Today is an extremely important and special day…. It’s my 23rd birthday!! And what better way to celebrate my birthday than to bake myself a cake! And even better, a drunken cherry chocolate cake! This was the best birthday preset I have ever given myself. It is truly delicious and perfect for summer. I would highly recommend it for any future birthdays you are planning on having. I think it would also be perfect for next year’s Canada Day celebration, as it is all red and white.
How often have I said I (Sonia) am not a baker? Probably around a million times. However, my mindset is slowly changing ever since I received a beautiful KitchenAid mixer from Adam for our seventh dating anniversary. Seriously, I am absolutely in love with it and it is giving me the urge to bake. Combine that with a coworker/friend’s birthday last week and you have these amazingly moist red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting adapted from Divas Can Cook.
When I moved out, I definitely missed having my dehydrator. I used to make dried apples and dried bananas almost weekly! Not only did I use my dehydrator to dry whole fruit, but it was also great for fruit leather! Since I have no storage space for more appliances, I had to find another way to make the banana chips I love to snack on! Luckily, there is a way!! And I’m about to show you!
This is the first time I have ever made lemon curd… And tart shells for that matter. Thankfully, both were surprisingly successful! There are so many things you can do with lemon curd, which gets me quite excited, especially because I now know how easy it is to make it! I bought a gorgeous large bag of lemons from the grocery store the other day, and got totally inspired to start creating! Naturally I knew I had to finally try making these lemon curd tarts!
The great debate of Pavlova is over who invented the dish – Australia or New Zealand. It is both countries national dish and the dessert is named after Anna Pavlova, a Russian Ballerina who toured both Australia and New Zealand. While I don’t know the full extent of the story I was born in Australia and am therefore an Australian citizen so I’m sure you can guess who I’m siding with on this one. Either way, wherever it came from it is certainly delicious. The most difficult part of this dessert is the meringue, which if you have tried making on before you know can be very temperamental. It actually took a few tries to get one that turned out but it was worth it in the end. A light fluffy meringue topped with whipped cream and berries is a light, refreshing dessert for dinner parties.
Jumbo sweet potatoes were on sale at the grocery store the other day, so naturally, Andrew and I bought not 1, but 2!! Now you may think these are just a couple of large sweet potatoes, but let me tell you – they are HUGE. One sweet potato made enough sweet potato fries for 2 nights, AND these sweet potato scones. Seriously, I’m talking biggest sweet potato you have ever seen!!! It’s hard to just use half a sweet potato and then leave the other half until I can think up a new recipe, so I will be sure to have a few sweet potato ideas thought up before I cut into the next jumbo beauty.
I love timbits. I guess that’s because I’m a Canadian and am a huge fan of Tim Hortons?! Yup, my brother even used to work there! What is a timbit you ask? Why it’s simply a donut hole with a much cuter name. Ok so Tim Hortons definitely doesn’t have this type of timbit (even though I totally think they should). I always liked donuts with things stuffed in the center. I mean who doesn’t like a Boston cream or a jam/jelly filled donut? Yum! These are certainly more complicated than the Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes I made a while back, but my Babycakes Cake Pop Maker definitely got me inspired with the endless possibilities and awesome photographed ideas.
Okay, so I’m not entirely sure why I am apparently obsessed with piña colada flavors lately but apparently I am because this is the second recipe I’ve posted within a week that has that theme. I mean I like the flavors but I don’t want you to think all I do is sit around thinking about piña colada’s all the time because that might seem a bit strange. I will say this though, I do love coconut milk and I strive to use it whenever possible. If you go back and look at my recipes you will find that quite a few contain it. There’s just endless things you can make and I intend on making every single one apparently. I made these popsicles alcohol-free and now I’m not sure why because I could really go for a boozy one. You can definitely add rum if desired, in fact I would encourage it!
I used to hate dates, like really really dislike them. I didn’t like date squares, raw dates, you name it, if it had dates in it I did not like it. Over the years, I find that your taste buds evolve and you start liking things you used to hate. This is why in my opinion, it is important to continually try different foods to ensure you don’t like it, and not just that you don’t like the idea of it. Recently, Ii re-discovered that I actually love dates! And these chocolate almond coconut date balls are proof of that. I suppose they don’t taste overly date-like, but hey they are a start, and man are they delicious!
I love rhubarb. We have always grown rhubarb in my back yard, and every spring/summer, we pick, chop and freeze as much as we can so that we can eat it throughout the year! A long time ago, my mom went on a cruise to Alaska for a week or so. Since my dad isn’t much of a dessert chef, we would have warm rhubarb and raisins with a bit of ice cream for dessert every night she was away. As you can imagine, I totally got sick of eating it and don’t think I have had it since! Don’t get me wrong, I love the taste of rhubarb and raisins, but I hate eating the same thing more than 2 nights in a row… What can I say, I like variety!