November 2010

Persimmon Jam Dots

Persimmon Jam Dots

A recent holiday baking party resulted in a beautiful assortment of vegan cookies, including these cute jam dot cookies made with homemade persimmon jam filling. Loaded with healthy ingredients like oats, pecans, maple syrup and spices, these cookies are a perfect alternative to traditional holiday sweets.

Recipe: Persimmon Jam Dots

Rugelach

Rugelach

Growing up as a kid, I loved our annual summer road-trips to visit my Ukrainian grandparents at their cottage in the beautiful Ottawa Valley. Besides getting to catch frogs and go fishing, one of the best things about visiting them was getting to indulge in all my granny's yummy baked goods. When I saw Swee San's post my mind was flooded with fond memories of sipping mint tea at the kitchen table (so we wouldn't drop any crumbs on the floor!), munching on what my granny called in her thick accent "roo-gahr-leck-ay".

Recipe: Rugelach

Banana Crunch Muffins

Banana Crunch Muffins

Joelen proves that one little detail can completely make a recipe, and her homemade granola does just that for these breakfast muffins. "Aside from the true flavor of banana in each bite, the crunchy homemade granola swirled in and sprinkled on top adds such great texture." In fact, the granola pushed this muffin recipe right into Joelen's list of favorites!

Recipe: Banana Crunch Muffins

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

One of the two best carrot cakes I have ever eaten. Not even a cake pan mishap could discourage me from enjoying this amazing cake! A perfect end to Thanksgiving dinner.

Recipe: Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Cranberry Turtle Bars

Cranberry Turtle Bars

Shanon's recipe "combines some very wonderful things: a buttery shortbread-type crust, golden caramel filling, sweet and tart cranberries, slightly salty pecans and rich bittersweet chocolate. Plus, they are gorgeous. Completely festive and appropriate for any type of holiday get-together."

Recipe: Cranberry Turtle Bars

Jam Buns

Jam buns

Simple, delicious buns bursting with sweet yummy jam. The best part is, your stand mixer can do all the work. :)

Recipe: Jam Buns

Devil's Food Cupcakes

Devil's Food Cupcakes

In honor of Black Friday, these decadent, rich, buttery, and sinful Devil's Food Cupcakes were a perfect substitute for retail therapy. Who needs shopping with cupcakes like these?

Recipe: Devil's Food Cupcakes

Raspberry Rose Chiffon Cake with Raspberry Cream

Raspberry Rose Chiffon Cake with Raspberry Cream

Sweet raspberry and mild rosebud work in tandem to create a tower of pink wonderment. Is it girly? Is it romantic? Chiffon cake covered in raspberry cream - absolutely! Tastes even better on fine china... With a few good girlfriends around... And maybe even a glass of sherry...

Recipe: Raspberry Rose Chiffon Cake with Raspberry Cream

Coconut Quinoa Cookies

Coconut Quinoa Cookies

from Sweet Life

These cookies make a great alternative to conventional cookies and granola bars because they're packed with protein and whole grains, and they're also safe for diabetics, vegans and those with gluten sensitivities. Dare I suggest they contain enough nutritional punch to stand in for breakfast with a side of fruit?

Recipe: Coconut Quinoa Cookies

Vanilla Coconut Cake

Vanilla Coconut Cake

What's better than a sweet delicately flavored little cake served to friends? How about that same sweet cake covered in whipped cream and deftly piped with ganache and dark chocolate? Lovely time together indeed!

Recipe: Vanilla Coconut Cake