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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.

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

ace bakery pumpkin spiced french toast with chocolate ganache

Cozy Fall Mornings Call for Pumpkin Spice French Toast With Warm Chocolate Ganache

Kick your classic French toast up a notch with this autumn-inspired take on your favourite comfort food breakfast. Soft, buttery ACE Bakery® Brioche provides the perfect base for making French toast, and the one-two flavour punch of pumpkin spice coating and  warm chocolate ganache will have you helping yourself to seconds (and maybe even thirds!). This is sure to be the best French toast recipe you’ll try this fall.

ace bakery pumpkin spiced french toast with chocolate ganache

Pumpkin Spice French Toast With Warm Chocolate Ganache

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients:
Warm Chocolate Ganache:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
8 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

Pumpkin Spice French Toast:
½ cup granulated sugar
1 Tbsp pumpkin spice blend
4 eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp butter
8 slices ACE Bakery® Brioche Sliced Loaf

Directions:
1. For the Warm Chocolate Ganache, warm the cream over medium heat in a small saucepan until it begins to steam and bubbles are just breaking the surface, about 3 minutes. Place the chopped chocolate in a heat-safe bowl and pour the hot cream over top. Stir until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth. Set aside.

2. For the Pumpkin Spice French Toast, whisk together the sugar and pumpkin spice blend in a large shallow bowl until they are well combined. Set aside.

3. Cut each slice of ACE Bakery® Brioche into 4 strips.

Related: Elevated Spring Lemon and Smashed Pea Toast

4. In another large shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract.

5. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt ½ tablespoon of butter.

6. Working in batches, dip the bread into the egg mixture and then remove it, allowing the excess to drip away. Arrange it in the skillet and cook until it is golden brown, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook for an additional 2 minutes.

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7. Remove the French toast from the skillet and use tongs to roll each piece in the pumpkin spice mixture, coating it completely. Transfer it to a cooling rack and repeat steps 5-7 until all of the French toast is cooked.

8. Serve French toast immediately with the Warm Chocolate Ganache on the side for dipping.

Watch the how-to video here:


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

A rye chunky chocolate chip cookie on a cooling rank with a bite taken out of it

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!

Mood-enhancing chocolate truffles on countertop

These Chocolate Truffles Will Ease Anxiety and Help Your Mood

Did you know you could make a dessert, using nutrition-packed ingredients that will help ease your anxiety and improve your mood? Well you can and these truffles are it! They are made with superfood ingredients like walnuts, hemp seeds, raw cacao and chia seeds — and each of these are loaded with important nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, B vitamins and amino acids, that all work to support a balanced mood and healthy brain function. Plus, how can you not feel good after eating something so yummy and so healthy?

Mood-enhancing chocolate truffles on countertop

Mood-Balancing Truffles

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Rest Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 15 truffles

Ingredients:

1 cup walnuts
2 Tbsp hemp seeds
1 Tbsp chia seeds
12 Medjool dates, pitted
1 Tbsp almond butter
5 Tbsp raw cacao powder + more for dusting (optional)
¼ tsp sea salt
Toasted, shredded, unsweetened coconut (optional)

Mood-enhancing chocolate truffle ingredients on countertop

Directions:

1. Plug in your food processor and install the “S” blade. Place the walnuts, hemp seeds and chia seeds in and pulse until a crumbly texture forms. Turn the food processor on and begin adding the dates through the feeder hole as it’s running. Once all the dates are in, pulse a few times until they’re well dispersed.

Mood-enhancing chocolate truffle being made on countertop

2. Open up the lid and spoon in the almond butter, raw cacao and sea salt. Blend until everything is fully combined, about 30-60 seconds. When you put the mixture in your hand, it should easily form into a ball. If it’s too dry, add a few spoonfuls of water and blend for a few more seconds.

Related: Best and Worst Foods for Your Mental Health and Wellness

3. Shape into 15 balls, using one heaping Tbsp per ball. Roll half of the balls in the raw cacao powder and the other half in the toasted coconut. You can also skip this part if you prefer them “naked.”

Mood-enhancing chocolate truffles on countertop

4. Place the balls in a flat container or on a tray and freeze for 45 minutes until hard.

Like Tamara and Sarah’s mood-enhancing chocolate truffles? Try their no-bake chocolate oat bars or their PB vegan mug cake.

Anna Olson Chocolate Recipes for Every Skill Level

Anna Olson’s Chocolate Recipes for Every Skill Level: Easy to Advanced

Has Great Chocolate Showdown inspired you to try out some new skills in your kitchen? Not all chocolate recipes are created equal, so we asked Canada’s most beloved baker and Great Chocolate Showdown host Anna Olson to help us break down which of her recipes would be best suited to your skills.

Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned pro, here are Anna Olson’s best chocolate recipes for bakers of all levels.

Related: Expert Chocolate Techniques to Master Now

Easy Chocolate Recipes for Baking Beginners

If you’re not sure where to start your chocolate baking journey, look no further than this classic bake — cookies. “Chocolate chip cookies are a great basic because it gets you into the chocolate world,” recommended Anna.

Anna Olson's classic chocolate chip cookies cooling on a wooden trayGet the recipe for Anna Olson’s Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

For a serious sweet tooth, fudgy brownies are another great option for new home bakers, and as a bonus, they use items you probably already have in your kitchen. “Brownies take minimal equipment. If you’ve got a pot, a pan, and a whisk, you can make brownies,” said Anna.

See More: Anna Olson’s Top Baking Tools

Anna Olson's fudge brownies studded with a pecanGet the recipe for Anna Olson’s Fudge Brownies

Intermediate Chocolate Recipes if You Have a Few Baking Skills Under Your Belt

For home bakers who have the basic chocolate skills down and want to give themselves a challenge, Anna provided some delightful options.

“You can get into fun things like chocolate crinkle cookies, a good, rich chocolate cake, a flourless chocolate torte, or vegan chocolate cupcakes with fudge frosting,” Anna shared.

Anna Olson's 6-layer chocolate fudge cake with one slice on a plateGet the recipe for Anna Olson’s Chocolate Fudge Cake

Advanced Chocolate Recipes for Baking Masters

If you’re ready to face the ultimate home baking challenge and show off your chocolate technique, Anna had a couple of ideas.

“I have a delicious chocolate mousse cake: chocolate cake, chocolate mousse, and it’s got a dark chocolate mirror glaze, which is really hot right now,” she divulged.

Related: Cynthia Stroud’s Expert Decorating Tips

A slice of Anna Olson's rich chocolate mousse cakeGet the recipe for Anna Olson’s Rich Chocolate Mousse Cake

“[My] chocolate souffle is another very challenging recipe,” she also shared. “It takes confidence, and you have to feel positive that you know how to get it just right.”

Anna Olson's chocolate souffle in a ramekinGet the recipe for Anna Olson’s Chocolate Souffles with Salted Caramel Sauce

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Cynthia Stroud's trio of cakes with drip technique, chocolate transfer sheet and hand painted chocolate designs

Cynthia Stroud’s Expert Tips to Master 3 Beautiful Chocolate Decorating Trends

It’s easier than you might think to create show-stopping desserts with these three chocolate decorating ideas seen in Great Chocolate Showdown. From a simple chocolate drip technique to hand painting and transfer sheet designs, open your desserts up to a world of delicious decorating possibilities that taste as good as they look.

See More: Here’s What You Need to Know About Cynthia Stroud

How To Paint With Chocolate (Cocoa Butter)

Painting with cocoa butter is different to painting with water-based food colour and edible alcohol. The former is like oil painting and the latter is more like water colour painting. Keep this in mind when creating your designs with cocoa butter.

To create cocoa butter colours, melt cocoa butter and mix in edible food colour powder or dust. If a colour is too deep, you can add white edible food colour dust. Be sure to keep your cocoa butter warm and liquid the whole time you are painting otherwise it will coagulate and make it difficult to achieve the spread you want. To do this, whilst painting, balance your painting palette or a plate you are using over a bowl of warm water.

Cynthia Stroud hand painting with cocoa butter

Tips for Painting With Chocolate:

It is important that your paint brush is dry and free of water otherwise it will cause the cocoa butter to coagulate into clumps.

To create shades in your cocoa butter painting, layer over an area with white cocoa butter.

• To create texture, brush over any painted areas with dry brushes.

• To achieve colours true to type, it is worth painting a layer of white first

• You cannot use water-based food colouring to colour cocoa butter as the moisture in the water-based food colouring will cause it to seize up.

See More: Expert Chocolate Techniques to Master Now

How to Decorate With Chocolate Transfer Sheets

When painting on transfer sheet, paint on the details first. You ought to paint in reverse to the way you’d paint on a piece of paper. On a piece of paper or canvas you’d normally paint the background first and add details after, but for transfer sheets, paint the details first then the background after. To get a good idea of whether your painting is coming along the way you intend, lift the sheet from time to time and crane your neck to look at the unpainted side. That will tell you how your painted cake will look.

Cynthia Stroud's trio of cakes with drip technique, chocolate transfer sheet and hand painted chocolate designs

Tips for Creating Chocolate Transfer Sheets:

• When spreading the melted tempered chocolate, ensure it is not too warm & runny (or it will melt your painting) and don’t overwork the chocolate whilst spreading it on the painted transfer sheet or it will dislodge the painted details.

• Ensure the transfer sheet is covered from edge to edge or this will result in gaps in the transfer collar

Related: How to Temper Chocolate Like a Pro for Perfect Candy Making

How to Create a Chocolate Drip Cake Technique

Use tempered chocolate and allow it to drip down the side of your cake, creating a lovely and simple finish. Tempered white chocolate can be coloured with oil-based food colouring before pouring/dripping for a colourful look or drips can be embellished with gold leaf, dragees (also known as a Jordan amond) or flowers whilst still wet before setting.

Cynthia Stroud demonstrating a chocolate drip technique on a cake

Tips for Creating a Chocolate Drip Cake:

• It is important to cover your cake with a smooth coating of buttercream or ganache and chill the cake till firm/solid to the touch before attempting a drip pour.

• The tempered chocolate should be runny enough to run down the edge of a mug. Always do this test before attempting to drip straight onto the cake!

• It is important to ensure the tempered chocolate is fairly liquid. You can thin it down with some cocoa butter or coconut oil.

Watch Great Chocolate Showdown Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Watch 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.

Anna Olson with Her Mirror Glaze Cake

Anna Olson’s Perfect Mirror Glaze Technique (Plus Tips!)

I love a mirror glaze cake and to be honest, while I find that entremet style of cake, mousse and fruit filling delightful to eat, it’s the making, assembling and glazing of the dessert that I love the most. Here are some tips so that you can dive right into this fun, reflective world of mirror glazing.

What to Glaze

Anna Olson mirror glaze
Photo courtesy of Janis Nicolay

Pick a dessert that has a smooth outside finish and a pleasing shape. Most mirror-glazed desserts are mousse based and are assembled in individual or full-size molds and then frozen to set them.  Silicone molds come in countless shapes and they are flexible and peel away from the mousse easily. You can also assemble a mousse cake in a regular metal springform pan.  You can use a heat gun on a low setting to gently warm the metal a little so that it lifts away from the cake easily.

Related: Anna Olson’s Chocolate Recipes for Every Skill Level

Mixing Your Mirror Glaze Colours

Anna Olson mixing mirror glaze colours
Photo courtesy of Janis Nicolay

A mirror glaze is composed of white chocolate, condensed milk, sugar, water and gelatine. When mixing, blend your glaze on low speed to avoid air bubbles and strain the glaze before tinting it.   Because white chocolate has a natural yellow hue to it, you will want to neutralize that by adding white food colouring to the glaze.  Then you can divide the glaze into separate pitchers to be tinted as you wish. Once made, the glaze can take 20 minutes or so to cool to the ideal pouring temperature, between 80-86°F (27-30°C), so be patient.

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How to Pour a Mirror Glaze

You have a few choices here. You can pour each colour onto your cake separately, making sure to cover the cake completely.  Drawing an offset palette knife over the top of the cake will blend the colours a little and can give you that “galaxy” look.  Or, if you’re feeling daring, you can go for the “tie-dye” effect and layer the colours before you pour.  Select your base colour and slowly pour in all of the other colours, one at a time, into the base, pouring carefully in a thin stream.  These colours will remain distinct in the pitcher (do not stir!) so that when you pour the glaze over the cake, the colours will create ripples and ribbons of colours that look like they are moving, even once set.

Remember that no two mirror glaze cakes look exactly the same, so just go for it. Before you pour, elevate the cake on a dish or stand that is smaller than the width of the cake, so that the excess glaze can run off easily and place a baking tray and rack underneath to catch that glaze.  The extra glaze can be reheated and reused again, but the colours will blend.

Anna Olson pouring a mirror glaze
Photo courtesy of Janis Nicolay

You can pour onto the centre of the cake and let gravity do its bit, or if the cake is on a wheel, you can spin the cake as you pour in the centre, creating a spiral effect.  You can also pour back-&-forth.  Regardless of the pouring technique, try to pour evenly and steadily and without disruption.  Take a moment to look at all sides of the cake to make sure it is completely covered.

See More: Anna Olson’s Best Chocolate Recipes

The glaze sets quickly, so after you see that the glaze pattern stops moving and dripping, use a palette knife to scrape away excess glaze from the base of the cake (or if you miss that window of time, use scissors or a paring knife to trim it away).  Resist the temptation to touch or move the glaze after the first minute or so – every mark will show.  But now you can add extra garnish – splatters of edible sparkle dust or top with piping detail, fruit or other chocolate decor. Remove the cake to a plate and chill until ready to serve.

Be prepared for “ooh’s” and “aaah’s” as you amaze your family or friends and impress yourself.

Watch Great Chocolate Showdown Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Watch 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.

How to Melt and Temper Chocolate for Perfect Candy Making

Dreaming of divine chocolate decorations but terrified of losing your temper? For many baked items, such as fluffy frosting or creamy cake fillings, you can get away with simply melting chocolate to take it from a solid to liquid form like in these Chocolate Divinity Candies. When you get into the world of bonbons and confectionary, however, that’s another matter entirely. Tempering chocolate is a mandatory step if you want both the shiny gloss and the distinctive snap of a well-made candy or decoration like in Anna Olson’s Chocolate Dipped Marzipan — and that’s where you have to pay some attention to technique in order to achieve success.


L-R: Anna Olson’s Chocolate Divinity Candy and Chocolate Dipped Marzipan

Related: Chocolate Making Tools Every Home Chocolatier Needs

If the thought of working with molten chocolate (and even worse, the dangers of it seizing or splitting) has you clutching your (baking) pearls, we’ve got you covered. Read on to find out the best, and easiest, ways to work with chocolate, even if you’re a novice chocolatier.

How to Properly Melt Chocolate

For melting chocolate, each method has its advocates: some cooks prefer the double boiler method (or just setting a glass bowl on top of barely simmering water), while others turn to the microwave for an easy fix. Both methods involve the same basic principle: chopping chocolate into chunks for faster, more even melting, and applying gentle heat until most of the distinct shapes have disappeared.

If the unthinkable happens and your chocolate separates into a greasy, gritty mess, due to over-vigorous stirring or too-high heat, you can try Anna Olson’s ingenious trick to add moisture to return the mixture to molten glossiness (note: this fix is only for melting — even a single drop of water is the enemy of well-tempered chocolate).

See More: Desserts That Prove Peanut Butter and Chocolate Are a Perfect Match

How to Properly Temper Chocolate

For this technique, you’ll need to pull out a few items, namely a candy thermometer, a sturdy glass bowl and a silicon spatula that can handle some heat without melting. Depending on the method you use, you may also need a few more pieces of equipment, such as a marble board and wax paper.

The initial stage of tempering looks much like the melting process — use a glass bowl set over barely simmering water (not a rolling boil; there shouldn’t be any bubbles) to melt the chocolate chunks, or place the bowl in the microwave and use short bursts, checking often.

Where tempering differs, however, is the next step, where the chocolate mixture is cooled and warmed within precise ranges of temperature in order to achieve a smooth, shiny surface when it hardens (the temperature you need to hit depends on the type of chocolate you plan to use).


Anna Olson’s Chocolate Covered Caramel Bars

See More: Easy Chocolate Garnishes With Steve Hodge

This varying of temperature can be accomplished in a couple of ways: by adding other ingredients such as more chocolate (seeding) or cocoa butter to the mixture, or by pouring two-thirds of the hot chocolate mixture onto a marble board and mixing it with putty knives to cool it manually (see Anna Olson’s step-by-step description for more on this method).

Inquiring scientific minds among us may be intrigued by more gear-driven approaches, including Alton Brown’s combination of the friction of a food processor’s blades plus liberal use of a hair dryer to create heat, or J. Kenji Lopez-Alt’s sous-vide circulator method over at Serious Eats.

Decoding Seed Tempering

For the easiest method using the least equipment, however, seeding chocolate is probably the best approach for a chocolate novice (for a visual demonstration, check out the video below from Great Chocolate Showdown judge Steve Hodge, pastry chef and chocolatier at Temper Pastry in West Vancouver.) With a few simple steps, this process can be achieved without too much stress (on both the chocolate and the cook).


 

Using the glass bowl over simmering water method, melt chunks of chocolate to the desired temperature (remember that they vary depending on the chocolate and are very narrow ranges, so use that candy thermometer.) We’ll use dark chocolate for this example, which should be heated to 45 to 48 degrees — milk and white chocolate, with higher milk and sugar contents, may react differently. 

Take the chocolate off the heat (leave the burner on…you’ll need it again shortly) and add prepared small pieces of chocolate (the “seeds”), which will help cool the mixture down quickly as they melt into the warmed chocolate.

Stir with a spatula until the overall temperature comes down to about 27 degrees Celsius (again, there may be some variation depending on the type of chocolate you use).

Next, quickly warm the chocolate back up by putting it into the double boiler until it hits 32 degrees Celsius and a thick and glossy texture — perfect for piping into a pretty design on waxed paper that will set up beautifully. If you aren’t sure if you’ve tempered the chocolate correctly, you can test it out by piping a small bit onto the waxed paper (or a metal sheet pan set over an ice pack).

Working quickly, swirl and create chocolate garnishes to your heart’s content: the designs should set up to a delicate decoration with the signature snap when you bite into it (try and leave a few decorations for dessert!)

Watch Great Chocolate Showdown Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Watch 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.

salted caramel lava cakes on white plate

These Warm Salted Caramel Lava Cakes Only Require 8 Ingredients (Easiest Holiday Dessert Ever!)

Warm salted chocolate caramel lava cakes — yes, you read that right! These Baking Therapy treats are different from traditional lava cakes: picture a cross between a cupcake and a brownie. They’re chocolatey, fudgy and oozing with dulce de leche! Make a big batch and enjoy all winter long. Added bonus: this recipe requires only eight ingredients and takes just 40 minutes to whip up.

salted caramel lava cakes on white plate

Warm Salted Caramel Lava Cakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 10-12 minutes
Total Time: 40-42 minutes
Servings: 9 lava cakes

Ingredients:

½ cup store-bought caramel or dulce de leche
½ tsp flaky salt
1 stick butter
6 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
4 large eggs, room temperature
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour

Lava cake ingredients on kitchen counter

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Grease and line the bottoms of 9 muffin tins, set aside.

2. In a small bowl, mix together the dulce de leche and flaky salt. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and lightly grease with neutral oil. Dollop 1 heaping teaspoon of dulce de leche on the greased paper, place in freezer for at least 30 minutes.

Related: Our Favourite Decadent Chocolate Desserts

3. While your dulce de leche is cooling: in a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Once the butter has melted, turn off the heat and stir in the chopped chocolate. Mix until mixture is smooth.

4. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whip the eggs and sugar on high until doubled in size, about 4-5 minutes. Stream in the melted chocolate mixture and vanilla and whisk to combine. Fold in the flour.

salted caramel lava cakes batter

5. Once the dulce de leche is cold, lightly grease your hands and roll them into perfect rounds. Set aside.

6. With an ice cream scoop, fill the muffin tins ⅔ of the way full, reserving about ½ cup of batter. Push the dulce de leche rounds into the centre of each and top the cakes with the remaining batter.

salted caramel lava cakes batter in muffin tin

7. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes until the tops are slightly cracked. Cool in the muffin tin for 10 minutes. Wedge a knife or offset spatula to lift the cakes out, peel off the parchment. Enjoy with a scoop of ice cream.

salted caramel lava cakes with ice cream on top

Like Sabrina’s lava cakes? Try her gingerbread doughnuts or her chocolate eggnog sandwich cookies.

Neopolitan Baked Alaska Snowball is seen cracked open, with various chocolates and chocolate-covered strawberries seen inside

We Tried Mijune Pak’s New Chocolate Creations Just in Time for the Holidays

Foodie, Top Chef Canada judge, all-around champion for restaurants during the year that has been 2020… is there anything Mijune Pak can’t do? Well as it turns out the Vancouver personality hasn’t just been brightening up people’s lives with her virtual Instagram cooking classes and delightful new animated emojis these past few months. She’s also been helping fans relive their childhood memories with a new line of gourmet chocolates that are just as pretty as they are delicious.

Related: Get Mijune Pak’s recipe for a Canadian Pie-in-a-Jar

Mijune Chocolate is a collaboration between Pak and award-winning chocolatier Christophe Bonzon. The limited-edition line of bars and snowballs was inspired by her childhood memories, which is how she wound up with concoctions like Maple Syrup French Toast and Neapolitan Baked Alaska Snowballs. Fans were so pumped to try the goodies come the Oct. 20 launch date that they even crashed the pre-order website.

Luckily we got our hands on some of the festive edibles—which are available to ship across Canada—and we had a few thoughts…

Neapolitan Baked Alaska Snowballs, $18.95

Related: 20 Holiday Gifts Perfect for the Food Lover in Your Life

First impression
You know when something is just too pretty to eat? That’s probably why we had to stash our snowball in the fridge for a few days before we finally broke down and smashed it. Not only was the packaging gorgeous, but the ball itself really did look like some kind of a magical, edible snowball that had been hugged by a fairy. The brilliant pink-and-white boule was finished with snow-like ridges and a sprinkling of chocolate crumble, basically putting this season’s trendy hot chocolate bombs to shame.   

Taste
Where do you even start when you’re presented with a flurry of flavours inside one magic ball? One that you get to crack open with more enthusiasm than a Kinder Surprise Egg? Outside the snowball is made up of creamy, layered milk chocolate, vanilla bean and white chocolate, which is basically a grown-up, sexier version of the childhood favourite, if you ask us. Then inside you’ve got a ton of fun Neapolitan crisps, dark-chocolate-covered marshmallows, and two freeze-dried strawberries that are coated in either ruby pink chocolate or dark chocolate. It’s enough to send your taste buds into overdrive, but in that indulgent, the-holidays-are-here kind of way.

See More: Baked Alaskas Are Making a Comeback – and These Chocolate Hazelnut Treats Are Proof

Inspirations
Mijune was inspired to create these brilliant snowballs from her childhood memories of eating Neapolitan ice cream. And like us, she always ate the chocolate and vanilla, but left the strawberry for someone more unsuspecting. This adult version has all the creamy flavours you remember eating as a kid, but without the brain freeze. Oh, and as for those strawberries? When wrapped in a crispy feuilletine, you kind of wish there were more than just two.

Lasting thoughts
If you can get your hands on one of these rare treats (note to Mijune and Christophe—produce more, please) they make a delightful and fun gift. The only problem is that you’re far more likely to want to keep it for yourself than give it out, especially if you’re stuck at your house for the holidays and are really craving that nostalgic taste of home.

Maple Syrup French Toast, $11.95

First impression
Like the snowball, this French Toast bar comes in an understated-but-pretty package that is also elegant thanks to the gender-neutral gold embellishments. Inside, the bar is also unabashedly Canadian thanks to a swanky Maple Leaf adorning it. Ours was broken in one spot by the time we opened it, however we really loved that the bar was perforated in unexpected diagonal lines, making it so much more elegant than traditional chocolate square bars.

Related: 10 Unexpected Chocolate Flavour Pairings That Are a Perfect Match

Taste
Most people are either a fan of maple or they aren’t. And even those who fall into the former camp have to admit that too much of the treat is overkill—it is kind of sweet, after all. Enter this special French Toast chocolate bar, which tones down the sweetness by pairing the maple with a crumbly, toast-like cookie that feels just a bit rough on your tongue. It’s a fun play on texture and flavour that we didn’t even know could exist in a chocolate bar, and we’d be lying if we said we haven’t been craving more ever since licking the last little bit off our plate.

Inspirations
So many of us grew up eating pancakes, waffles and French toast on a lazy Sunday morning, so you can’t help but feel a little nostalgic when you take that first bite into this bar. As soon as it hits your tongue you’re automatically transported back to the days when you would slather butter and maple syrup over a stack and dive in unabashedly. Just thinking about it now makes us want to whip up some French toast this weekend… 

Lasting thoughts
Whether you want something sweet to go with your tea, or you’re putting together a dessert board with all of your favourite things, the Maple Syrup French Toast bar is one sweet addition. It also makes an impressive gift or stocking stuffer, especially for any Canadians out there who find themselves missing home this holiday season.

Overall thoughts
As far as we’re concerned the only downside to the Maple Syrup French Toast and Neapolitan Baked Alaska Snowballs is that they’re limited-edition runs. We’re sure Mijune and Christophe had a blast acting like Christmas elves and collaborating with these sweet treats, but now that they’ve proven to be every bit as spectacular in practice as they are in theory, here’s hoping for even more sweet, sweet collaborations between these two in the near future.

Mini baked Alaskas on kitchen counter

Baked Alaskas Are Making a Comeback — and These Chocolate Hazelnut Treats Are Proof!

Baked Alaskas are totally making a comeback and although they do look a bit intimidating, I promise you — it’s a piece of cake! These Baking Therapy mini baked Alaskas have a layer of moist hazelnut cake, topped with chocolate ice cream and engulfed in the fluffiest meringue. And as an added bonus: these little treats can be made dairy free as long as you substitute in a dairy-free ice cream. Impress your family this holiday season with these cute mini baked Alaskas.

Mini baked Alaskas on kitchen counter

Mini Chocolate Hazelnut Baked Alaskas

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Bake Time: 15 to 18 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8 mini baked Alaskas

Ingredients:

Hazelnut Cake
1 cup hazelnut meal (store-bought or homemade — place whole hazelnuts in food processor or blender and pulse for 10-12 seconds)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
3 large eggs
½ cup granulated sugar
⅓ cup sunflower oil or any neutral oil
½ cup almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Chocolate ice cream (opt for dairy-free, if you wish)

Swiss Meringue
6 large egg whites
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
½ tsp cream of tartar

Ingredients of mini baked Alaskas on kitchen counter

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line and grease a 9 x 13 pan. Set aside.

2. Whisk together the hazelnut meal, flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk together the eggs and sugar on high until it doubles in size, about 5-8 minutes. Stream in the oil, almond milk and vanilla. Mix until well combined.

Related: Ina Garten’s Best Desserts for Cozy Celebrations

4. Fold in the dry ingredients in two batches making sure not to over-mix. Transfer to the prepared pan, give it a couple taps on the counter and bake for 15-18 minutes until the top is golden brown and a toothpick when inserted, comes out clean. Let cool for 15 minutes. Then invert, peel back the parchment paper and let cool completely on a wire rack.

5. Place a piece of plastic wrap in every other cavity of a 12-cup muffin pan, fill with chocolate ice cream, fold the plastic overtop and press to pack the ice cream in. Place into the freezer to set.

Pan filled with mini baked Alaskas on kitchen counter

6. For the Swiss meringue, in the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the egg whites and sugar over a pot of simmering water. Whisk until the mixture is hot to the touch and the sugar has dissolved. Place back on the stand mixer, add the cream of tartar and whisk on high for 6-8 minutes. The meringue is ready when it has tripled in size and the bottom on the bowl is room temperature.

Meringue for mini baked Alaskas on kitchen counter

7. To assemble, use a 3” round cookie cutter to cut out round cakes. Unwrap a chocolate ice cream puck and place it in the centre. Completely cover the ice cream and cake with Swiss meringue.

Cake of mini baked Alaskas on kitchen counter

Mini baked Alaskas on kitchen counter - assembly

8. Using a blow torch, gently toast the meringue. Enjoy immediately!

Torch browning mini baked Alaskas on kitchen counter

Like Sabrina’s mini baked Alaskas? Try her whimsical chocolate espresso yule log or her 30-minute gingerbread doughnuts.

Yule log finished on platter

This Whimsical Chocolate Espresso Yule Log is Surprisingly Easy to Make

It’s not the holiday season without a lot of chocolate. This Baking Therapy chocolate espresso yule log is a fun way to celebrate the holidays — and it’s surprisingly easy to make. Made with dark chocolate sponge cake and filled with a creamy chocolate cream cheese frosting, this yule log recipe is not only delicious, but it also doubles as a centrepiece!

Yule log finished on platter

Chocolate Espresso Yule Log

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Bake Time: 9 to 12 minutes
Rest Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours, 52 minutes
Servings: 8 to 10 pieces of cake

Ingredients:

Yule Log
5 large eggs
⅔ cup granulated sugar
⅓ cup all-purpose flour
6 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp espresso powder
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
4 Tbsp butter, melted
½ tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup icing sugar, for dusting

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
2 ½ cups icing sugar
⅓ cup cocoa powder
4 oz dark chocolate, melted
1 tsp espresso powder
1 tsp water
¾ cup cream cheese, room temperature
½ cup butter, room temperature
3 Tbsp heavy cream

Yule log ingredients on kitchen counter

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line and grease a half sheet pan with a lip (12 x 17) with oil and set aside.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, on high speed, whisk together the eggs and sugar until the mixture has tripled in size, about 5-7 minutes.

Yule log ingredients in standmixer

3 In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

4. Add the flour mixture to the stand mixture and then stream in the melted butter and vanilla extract. Mix until just combined. Transfer the batter to the prepared sheet pan, spread the batter into one even layer. Bake for 9-12 minutes until the cake is set and when a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Yule log on baking tray

5. While the cake is still warm, run a knife around the perimeter of the pan to release the cake. Dust the top with icing sugar, place a larger piece of parchment paper and cookie sheet over top and invert the cake. Gently peel back the parchment paper. Starting with the longer end, slowly and gently roll up the cake along with the parchment paper until you have a log. Let the cake cool completely as a log, about 2 hours.

Yule log process

6. To make the frosting: sift together the icing sugar, cocoa powder, set aside. Melt the chocolate in the microwave on high in 30 second intervals, stirring after each time, set aside. Mix together the espresso powder and water, set aside. In the bowl of stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk together the cream cheese and butter until combined. Add the icing sugar mixture in 2 batches, mixing well after each addition, about 1 minute. Add the melted chocolate and espresso mix and mix on high for 1 minute. Add the heavy cream, 1 Tbsp at a time and continue to whisk on high for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy.

Related: Festive Yule Logs for Your Holiday Table

7. To assemble: gently unroll the cake and evenly spread on a ¼ inch thick layer of frosting. Slowly roll up the cake again, without the parchment paper this time. Place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to chill. Once chill, slice off both ends to create clean edges. To create the yule log, slice off ⅓ of the log, then slice that log in half diagonally. Stagger the half pieces onto the longer log to resemble a branch, attach with a bit of frosting. Ice the entire cake with the frosting, leaving the ends exposed. To create the bark look, run a fork gently over top of the frosting to create ridges. Decorate with sugar-rolled cranberries and rosemary sprigs.

Yule log being decorated

Like Sabrina’s yule log? Try her gingerbread doughnuts or her chocolate eggnog sandwich cookies.

Glass of milk next to pile of chocolate eggnog sandwich cookies

These Chocolate Eggnog Sandwich Cookies Will Surely Get You in the Holiday Spirit

I can’t help but get excited when I start to see the store aisles fully stocked with sweet eggnog, as it signals the most magical time of year! And what better way to get in the holiday spirit than whipping up a batch of these Baking Therapy chocolate eggnog sandwich cookies? They’re chocolatey, soft and filled with a creamy eggnog frosting. Put on your favourite holiday playlist and get baking.

Glass of milk and stack of chocolate eggnog sandwich cookies

Chocolate Eggnog Sandwich Cookies

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Bake Time: 8 to 10 minutes
Total Time: 33 to 35 minutes
Servings: 15 cookies

Ingredients:

Chocolate Cookies
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup cocoa powder
¼ tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 ½ sticks butter, room temperature
1 ½ cups dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk

Eggnog Filling
1 ½ sticks butter, room temperature
2 cups icing sugar
3 Tbsp eggnog
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract

Ingredients for chocolate eggnog sandwich cookies on kitchen counter

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and brown sugar for about 1 minute. Add the egg and egg yolk, one at a time, and beat together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

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3. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined, scrape down the bowl again and mix for another 10 seconds. Using a 1-inch cookie scoop, scoop balls on the lined cookie sheet. Round out the cookie balls by rolling them between the palms of your hands. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes to chill.

Chocolate eggnog sandwich cookie dough rolled into balls on baking sheet

4. Place the cookies 2 inches apart and bake for 8-10 minutes until the cookies have spread and tops begin to crack. Let cool on sheet for 2-3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Chocolate cookies cooling on baking tray

5. While the cookies are cooling, whip up the frosting: in the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk the butter until airy, about 2 minutes. On low speed, gradually add the icing sugar. Add the eggnog, nutmeg and vanilla extract and whisk on high for 1 minute until light and fluffy.

6. Transfer filling to a piping bag with a star or round tip. Pipe the filling on the bottoms of half the cookies, place another cookie on top to create sandwiches.

Glass of milk next to a pile of chocolate eggnog sandwich cookies on wire cooling rack

Like Sabrina’s chocolate eggnog sandwich cookies? Try her sticky toffee pudding and pumpkin pie squares with candied pecans.

These No-Bake Chocolate Layered Oat Bars Are Sinfully Healthy

If there is ever a reason to eat chocolate for breakfast, now is the time. These healthy oatmeal bars will be your new favourite dessert, snack and morning meal. There’s a bottom layer of oat shortbread cookie, topped with smooth chocolate and almond butter and finished with oat cookie crumbs. You can give them your own spin by swapping out almond butter for peanut butter, tahini or your favourite nut/seed butter. And you can use flavoured chocolate like coffee, salted caramel or toasted almond to give even more depth and flavour. Who says your next sweet treat needs to be unhealthy or even require the use of the oven?! You can thank us later.

No-Bake Chocolate Layered Oat Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Freeze Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes
Servings: 8 bars

Ingredients:

Oat Layer
½ cup coconut oil or butter
¾ cup almond butter
⅓ cup coconut sugar
1 ½ cups rolled oats
½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 Tbsp cocoa powder or raw cacao powder
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
¼ tsp sea salt

Chocolate Layer
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or 150 gram chocolate bar
¼ cup almond butter or peanut butter

Directions:

1. Place a pot over medium-low heat. Add in the coconut oil and almond butter and as they soften and gently melt, pour in the coconut sugar and mix.

2. Toss in the rolled oats, shredded coconut, cocoa powder, vanilla and sea salt, turn heat to low and stir well to fully combine. After 3 minutes remove from the heat.

Related: 65 Vegan Desserts Even Non-Vegans Will Love

3. Combine the chocolate and almond butter in a double boiler and stir until melted and creamy.

4. Lightly oil an 8 x 8 inch pan and place parchment paper in it. Ensure the parchment comes up slightly over the sides so that once the bars are done, they pull out easily.

5. Take ¾ of the oat mixture and press it down into the pan. Use your hands and/or the back of a measuring cup to push it down into a nice even layer.

6. Then pour most of the chocolate mixture over the oat layer and cascade the rest of the oat mixture on top, no need to press in, just crumble over.

7. Then drizzle over the remaining chocolate with the back of a spoon. You can also top with shredded coconut, toasted almonds and/or chocolate chips.

8. Place in the fridge for 2 hours until solidified. Gently pull them out of the pan and slice into bars. Store any leftovers in the fridge.

Like Tamara and Sarah’s creation? Try their epic waffle platter or their vegan brownies (where they test five vegan egg substitutes!).

This Impressive 12-Layer Chocolate Cake is Made With a Single Pan

Would you believe that this 12-layer chocolate cake was made with a single 9-inch cake pan? You better believe it! Rich layers of buttercream sandwiched between moist chocolate cake, my Baking Therapy dessert is a chocolate lover’s dream. Plus, making it is a piece of cake!

12-Layer Chocolate Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Rest Time: 30 to 60 minutes
Bake Time: 38 to 42 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes to 2 hours
Servings: 6 to 8

Ingredients:

Cake
2/3 cup cocoa powder
¾ cup freshly brewed coffee
½ cup whole milk
¼ cup sour cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp salt
1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 ¼ cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 egg yolk

Buttercream
2 ½ cups icing sugar
½ cup cocoa powder
Pinch salt
1 ¼ cup (2 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, room temp
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
2 to 3 Tbsp heavy cream
¾ tsp vanilla extract

Milk Soak
¼ cup whole milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Cake

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line and grease a 9-inch round cake pan, dust with cocoa powder, set aside.

2. In a bowl, whisk together cocoa powder and hot coffee. Let sit for a couple minutes. Stir in milk, sour cream, vanilla extract and salt.

3. Sift the flour, baking powder and baking soda.

Related: 25 Sinful Chocolate Desserts That Are Worth the Indulgence

4. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until creamy and light. Add the eggs, one at a time, making sure to mix well after each addition. With the mixer on low, add the wet ingredients and dry ingredients in two additions, ending with the dry. Making sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl.

5. Transfer the batter to the prepared cake pan. Bake for 38 to 42 minutes until a toothpick, when inserted, comes out clean. Cool in pan for 15 minutes. Then invert, remove from pan and let cool completely.

Buttercream

1. Sift together the icing sugar, cocoa powder and salt.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whip the butter for 2 minutes until light and creamy. On low speed, add the icing sugar mixture in two batches. Add the melted chocolate, cream and vanilla. Whip on medium-high for 1-2 minutes until light and creamy.

Tip: You can make the buttercream ahead of time and store in the fridge. Before you’re ready to use, bring the buttercream to room temperature, rewhip for 1-2 minutes until light and creamy.

Related: This Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Will Change Your Life

Assembly

1. Prepare the milk soak by mixing the milk and vanilla extract. Transfer the chocolate buttercream to a piping bag, with or without a tip works.

2. Using a cake leveler or serrated knife, level off the top of the cake. Cut the cake in half and then cut each half into three even layers. Finally, cut the cake into quarters, this will give you 12 layers/triangles.

3. Start with one layer, brush on the milk soak, pipe on one even layer of chocolate buttercream and layer on the next layer of cake. Continue layering cake, milk soak, buttercream, ending with the cake layer. Chill in the fridge for 15 to 30 minutes to firm up the buttercream. With the remaining buttercream, ice the outside of the cake. Place in fridge for at least 30 minutes to set. Slice and enjoy!


Like Sabrina’s baking? Check out her easy recipe for soft rolls, along with her gooey overnight cinnamon buns and fudgy gluten-free sweet potato brownies.

Watch out for Sabrina’s baking videos on the Food Network Canada Instagram account.

Two Classic Desserts Join Forces in These Delicious Tiramisu Cream Puffs

My Baking Therapy cream puffs are inspired by one of my all-time desserts — tiramisu! Infused with coffee, filled with a luxurious, but light mascarpone cream and dipped in the easiest chocolate ganache ever. If you love tiramisu, I know you’re going to devour this handheld treat. How can such a simple combo of two desserts be so delicious?

Tiramisu Cream Puffs

Prep Time: 35 minutes
Rest Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Servings: 16 to 18 cream puffs

Ingredients:

Cream Puffs
½ cup whole milk
½ cup coffee
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
2 tsp white sugar
½ tsp salt
2 tsp espresso powder
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 extra-large eggs, room temperature

Egg Wash
1 egg
1 Tbsp milk

Mascarpone Cream
1 cup mascarpone
1 ½ cup heavy whipping cream
6 Tbsp icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tsp water (optional)
1 tsp gelatin powder (optional)

Chocolate Ganache
½ cup heavy whipping cream
¼ tsp espresso powder
6 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, set aside.

2. Start your cream puff dough: in a medium saucepan, add milk, coffee, butter, sugar, salt and espresso powder and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once the mixture is bubbling, take off the heat, add the flour in all at once and mix to combine. Place it back on the heat and cook for 1-2 minutes until the dough starts to come together and forms a thin film at the bottom of the pan. Transfer to the bowl of a stand mixer to cool for 5 minutes.

3. Using the paddle attachment, add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. The dough will be smooth, shiny and thick, but pipeable. Transfer the dough to a piping bag with a ½ to ¾ tip or opening. Hold the piping bag upright and pipe the dough into 2-inch peaks about 2 inches apart. Dip your finger in some water and smooth out the peaks on top.

4. Whisk together the egg and milk for the egg wash and brush the tops of the dough. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, then rotate the pan, turn down the oven to 325°F and continue to bake for another 15 to 20 minutes until golden and crisp on the outside. Transfer to a rack and let cool completely.

5. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk together the mascarpone and heavy cream on medium speed to combine. Add the icing sugar and vanilla and whisk on high until the peaks are stiff. Make sure not to over whip or the mixture will start to separate.

Optional: To stabilize the cream filling, bloom the gelatin in water, let sit for 5 minutes then heat in the microwave for 10 seconds. Add 1 tsp to the cream when it has reached the soft peak stage.

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6. Transfer the mascarpone cream to a piping bag. Using a paring knife, cut an X at the bottom of the puff, insert the piping tip and fill the puff. You will be able to feel the puff fill with the cream.

7. Heat the ganache’s heavy cream over the stove. Dissolve the espresso powder and pour mixture over chopped chocolate. Let sit for 1 to 2 minutes to warm through, then stir together until thick and velvety.

8. Dip the tops of the cream puffs into the chocolate ganache and let set on a cooling rack. Alternatively, you can slice the cream puffs in half, pipe the cream into the centre like a sandwich.

Like Sabrina’s baking? Check out her easy recipe for soft rolls, along with her gooey overnight cinnamon buns and fudgy gluten-free sweet potato brownies.

Watch out for Sabrina’s baking videos on the Food Network Canada Instagram account.

White Chocolate Funfetti Cookies Make for the Perfect Emergency Cookie Stash

There’s one thing I always have in my freezer: an emergency cookie stash. These Baking Therapy white chocolate funfetti cookies are the perfect sweet treat, especially when you have a sudden sugar craving. They’re the ideal cookie: crispy edges and chewy inside. Start your emergency cookie stash today, you’ll thank me later.

White Chocolate Funfetti Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Resting Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 12 to 14 minutes
Total Time: 52 to 54 minutes
Servings: 13 cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus more as needed (approx. 2 Tbsp)
1 tsp espresso powder (optional)
1 tsp hot water (optional)
¾ cup brown sugar
¾ cup white sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
¾ tsp kosher salt
¼ cup sprinkles
1 cup white chocolate, chopped

Directions:

1. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter on medium-high. Cook the butter, swirling occasionally until it turns golden brown. Transfer the brown butter to a measuring cup and add more butter, one Tbsp at a time, to reach 1 cup mark (about 2 Tbsp). Set aside to cool slightly.

3. Dissolve the espresso powder in 1 tsp of hot water.

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4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the brown sugar, white sugar and brown butter. Add the eggs one at a time and whisk until well combined. Add the espresso and vanilla extract.

5. In a medium bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until just combined. Fold in the sprinkles and white chocolate. With an ice cream scoop, portion the dough onto the cookie sheets leaving 2 inches between each cookie. Place cookies in the fridge to chill for 20-30 minutes.

Tip: If you’re freezing the cookies for later, put the tray in the freezer for 30 minutes. Then transfer to a freezer-friendly bag or container. When you’re ready to eat them, bake straight from the freezer for 13-15 minutes.

6. Preheat oven to 350°F.

7. Bake the cookies, straight from the fridge, for 12 to 14 minutes until the cookies are golden brown. Cool on pan for 2 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack. Enjoy with a cold glass of milk!

Like Sabrina’s baking? Check out her easy recipe for soft rolls, along with her gooey overnight cinnamon buns and fudgy gluten-free sweet potato brownies.

Watch out for Sabrina’s baking videos on the Food Network Canada Instagram account.

Sarah Britton’s Vegan Blood Orange Chocolate Birthday Cake Will Make You Want to Celebrate

In the new Food Network Canada Facebook series The Substitute Baker, celebrated Toronto-born holistic nutritionist Sarah Britton shows us just how easy it can be to adapt your favourite recipes to suit any occasion or special dietary needs.

This time around, she’s given us a reason to celebrate at home — birthday or not — with a vegan citrus and chocolate birthday cake that you’ll crave all year round.

Related: Homemade Bread Recipes You’ll Want to Make Again and Again

Blood Orange Chocolate Birthday Cake

Dark Chocolate Date Frosting Ingredients:

4 cups/720g pitted dates
½ cup/50g raw cacao powder
½ tsp sea salt
Grated zest of 2 organic oranges
1 cup plant-based milk of your choice

Dark Chocolate Date Frosting Directions:

1. If the dates are really dry, soak them in warm water for an hour or so, until softened. Then drain the dates.

2. Combine the dates, cacao powder, salt and orange zest in a food processor, and pulse to break up the dates. Then slowly add the milk with the processor running until you have a thick, silky frosting that is easy to spread. You may need to stop periodically and use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the food processor. If you have any leftovers, store them, covered, in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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Chocolate Cake Ingredients:

2 cups/280g whole spelt flour
½ cup/50g unsweetened cacao powder
2 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp fine salt
1 cup/250ml pure maple syrup
1¼ cups/ 30ml plant-based milk of your choice
6 Tbsp/90ml coconut oil, melted, plus extra for the pan
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp apple cider vinegar

Blood Orange Cake Ingredients:

2½ cups/360g whole spelt flour
2 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp fine salt
1 cup/250ml pure maple syrup
Grated zest of 2 organic blood oranges
1¼ cups/300ml freshly squeezed blood orange juice (about 5 oranges)
6 Tbsp/90ml coconut oil, melted, plus extra for the pan
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp apple cider vinegar

Decorations:

100g dark chocolate (80%), melted
A few slices dehydrated citrus
3 Tbsp dehydrated raspberries

Blood Orange Chocolate Birthday Cake Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F/175°C. Lightly oil two 7–inch/18cm springform cake pans.

2. Make the chocolate cake batter: In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl combine the maple syrup, milk, coconut oil and vanilla; whisk to combine. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk to remove any lumps. Quickly whisk in the vinegar.

3. Make the blood orange cake batter: In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl combine the maple syrup, orange juice, orange zest, coconut oil and vanilla; whisk to combine. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk to remove any lumps. Quickly whisk in the vinegar.

4. Pour each bowl of batter into its own prepared cake pan. Bake the cakes until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean, approximately 50 minutes. Set the cakes on a wire rack and let them cool for about 20 minutes, then remove them from the pans. Let the cakes cool completely. You may even want to bake them the night before.

Related: 65 Vegan Desserts Even Non-Vegans Will Love

5. Use a long knife to carefully slice each cake in half horizontally, creating four thin layers, total.

6. Put the 7” blood orange cake layer on a platter. Spread the top with about a quarter of the frosting. Put the 7” chocolate cake layer on top, and spread it with frosting. Repeat with the remaining blood orange and chocolate layers.

7. Use the melted chocolate to decorate the dehydrated citrus slices by dipping some into the chocolate half way, and drizzling chocolate over others. Decorate the top of the cake with the decorated dehydrated citrus and crumbled dried raspberries. Serve. (The cake keeps rather well at room temperature, covered, for 5 days.)

For more baking inspiration, Sarah Britton’s Bold and Beautiful Raspberry Cashew Cheezecake is an instant dessert classic, or learn how to make her Keto Salt and Pepper Tahini Cookies and easy Gluten-Free Everything Bagel Loaf.


 

You Won’t Believe These Fudgy Sweet Potato Brownies Are Totally Gluten-Free

This is no ordinary brownie recipe. It’s made with a super secret ingredient — sweet potato! Sweet potatoes are undeniably delicious, loaded with nutrients and naturally gluten-free. If you’re looking for the perfect chocolatey, fudgy brownie with that beautiful shiny, crackly top, this Baking Therapy recipe was made for you.

The Fudgiest Sweet Potato Brownies

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time 35 to 38 minutes
Total Time: 55 to 58 minutes
Servings: 9 brownies

Ingredients:

1 cup sweet potato (about 2 or 3), mashed
3 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup cocoa powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
2 large eggs
¾  cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Pierce the sweet potatoes with a fork and microwave on high for 8-10 minutes until soft. Set aside to cool slightly and mash with a fork until smooth.

2. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line and grease a 8×8-inch square pan.

3. Melt the bittersweet chocolate and coconut oil together, either in a double boiler or in the microwave, making sure to stir every 30 seconds. Set aside to cool.

Related: 35 Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes That Are Actually Delicious

4. In a medium bowl, sift together the cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.

5. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the eggs and brown sugar for about 5 minutes until lighter in colour and viscous.

6. On low speed, pour in chocolate and coconut oil mixture and the cocoa powder mixture. Add the sweet potato and vanilla extract and beat on medium speed until well combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.

7. Pour batter into the prepared pan, smooth out the top and bake for 35 to 38 minutes, until a toothpick when inserted comes out mostly clean.

8. Let the brownies cool in the pan for 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely before slicing.

Like Sabrina’s baking? Check out her easy recipe for soft rolls.

Watch out for Sabrina’s baking videos on the Food Network Canada Instagram account.


 

This Chocolate Tahini Coffee Granola Will Make You a Morning Person

It just might be the case that three of the very best ingredients in the world are tahini, chocolate and coffee. So naturally, we were committed to finding a way to stir them all together into one delectable healthy breakfast that can’t be beat. Enter this creamy, flavour-forward granola with a kick of coffee and cacao powder. These three ingredients marry well together because they heighten each other’s bitterness, sweetness and richness, making this granola such a treat. Sprinkle it onto yogurt (or a non-dairy equivalent) for added texture and creaminess… and while you’re at it, double the batch.

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Healthy Chocolate Tahini Coffee Granola Recipe

Servings: 6 ½ cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup almonds
1 cup pecans
1 cup pumpkin seeds
2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
1 cup rolled oats
¼ cup raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
⅓ cup ground decaf coffee (or caffeinated if you want an extra kick!)
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp sea salt
½ cup tahini
¼ cup maple syrup
½ cup coconut oil, butter or avocado oil

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl. If you like, you can roughly chop the nuts and seeds by hand or in a food processor.

3. Place a saucepan on medium heat and whisk together the tahini, maple syrup and coconut oil until velvety.

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

4. Pour the wet mixture into the dry, and mix until well combined.

5. Spread the mixture out onto a baking sheet. Use two baking sheets if needed, as you don’t want to overcrowd the granola.

Related: Healthy High-Protein Oatmeal, Dressed Up 3 Delicious Ways

6. Bake for 25 minutes, stirring at the 15-20 minute mark (we stirred at 20 minutes) then allow to cool for at least 10 minutes so the granola has the opportunity to harden.

7. Enjoy with dairy or non-dairy yogurt or milk, or by the handful.

Keep morning meals a priority and whip up a batch of these healthy loaded breakfast cookies or nourishing pancakes made with “green banana” flour.

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