking!).
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes
  6. Let cook, then remove from the pan.
  7. If desired, decorate the doughnuts as desired, then make another batch.
  8. Enjoy!

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This Delightfully Chewy Mochi Cake is Made with Fresh Corn

It is prudent to preface this recipe with a warning: May lead to repeated urges to go back for more! This is my seasonal spin on the iconic Hawaiian butter mochi, a treat made primarily with glutinous rice flour and coconut milk which yields an addictively gooey yet chewy texture with crisp edges. This idea came to me in early summer when the arrival of fresh, local corn was still a (highly-anticipated) few weeks away. Now in peak corn season, I can confirm this is the best thing I have made with corn all summer.

Fresh corn kernels are blended right into the batter of this cake until smooth. The result is a mochi cake that showcases corn at its peak, adding a nuanced dimension that layers oh-so-well with the flavours of coconut milk, vanilla and butter. Did I mention how low-effort this is? Everything goes into the blender to make the batter. Honestly, the hardest part is waiting for the cake to cool before tearing into it.

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Sweet Corn Mochi Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Total Time: 70 minutes
Servings: 16 pieces

Ingredients:
2½ cups corn kernels, preferably fresh cut from 2-3 cobs
½ cup full fat coconut milk
¼ cup butter, melted and cooled slightly, plus more for greasing baking pan
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
½ tsp vanilla extract
2 cups glutinous rice flour (I use Koda Farms Blue Star Mochiko)
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt

Ingredients for sweet corn mochi cake on a white countertop

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease baking pan with butter. You can use any of the following pans: 8” x 8” or 9” x 9” square baking pan, 8” or 9” round baking pan or similarly-sized cast iron skillet.

2. Place corn kernels and coconut milk in a high-speed blender. Blend until very smooth. Place remaining ingredients and blend again until smooth.

Note: If you don’t have a high-speed blender, use an immersion blender or food processor to blend the corn and coconut milk until smooth. Then, in a medium bowl, whisk the “corn milk” with melted butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until smooth. In a separate large bowl, whisk glutinous rice flour, baking powder and salt. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Whisk until very smooth and no streaks of white remain. There is no gluten in “glutinous rice flour” so you don’t need to worry about over-mixing this batter.

3. Pour batter into greased baking pan. Give the pan a few hard taps on the counter to knock out air bubbles. Bake for 40-60 minutes, or until center is set but bounces back when pushed, and edges are golden brown.

Related: 18 Fresh Corn Recipes That Are the Perfect Late-Summer Dinner

Batter for sweet corn mochi cake being poured into a baking pan

4. Set pan on a wire rack to cool fully to room temperature. If you can’t wait until it cools to room temperature, the mochi cake will be more custardy and gooey but not yet its maximum chewiness. Store in an air-tight container at room temperature up to one day or in the fridge for longer periods.

Note: Mochi cakes in general are notably less chewy with the passage of time, so be sure to eat it fresh for maximum texture.

Related: Make the Most of Corn Season with These Sweet Corn Arepas

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Like Sonia’s mochi cake? Try her Japanese-inspired rolled omelette next!

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This Sephardic-Style Spiced Challah is the Perfect Addition to Your Rosh Hashanah Spread

For most Canadians, challah is best known as a wonderfully fluffy, eggy, yeasty and sweet braided bread appreciated by Jews and non-Jews alike. Whether it’s enjoyed for Shabbat and Jewish holidays or as the base of custardy French toasts and decadent deli sandwiches, this golden Ashkenazi loaf has origins in Central and Eastern Europe and is popular for good reason. But there are other delightful challah traditions, including lighter, more savoury loaves favoured among Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews of North African and Middle Eastern ancestry.

Unlike the multi-stranded braided challahs, these loaves are commonly coiled into festive (and far easier) “crowns,” which, during Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year), take on special meaning to symbolize the continuity of life. The flavours of these loaves are also wildly different. My Moroccan grandmother’s challah was always laced with whole spices such as cumin and caraway seeds that were mixed into the smooth and airy crumb. It was the perfect pairing for a table full of spicy, saucy and tangy cooked salads and tagines. This challah recipe takes me back to everything I loved about my grandmother’s cooking and being in her kitchen.

Note: This recipe can easily be made vegan with a couple simple swaps, outlined below.

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Sephardic-Style Challah with Whole Seeds and Spices

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Rest Time: 3-4 hours
Bake Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 4-5 hours
Servings: One large round loaf or two small loaves

Ingredients:
For the dough
1 Tbsp sesame seeds
1 Tbsp cumin or nigella seeds
1 Tbsp of caraway, coriander or anise seeds
4 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and levelled, plus extra for dusting
1½ envelopes (12 grams) instant yeast
1 egg (optional), at room temperature
2 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt
6 Tbsp canola or sunflower oil, plus extra for oiling hands and baking sheet
¾-1 cup warm water

For the egg wash and topping (optional)
Cornmeal for dusting baking sheet
1 egg, plus 1 Tbsp water
Salt to taste
Sesame or poppy seeds, for sprinkling

Ingredients for sephardic challah on a white countertop

Directions:

1. For the dough, in a skillet over medium heat, toast sesame seeds,  cumin, caraway or other seeds until fragrant (and before they start to pop), about 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside to cool.

Related: Pomegranate Ginger Chicken For a Sweet and Fruitful Rosh Hashanah

Seeds and herbs toasting for sephardic challah

2. Combine all of the dough ingredients (including the seeds), then mix and knead for about 10 minutes by hand, stand mixer (with dough hook) or bread maker until smooth, soft and supple. If using egg, add ¾ cup of warm water first.

Option: For a vegan “water challah” without egg, use 1 cup of water. If the dough is too stiff, add more warm water, one tablespoon at a time, as needed. If it’s too sticky, add a little more flour.

3. Let the dough rise in a tightly covered bowl for roughly 2 hours until puffy and about doubled in size.

Dough for sephardic challah in a mixing bowl

4. Sprinkle cornmeal on a lightly-oiled baking sheet.

5. With oiled hands, gently deflate the dough and transfer it to a lightly greased work surface.

Related: Irresistible Dulce de Leche Rugelach

6. To make one large loaf, roll the dough into a 40- to 50-inch-long rope. (If you don’t have enough work space, roll it one half at a time, bending the rope in the middle.) If the dough isn’t stretching easily, let it rest covered for 5 to 10 minutes, then continue rolling. For two smaller loaves, aim for 25-inch ropes.

7. Let the rope(s) rest for 5 minutes. Form the rope into a coil, starting from one end. Tuck the second end under the finished coil.

Two coils of dough for sephardic challah on a white countertop

8. Place the coil(s) on the prepared baking sheet(s), one loaf per pan.

9. To make the egg wash topping, mix the reserved egg with 1 Tbsp water and a pinch of salt.

Option: For a vegan “water challah” version, skip this step or substitute egg wash with maple syrup or aquafaba (without water).

10. Brush dough coil(s) with a first layer of egg wash. Cover coil(s) with a large inverted bowl. Let stand for 60 to 90 minutes, until very puffy.

10. Near the end of the rising time, place a rack in the middle of your oven and preheat to 400°F.

11. Brush a second layer of egg wash onto dough coil(s) (this extra step will make the loaf beautifully shiny) and sprinkle generously with sesame or poppy seeds.

Dough for sephardic challah sprinkled with sesame seeds on a baking sheet

12. Place baking sheet in center of preheated oven (for two small loaves, place the baking sheets side by side or one at a time) and bake for 30 minutes or until the loaf is a rich, golden colour and the bottom is crispy. To check doneness, a digital thermometer poked into the centre of the loaf should read 190°F. Transfer to a rack to cool before serving or slicing.

Related: An Easy, Tender Brisket Recipe That is Sure to Impress

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Love Claire’s challah? Be sure to try her upside-down apple cake for a gorgeous Rosh Hashanah dessert.

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The Evolution of Duff Goldman: From Ace of Cakes to Buddy vs. Duff

Duff Goldman became a household name with Ace of Cakes but soon, the success of the Food Network series inspired other cake shows and the landscape became sweetly saturated. Thankfully that was just beginning for this chef, who is also a bit of a rock star — he plays bass in the Elvis cover band Foie Grock, after all.

From emerging as the face of Charm City Cakes, to cookbooks, a handful of shows on Food Network Canada, and a very full personal life, it’s safe to say that Duff’s (dessert) plate is full. Let’s go back and see how it all began, shall we?

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The Name of the Game

 

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Jeffrey Adam Goldman was born in Detroit in 1974 before his family moved to Missouri. His nickname came from his older brother, Willie, who was unable to pronounce “Jeffrey.” Instead, “Duffy” became his new permanent nickname. Thank goodness. Not sure we could handle a Jeff and a Geof (Geoffrey Manthorne, Duff’s right hand man).

Easy as Cake

 

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Duff’s been working in kitchens since he was 14. His first job was at a bagel store at the mall and eventually he became a fry cook at McDonald’s. In college, he applied to work as a cook at the Charleston, one of Baltimore’s finest restaurants, but head chef Cindy Wolf told him he lacked experience. She did, however, offer him a position making cornbread and biscuits. That was the turning point in his career.

Fine Art

 

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Let’s not forget that Duff went to culinary school. Post-university (he has degrees in philosophy and history from the University of Maryland), Duff attended the Culinary Institute of America. It was there that he discovered his serious cake-making skills. He then worked at The French Laundry, run by renowned chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Thomas Keller. Under Keller’s leadership, Duff realized food and art could become one beautiful thing.

Business as Usual

 

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Duff first launched his cake business in 2000, out of his Mount Vernon, Virginia apartment. There, he would make one cake a week, but as time went by his confections were becoming more in demand. Two years later he opened Charm City Cakes — this time out of a studio in Baltimore. By 2003, Duff sold $130,000 worth of cakes, nearly three times what he sold in his first year.

Show Time

 

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Ace of Cakes was born in 2006. The show focused on the daily operations of Charm City Cakes as Duff and his equally fun and quirky staff went about their daily routines, constructing cakes using a variety of traditional and unconventional tools (like belt sanders, blowtorches and power saws). The show ran for 10 seasons over five years, coming to an end in 2011.

No Slowing Down

 

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Ace of Cakes may have ended but that didn’t mean things were less busy for Duff. On the contrary, he opened his second bakery, this time in Los Angeles, which has the same Baltimore charm just in sunnier conditions. And more famous people.

Memory Lane

 

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Some of the more memorable events Charm City Cakes has represented over the years were the premieres of Kung-Fu PandaHairspray and a couple of the Harry Potter movies, not to mention the times he was commissioned to make replicas of Radio City Music Hall, Wrigley Field, and the Hubble Space Telescope.

Love and Marriage

 

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Duff and his then girlfriend Johnna Colbry dated for three years before they got married on Jan. 21, 2019. Naturally, there were three cakes at the ceremony: an underwater-themed creation that hung from the ceiling, a traditional white wedding cake for Johnna and a meat cake for Duff. That last concoction was memorable thanks to its bottom meatball tier, secondary meatloaf tier, lamb shawarma for the third tier, and scrapple on top. The frosting was mashed potatoes, bacon roses adorned the “icing,” and gravy cascaded from the chocolate fountain. Obviously.

Lights, Camera, so Much Action

 

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Ace of Cakes may have taken up a lot of Duff’s precious baking time, but after a few years’ hiatus, the baker and chef returned to the small screen in 2014 with Kids Baking Championship. He quickly followed that up with Holiday Baking ChampionshipSpring Baking Championship and Duff Takes the Cake.

Putting Pen to Paper

 

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Duff has always been willing to share the secrets to his success, which he does in cookbook form. The personality released his third title in Fall 2020, Super Good Baking For Kids. Previously he had also released  Ace of Cakes: Inside the World of Charm City Cakes and Duff Bakes: Think and Bake Like a Pro at Home.

Growing His Family

 

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Duff’s third book may have been inspired by the fact that he was about to become a dad himself. In February 2021 Duff and Johnna welcomed baby girl Josephine to the world. “We made a family! I have a whole little family!” he wrote on social media at the time. “I keep telling Josephine about all the wonderful things she’s gonna get to try like pizza and candy and swimming and concerts and riding a bike.”

Merching Out

 

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In addition to growing his business and his family, Duff has also gotten into the merchandising game. On his official site, he hocks plenty of branded t-shirts, beanies and baking accessories, allowing fans to bring a little of Duff into their own kitchens, too.

His Latest TV Adventure

 

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Duff’s latest competition, Buddy vs. Duff, is now in its third season. Duff took the crown in Season 1 thanks to his seriously charming yet complex cakes, but Buddy Valastro rebounded in a big way to take home the win in Season 2. This season, everything will be on the line for these legendary cake artists, who hope to prove once and for all that they are the reigning cake champ.

Watch Buddy vs. Duff Sunday at 9 PM ET/PT and stream all your favourite Food Network Canada shows through STACKTV with Amazon Prime Video Channels, or with the new Global TV app, live and on-demand when you sign-in with your cable subscription.

Posted by Denette Wilford. Last Updated on August 22 by Amber Dowling.

Anna Olson poses smiling with her hat box birthday cake

Here’s the Cake Anna Olson Bakes for Her Birthday – and Why You Should, Too!

Everybody loves birthday cake! And why not? A birthday cake means there is a celebration, and someone is being honoured, and best of all if that person is you!

My birthday is May 8th, falling very near or sometimes right on Mother’s Day, so there are now two reasons to bake a cake.  The question is: what type of cake to make?  You’ve seen me make every possible type of cake, but are you curious which are my favourites?  Here are a few things about me and my love of cake, and some guiding tips that I follow:

Related: Magical Birthday Cupcake Recipes

Cake vs. Cupcake

Cupcakes were always my choice growing up, and ballerinas were my “thing”. My Mom had a set of plastic ballerina figurines that she would top each cupcake with for years.

Remember regular layer cake batters don’t always adapt well to cupcakes.  Often wet batters will stick to the paper liners on cupcakes instead of peeling away easily.  If you want a cupcake, choose a cupcake recipe.

Related: Anna Olson’s Best Chocolate Recipes

A chocolate cupcake topped with swirled chocolate and vanilla icingGet the recipe: Chocolate Spice Cupcake with Chocolate “Swirl” Frosting

Tip: When baking cake layers, whether round or square, use cake pans with sides that are a straight 90° from the bottom.  Some cake pans have angled sides (for the only reason that they nest well for shipping) but when layers are assembled, the cake won’t have straight sides, and the angle is noticeable when the cake is sliced. I’ve designed my Anna Olson Kitchen cake pans specifically with this in mind.

Choosing Your Birthday Cake Flavour

I love the classically named cakes, with their defined flavour & filling combinations:

Black forest cake sliced open revealing delicious layers of chocolate cake and cherry filling
Black Forest Cake – chocolate cake, cherry filling and whipped cream frosting

Beautiful Dobos Tort decorated with caramelized sugar Dobos Torte – thin layers of nut sponge with chocolate buttercream and a caramelized sugar “fan” on top

Slices of opera tart cakeOpera Torte – sponge, ganache and mocha buttercream

I also like watching cake flavour and decor trends, including “naked” cakes, confetti cakes, and I am going through a serious waffle cake phase right now.

I don’t repeat birthday cakes – I change it up every year, and I rarely choose a chocolate cake.

See More: Anna Olson’s Healthier Dessert Recipes

When to Bake Your Birthday Cake

Because I’d like to be a guest at my own birthday party, I plan on baking the cake layers two days ahead (or baking and freezing further ahead) and making the fillings and frosting the day before, and assembling then.

Tip: Cake layers are less crumbly and easier to slice when baked a day before frosting them.

Anna Olson poses smiling with her hat box birthday cake

Tip: Unfrosted cake layers should not be refrigerated (it would dry the cake out. If baking a day ahead, wrap them well and leave them on the counter.  Once assembled, the frosting seals in the moisture, so it can be chilled and stay fresh.

Related: Anna Olson’s Guide for Working With Buttercream

How Long Will Your Cake Sit Out?

If the weather is nice (and you went to a deal of effort), you’ll want to show off the cake and let it sit out at room temperature (out of direct sunlight).

Tip: Frosting and fondants that have food colouring added fade when exposed to direct sunlight. Take care where the cake is placed for display, and adding a little glycerin (available where you buy cake decorating supplies) to your frosting or fondant will help preserve the colour.

So you need to choose fillings and frosting that suit:

Out for under 30 minutes: mousse fillings and whipped cream frostings are fine.

Out for 30-90 minutes: Curd fillings, fruit fillings, cream cheese frostings and chocolate ganache can handle sitting out for longer.

Out for 90+ minutes: Swiss buttercream cakes, fondant-covered cakes, and cupcakes can sit out longer.  Italian buttercream is the most stable frosting, which is why it is a favourite choice of pastry chefs for wedding cakes.

Anna’s Birthday Cake

So now that we’ve talked about all types of cakes, what is my choice for a birthday cake?  And the winner is:

Beautifully decorates lemon buttercream hatbox cake with buttercream bow
Get the recipe: Lemon Swiss Buttercream Hatbox Cake

Lemon cakes are ideal in spring, and I’m also thinking about Mother’s Day – I’ll be celebrating with my Mom then, and she loves a good lemon cake as well.  The silkiness of the Swiss buttercream is sweet, smooth and stable, but is not overly rich or cloying.  I’m not certain that I’ll replicate this hatbox style – I may go for piping spring flowers on top to suit the season.  Now that the Anna Olson Kitchen line carries a box of 100 reusable & recyclable disposable piping bags, and a piping tip set, there are no limits to my decor stylings.

Slice of Anna Olson's lemon swiss buttercream birthday cake

And if you are baking a birthday cake for yourself or someone else, remember that delicious memories are made in the kitchen – enjoy the time spent baking as much as the time spent eating!

The Anna Olson Kitchen collection of 48 items of bakeware, baking tools and décor tools are available exclusively at The Hudson’s Bay Company and  www.thebay.com

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The Evolution of Buddy Valastro: From Cake Boss to Buddy vs. Duff

Buddy Valastro has come a long way in a short time, from son of a baker to boss of all things baked. And while his personality has made for perfect television, Buddy still does what he does best: bakes elaborate and mouthwatering cakes that are treats for the mouth and the eyes. But while cakes may be his day job (thanks to Carlo’s Bakery), family is everything for the husband and father of four. His two cookbooks are all about famiglia and the fourth generation baker keeps those traditions going in his shops. Let’s take a walk down memory lane and explore the evolution of Buddy Valastro.

Watch Buddy vs. Duff Sunday at 10 PM ET/PT and stream all your favourite Food Network Canada shows through STACKTV with Amazon Prime Video Channels, or with the new Global TV app, live and on-demand when you sign-in with your cable subscription.

 Jersey Boy

 

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Buddy was born in Hoboken, N.J. in 1977. The baby of the Valastro clan (he has four older sisters) began working at his family’s business, Carlo’s Bakery, at age 11, alongside his father, Buddy Sr. He took baking courses in high school, but the gene was already baked in his blood. Nothing was going to stop him from creating cakes and other amazing confections.

Shop Talk

 

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Buddy’s dad passed away in 1994 when Buddy was 17. The son not only took over the shop but also succeeded his Pops as the new cake boss — literally.

Buddy’s Television Debut

 

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The shop has made a name for itself by producing some of the most extravagant and grandiose cakes. Buddy made his first appearance on the Food Network in 2007, when he guest-mentored the “Battle of the Brides” episode of Food Network Challenge. But with his personality, it wouldn’t be the last we saw of him on-screen. In fact, it was just a taste.

Star Power

 

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Carlo’s Bakery is known for creating cakes for any occasion that are devoured by celebrities (from Britney, to Gigi, to Beyoncé, to Big Bird) and ordinary Joes alike.

The Big Time

 

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In 2009, his series – the aptly named Cake Boss – premiered on TLC and ran for eight seasons. It spawned several spinoffs including Next Great BakerKitchen BossBakers vs. Fakers and Buddy’s Family Vacation, which featured Buddy, wife Lisa and their four kids — Sofia, Buddy Jr., Marco and Carlo — as they embarked on an RV road trip across America in search of delicious eats and fun-filled adventures.

Sweet Street

 

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Carlo’s Bakery was actually founded by Italian pastry chef Carlo Guastaferro in 1910 before he sold it to Buddy’s father in 1964. In 2010, in honour of the bakery’s 100th anniversary, Hoboken renamed the corner of where the shop sits (Washington and Newark Streets) to Carlo’s Bakery Way.

A Tough Personal Loss

 

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In 2017 Buddy suffered a huge personal blow when the family lost their matriarch, Mary Valastro. The 69-year-old had been diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and she put up a good fight. “She is no longer suffering and I hope she’s dancing to ‘I Will Survive’ with my dad right now,” Buddy shared on social media at the time.

A Rivalry Was Born 

 

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The brilliant idea of pitting Buddy against Ace of Cakes’ Duff Goldman was an epic baking battle that couldn’t be denied. They may be baking royalty but their styles are very different as Buddy’s cakes tend to be huge and filled with all kinds of personality, while Duff’s are meticulously detailed. In any case, Buddy vs. Duff was born, and one thing was clear: Buddy didn’t like it when he lost to Duff—he didn’t like it one little bit.

Host With the Most

 

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Buddy may have been licking those frosted-filled wounds following the first season of Buddy vs. Duff, but he was too busy to dwell on the loss for long. The 43-year-old couldn’t be a more perfect host for the series Bake You Rich, which saw four bakers competing to become a household name. Each episode’s victor found their winning creation available to order at Carlo’s Bakery. Now that’s sweet!

Ace of Cupcakes

Buddy broke his own Guinness World Record in October 2019 when he appeared on Live! With Kelly and Ryan and iced even more cupcakes in one minute than he did earlier in the year.

Buddy vs. Duff: Take Two

 

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Duff may have taken Season 1 of Buddy vs. Duff but Buddy had something to prove in the show’s second season. He and his team mounted an epic comeback with some of the biggest cake creations we’ve ever seen, evening out the score between these two bakers by taking home the win.

A Tragic Accident

 

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Buddy’s victory was short-lived when, in September 2020, he mangled his hand in a gruesome freak accident while bowling with his family. The bowling pinsetter malfunctioned, and a metal rod impaled his hand. The ace baker then underwent five reconstructive surgeries and physical therapy, and today he says he feels back to 90-95 per cent.

Ready for Round 3

 

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With Buddy and Duff tied at one win apiece, there’s a lot on the line as we head into Buddy vs. Duff Season 3. This time around the challenges are tougher than ever, but both personalities seem ready to prove that they have what it takes to outdo the other. And as far as we’re concerned, we can’t wait to see how it all plays out.

Watch Buddy vs. Duff Sunday at 9 PM ET/PT and stream all your favourite Food Network Canada shows through STACKTV with Amazon Prime Video Channels, or with the new Global TV app, live and on-demand when you sign-in with your cable subscription.

Posted by Denette Wilford. Last Updated on August 9 by Amber Dowling.

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Molly Yeh’s Carrot Cake With Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting is Simply Show-Stopping

Your carrot cake game will never be the same once you try Molly Yeh’s sensational recipe. The secret ingredient that sets this dessert apart from the other carrot cake recipes you’ve tried in the past? Cardamom-forward hawaij, a warm spice blend from Yemen that Molly adds to both the cake and the creamy frosting. The simple (read: genius!) rainbow carrot rosettes adorning the cake also lend a touch of whimsy. Don’t be surprised if your friends and family ask for a second slice… it really does, dare we say, take the cake as the recipe to bake this season.

Related: Carrot Cake Recipes in Every Form, From Cupcakes to Cookies

Molly Yeh's Carrot Cake with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting, as seen on Girl Meets Farm, Season 3.

Molly Yeh’s Carrot Cake with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Serves:
6-8

Ingredients:

Carrot Cake
Nonstick cooking spray, for the cake pans
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 ½ tsp kosher salt
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp hawaij (see Cook’s Note)
1 ½ cups neutral oil, such as canola
1 cup packed brown sugar
¾ cup granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla bean paste or extract
2 cups shredded carrots
2 Tbsp sesame seeds, toasted

Spiced Frosting
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbsp heavy cream
1 Tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp hawaij
Pinch of kosher salt
Rainbow carrots, peeled into ribbons with a peeler, to decorate
1 rosemary sprig, leaves picked, to decorate

Cook’s Note: Hawaij is a Yemeni warm spice blend that’s heavy on the cardamom and can be used to flavour baked goods, frosting or even sprinkled in coffee! You can make a substitute by mixing 1 Tbsp ground ginger, 1 Tbsp ground cardamom, 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg, 1/4 tsp ground cloves and 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon.

Related: Carrot Cake and Cheesecake Combine Into One Glorious Dessert

Directions:

Carrot Cake
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease two 8-inch cake pans with non-stick cooking spray and line with parchment. Set aside.

2. Combine the flour, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, baking soda and hawaij in a large bowl. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the oil, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Whisk in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Whisk in the vanilla.

Related: Bright and Beautiful Breakfasts to Get You Excited for Spring

3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, and mix until about 90 per cent incorporated. Add the carrots and sesame seeds, and mix to incorporate (by this time, all of the flour mixture should be incorporated as well).

4. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans and bake until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes in the pans, and then turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Related: Easy Dessert Recipes That Take 15 Minutes or Less

Spiced Frosting
1. Add the butter and cream cheese to a large bowl. Mix with a hand mixer until smooth and combined. Add the powdered sugar and mix until light and fluffy. Then add the heavy cream, vanilla, hawaij and salt. Mix until combined and smooth.

2. Cover the cakes with frosting and stack. Use the carrot ribbons to roll into rose shapes and place on top of the cake. Decorate with the rosemary, and serve!

Looking for more standout dishes from the celebrated food blogger and Girl Meets Farm star? Start your day the Molly Yeh way with these breakfast recipes!